Whether you’ve chosen to celebrate your graduation with a formal affair, a casual get-to-together or a raucous dance party that lasts all night, there are a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to throwing a graduation party.
DO: Think of what you want your party to look like. • A sit down dinner at your favorite restaurant? • A barbecue in your backyard? • The ballroom at the Ritz? • Your local bowling alley? • The pub you went to every Saturday night in Berkeley? • A parking lot next to the football field? • The basement rec room at your church?
DO: Pick out a graduation invitation that reflects your party. Formal: Casual:
DON’T: Ask for presents! • If a guest brings you something, that’s your good fortune and a handwritten thank you note is required. • If you’re the one bringing a gift, try to get something the graduate might use in his or her next step. Gift cards and cash are also appropriate. If you don’t want to spend a lot, a framed photograph of a special memory or even a handwritten note are lovely gestures. • Thank you notes, thank you notes, thank you notes! Check out our collection of graduation thank you cards to find one that works for you.
DO: Have fun with your wording! • While the specifics of where, when, who, how and an RSVP are a must – that’s not all you can include. • Allow your invitation to reflect not only your graduate, but also the party you’re throwing. • Feel free to be casual and fun if that’s your style.
DO: Include friends and family who would want to celebrate with you. • As far as numbers go, your budget and your space are the only limiting factors when creating a guest list. • Just remember, if this is a party of mixed ages, keep the celebrating at a tame level (at least until grandma and baby go to sleep)
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