Graduation Nation: Time for a Celebration!

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graduation‘Tis the season for college students all over the US to be graduating!  CONGRATS TO YOU!!  No more homework, no more books, no more professors’ dirty looks.  Now, what comes between the day you throw your cap in the air and the day 9-5 takes full effect (besides moving back in with your parents)?  Your Graduation party! For your last acceptable college party, the three major things you need to focus on: invitations, decorations, and FOOOOOD.

Now, lets be honest.  No one will show up to the big event if they don’t know an affair even exists.  The invitation sets the tone for your invitees, so make sure you pay attention to the details – whether it’s adding a picture of a top hat for a fancy fiesta or a handkerchief for a graduation hoedown!  It should include the 5 W’s in a way that exemplifies the theme of the party so that guests know what to expect.  

With the innovation of Pinterest, you can get invitationphotobooth ideas in a cinch.  Even more so, you can get detailed decoration ideas that will leave your guests in awe.  One of my favorite ideas (so much that I did it at my own party), is doing a photo booth with some great props.  With a great backdrop, this simple station creates a fun aura for everyone from your college roommate to your great grandma!  For the added FOMO effect (Fear Of Missing Out), create a sign with a unique hashtag for your friends to use on Instagram or Twitter.  That way, you can see all of your party pics in one spot…and so can everybody else! #GraduationStation

Finally, the big enchilada – THE FOOD!  At a graduation party, it’s easiest to stick with simple entrees since you don’t know who can eat what when you’re feeding the masses.  But that doesn’t mean it has to look simple.  Adding a black ribbon around rolled up utensils in a napkin, imitating a diploma, is one simple idea that adds a little somethin’ special.

While planning your party, don’t forget to breathe!  It can seem overwhelming from time to time, but don’t sweat it.  Just stick to these three main ideas and remember how hard you’ve worked it – you deserve it!