For years, graduates stress over mid-term papers, final exams and group projects. By the time they’re ready to walk the stage, they’ve cumulatively spent more time in the library than they have at home. Many hardly remember what it’s like to get a full night’s rest and most could happily go the rest of their lives never seeing another scantron.
All their hard work deserves one heck of a celebration. These tips will help you throw a stress-free graduation party so good it’ll make you want to throw your cap!
- Start with the guest list.
There’s no wrong way to craft your invite list. Most honorees will want some combination of friends, family and other students but that doesn’t mean you can’t separate them and have more than one graduation party. Whether you choose to merge them or keep the parties segregated, it’s best to have a firm idea of how many guests you’d like to invite. All other decisions are made based on this number.
- Build a budget.
Graduation is the start of new possibilities. It’s also the beginning of student loan payments. One of many reasons to create a budget for your graduation celebration. At minimum, be sure to earmark funds for decorations, invitations and food + drinks. Or you can choose to go with a full-service event venue that will coordinate all of the above on your behalf.
- Select a graduation party venue.
Graduation season also dovetails with wedding season, so the best Dallas event venues will fill up first. The sooner you can get on the books, the better. Before you commit, make sure the facilities are to your liking and ask for a tour of different collective areas and parking lots along with private ballrooms and/or outdoor garden spaces. Try to choose a location that’s easily navigable from the airport and in a central area to prevent guests from getting lost in transit.
- Decide on catering.
The easiest way to plan a truly no-stress graduation party is to go with a venue that offers in-house catering services. These professionals are likely to have extensive knowledge of third party vendors to help them complete the job at the best price. It also prevents you from having to search out the most reputable and affordable, companies in your area.
- Plan your décor.
Whether fresh flowers or a ceiling full of balloons are more your speed, you’ll inevitably want to put your personal stamp on the event venue. Again, full-service event venues with professional planners can help outfit the room with any style party decorations. Make it as refined or fun as you want without having to do any of the shopping yourself.
- Send out invitations.
Electronic invitations sent via email are a popular, hassle-free way to get the word out about your celebration. However, many graduates prefer to mail off physical paper invites so they get paper money in return. Choose a print-at-home option and the hardest part about sending invitations will be collecting the addresses. Just make sure to send out your invites at least a month in advance so folks can plan their schedules.
Take time to appreciate every step of planning along the way. The party will come and go faster than you think, so savor all the moments leading up to it, too!
School is stressful. Your graduation party shouldn’t be. Leave the details to DFW’s premier full-service event venue, so all you have to do is show up and celebrate!