10 Tips for Throwing the Best Graduation Party Ever

table full of food and graduation goodies

Graduation season is finally upon us! Whether your child is about to graduate from high school or college, this is a special time to celebrate all of their achievements. What better way to do that than with a party they’ll remember forever?!

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 tips to give your graduate a fun, memorable party!

Set a Date Now – Before you do anything else, choose a date for your graduate’s party. Make sure to tell him or her so they can let their friends know, and tell your family members as well. Many families throw graduation parties in May, so you may want to consider celebrating in early June!

Go All Out With the Decorations – Whether you choose to hold the party at your home or at a special venue, it’s time to stock up on all the right decorations! Grab balloons and streamers in your graduate’s school colors or his or her favorite color. Consider adding in a poster or scrapbook that your graduate’s friends and family members can sign and personalize at the party as well!

Choose the Right Food – Your graduate and guests will more than likely be walking around socializing, so it’s best to have easy-to-grab food to munch on during the party. Finger foods like triangle sandwiches, fruits and veggies, tasty meat skewers, chips and dips, Chex mix, pretzels, and pizza are all great food choices! Hint, hint: try setting up a few different food stations so your guests don’t have to wait in line for their food!

It’s All About the Desserts – Don’t forget to serve up some sweet treats to your graduate and guests! Cupcakes and cookies are always a hit, or you can choose to serve a few delectable pies or a variety of donuts. Don’t forget the graduation cake – it’s a must!

Provide Awesome Outdoor Games – Does it look like good weather for your graduate’s party? Then bring some of the celebration outside! Outdoor games are always fun to play – we recommend oversized Jenga, washers, cornhole, or Twister!

Crank Up Some Great Tunes – Don’t forget to set the right mood for the party! Ask your graduate to create a playlist of songs, which can include their favorite tunes, some great dance songs, the school’s fight song, and meaningful songs that remind them of all the good times from school.

Test Your Guests’ Knowledge – If it looks like rainy weather or if you’re looking for another fun activity for your graduate’s guests to try out, make up a trivia quiz about the graduate! Offer a fun prize to the person who has the most correct answers!

Create a Memory Wall – Let your graduate and his or her friends reminisce about the good old days with a fun memory wall! Display pictures of their first days of high school or college, prom, homecoming, fun times in between, football games, band concerts, and, of course, their graduation day.

Take Pictures – You may choose to display memories, but don’t forget to take pictures of the day! You can go around and take pictures yourself, set up disposable cameras, or better yet, set up a photo booth or selfie station for guests to enjoy! These pictures will give your graduate fond memories to look back on for years to come.

Set Up an Advice Jar – Place a jar somewhere special, along with pieces of paper and pens. Ask guests to write down pieces of advice to the graduate and place the notes in the jar. Your graduate can read them later as they prepare for the next chapter in his or her life!

Let McArthur’s help make your graduate’s party a memorable celebration with our fresh, delectable cakes and desserts! Stop by one of our locations in St. Louis or call us at (314) 894-0900 to learn more.