Somehow, June is right around the corner.  Which means it’s that time of year for celebrating the graduate in your life.  We thought you might be able to use some do and don’t tips as you think about putting this end of school year party together.  Or just give us a call, and we’ll do the planning for you.

Graduation still lifeYour do’s:  Decorate with high school colors or the colors of the graduate’s chosen next school.  Pennants from those schools make an easy and colorful accent to your tablecloths. Bistro lights, stringing paper lanterns, and simple floral arrangements will be all you need for this typically casual event.

Your don’ts:  Leave the streamers, balloons, and plastic items from Party City to the school dance committee.  I really believe that balloons do have their place, but not at this party.  You want to keep the vibe simple, classy, and mature.

Here are some recommendations for planning a fun graduation party, where the graduate will actually want to stay:

096Food truck party – this will keep the kids at the party because they’ll love the food.   A food truck is a great way to celebrate – there are so many really good trucks out there, and it saves you a lot of clean up and preparation.  Make sure you have seating in the back yard, a cheerful drinks station – keep the adult beverages separate from the teens – and definitely a sweets’ area (see my Cookie Party recommendations below).

027Backyard celebration – set up tables, string some bistro lights and hang paper lanterns in school colors, and then either serve a really casual bbq dinner or bring in a Mexican caterer and have a taco bar.   Either way, you’ve got great food that everyone likes, a comfortable setting for everyone to visit, and a cool place for the graduates to enjoy.

Homemade wholegrain cookies and milkAnd if planning a whole dinner sounds like too much of a good thing, how about a late afternoon Cookie Party?  This party can come together really easily:  rustic burlap linens in a central gathering area, and then tables set with dozens of different types of cookies.  Make this a vintage setting with a chalkboard menu, different kinds of milk (and other non dairy beverages), colorful straws in the school colors, old books used to give height to the dessert table, and pictures of the graduate when they were much younger.  Check out my Graduation page on Pinterest for some great ideas.

This is a huge milestone in your graduate’s, and your family’s life!   Wishing them much success, and you, a great party.