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Ways to Celebrate Your Graduate

Ways to Celebrate Your GraduateHigh school is wonderful, right? Well, maybe. Or maybe not. Those four years can be quite difficult, emotionally as well as academically. So after your high school senior walks across the stage and gets their diploma, you'll want to celebrate because it's not just about this moment, but about all the years leading up to it. The past 12 years were spent going to class, studying, learning, and preparing for adulthood. This is big. 

How are you going to celebrate? A big party at an elaborate event center or a casual backyard barbecue under the sun? Either way, you'll want to make sure the party is truly celebratory and that it honors your kid's wishes. When you're planning a high school graduation party, here are some things to consider:

The Cost

All parties have a tendency to cost more than originally planned. After all, parties are celebrations and you want to make sure that your guests feel like celebrating. Still, this doesn't mean that you have to use all your savings to throw a good party. If you are going to throw a party, consider what you already have hanging around the house. With just a little paper and a ball of twine, you can make a fabulous "Congratulations" banner. If you're not confident in your own handwriting, print out the letters with the help of Microsoft Word. Skip the paper invitations and send electronic invitations instead (this has the added bonus of keeping up with RSVPs for you!) Set up a simple website where interested invitees can browse through senior photos and perhaps read a little about the graduate's future plans. Try a free WordPress blog to get started. Next, hit up your local dollar store. You might be surprised at all the graduation decor they have. Not to mention an array of serving platters and disposable dishes to make cleanup a cinch. Take a couple days to glitz up your party decor. Sometimes it's not as hard as you think to make simple things become wonderful. If you are planning on renting a space for a big party, consider getting other graduates' families involved to split the cost of an elaborate party.

The Years Leading Up

What has this graduate gone through in the past 12 years? Has it been a raucous time full of athletic wonders and lots of friends? Or has it been a quieter, slow-going process with a few friends who all mean a lot? Have there been relationship struggles or personal tragedies, or mostly good times left to remember? It's important to keep in mind everything of what this graduation means. Sometimes it's not just about a diploma and big plans for college. 

The Graduate

Most importantly, the graduate's wishes must be considered. Do they want an elaborate party where all their friends can hang out, dance, eat, and reminisce the night away? Or do they want a quiet dinner with family followed by board games at the kitchen table? Either one can be absolutely celebratory. At home, with family, cook the graduate's favorite dinner. Get out the fancy dishes and nicely decorate the table. Have a special meal with a personal touch for dessert. And if your graduate wants an elaborate party, don't stress out! A big party doesn't have to mean big stress. Set up tables in the yard, make a crock pot full of barbecue pork, grab a few bags of chips and a giant tub of cole slaw. Plan a couple of fun party games. For music, let your graduate make their own playlist, and invite everyone over for a night full of fun.

Whatever your plans are for this year's graduating class, we hope you take the time to reminisce in whatever way means the most to you and your family!

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