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Graduation Party Planning Tips

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Graduation day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by having a party for your loved one? Whether your graduate is leaving high school for college, or college for the real world, having a graduation celebration is something everyone will always remember fondly. Planning a perfect party can take weeks, and sometimes months to plan out, but not everyone has that kind of time. Today’s post is going to cover the basics of everything you’ll need to wrap up the party planning quickly and easily.

Budget – The first step you will need to complete is to figure out your budget and how much money you have to work with. Getting your budget set will determine the tone for the remaining details.

Dates, Invitations, Guest Lists – After you get your budget planned out, you need to set the date and write out your guest list. Make sure your graduate is involved with the invites since it’s their party and you know they want their friends to attend also. Get your invites in the mail as soon as possible and do not forget to include all of the important details. Make sure to list the time, date and location of the event, as well as any special requests such as if your guests should bring a side dish, or extra lawn chairs, etc. Do not wait until the last minute to send out your invites as your guests will need time to make their travel plans or find a babysitter.

Venue – Reserving your favorite venue might be a little tricky if you have not already started making calls and getting quotes. May through July is a busy time of the year for all people, and it’s also wedding and vacation season. So unless you’re having your celebration at your house, you should really focus on nailing down your event venue. High school graduation parties can be more casual, so your home or a local restaurant will be perfect. A college graduate might want something a little more formal so maybe a clubhouse at your local golf course, or renting a party boat for a cruise if available and in your budget.

Decorations – Getting everything ready for a graduation party is just like planning for any other party. You do not have to go overboard with the decor; the standard balloons, banners, and personalized napkins should do just fine. You can also create a great centerpiece for the tables using graduation caps.

The Food – The food and menu might depend on your venue. If you’re having the celebration at your home, why not have a simple cookout, potluck dinner, or maybe even rent a food truck? If you rent a restaurant, then you’ll probably have to use their own menus, other venues may let you bring in your own Raleigh catering company. Also, do not forget the cake. No graduation party is complete without a special cake to celebrate the occasion.

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If you are in need of affordable Raleigh catering, call Catering By Design today. We have the perfect menus for any sized event, both large, small, formal or casual. We can even deliver the food and leave if you do not require full service catering. Give us a call with any questions about our delivery catering services for Raleigh and the surrounding area. We’d love a chance to cater your graduation party.