How to Plan a Graduation Party

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Invitations
  • Menus
  • Postage Stamps
  • Calendars

How to Plan a Graduation Party. Graduates love to have a place to mingle and celebrate the big event - not to mention all those years that have gone by. Add some food and beverages and you'll have the perfect party.

Step 1

Choose a date and time for the party. Remember that there are many festivities and family commitments scheduled at this time of year, so choose a date and time that allow graduates to be flexible.

Step 2

Set an approximate budget. This decision will help drive the others you need to make.

Step 3

Consider the type of party you want. Again, keeping in mind that a lot may be going on, perhaps an open house or drop-in type party might be best.

Step 4

Decide on a menu. Keep the age of the partygoers in mind when choosing food and drink: Pizza and soda may be great for high school graduates, but college graduates may expect something more sophisticated.

Step 5

Make a guest list. You can limit the guests to close friends and family, or you can aim for a broader cross-section of friends or classmates.

Step 6

Plan decorations if you want them. Consider school colors, graduation year or school sports teams as a theme.

Step 7

Buy or make invitations, and send them out with enough advance warning. Remember to include the date and time of the party, a general idea of the dress ("dressy," "casual") and indicate whether there will be a meal served, or if it's just hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Step 8

Order a cake. No graduation party is complete without a "Congratulations Graduates!" cake to share.


  • Don't be offended if not everyone accepts your invitation. Family celebrations often take precedence over other parties after graduation. If you are celebrating high school graduation, consider waiting a bit until all the graduation festivities are over. Since most graduates will remain in town until they depart for college, have a barbecue or other party later in the summer.