College Graduation Party Ideas

My brother-in-law and I are graduating from the same college this May and are combining our graduation parties into one. He is a business major and I am a psychology major. We are on a budget and looking for suggestions.

By Trisha from MO

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

Can't you just have a get together with family and friends, instead of having a theme of some kind. The parties I have been to, people just have age together and visit. But then on the other hand the people that I know don't have graduation parties.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Hi, Trisha. My suggestion is a simple wine and cheese open house with coffee, tea, sodas and some chips and dips and finger sandwiches for those that don't want wine or cheese. :-) Open houses are great for several reasons:

#1 You set the time limit (1:00 - 5:00 or 7:00 - 11:00, or whatever works around the rest of your day), and the venue (your home or apartment) is already paid for via rent or mortgage.

#2 An open house gives your guests the opportunity to drop by as they can around other obligations they have for the day - and chances are, around graduation time, they have more than one party they've been invited to as well as just regular scheduling limitations they may have.

#3 The informal, casual atmosphere is comfortable and gracious for all of your guests. They don't have to worry about a new outfit or a theme they might feel obligated to adapt to.

#4 A simple open house needs no expensive decorations or themes or pretense, just a clean apartment or home to host the get-together.

#5 You are probably in enough debt after finishing a college degree program and wine, cheese, coffee, tea, sodas, chips and dips are inexpensive and appropriately modest for the celebration.

Good luck and congratulations to both of you on your graduations!

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like a great idea and I do like the ideas given above. You can save money by texting the invites as long as you give all the details required. If you do need to choose a theme you can pick the one that is simplest to set up and easiest for guests to find costume. You might not use wild west but it does give the idea of one where you can find cheap items. You can also borrow as much as you can. Xmas tree lights, streamers and tinsel are easy to find from relatives. For favors you can arrange budget items like a piece of cake, graduation pens or glow sticks. Food can be put together from contributions from family and friends and you can work wih your immediate family to make sure say a buffet has more than enough food and also desserts.

You might not use these ideas exactly but you can hopefully use them to help you create your own.

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