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Planning a Graduation Party

I am giving my daughter a college graduation party and I need help. The party is June 4, so I only have 6 weeks to get it together. I have rented our local hall to have the party at and the invitations have been ordered. There will be any where between 100 to 200 guests.


I am checking into what the cost is for a live band and for a DJ. That is all I have so far. I want to give her a nice party, however I am not rich, so I have to spend wisely. Can you give me some decorating ideals and types of food to serve for a lot of people, that is easy to prepare. I would also appreciate any other ideas anyone has that would make this a fun and memorable party. Thanks Bunches!

By 1 proud mommy from Eureka, CA

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April 26, 20110 found this helpful

For food, sloppy joes, potato salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, pickles, cake, punch, coffee, tea. Decorations balloons. As a whole in my part of the country DJs are cheaper than live bands. I would have made the party an open house type affair that way you don't have to worry about entertainment. However, if the hall is large enough to have a dance, if you know people that have some games that you could borrow, I would do that. I'm referring to games such as "Corn Row"(that is what I have seen it referred to different places), what it is, is a slanted board with a hole in the raised end, and then you stand away from the low end and toss bean bags to try and get the bag through the hole. Where I live that is quite popular and then another one looks like ladders and comes with balls attached to each end of a rope and the player tosses that to try and get it over different rungs of a the ladder. That is another popular game.


With games like these set up on one end of the room you wouldn't need a dance and even if you had to buy the games it would be considerably cheaper than a dance. When the apartment complex that I live in has the yearly picnic they have a couple of these set up and people of all ages try their hand at it. I don't know a whole lot about college graduation parties, they people that I know don't have college graduation parties, we believe there should only be one party and that is for high school graduation.

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April 27, 20110 found this helpful

I would get the balloons in her school colors w/ a few graduation-y mylar ones. Dollar tree sells a lot of nice graduation decorations, too. For food I would go w/ what the previous writer said, or I would get deli platters, salad, fruit salad, and a cake with a graduation/ school-color theme.

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