Plan a graduation party on a budget

Graduation is the time to salute the hard work of learning. Show pride in your grad without busting your budget. These ideas let you say congratulations to your stellar scholar and leave more than a few dollars in your pocket.

Take advantage of warmer weather

The months of May and June are perfect times to head outdoors for a fresh air party. No need to pay extra for a venue. We can help you turn your backyard into an area that feels both festive and comfortable. Count on Platinum Event Rentals for everything you need from tables, tents, lighting and chairs. Whether your graduation gathering is big or small, we’ve got you covered.

Show favor

Party favors and decorations are a snap when you make them yourself. Make a photo collage of your grad through the years and post print copies on top of mortar board boxes. To make cut your collage to fit a sturdy 5 inch square piece of cardboard. Attach your photo collage and make a small hole in the middle. You will pull a colorful tassel through the hole. Drop in some sage graduation advice on small strips of paper. Place the “mortar board on top of a proportionally sized round box. Affix with double sided tape.

Skip catering

Fire up the grill or feature a carny theme with hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn. Set up a fixin’s table with creative toppings for hot dogs, popcorn and hamburgers that are anything but ordinary. Place labels in front of each bowl that follow the theme of your graduate’s course of study. For example for an English major you can serve – Edgar Allan Poe’lish Sausage, Emily Bronte’saurus burgers and Countee Cullen ketchup.

Blast your playlist

Turn your iPad into a music machine with speakers that pump up the sound. Invite everyone to shake their groove thing in a Soul Train dance line or old school dance off.

Spread good cheer

Get a large piece of fabric and fabric markers. Ask friends and family to write messages of congratulations and encouragement for your grad. Get this done and you’ll have a festive banner and a keepsake your grad will treasure for years to come.

Do a throwback theme

Plan a graduation party using the ideas and trends popular during the year of your grads birth. Finally, it’s your chance to party like its 1999! Head to the thrift store or scan eBay for clothing and decorations that are true to the time.

A few final party tips…

You’ll also save money with evites instead of paper invitations. Opt for a big bowl of punch instead of single serve drinks. Be sure you have enough glassware and plates for the whole gang. You and your grad has a lot to celebrate. Have fun and savor the success of that diploma without breaking the bank.