Over the years, throwing a graduation party has become the customary way to commemorate the joyous occasion of successfully completing a certain level of education. From securing the perfect venue to tracking down fun graduation themed décor, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to planning an awesome party. But luckily, we at the Clubhouse in Montclair have a compiled a list of some helpful tips that can help you plan the best graduation party of the year.
Map Out Your Budget
Rule number one to planning any event is to map out your budget. Not only will this help you avoid overspending, but it’s also a great time to map out what everything you’ll need to make sure your party goes off without a hitch. We suggest setting your budget for your venue and food selection first as these two items usually account for most of the party budget and need to be secured well ahead of your party date.
Secure Your Venue and Caterer Early
As we’ve mentioned before, your venue and caterer should be the first two items you secure for your party simply because appointment usually book fast. While it’s only February, The Clubhouse in Montclair is accepting graduation party bookings for our banquet halls in Montclair. With lively entertainment options such as large flat screen TVs, color changing lighting system, booming audio system, and a cozy lounge area, we offer a little something for all of your party guests. Need catering? While we don’t offer catering ourselves, we partner with many local chefs who would be delighted to create a delicious menu for your big day.
Pick A Theme
The overall theme of your party is graduation, but does the graduate have a hobby they love, a band they’re obsessed with, or maybe a dream college they just got accepted into? If so, buying decorations that match the graduate’s interests is an easy way to put a personal touch on your party. Don’t forget to pick a guest book, so everyone can leave a special message for the graduate to read later.
Book Your Entertainment
What’s a party without any entertainment? Hopefully, you’ll book your party’s entertainment early enough that you’ll never have to find out! Whether you want your party to have a face painter for the children, a photo booth for the teenagers, or a DJ or band for the adults, booking entertainment early will give you peace of mind knowing that your guests will have something other than small talk to keep them entertained.
Pro Tip: Consider having a joint graduation party with a few classmates since it can not only help you save money but also help you avoid the disappointment of booking your party the same day as your friend.