We parents prepare ourselves as our kids head off to kindergarten. Throughout the school years, we plan birthday and classroom parties. And before we know it, we are planning high school graduation parties.
It’s April, about a month before the onset of Grad Season. For some, this is late in planning, and for others, it is early. If you have a 2013 high school grad, I am sure party ideas have already been running through your mind.
However, if you think you want to rent a facility for the graduation party, dates and times might be scarce already. In fact, some popular facilities book almost a year in advance.
Hosting an in-home graduation party is a very popular choice. Someone just asked me a couple of weeks ago, “When is a good time to have a graduation party?” Personally, I feel the best time is whenever works best for you and your family. Things you have to think about include out-of-town family members who may attend, your work schedule, and your graduate’s friends and their party dates. You can also plan the time or day around the type of food you want to serve at the party. For example, you may set the time for the party based on whether you prefer a brunch or a fancy-type dinner.
If you are planning a party at your home, you will need to consider renting a tent, tables and chairs. Remember to order tables from which to serve the food as well. Also, many rental places offer tablecloths that are fitted to the tables; you don’t have to tack or tape them down in the event that it is windy on the day of your party. Nino’s has a relationship withC & N Rentals, which will provide a discount if you mention Nino’s when renting.
When selecting a menu, I always tell parents to seek the graduate’s input. Is your graduate’s favorite meal a brunch or sub sandwiches and salad? At Nino’s, our party planning department, along with our chefs, can help you put together a spread that will surely impress. Consider our Party Package Deals, which offer a variety of popular foods you can order for a party of any size or a la carte items that save you time in the kitchen.
The cake and desserts are additional considerations. You can set up an elaborate dessert station if you desire. Check out your options by viewing our currentParty Planning Guide online or stop in and see the Party Planner at your favorite Nino’s. I ordered sheet cakes from Nino’s Bakery Department for my daughter’s graduation party, but there are so many other options from which you can choose. Pies, cookies, and pastry trays are just a few of the additional options to consider.
The newest options in our Bakery leave you with one less stop to make on the day of your party.
There is so much to do and so little time! I have created the checklist below to help you pull it all together.
High School Graduation Checklist
As the season approaches, here are some things to think about and a timeline for your reference:
Invitations/thank you cards/return address labels/stamps/save-the-date cards
Graduation gift box
Plates, napkins, silverware, cups
Sign-in board or book
Décor signs for buffet tables
Graduation scrapbooks/photo posters/photo boards/slide show
Easels for senior pictures
Gifts & cards for graduate and friends
6 Months Before Graduation Party – January
Select a place and book it (home, restaurant or facility)
If home, check for repairs, upgrade paint, etc.
Select date, time and duration of party
Begin an invite list
Look for pictures for picture boards
Start assembling scrapbooks and collecting memorabilia
Set a budget
Decide if you want music/band
Reserve tents, tables, chairs and linen if home party
Decide what kind of food you would like to serve
Contact Nino Salvaggio’s Party Planner
8 – 10 Weeks Before – March/April
Order invitations – include RSVP date, order thank you cards
[caption id="attachment_124896" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Delightful phyllo cups.[/caption] Food has always been an important focus during this time and if you’re visiting anyone’s home, the hope…