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4 Things You Need To Throw A Graduation Party

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Jack Kocsis Director of Commerce
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Graduation season is almost here. For all the students matriculating to bigger and better things, this is a time of accomplishment and achievement. But it is also an occasion for a killer party. The Graduation Party is an important occasion, as well as one that can be hard to pull off. After all, it has to simultaneously cater to the student’s erstwhile classmates as well as to the money-bringing extended family. Myriad things have to come together to ensure success. Drawing from past experience with graduation parties (some better than others!), these are the four things you absolutely need to throw an unforgettable bash.

Lawn Games

This volleyball/badminton combo set provides two perfect lawn games (Photo via Amazon)

This volleyball/badminton combo set provides two perfect lawn games (Photo via Amazon)

Since students all graduate at exactly the same time of year, these festivities are often in competition with one another, and party hopping is the norm. There is no worse feeling than having supposed friends leave your party early to go to a better one (usually one with a pool). You are going to need some games and activities that make people want to stay as long as possible. I have found volleyball to be among the best, since it can get everyone involved at once. Other great options are badminton, cornhole and ladder toss.

Badminton and Volleyball Combo Set — $43.99

Cornhole Set — $83.99

Ladder Toss — $49.99

Graduation Balloons

2016 Graduation Balloons are essential for demarcating your party (Photo via Amazon)

2016 Graduation Balloons are essential for demarcating your party (Photo via Amazon)

As silly as it sounds, balloons are very important to a graduation party’s success. They provide a perimeter that marks the territory as a “Graduation Party,” thus making it more of a destination event and less of a “hang out.” While you certainly go out and buy every item out there that says “Congrats Grad” or “Class of 2016,” you shouldn’t feel obligated to get “graduation” cups or napkins or whatever. That said, you should have something denoting the occasion, and balloons are the perfect decorations for doing so. “2016” balloons will tastefully remind everybody that it is a graduation party without throwing the fact in every guest’s face.

2016 Balloon Party Decorations Combo Kit — $34.99 

Card Box

This card box is a classy way to graciously receive monetary gifts (Photo via Amazon)

This card box is a classy way to graciously receive monetary gifts (Photo via Amazon)

This is another one that may seem superfluous, despite perhaps being the most important decoration of all. Family and friends are going to come from all over to bestow monetary gifts on the young graduate, and you need a place to put these honoraria. A card box is crucial, as it would be unseemly to publicly display how many (or how few) envelopes have been received so far. Rather than gaudily put all remunerations out in public, take the classy route and use a simple graduation cap card box.

Graduation Cap Card Box — on sale for $9.96

Beverage Dispenser

Don't make a delicious drink and end up with no way to serve it (Photo via Amazon)

Don’t make a delicious drink and end up with no way to serve it (Photo via Amazon)

Whether serving lemonade or something more adult, you’ll want to have some type of home-prepared beverage. Too many times hosts and hostesses resolve to offer delicious concoctions only to realize they lack the requisite containers. Be prepared. You can find some pretty fancy beverage dispensers online, but a cheaper option will work just fine — especially since you probably need more than one.

Unbreakable 3.5-Gallon Beverage Dispenser — $29.99

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