As in-person events slowly come back this year, there’s a good chance you can hold events for your high school seniors as they make a move to college. An outdoor graduation party allows you the opportunity to host a fun and safe festivity that your child will remember for a lifetime. If you think you may be a bit rusty on hosting get-togethers, here are some tips on how to plan an outdoor high school graduation party.
Pick a Location
When deciding where to host your graduation party, consider places where guests can spread out. If your backyard is large enough, host it there for the most flexibility and control. There are also venues such as rooftops and restaurants that can host outdoor events and provide food and entertainment.
If you’re working on a tighter budget, local parks will usually have spaces dedicated to hosting outdoor occasions. Once you have a location, you can conceptualize your decoration ideas like tableware and balloons with matching school colors, or string lights that add ambiance to your event.
Introduce Some Party Games
While it’s nice to sit and chat with your friends and family, it’s even more fun to get up and move with some fun party games. Having activities available helps break up the monotony and makes for a memorable day. Classics like cornhole, ring toss, and horseshoes get teams or individuals throwing objects from a distance. You can also be creative with a giant Jenga set or spikeball kit that gets guests thinking and on their feet. Bringing some competitiveness to the festivities helps get people talking to each other.
Get Some Tunes Going
Music is a great way to get your kid involved in the planning. They’ll have fun having their friends help brainstorm the best jams and plan out the vibes they want at their graduation party. They might want to keep things relaxed, high energy, or even get everyone dancing. While you might want to have final authority over the selections to keep the music family-friendly, letting your seniors pick their ideal playlist gives them some independence. It helps make the event feel more personal.
Keep Your Event Safe
Whether you’re hosting the party at a venue or in your backyard, you’ll want to make sure people have access to bathrooms and a way to keep their hands washed and sanitized. Having portable restrooms, handwashing stations, and hand sanitizer helps to keep everyone safe. You might also consider inviting just a small number of guests to maintain social distancing.
The most important thing to remember when considering how to plan an outdoor high school graduation party is that you celebrate your child’s lifelong achievements. Make them feel special and let them know how proud you are of them. If you keep this in mind, your graduation party will be exceptional.
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