6 Cheap Party Supplies that Can Transform Your Party

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Cheap Party Supplies

Throwing a party doesn’t have to break the bank. The right party supplies can make your party great, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend hundreds of dollars just on things for your party. Whether you are having a lot of people over or just a few, finding the right cheap party supplies can make throwing a party a lot more affordable. In addition to making your party more affordable, they can also totally transform your party. Don’t be afraid to put out a little bit of money on your party, but with these cheap party supplies, you can get everything you need for a great party, at an affordable price.

1.Balloons

Balloons are a great way to add some fun to your party for a very low cost. Unlike other decorations that are very expensive and do not take up very much room, balloons cost only a few cents each, come in a wide variety of colors, and can be used in a variety of different ways in order to transform wherever you are having your party. They can be used to fill up a large party space that does not have very many decorations, can be used as wall decorations, can be weighted down in bunches in order to act as table centerpieces, and much more. At only a few cents a pop, they are a great way to add life to your party, without having to spend very much money on the decorations themselves. Because they also come in a wide variety of colors, it’s easy to find balloons that match the theme of your party, if you have one, or to simply find balloons that you like the color of.

2. Tableware

Available both in the solid and patterned varieties, tableware can go a long way to transforming your party. When you use simple white plates and white plastic forks, spoons, knives, cups, and napkins, the party itself can start to look extremely drab. While you might not consider how your table looks as a very significant part of your party, your tableware can actually set the tone of the entire event. Luckily, it is possible to buy very inexpensive tableware that can make a big impact. Whether you stack all of your plates, cups, and utensils at one end of a buffet table or you set all of the eating tables before the party begins, they can act as both decoration and tool.

3. Games

One of the great challenges of planning a party is deciding what you actually want to do at that party. Games can be a great way to spend your time and are not necessarily just for kids. While kids will enjoy bean toss games with bean bags, a set of dice that tell you want to do (take a shot, dance, etc.) and who with or where (on at table, for example), can be great for adults. If you are hosting a large party for children, having lots of different games is a great way to keep those children engaged for a long period of time. On the other hand, if you just want to make sure that you have enough games to occupy the children while the adults also play a game, our online party supply store has plenty to choose from. Buying a few cheap games are great ways to make sure the party goes smoothly.

4. Streamers

Want an easy way to decorate your space? Want a fun party supply that is as versatile as it is inexpensive? Streamers are the ultimate option for you. Why? Because not only can they be hung from the ceiling, draped on walls, draped across tables, and even used to decorate chairs, they can also be used to wrap presents, play party games, and more. There is just about no end to what you can do with streamers, especially because they come in such a wide variety of colors and are dirt cheap. They are the king of cheap party supplies and they are also super compact, so even if you do not end up using all of the streamers, they can be easily packed away and used again at a future shindig.

5. Serving dishes

Do the color and style of your serving dishes and utensils really matter? If you want to plan a fancy or classy party but also want to do it on a budget, picking up some cheap, but still beautiful serving dishes can certainly do the trick. Whether you just need serving plates for your buffet table or you want plastic chargers to go under every single place setting, cheap party supplies are certain to provide you with the exact look that you desire. Having a well-decorated food table and eating tables are key to making a party space look fully decorated.

6. Costumes

Costumes and accessories aren’t a necessary party of every party, but they are a great way to round out your theme, if you have one. If you are throwing a totally awesome 80s party or a swingin’ 40s party, having some costumes and/or accessories on hand for those that want to fit into the theme is a great way to transform your party in to a real event. Finding cheap party supplies like these doesn’t have to be difficult. Just look at the accessories section of our online party supply store to find the products you need.

How to Use Floral Paper Products to Transform Your Party

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When I was a child, inexpensive paper products were barely more substantial than a piece of paper and when stacked up next to a barbecue or party spread, they looked “not so classy”. Today, there are far more brands and colors to choose from, and there are a range of paper products that are made to actually hold more than a few potato chips before they collapse in your hand.

While most fancy parties still demand “real” plates and cutlery, there are choices today, especially floral paper products, that put the flimsy white paper products of our childhoods to shame.

Here’s how you can use floral paper products to transform your next party.

Set the Table

There is something particularly classic and alluring about floral paper products, especially today. Florals are very trendy right now, and while they may remind someone of that old couch moldering away in their grandparents’ house, there are quite a few varieties that look fresh and modern. Floral paper products are a great way to both make your table look great and save yourself time during setup and cleanup, as well as money.

Set your table with paper plates and cups—just make sure to use something heavy to hold them down if you’re setting a table outside as even the sturdiest of plates can be flipped up and blown away by a strong breeze. Plastic cutlery in a heavy utensil holder is a great way to hold down your plates and keep the entire place setting looking festive and beautiful.

Stack the Buffet Table

When it comes to decorating a buffet table, most people are at a loss. What can you put on a buffet table that doesn’t just look silly or that clashes with or will get in the way of the food? Floral paper products are an excellent alternative to other decorations, and because they’re functional, they actually do double duty. This is the perfect way to dress up a buffet table for a spring or summer garden party, and all you have to do is take the paper plates out of their wrapping and set them on the table.

If you have matching cups and napkins, stacking these all together can really pull together a buffet table and make it look like it’s really a part of your party. Just like when setting a table outside, if you’re stacking your plates, cups, and napkins on a table that’s outside, you might want to find a way to hold them down. A clean, decorative stone or a set of paper weights can be very useful in this regard.

Use Them as Decorations

If you are looking for a decorating idea that a little out of the box, hold on to your hats. Why not use floral paper products as decorations for your next party. A simple piece of tape on the back of a plate and you can stick it to just about anything. If you get both small and large plates, or plates of different shapes, you can create a unique design on a wall.

This is a great way to cover up a wall you might not be in love with, and to add fast, fun color to any space. It might sound a little silly, but after you get a few plates stuck to the wall, you can transform the space and you’ll love the slightly retro, slightly quirky look of the room once you’ve finished with the plates.

Make Cleanup a Breeze

One of the main reasons party planners choose paper products over china is because of how much simpler cleanup is. If you can just sweep all of your paper plates into the compost bin, it’s so much easier than having to wash every single plate that someone has used during the party. Even a small dinner party can create a lot of dishes if you’re using china. Using floral paper products gives you the same level of sophistication in your table setting, without all of the hassle.

Many people avoid using paper because they believe it is more environmentally friendly to use china. The truth is that either way, whether you have to wash all of the dishes or just throw them away, you’re going to be using resources. If you dispose of your paper products the right way, you can actually prevent wasting water by washing all of those dishes and can also prevent all of those plates, cups, and napkins from just entering a landfill and rotting away. Whether you compost them yourself or simply put them in the paper recycling fin, you’ll find clean up much easier than if you have to wash a hundred dishes.

Goes Perfectly with Any Meal

Watermelon was the biggest enemy of paper products when I was a child—pieces of that watery melon would soak right through a flimsy plate and it would be in shreds in no time (and the dog would get more than his fair share of watermelon as it tumbled off of the plates).

One of the benefits of buying high-quality paper products like the ones in our store is being able to use them to transform just about any party, no matter what kind of food you want to serve, up to and including the dreaded watermelon. With a variety of different plates, cups, and napkins to choose from, it’s easy to find products that will work perfectly for your needs.

Check out our online store for a wide selection of floral paper products.

8 Super Extreme Graduation Party Ideas

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Graduation is definitely a time to celebrate. Around the world, millions of people are celebrating the end of their education or the beginning of their higher education with a party. Many of those people will be throwing graduation parties. If you and your friends are all graduating from the same school, you may find yourself invited to several graduation parties, all of which have a similar theme and/or format. If you don’t want to throw just another cookie-cutter graduation party, here are eight super-extreme graduation party ideas that will change the way you think of this type of celebration.

Hit the road

Right after graduation is probably the last time that you will have nearly infinite free time. As you start your career or higher education, you will have to devote most of your time to those pursuits. Right now is the perfect time to pack all of your closest friends into a car and just hit the road. Don’t think-just drive. But don’t forget to bring your own graduation party supplies. If you find you want to have a party but you’re not anywhere near a party store, you don’t want to be without a pair of sunglasses that display your graduation year on them.

Set the jet

It wouldn’t be a list of super extreme graduation party ideas if we didn’t suggest chartering a private jet to your favorite tropical destination. This isn’t a list of mediocre party ideas, okay? If you’ve got the means, especially if you’ve got the combined means with some of your friends who are also leaving the world of academia behind, chartering a jet and taking flight to a tropical destination is the best way to unwind after a busy finals season. Again, you might want to bring the graduation party supplies with you, as your destination might not have a store that offers the cap and gown-themed decorations you want.

Holi paint fight

This is a suggestion that is perhaps a little bit more achievable, especially if you have a large group of friends that are graduating at the same time and you’re bound to have a large group of people attend your combined party. Holi paint is actually very easy to find and it’s extremely fun to play with. Have everyone dress in white, set out the containers, and go to town! If you really want to make sure that the “graduation” theme comes through, only provide paint in your school colors. For example, if your school colors and yellow and green, only buy powdered paint that is yellow and green-you’ll all come out the other end of the fight covered in school spirit.

Go all out

Don’t be afraid of over-decorating your space. There are hundreds of varieties of graduation party decorations just waiting for you in our store. One of the best ways to make your party an extreme one is to go all out with the decorations. Don’t just stop with graduation cap confetti. Get the graduation-cap wearing blow-up alligator that everyone can sign instead of an address book. Get everyone a graduation gown and cap and make everyone be a graduate. Deck the walls with banners and hanging decorations that fill up your party venue. Don’t let anyone forget why they’re there and who they’re celebrating. Graduation is a triumph-don’t be afraid to overdo your celebration.

Throw a rager

Graduating from college is your last chance to throw a truly outrageous party. If you can rent out a building or other large venue, this is the perfect way to send your education off with a bang! Loud music, fun lights, and plenty of graduation party supplies will make your send-off truly unique. There’s nothing more extreme than throwing one last giant party before everyone separates and heads home for the summer and to start their “real” lives.

Hit Vegas

While there is still some travel involved in this idea, there will be considerably less than if you were going to try to get to Cabo. If you’re over twenty-one, Vegas is the perfect venue for your extreme graduation party, and the party will pretty much come to you. There’s always something fun going on in Las Vegas, whether you just want to hit the casinos or you want to see one of the many famous acts that are always putting on a show on the strip. You’ll never be at a loss of activities when you plan a weekend in Vegas for your graduation party.

Graduation roast

While a roast is cooking away in the oven or in a roasting pit (if you’re extra extreme), why not hold a good, old fashioned roast? Gather together your friends and family and let them go to town, revealing all of your old secrets and embarrassing moments. This suggestion is only for graduates with a good sense of humor, who will appreciate the good-natured fun and wants to have a fun, unique, extreme graduation party that no one else in his year is having.

Be sure to sock up on graduation party decorations before you execute your extreme idea.

10 Expensive Graduation Party Ideas

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While it’s totally possible to plan a great graduation party on a budget, isn’t graduation one of the best times to throw away the budget and just go all out?

If your graduation party has no budget, here are ten rather expensive graduation party ideas you could throw and how to pull them off.

Party in your favorite restaurant

If you’ve never rented out a whole restaurant, we’ll save you the call—it will be expensive. But if it’s your favorite restaurant and it holds a special place in your heart (maybe you met your girlfriend or boyfriend there, it’s where your family has always gotten together to celebrate, or you just always have a good time there with your friends), this can be the ideal venue for your graduation party. Depending on the restaurant’s policies, they may require you to pay a per-head fee or to guarantee that a certain number of paying customers will show up, but either way, just getting the place for the night is going to take a chunk out of your budget. Food, graduation party decorations, and more are going to eat up even more money.

Renting an event center

If you have a large group of people that want to attend your graduation party, you will likely have to rent out a local event center. Researching what venues people in the area rent for weddings is a good way to find one that will allow you to decorate as you please and have a large group of people either for an open house or to stay and chat, dance, and celebrate for the duration of the party. Like renting out a restaurant, the cover charge just for getting the space is going to be the biggest expense, but there will also be a significant expense for buying graduation party decorations to fill the large space. Getting lots of large decorations like wall banners and hanging lanterns can help to fill up a large space.

Gathering at your favorite bar

An alternative to trying to rent out a restaurant is gathering with your friends and family at a local bar. This party is best for those graduating from college, since high school graduates won’t surpass the legal drinking age. However, if there is a particular bar that holds a special place in your heart, graduating from university is a great time to gather there and celebrate. Even if you don’t rent the entire place out, covering the tab for all of your guests can put a dent in your bank account.

Upscale celebrations

If there’s any time to get fancy, celebrating graduation is it. Why not spring for a ballroom and deck the place out in the most expensive graduation decorations you can find? Buy everyone attending their own graduation cap and gown, dress every table in the best linens you can find, and don’t be afraid to hang tassels from every chandelier in the space. Graduation is the best time to go big or go home.

Cater a feast

Anyone who has ever planned one of these parties will tell you that it is not the venue or the graduation party decorations that can empty your budget—it’s the food. One of the most expensive graduation parties you can plan is a catered feast for your guests. Most parties will stick to finger food or very small meals, but the most expensive will have a five-course dinner for all of their guests, even if there are a hundred of them. The cost can be marginally offset by using high quality paper products instead of real china—but if you’re going to go all the way with a feast, why not have fancy plates, cups, and cutlery, too?

A destination graduation party

Whether she is graduation from high school or from college, the first thing the graduate wants to do is probably go relax on a beach somewhere for a few weeks. Why not take the whole family? Flying the entire family to a tropical destination for a few weeks can be costly, but it can also be worth it.

Professionally planned

If you have access to a graduation party planner, why not hire one? The graduate himself already has plenty of stress—he doesn’t need the additional stress of trying to plan his own graduation party. A planner will take care of everything from graduation party supplies to renting the venue and sending out the invites.

Reward with a ride

Maybe it’s not the party that is the real expense, but the gift that is going to be given along with the party. A car is actually a surprisingly common graduation present for high school and college graduates alike. Nothing says “Congratulations!” better than the freedom a vehicle provides.

Backpacking without books

Why not trade your backpack full of school books for a backpack full of clothes and supplies and set out for a European backpacking trip? Right now, now that school is over and before you will have to think seriously about a career or higher education opportunities, is the perfect time to spend a little extra cash and have a graduation celebration that doubles as an adventure!

Pay off student loans

What if, instead of throwing a massively expensive graduation party, you channeled all that extra money towards paying off your student loans? The celebratory spirt you’re feeling right now, in the wake of being done with your degree, will be even greater knowing that you’ve paid off that education.

How to Throw a Luau Graduation Party

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In Polynesian culture, a luau is used to mark any special or momentous occasion—and that includes a graduation! Whether you are graduating or are in charge of planning the graduation party for a friend or family member, choosing a luau theme is a great way to mark this amazing achievement.

Here is everything you need to know about planning a luau party to celebrate a graduation.

Picking a Venue

Finding the right venue for your graduation party is probably going to be one of the more difficult part of planning this party. Not every venue will have the right vibe or the necessary accommodations for your party. Of course, if you care more about the people that show up to celebrate with you than how closely the venue adheres to the luau party theme, then you can hold your graduation party just about anywhere.

If your parents or friends have a backyard to offer, this is usually the best place to hold your party, as long as it is large enough for all of your guests to mingle without feeling claustrophobic. Hosting your party outside will add to the luau theme, and if you have a barbecue available, you can grill hamburgers, hot dogs, or something more traditionally Polynesian.

A party hall, church, park, or rented tent can also be great places to hold your party, depending on what kind of rent you can afford. Most parks allow you to reserve an area for free, while most other venues will require some kind of deposit in order to secure the area for your event.

Invites

Sending out invites will be one of the most important parts of your luau graduation party. Incorporating the luau theme into the invitations can help your guests understand the theme and remember to dress appropriately and get into the spirit of the luau even before they arrive at the party. It is traditional to include pictures of the graduate with the invite, so why not throw a lei over the graduate and add a note to your guests, reminding them to wear their best luau gear when they arrive at your party.

Other things to include with your graduation party invitations: date and time, place and directions if the location is likely to be difficult to find, whether or not gifts are welcome, whether or not children are welcome, what kind of food will be served (lunch, dinner, appetizers, dessert, etc.), and what kind of party it is (i.e. open house, dance, munch and mingle, etc.).

Decorations

Luau decorations are going to be one of the most integral parts of the whole event. Luau party supplies are easy to find, but what exactly will you need? You will probably want to start with leis. Leis are traditionally given in celebration or as a welcoming present to guests. Having a lei for every guest is a great way to get everyone into the spirt, and if you set them on a table or hang them on the wall or a fence, they can double as a decoration. One of our favorite luau party supplies is our set of bamboo string lights. This is a great way to add some festive fun and light to an area!

Other decorations include ocean animal-themed balloons, hanging palm tree decorations, hibiscus-themed paper products, hula girls, and a range of banners and hanging paper lanterns. Tiki masks, grass skirts for tables, and flowers are all appropriate options when it comes to luau party supplies for your graduation celebration!

Choosing a Menu

What kind of food you are going to serve will depend on the format of your party. If you are hosting an open house, where you really only want your guests to stop by, give their congratulations, grab some food, and then leave, you probably want small, handheld food. On the other end of the spectrum, you might want all of your guests to stay and eat a full dinner with you. Either way, here are some of the most traditional luau dishes:

  • Huli huli chicken
  • Baked mahi-mahi
  • Teriyaki beef or chicken
  • Roast pig
  • Poi
  • Potato salad
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Tossed salad
  • A variety of cut fruit, including pineapple, papaya, grapes, strawberries, mangos, lychee, and coconuts

To Cook or Not to Cook?

Once you have chosen your menu, it is time to decide whether or not you want to cook. If you have the budget for a caterer, this can be a great way to cut all of the time and stress of cooking out of your party planning schedule. Caterers can, however, be rather expensive, and if you want to save your budget for luau party supplies, it might be more cost-effective to buy and cook the food yourself. Many of the most traditional luau dishes can be easily made in a slow cooker or in the oven, without much maintenance or attention given to the food itself.

Attire and Details

When it comes to what to wear, you have a number of options. You could go as Hawaiian as possible and break out the Hawaiian shirts, the grass skirts, and the coconut bras. This might not be the idea option for everyone, however. Throwing a lei over normal clothes and maybe adding a flower to your hair is usually plenty of luau attire to really look the part.

Dancing the hula and playing a few rounds of limbo are great ways to get into the luau spirit! Just find some traditional Hawaiian music for your party’s soundtrack and you will be ready to luau all night long!

Check out our Luau Party Supplies here.

7 Inexpensive Graduation Party Ideas

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Are you or someone you know graduating from high school or college in the next couple of months? Don’t let this occasion pass without properly celebrating it! This is a huge achievement and should be marked with a great graduation party.

You may want to plan a great party, but you probably also want to plan an inexpensive party. Even if other people are willing to kick in a little for the party, you probably will have difficulty planning a huge, extravagant party for the number of people that want to come and celebrate with the graduate. Being on a budget doesn’t mean throwing a cheap party—here are seven inexpensive graduation party ideas to help you cut costs and plan the ultimate bash.

1. Make it number themed.

2015 has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? There are perhaps no graduation party supplies easier to find than the number-themed ones. Couple those supplies with a few of your own creation and you will have a well-decorated party space. What about food? Why not try fifteen different kinds of appetizers? Or food arranged into a “2015” across the table. Fill the playlist with some of the most popular songs of the year and you will have the ultimate party—and all you really had to do was buy some graduation party supplies.

2. Make it nostalgic.

If there is a specific kind of food, activity, or place that holds a special place in the graduate’s heart, now is the perfect time to celebrate that. This could be especially great for a group of high school seniors that want one last hurrah before they jet off to separate colleges. Alternatively, this is also a great idea for college students who are about to step out into the real world and might want one more feast of macaroni and cheese, ramen, and cheap juice before they have to become real adults. Right now is the time to celebrate all of the hard work that the graduate has put into his schooling, but also to celebrate the fact that college is its own little world and he can only hold on to it for a few more days.

3. Food and drinks should double as décor.

Don’t want to spent your entire budget on graduation party supplies? Why not spend your entire budget on food and just make it masquerade as decorations. If you can find number cookie cutters, you can make anything say “2015” or the graduate’s name. Cut a watermelon into slices and punch out their name or the year. Punch “2015” out of pieces of pineapple and put them on a skewer as a festive drink garnish. Besides the food, your only decoration cost will be for those cookie cutters!

4. Make it forward thinking.

Is the graduated headed to Alabama for graduate school? Idaho to start his undergrad? Almost every state and many cities have a type of cuisine that they are known for. Plan out a simple menu that matches the grad’s destination and send him off in style. If he’s headed to the south, why not try some southern comfort food? Headed to Texas? Make some Tex-Mex. Going to Chicago? Some Chicago-style pizza will do the trick. Whether ever the graduate is headed next, there is probably some sort of specialty food that will help them prepare for their next big adventure.

5. Use yarn or tissue paper to make tassels.

While there are plenty of great tassel-themed decorations you can pick up from a party supply store, if you’re trying to cut costs, you might find your budget helped by making some of the decorations yourself, especially if you want to buy graduation party supplies like year-themed napkins or banners. Tassels are exceptionally easy to make and they are the perfect decoration for a graduate’s party. Simply loop ribbon or yarn in the graduate’s school colors around your hand. Slide the loop off, tie the top of the loop together and then cut the bottom of the loop. Use these along the edge of tables, on banners, and just about everywhere else to really create a cohesive theme.

6. Make a photo booth for making memories.

Graduation may seem like an ending, but it’s also the best time to celebrate everything that has come before. That’s why a photo booth, where guests can take pictures with props and leave a message for the graduate is a great way to celebrate this achievement. If you can steal the graduate’s cap, you’ll already have the most important prop, but if not, you can always buy one from our party supply store. Some mustaches and silly glasses will round out the prop table. Then, just set up a camera with a timer or someone dedicated to taking the pictures. If you can find a polaroid or other instant-print camera, the guests can leave a little message for the graduate, along with their picture!

7. Make it the graduate’s “last chance to be a kid.”

It’s time for laser tag, squirt guns, water balloons, and an old-fashioned barbecue. Celebrate the fact that he or she is moving into adulthood by giving him or her one last chance to play all of the games he loved as a kid. If you want to play twister, you can make a free board by just cutting out the appropriate amount of circles in the right colors and taping them to the ground. Balloons are inexpensive, as are little water guns!

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How to Throw the Ultimate Graduation Party

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Making sure that you have all of the right graduation party supplies, food, drink, activities, and details perfect for a graduation party doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re in charge of planning your own or a friend, child, or loved one’s graduation party, here is the ultimate checklist to make sure this party commemorates all of the hard work the graduate has put into his schooling:

Step One: Invitations

There are plenty of places where you can find great invitations for your graduation party. Making sure that you have invites sent out early enough and to the right people is going to be one of the most major party planning tasks that you have to tackle.

Some schools will sell or give away invitations that graduations can use to invite friends and family to a party, but if not, customized invitations can be purchased online, standard invites can be purchased from any party store, or, if you have some graphic design skills, you can always design your own—you may even be able to find a template online that you like, that you can easily customize.

Wherever you get your invitations from, they can all include the following information:

  • An invitation to the party (obviously)
  • Response card, so the recipient can RSVP
  • An envelope for the response card
  • A map that shows how to get to the party’s venue
  • A seating card that tells the recipient where they are going to sit (if applicable)
  • And an agenda that discusses the format of the party or the celebration weekend, for guests coming from out of town who need to plan their travel

While it might not be necessary or appropriate to include all of these things with every invitation, especially if the party is fairly casual, this information can help potential guests find the party. Including an RSVP card can be a great way to get an accurate count of how many people are coming, which could be essential if you are providing a meal or trying to find a venue large enough to hold everyone who wants to come and celebrate.

Step Two: Find a Space

Finding a space to hold your graduation party does not have to be difficult. There are essentially three different types of places that you could rent. The first is a hall—which is the best option if you are planning on celebrating with lots of people or are having a joint party with other graduates. Renting a hall opens you up to many different decoration possibilities and allows you to have a bar (if the graduate and most of the attendees are old enough), buffet or food station, and entertainment like a band or DJ.

The second option is to rent out a restaurant or make a reservation for your party. This is usually the best option if you prefer to have a smaller celebration just with very close friends and relatives. Especially if just the immediate family is available to attend the graduation ceremony (which is common if your graduation is out of town), making a reservation at your favorite restaurant is a good option. Of course, you then have limited food and decoration choices, but there is also very little preparation and cleanup required after the fact.

The third option is to host the party at your home, or if not at your home, at a home of a friend or relative who is willing to host. This can be a great way to have more control over decorations, the time and date of the party, and the menu, but it can mean a lot of work for the host and for the party planner.

Step Three: Pick a Menu

Unless you have chosen to have your party at a restaurant instead of at a rented hall or in someone’s home, you will need to pick a menu. While you do not have to serve a full banquet at your party, it is usually appropriate to have some sort of food for your guests, especially if you want them to stick around and celebrate for a while.

If the format of your party is more like an “open house,” where you want guests to stop by, say their congratulations, perhaps leave a gift, and then leave whenever they are finished mingling, finger foods are usually the best choice. If, on the other hand, you want your guests to stick around for a while, a buffet table with different types of food they can choose from to make a meal is a great way to feed a large group of people.

One of the biggest roadblocks most graduations party planners run into at this point is whether or not they should cook the food that they are going to offer at the party. Deciding whether to cook or buy your food (from the prepared food section of your grocery store or from a caterer) usually comes down to the time and cost ration. For some people, making their own food will take a short amount of time and will cost less. For other, it will take a large amount of time and be more expensive. Decide how “valuable” your time is and whether or not you want to spend it making food.

Step Four: Decorations!

Finding the right graduation party decorations does not have to be difficult. Our online party store has a wide variety of great decorations, including class-year-themed banners, table displays, boxes to collect congratulatory cards, and more!

8 Essential Graduation Party Supplies

graduation party supplies

If you’re planning a party for a graduate (or you are a graduate, planning your own party), having the right gradation party supplies can make the entire experience much, much easier.

Whether you are renting out a bar or a restaurant, throwing the party in your own back yard, or renting a tent to make use of some green space at a local park, graduation party supplies can help make your space look the part and help get your guests in the mood to celebrate this incredible achievement! Whether you want to go very sophisticated or a little cliché and cheesy, here are 8 essential graduation party supplies every graduation party needs.

Year-Specific Decorations

Every year, every party supply store has an influx of 2015, 2016, 2017, etc. party supplies, specifically made to celebrate all the graduates that year. You can find pins, picture frames, banners, even bracelets that all sport the year! While you don’t want your graduation party to look like a New Year’s party, having a few year-themed items or party favors can be a great way to highlight the graduate’s achievements. You might even be able to find paper plates and cups that sport the year.

Banners

A big banner that says, “Congratulations!” or “Well Done!” can be a great addition to any party space, especially if you have a lot of blank wall space that you want to cover. Most banners will be black, gold, and white, but you can usually find banners in your school’s colors or even make one yourself out of craft supplies. The larger the banner is, the better! If you cannot find a large banner and do not want to make one, using a few of the same or complementary banner can help to fill up wall space and make the entire party area look well-decorated.

Plates and Cups

While you might not think of plates and cups as decorations, they are essential graduation party supplies. No matter what the format of your party is, you will likely want to serve some sort of drink and food, and that means have plates, cups, and napkins. This is one great way to incorporate the school’s colors, or to find items that sport the graduate’s class year. Setting them up in neat stacks next to the food can make the food table more welcoming and incorporates the theme of the party into even what some would consider a small detail.

Candy

Unless dinner is going to be part of the graduation party, an assortment of candy is a great way to give your guests something to snack on as they mingle. Luckily, you can usually find candy in a variety of colors and you should be able to just buy candy in the colors that you need for your party. If your school colors are green and yellow, you can buy just green and just yellow candy, which will incorporate your party’s theme even into the food. For a more graduation-specific option, you can usually find individually wrapped candies that have the graduate’s class year printed on the side.

Balloons

Balloons are always a great choice for livening up a party space. Again, they come in just about every color imaginable, so you can match your balloons to the school’s colors. If you have a large venue that feels a little sparse just with banners and signs, blowing up balloons and attaching them to the wall or putting them on tables, or even just on the floor, can fill out a large space and make it look cozier and more welcoming. If you have access to helium, making bunches of balloons to attach to tables or let float around the room is always a good idea.

Graduation Caps

If you can find graduation party supplies that incorporate the cap, these are a great way to build upon the theme of your party. It’s usually possible to find graduation cap confetti, cupcake toppers, signs, or even picks to stick into appetizers. In our store, we have an autograph graduation alligator, sporting a cap and the words “later gator.” He even comes with a black marker so all of your guests can leave their congratulations right on the alligator. He’s a little different, but he can make a great gift for the graduate in your life.

Streamers

Streamers are another essential graduation party supply, especially when you have a large space to decorate. Available in any color you could need, you can easily transform a bland venue into a very festive venue. String them from wall to ceiling to create a neat canopy effect, or use them to wrap poles or columns. Streamers can cover a very large space and are very inexpensive, making them the ideal choice for someone looking to throw a graduation party on a budget.

A Box to Hold Cards and Gifts

Some of your guests will bring cards of congratulations or other gifts. Have a table set up for gifts, where guests can leave their present before coming to congratulate you for this achievement, and a box where they can place their cards. When we threw a graduation party for my sister, the vast majority of her guests brought cards (some stuffed with cash or gift cards) and until we sent my brother home to pick up a basket to hold all of those cards, they just piled up on her gift table. A box like our “Congrats grad card holder,” or another decorated box to corral cards will keep them orderly and prevent any from slipping away.

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