Graduation Party Ideas for Parents on a Budget

party decorations ribbon smWhen we graduated, we simply had a small gathering of friends, letting our parents entertain older family members. Today, things are a bit different when it comes to graduation parties.  Even so, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to give your child the best graduation party ever!

Here are a few graduation party ideas for parents on a budget.

Instead of hiring a catering hall and having to invite the immediate world, think of having an open house graduation party at your home.  Work out a budget that is reasonable, and then send out invitations to friends and family.  You can easily arrange a buffet, which is not only affordable, but allows the guests to come; offer their congratulations, and have a bite to eat.  This way, there would be less work for you afterwards.  All you would need to buy is, paper plates, napkins, paper cups, sturdy plastic spoons, forks, and knives; a few decorations, and the party can go into full swing.

If you have a large family, your invitation list may be quite long.  For large groups, you may want to consider renting a hall for the occasion.  When renting a hall, research local community centers to determine the cost factor.  You can also use the buffet style in these types of places.  Furthermore, if your son or daughter has a close friend who is graduating with them, you may want to approach their parents, and decide if a joint party is feasible.  In this way, the costs can be decreased.  Both families can work out the details, and split the cost down the middle.

With college tuition, boarding, and all of the additional things needed for college life; funds may be a bit low.  If this is your case, the last thing you need is to give an extravagant party that will put you in debt. Instead, consider having a dinner party at a local restaurant for immediate family members only.  In this way, you are saving quite a bit of money, yet still celebrating this important event.  Most kids would appreciate this gesture, especially if they understand you can’t afford a grand affair.  Have a conversation with your son or daughter; you may be surprised at their response.


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