Do’s and Don’ts on Throwing a Grad Party

For the month of May and June, calendars are full of graduation ceremonies and celebrations. When it comes to planning your own graduation party, it can be a little hectic for some party planners. “I try throwing a party every now and then, but something just isn’t right-  some of my friends have fun and some don’t. I want everyone to have fun and everyone to say what a great host I am,but I need help to make it extra fun,” said Bailey, 18.

Like Bailey, Jane feels stressed when it comes to throwing parties.

“I always try throwing a party, but somehow it always gets ruined. I get really insecure about the people in my home. I am always in the lookout of something breaking, or of someone getting hurt,so most of the time I don’t even have fun because of how much I am worrying about it. I just want to have real fun without over thinking every little detail my friends do,” said Jane, 17.

Throwing a graduation party takes a lot of planning, but, with a little help from Latinitas, planning a party can be stress-free. But where should you start? Here are some Do’s and Dont’s for throwing your very own graduation party.

Do’s

Make sure to invite people that you can trust, because your real friends wouldn’t disrespect your home or your rules; always stay positive and have an upbeat attitude. Don’t rely on everyone else to be upbeat, smile, jump around, laugh, have a great time, it’s your graduation night!

Food

A good party always has some sort of food, not a whole meal where you have to cook, but snacks that you know the majority of people like. Everyone loves free food, especially if it’s something they like. Throw in some chips, a salsa or dip, maybe some wings of different flavors, some nachos,  or even pizza; you want to make something that will be fast and tasty, nothing that will make too much of a mess. Make sure to use paper plates and cups so that you don’t have to worry about washing dirty dishes!

Music

Always have upbeat music at the party! Try creating a playlist beforehand to avoid different music you don’t like to play. If you love Spotify and Pandora for a quick playlist, put them on hold in order to prevent the ads from breaking up the fun atmosphere! Everyone is at your party to have fun, so keep it upbeat! Putting instrumental music or slow music will make it seem like it’s a prom. Lively music will make your party a hit!

 Theme

Try choosing a theme to the party so everyone can dress up accordingly. Plus, having a theme can make the party seem more entertaining.  For example, a Hawaiian theme can lead to people wearing hay skirts, flowered patterns, etc. A themed or costume party means people can show off their creativity or wear their favorite costume.  If having a themed or costume party is not your thing, that’s okay!

Don’ts

Angry Neighbors

If you are throwing this party at your house, make sure to tell your neighbors you’re going to have some friends over and if they have a problem to call your cellphone. Your neighbors will appreciate your initiative to take action when your friends are laughing a little too loud. Being the “noisy” neighbor may lead to a neighbor reporting you for noise complaints. Avoid having to shut down your party by keeping the noise and music level to tolerable level.  If you can’t hear yourself think, then the party might be a little too loud.

Rules

Having a few house rules, like not going into your parent’s bedroom or touching your mom’s fancy and expensive decoration or painting, is normal, but having too many or outrageous rules can ruin the fun atmosphere — like yelling at a friend for not putting a hand towel in the right place. Unless your guests are disrespecting your home or one another, relax and have fun! Don’t think something bad is going to happen, be positive.

No One is Alone

Don’t let your friends wander around your home looking for the restroom, instead lead the way to the restroom in order to avoid them getting into the wrong room. Talk to everyone, it’s your party, your house, don’t exclude anyone out. Make conversation with everyone, don’t let everyone hanging. Come up with ice breakers to break the tension or come up with small talk about  at anything you can think of –the new movie that just came out, how they feel of being done with school, where they are going to college, etc. — be creative, be friendly, and be yourself!

Not too many Do’s and Dont’s to remember, but make sure to simply be yourself at your party. People will love your party and they’ll want you to throw more; don’t be worried about anything, just have a good time and be friendly with others.

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