7 Ways to Throw a Graduation Party on a Budget
Today, we’re talking about 7 Ways to Throw a Graduation Party on a Budget in partnership with Basic Invite.
With a big family like ours, school events and activities costs can definitely add up quickly throughout the year. This year is a bit different from others though because we have our oldest daughter graduating from High School! Now it’s been a few years since I graduated high school (ok 20, but who’s counting) and costs are a bit higher than I remember. There are all kinds of things to pay for, including dances, yearbooks, cap and gown, Senior night, Senior pictures, graduation announcements, a graduation party, and more. So how can you throw a Graduation Party on a budget with all the other expenses?
1 – Set a budget. The first thing you need to do is set a budget. This will help you determine how much you can spend on invites, decorations, graduation stoles, and food.
2 – Keep it intimate. With a big party and lots of people comes lots of expenses. If you are on a budget, consider inviting only family members and close friends to the graduation party. Then, go here if you are looking for a cool party rental venue in Calgary.
3 – Consider a potluck. Preparing appetizers, a main course, side dishes and a dessert can definitely add up in price. Try to curb this cost by inviting guests to share a dish at the party. Not only does this help you save money on food, but it also gives guests a chance to show off their cooking skills.
4 – Pick an affordable venue. Most people like having the graduation party at a restaurant or banquet room. However, if this is out of the budget, consider hosting it at your home. You may get a couple of tent rentals or marquee hire they will provide everything you need if you want to host the party outdoors. Renting portable mobile toilets comes in handy when you’re hosting a big event. Also, since you can customize how many units you can get with a portable loo hire, you’ll have the perfect number to accommodate your guests.
5 – Purchase decorations from discount stores. I love to find decorations at our local discount stores. There are lots of options for signs, paper products (plates, napkins, cups, utensils), and other decorations at a fraction of the price of a party supply store.
6 – Take your own pictures. When I was a Senior in high school, I remember we all had to go to this one specific photography studio to have our pictures taken. If I remember correctly, it wasn’t cheap. A great alternative for the picture to use in your Graduation Announcement or Invite is one you take yourself. These days, you could even get a pretty great picture on your smartphone! Pick a pretty location with good lighting. Favorites include in front of a small waterfall, on the beach, on a bench with trees in the background, or even surrounded by flowers. You can even hire landscape lighting services to install some lighting in your garden. You get the idea. There are a lot of options!
7 – Create invitations that affordable, but beautiful! Basic Invite is a great place to order your graduation announcements or graduation card invitations. At Basic Invite, you’ll find a wide variety of announcements and invitations, each customizable in your unique school colors.
- Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.
- Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order. This is great especially when adding your own photo, like with the two sided photo graduation invitations.
- Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
- Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.
- Foil – Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
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What other ideas do you have when throwing a Graduation Party on a budget?