Few occasions in life merit celebration more than a graduation! Completing high school, a bachelor’s degree or more advanced schooling is a major accomplishment and a huge milestone that represents years of hard work and dedication. If someone special in your life is graduating this year, we’re here to help you plan the party they deserve!
Start by deciding on the theme you want to use for the graduation celebration. By deciding on this in advance, you can make sure that all the party materials match for a cohesive look. Theme options are virtually endless, so be sure to choose something that reflects your graduate’s personality! Classic, traditional styling can be appropriate for the gravitas of the occasion, but many graduates prefer something playful and punny, or just colorful, bold and celebratory. Don’t worry about having your theme completely planned out — PostNet’s graphic designers will be happy to consult with you, make recommendations, and help you bring your ideas to life.
Once you’ve decided on the look and feel you’re going for, it’s time to order your graduation announcements and invitations. Announcements should be sent out at least two weeks before the graduation itself, but don’t stress out if you’re short on time. PostNet specializes in quick-turnaround orders, and can have your materials ready fast!
Why send graduation announcements? It depends on your situation. Usually, announcements also function as an invitation to the graduation itself (not the party). But in many cases, graduation tickets are limited, or family may be located far away and not able to make it to the event. It’s still nice to send a graduation announcement to mark the occasion! Proud relatives will love having a beautifully designed keepsake to frame or display on their refrigerator. Note that if you don’t use the announcements as invitations, it’s perfectly fine to send them up to six weeks after the event.
Your party invitations should be separate (although you can mail them together to save on postage and envelopes). These will have all the important details about the celebration you’re hosting: time, date, location, and anything else that guests should know.
If you did a graduation photo shoot, announcements and invitations are the perfect place to showcase those beautiful pictures of your graduate! Be sure to select a thicker, glossy paper that will really help your photos pop.
Now for the fun part! The party decor you choose will vary depending on the theme you chose. A personalized banner with the graduate’s name and photo is the perfect way to make the event feel special. Many families decorate with inspirational quotes or celebratory messages. From simple balloons and streamers to yard signs and posters, the sky’s the limit for your graduation party decor.
Ultimately, the party should be all about your graduate — it’s a celebration of their hard-earned accomplishment! Be sure to get high-quality, enlarged photo prints of him or her to display. In addition to shots from the graduation photo shoot, it’s fun to share old pictures, too. Your party guests will love reminiscing over cute baby photos while celebrating a young adult ready to enter their next stage of life! Consider getting photos printed on canvas wraps for added sophistication, or print on foam core and display them on easels.
Graduation party planning may seem overwhelming, but PostNet is here to help! Just give us a call or stop by to get started. From planning to design and printing (even with a tight turnaround), we’ll make sure that you have everything you need to throw the special celebration your graduate deserves.