Throwing a Memorable Graduation Open House on a Budget

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Posted on 05/09/2012

Finishing high school or completing college deserves recognition. Holding a graduation open house can be a great way to put the student in the spotlight while welcoming in friends and family. But with school expenses looming the thought of planning a big party can be financially overwhelming. Throwing a memorable graduation open house on a budget is the smart way to go.


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Create a Keepsake
For just $5 you can create a fun keepsake for your graduate. Pick up a mortarboard hat from OrientalTrading.com and have guests sign it. The cap is on sale for just $4.99, regularly $6.25.


Keep Food Simple
Guests will not necessarily be expecting to eat a full meal. It’s perfectly acceptable to serve light appetizers or desserts at a graduation open house. Check out tasteofhome.com for cute, low-cost idea for turning a package of brownie mix, fudge graham cookies and some shoestring licorice into edible graduation caps.


Skip the Open Bar
Instead of spending money on creating a bar, go alcohol-free. Since the weather is warming up, serve summery drinks like tea and lemonade.


Free Graduation Party Printables
Does your graduate love Star Wars? Then this free graduation printable from livinglocurto.com will give your party a custom feel. The designs feature fun phrases like “may the force be with you” and “go rule the world.” Use them as cupcake toppers or straw decorations.


Free Gift Bags
Send guests home with a cute gift that shows how much you appreciate their participation in this special event. Making them feel appreciated doesn’t have to cost much with this free Graduation Owl Gift Bag Template from partyplanningcenter.blogspot.com. Fill it with some homemade baked goods for an affordable graduation party goodie bag.


By Alison Storm


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