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Spring is here, and the school year is coming to a close. That means it’s almost graduation season. With all the pomp and circumstance, you can expect to attend some graduation parties. If you’re throwing a party for your lucky graduate, you’ll need to do a lot of planning

At One Stop Rental, we specialize in graduation party rentals, and we treat every party like it’s our own. If you want to celebrate a friend or loved one’s graduation, keep reading to learn how to plan a graduation party.

Announcements and Invitations

Make sure to send announcements ahead of the graduation date. These should go to almost everyone, regardless of whether you plan to invite them to the party. Once you finalize the guest list, you can send out the actual invitations. Be sure to send them out way ahead of time—graduation season can get hectic.

Guest List

Unlike graduation announcements, you should only send party invitations to people who can realistically attend. The size of the guest list will affect the venue as well as the activities you choose, so establish who gets an invitation early in the planning process. Most graduation parties invite family, friends of the family, the graduate’s friends and sometimes their families.


Because of the age of the guest of honor, high school graduation parties are typically more informal, while college graduation parties are more sophisticated. Keep age and degree of formality in mind when deciding on a venue. Popular choices for graduation parties include someone’s home, a restaurant, hotel or a country club. If the weather permits, you can even hold the party outdoors. If you’re worried about the sun or the rain, consider purchasing or renting a tent for the duration of the party.


What kind of theme do you want for the party? Do you want a formal affair, a laid-back luau or something in between? No matter what theme you decide in, you should coordinate your decorations to go along with it. Don’t know where to start? Our graduation packages come with everything you need to set up for a party, including a tent, table, chairs, and a table cover—all available for standard delivery.


Buffet table laid out with food

Food can make or break a party. Consider serving a buffet meal to keep guests socializing. If you’re putting together a smaller party, you could even ask some of the guests to bring food or contribute to the cost of the refreshments. If you decide to go with a themed party, try to incorporate food and drinks that match the theme. For example, if you’re hosting a luau party, you might want to serve fruit punch and Hawaiian pizza.

With a little bit of planning, you can throw the graduation party of a lifetime. Your student’s achievement deserves to be celebrated. Why not do it in style?

If you need help throwing a memorable graduation party, our team at One Stop Rental is happy to help. We have all kinds of party and event rentals to help you save money without sacrificing a wonderful experience. For more information about planning graduation parties, you can contact us or reach out via social media.

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