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It’s still winter, but spring and summer will be here before you know it. If your child is graduating high school or college this year, now is the time to start planning their graduation party. To make sure the party is a memorable one and to reduce your stress as the big day approaches, winter’s end is the perfect time to start planning and reserve the equipment you’ll need.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you start planning the party:

Pick the party date as far in advance as possible. This is important for accommodating out of town guests and also to avoid conflicts for your child and their peers, as many other graduation parties will take place around the same date. You might even consider throwing a joint party with the parents of your child’s friends.

Send invitations about six weeks before the party. This gives guests time to plan. As mentioned above, many other parties will take place around the same date, so it’s important to let people know your party date as soon as possible.

Reserve party rental items. Depending on how many people you plan to invite and the type of party you want to throw, you will likely require party rental equipment such as tents (for outdoor parties), tables, and chairs. You may also need tent accessories, such as anchoring systems, party lights, etc., as well as heaters. You might even consider renting a bouncy house for smaller kids or a dance floor and disco ball. Make a list of the rental items you’ll need and make sure you reserve them some weeks in advance.

Start planning the food. Decide if you want to cater, make the food yourself, or buy party trays of food from a local grocery store. Reserve the caterer or place your order at least four weeks in advance. Don’t forget plates and utensils!

To provide further help in planning an awesome graduation party for your son or daughter, One Stop Rental has a detailed graduation party planning guide on our website. A One Stop Rental party planning specialist can also help you determine which party rental items you’ll need and even offer seating configuration ideas, catering recommendations, and much more.

Visit our website or contact us today to reserve your graduation party essentials and get advice on planning a most memorable graduation party for your special grad.