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Congratulations Class of 2018! Saint Germain’s Tips & Tricks to Throwing a Perfect Graduation Party


Celebrating a graduation of a loved one is a huge milestone, but it does not have to be stressful and expensive experience for you.  As we enter graduation season, we wanted to share some quick tips to help you execute the perfect graduation party. Whether you are pulling it together at the last minute or putting the final touches to your perfect event, our helpful tips will help make the party a memorable event for everyone.

In order to throw a successful graduation party, you must be organized from the beginning and plan it carefully so that you won’t deal with unnecessary stress the day of the event. Whether it’s a high school graduation, college graduation, or graduation from kindergarten, having a game plan up front that you stick to – from the invitations and decorations to the food and drink – is a must.

To help reduce your stress, we have put together some great graduation party planning tips for you.

Set the Budget:

Like any big party, this is an essential first step. There is no need for you to spend a lot to throw a memorable party. The majority of your budget should go towards your food if you’re not having to source an expensive venue.

Set a date and time for the graduation party: 

This can be harder than most think. Considering how full schedules can become with the end of the year activities, if you haven’t already set a date and sent invites out you may want to wait until the craziness of graduation passes and host your event a few weeks later.

Where Will the Party Be Held?

You have a few choices when determining what the best venue will be for your event. Ultimately choosing a location to host your party depends on a few things, how intimate you want your event to be, how much time you have to pull the party together, and how much money you want to spend.  You may choose to host the party at you home but if you’re looking to avoid getting your house “Party Ready” we have a few options below for you to consider.

  • Country Club
  • Event Center
  • Hotel or Restaurant with Banquet Space
  • Local Winery or Brewery for the older graduate’s party

Regardless of where you are hosting your event, a few things to keep in mind when making preparations.

  • Will you need rentals?Chairs, Tables, Silverware & Linens
  • Should you include Activities During the Event?Corn Hole, Lawn Games, Contests, Slideshow or Music


Depending on the theme you are going for will determine the right décor for your event. Pulling as much of the décor from your own home or borrowing from a friend is a great way to save money and time. A backyard BBQ Graduation Party would be a great way to incorporate mason jars as vases for floral arrangements or use them at a drink station.  If you want more of an upscale event you could pull out your favorite china & glassware to decorate with. Utilizing different types of lighting and candles is a wonderful way to add a sophisticated touch to any event. Regardless of what your theme is, you should be sure to make it personal. Including pictures of the graduate during school events or incorporating their school colors or favorite colors is a wonderful way to put add that personal touch to your party.


Pulling together the perfect menu shouldn’t be overwhelming, try to include some of the graduate’s favorite food items to add a personal touch to the party. When hosting guests, you should be mindful of dietary restrictions and be sure to include offerings that would fit some of your guests needs. Labeling your items is a great way to let your guests know that you have put in the extra thought to what their needs are when developing the menu. We have listed some of the most popular themed menu items and dessert options for graduation parties.

  • Themed Menus:Southern BBQ, Chesapeake Cook-Outs, Mexican Fiesta, Tropical Celebration, Tailgate Party, Tapas Galore & Comfort Finger Foods
  • Dessert Options:Custom Cake, Custom Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Rice Krispy Treats, Candy “Bar”, Chocolate Everything!


The most important thing to hosting a graduation party is to not lose site of who you are celebrating and their accomplishments. Whether you are hosting a casual party or an over the top event make sure your graduate feels like they are part of the planning process, they may want to contribute their ideas to add their personal touch to the party. Enjoy this special time with you friends and family as you celebrate the accomplishment of graduation.

Celebrate Graduation with a catered event by Saint Germain Catering, we have delicious menu options available for pickup, drop off or fully staffed events. Graduations are major milestones and we want to make sure that every detail is carefully executed. Call us today so you can begin working with one of our Event Specialists. Don’t forget to ask about our Custom Cakes and Graduation Themed Cupcakes. You have put in the hard work, now it’s time to celebrate! Visit Our Website & Order Today

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