What to do for a High School/College Graduation Party? Plan-it like Vicki.
The first thing to figure out is who do you want to invite and then what to serve. I want it easy and
fun. A food truck is a fantastic way to throw a party at your house. The truck will handle all of the
paper goods, main course and drinks. A kitchen on wheels that you don’t have to man. Have the
party outside and park the truck on your driveway or street. All your guests have to do is go up to
the truck and order what they want. I am having the truck serve all of my son’s favorite foods and
plenty of choices for the rest of the guests. This will allow me to enjoy interacting with my guests
and the food.
Extra nibbles are a good idea. Have little yummies for your guests to nibble on for as soon as they
arrive. Maybe some veggies and dip or chips and salsa. This will keep everyone happy while they wait
for their food order to be ready.
I think every party should have some kind of theme or color scheme. My son’s future college colors
are purple and yellow so that makes decorating easy. I will get some purple and yellow balloons,
purple linens and yellow flowers to line long tables. I have chosen long banquet tables so there is
plenty of room for the guests to sit and enjoy the rest of the guests at the party and feel like a big
family dinner party.…
Always add something personal to your event. I have chosen some baby photos on the tables of the
young graduate with little signs saying “Emerson College Class of 2019”!
Have a little surprise for the guest of honor. We have decided to make a photo montage of our
graduate with photos from birth to present day. We are going to show the video as soon as it gets
dark and play it with a projector on the garage doors. Click here
Have a sweet ending to your event. Desserts are my specialty! I have made a dessert station using
farm stand wooden crates to display all the treats. Best to serve little easy- to-grab pick-me ups.
Because the party is outdoors it will be a lot easier to have small desserts and many choices to
please everyone with labels on mini chalkboards so the guests know what they’re munching on.
To create that camp-like feeling I thought it would be nice to spark up the fire pit. I have added
s’mores to my dessert station with all of the fixings in metal pails. Also make sure you have enough
sticks for the roasting.
Take some time to remember why you are doing this party and enjoy your child’s accomplishments.
This is a special day. Boy time goes by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday that I was taking my
young graduate to pre-school. Congratulations Paul! I am so proud of you!
Easy! Done! Enjoy!
Plan-it Vicki is the brainchild of Vicki Ross, an experienced Event Planner located in the
Hartford, Connecticut suburb of Avon. Vicki has created celebrations all over the Connecticut
Valley and as far west as the Litchfield hills and south towards Danbury. She and her staff provide
services for small, intimate dinner parties and large, full-scale events such as weddings and
bar and bat mitzvahs. Vicki can be reached at www.plan-itvicki.com or by email at: