“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness."
-- Henry D. Thoreau
I was reading the news a few weeks ago, only to stumble across an article about a high-school senior who just found out that he was accepted to all the Ivy League schools. Not an everyday thing but all the same incredible. You can't help but feel proud of this kid who knew what his priorities were. Kudos to his parents as well, for setting a great example to their son and encouraging him to dream big.
As senior students prepare to take their final exams whether in high-school or college, parents are most likely feeling a great deal of pressure and stress, not just because of those darn college acceptance/denial letters in the mail but also because now they are entrusted with throwing that graduation party.
The best advice I could give is not to stress! I'm sure when everyone comes together, nobody will even remember what they ate during the party. Just make the best effort to ensure your child's day goes to plan and here are a few tips from someone who just went through this last year ...
- Plan ahead. Decide on a date and don't forget that your son/daughter's friend are also graduating so make sure you discuss this with your child and figure out which day would work best for everyone.
- If your child is graduating in June, it's not too early to start today. If your child is graduating in May. Get this thing going and find someone who would cater for you, pronto!
- Decide on a budget. Knowing how much you are willing to spend says a lot whether you can rent a DJ, a band or a photo booth.
- Once the budget is done, decide on a location. At home is always a good way to save money and it creates that casual feel to the party but if you have money to burn, feel free to check with your local park, hotel/halls.
- Create a guest list and make sure there's a way for folks to RSVP. If they do not RSVP, I suggest you call them so you can give your caterer an exact estimate (and pay for people that actually show up).
- Order invitations and decide on a theme with your child.
- Enjoy the day! Graduations happen once in a blue moon (unless of course you have four kids like me!).
Here are some DIY ideas that can be the beginning of a theme (found using Pinterest.com).