Have you ever planned a dream party just for fun? Where you go online and add everything you need to your cart — the best decorations, balloons, food, and invites imaginable — only to get to checkout, laugh your head off at the price, and close out of the window?
We know the feeling. Graduation parties, especially, can get quite pricey. But not celebrating isn’t an option. You just graduated from either high school or college, one of the biggest milestones of your life, and you deserve to revel in your accomplishment and be surrounded by your friends and family!
Let’s make it happen. Here are a few tips that guarantee you’ll save a ton of money while still throwing an epic graduation party.
Invite your guests electronically
Invitation paper like cardstock can get expensive, especially if you designed your invitations on a fancy stationery website. You’d be surprised how much you can save on paper and envelope costs just by doing an e-vite — whether that’s sending electronic invitations via email, or even making an event on Facebook and inviting your guests to it. Everyone will know where to find the date, time, and location of your party, and your friends will be able to RSVP in real time. Plus, it’s free.
Bake your own cake
What you’re really paying for when you buy a customizable bakery cake is fancy lettering with the graduate’s name on it, but you can easily work your way around this one! Those cakes are very basic, anyway. You can practically create an exact replica by baking a simple vanilla or chocolate cake, icing the whole thing, and spelling out a message with fondant letters that you can buy for next to nothing at the grocery store. If you don’t want to bake a whole cake, make a bunch of cupcakes instead — they’re easier to put icing on, and they’re always a hit. Everyone loves cupcakes.
Cute food for decorations
Those Pepperidge Farm Pirouette cookies can look just like diplomas if you tie a ribbon around them! Find some thin ribbon in your school’s colors and tie a little bow around the cookies. High quality decor, low budget.
Share the party with your friends
If you throw a party in just your honor, all the eyes will be on you! Unfortunately, so will the costs of the party. Instead, throw a party with your group of friends and split the cost between you. You’ll end up paying a fraction of what you would have, and you’ll be with everyone you would have invited anyway.
Instead of paying someone to put together a video, you can just make a slideshow of pictures of you, your friends, and your academic achievements over the years. Throw it up on a computer or hook it up to a TV using an HDMI cable and have it go in a loop. Don’t add any music to the slideshow; whatever you’ve got going over the speaker will be just fine!