4 Tips for Hosting a Graduation BBQ


4 Tips for throwing an Amazing Graduation PArty 


Decide Theme First

Ask your grad if they would like the colors to be based on their school or if they would prefer a theme a that’s based more on their own personality. Some popular non- school themes are favorite movies, food themes like tacos, pizza or donuts, even themes based on a book or TV Show. The sky is the limit! The key is to keep things simple, and really commit to the details.

Once you’ve decided on your theme, the next step is to figure out how you want to decorate. Are you ready to go all out or would you prefer to keep things scaled back?

I think that you should heavily theme your food or dessert area, complete with a backdrop and then decide if you need extra decorations.

Below are some of my favorite ideas for décor. 


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Be Prepared

Plan your menu early so you have plenty of time to prepare. I suggest making the food “self-serve” so you don’t have to worry about serving everyone a plate. Assign a close family member like an aunt or grandmother to replenish food as necessary. This may sound like a menial task, but family is always happy to lend a helping hand and contribute to the success of the event.  Assign roles well in advance so you won’t be unnecessarily stressed the day of the party!

If you are cooking, plan your meal according to the theme. If your event is Fiesta themed, a natural fit for the food could be self-serve Taco or Nacho Bar. Drinks could include colorful Jarritos soda and margaritas for those over 21. Prep as many sides as you can in the days leading up to the event, so you can save preparation time. If you are cooking or barbecuing your meat or main meal, make sure you have the right quantity of food. 


Be Mindful of Timing

The most difficult part of planning an event is always timing. During graduation season, most of your family and friends will be committed to attending graduations and parties well in advance. Make sure you communicate and find a date and time that is not conflicting for your guests. If most people are busy on Saturdays, consider planning your event as a Sunday Brunch or Friday Night Lights. People can “drop in” as they please and will love your relaxed approach as you celebrate the momentous occasion. 


Plan Fun Activites

Keep the action alive by offering lawn games like corn hole or oversized Jenga to keep guests engaged. A great way to ensure the younger crowd is entertained is to have a DIY photobooth. Let attendees use their phones to capture fun memories that will last a lifetime. Bonus points if you encourage everyone to use a designated hashtag so you can look back on the posts for memories!