The time has come. Your baby is about to graduate from high school. Along with all the emotions you’re surely feeling, there also comes a wave of expenses. There are all the extra activities and dances seniors have to take part in and the portraits and cap and gown. After the expenses throughout the year, it may seem a bit daunting to have to think about planning and paying for the graduation party. But, there are several ways to save money on a high school graduation party. All it takes is a little planning and you can have the perfect party for a fraction of the cost!
How to Save Money On A High School Graduation Party
The first thing to consider when starting to plan a graduation party is the invitations. While it may seem nice to send out paper invitations, this is expensive and in this digital age, isn’t necessary. Create an event on Facebook or, if you want to be a bit more traditional, send email invitations. There are several websites that offer beautiful and unique invitations for a minimal cost or even free. Most people don’t need anything more than an email, anyways. And if you have older relatives who aren’t online as much, a few handwritten invitations are still less expensive than the vast amount you would have to send otherwise.
While this may not seem like a hugely popular idea, one way of cutting back costs is to limit the guest list. It’s very important to have those who mean the most to you and your new graduate with you on this important day, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to invite everyone. Family members and a few close friends will make the day just as special and provide an intimacy that larger groups lack.
If you have a home that can fit the size of the group you’re inviting, opt out of renting a restaurant or hall and just have the party at your place. Or, if you have a family member or friend who have a good space, ask to use their home. This will cut back on huge costs and, with a few tweaks and decorations, it will be just as memorable. If your group is too large for a home party, look at local churches who might rent out their halls. These are usually much cheaper than other venues.
Now that you have a guest list and venue, it’s time to start thinking about food. If you have the time and ability, consider making most of the food yourself. Look for sales at your local grocery store and start stocking up long before the party. If you have family or friends who can cook or bake and are willing to help, commission a few main dishes from them. Not only will this make it much cheaper for you, but home cooked food is always better. And this doesn’t just go for the main dishes. If you know someone who can bake and decorate well, ask them to do a cake or cupcakes for you. Paying a friend to help will be much cheaper than catering or ordering a cake.