We asked parents of last year’s graduates what they wish they would have known last year. In no particular order, here are their responses:
1. Don’t graduate and party on the same day.
No matter how well you think you have things figured out, there will ALWAYS be a glitch. So just – don’t.
- Julie, Naperville
2. Brag, brag, brag.
Show off your kid’s accomplishments. No shame!
- Carla, Chicago
3. Talk to your neighbors.
We had over 100 people attend our daughter’s graduation party, and it slipped our mind to let the neighborhood know. Our backyard neighbor had to reschedule a fence repainting that day for us! We felt terrible.
- Ben, Evanston
4. Finger foods are best.
Unless your party is at a restaurant and there is ample seating for everyone, finger foods are best. And make sure you keep hot things hot and cold things cold. We had Foiled Cupcakes at my son’s graduation party last year, and they were the hit of the party… and great for us since there were no dessert plates to clean afterwards!
- Patty, Chicago
5. Join forces.
We hosted one big graduation party at a local reception hall for 4 graduates. Not only did this help us minimize costs, but the kids had a great time, and all of the guests (who would have had to go to four different parties) were grateful to only have to go to one.
- Dave, Addison
Congratulations to the Class of 2011 – and don’t forget to check out our Graduation Cupcake Bundle!