Tips on Grad Season

Cindy Ciotta, Managing Editor

It’s May and you know what that means: GRAD SEASON!! The close of a school year holds a ton of “extras”. Grad announcements, grad invites, planning graduation parties, graduation trips, finding the perfect senior pictures, grad gifts, and so so much more. And it’s an absolute bitter-sweet blast. Here are a few helpful tips as it all approaches quickly.

For those attending grad parties, RSVP as soon as you know you’re going to the grad party. It’s honestly so helpful to the host to have a bit of a head count for who is coming so they can plan accordingly. For those throwing the party, try to make sure you send out your invites at least three weeks in advance because time slots fill up extremely fast. You’ll come to see that everyone seems to want to throw their grad party at the same time, so giving people a heads up of when to swing by can help ensure you’ll have guests who actually show up and bring you gifts if you’re lucky.

When throwing your grad party, Hobby Lobby or Michaels are my top recommendations on where to stop by to pick up decorations. If you’re wanting a memory jar they have a ton of cute “farm house” magnolia-esk  mason jars and adorable rustic or modern looking sign in books. Photo booths are much easier than you may think! All you need are some streamers in your college colors and some tape and a few props! It will all come together!

For invitations and announcements, Walgreens or Shutterfly are great options for your cute senior pictures. I was able to send in my pictures to Walgreens and pay under $100 for next day pick up and they turned out great!  

Grad gifts are also a fun yet sometimes stressful part of grad season. If you have no idea what to get someone, you can never go wrong with 1. Money or 2. A Starbucks gift card. For your close friends, a Kate spade wallet, college color earrings, a college shirt, or a sweet note or photo album are all great gifts to give. Sometimes your presence at the grad party is the only present needed, though!

Have fun at all your grad parties and get all the best grad gifts! I hope this article was helpful, and happy grad season!!