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How to Host an Amazing Graduation Open House…Without Losing Your Mind


Graduation season is once again upon us and, while this is always an exciting time of year, it can also be stressful with all of the end of year activities and celebrations.  Are you one of the millions of moms out there planning your child’s graduation open house?  Well, if you are, you are definitely in the right place!

This series will walk you through step by step how to host an amazing graduation open house without losing your mind.  We will start from the beginning and cover every aspect of the process from choosing your date and time to the actual day of the event.  While I’m not necessarily an expert in this field, I’ve planned and hosted many, many open houses in the past and this year will be no different.  My goal here is to help you work through the details of your own event with ease so that you’re not overly stressed with all of the details.

Let’s start from the beginning…..

  1. Pick your date
    • Think about potential conflicts with you, your family and potential guests, but keep in mind that you will never pick the “perfect” date.
    • Give yourself enough lead time to get things done.
  2. Pick your time
    • Think about how much lead time you’re going to need to get everything ready on the day of the event.
    • How long do you want your open house to last? Most will range from 2-4 hours.
  3. Pick your venue
    • If you are renting a venue you’ll need to plan further in advance in order to secure your date with the location.
    • If you are hosting in a home, you’ll want to consider the following:
      1. Will you be inside, outside, or both?
      2. How many tables and chairs will you need, and where will these come from? Keep in mind that not everyone will be there at the same time you you don’t need seating for everyone who plans to attend.
      3. Will you set up canopies for shade and/or protection from rain?
      4. What is your back up plan in case of inclement weather?
  1. Invitations
    • Create a Facebook event to invite the masses. This is totally free and only takes a few minutes to set up and get the word out.
    • Printed invitations
      1. You can easily use websites such as Shutterfly or Etsy to create your own custom invitations. They will even print them for you.  (This will require advance planning due to shipping times.)
      2. You can also create your own design on your home computer using Pages or Publisher.
      3. Personally created invitations can be printed at home on perforated post card sheets or taken to a printing place like the UPS Store or business supply store that offers printing services.
    •  Generic store-bought invitations also work fine if you’re looking for something super simple and not too expensive.

Stay tuned for the next episode where I will cover the most important topic….FOOD!!!



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