graduation capsMay and June signal graduation season and along with it, a chance to celebrate one of life’s great milestones – whether it’s from pre-school, middle school, high school or college.

Entertaining family and friends? Since parties tend to overlap, having a less formal open house with set starting and ending time is a great way to include a lot of guests without having to make sure there is seating for each person. If you’re planning something more intimate for family, host a brunch. The menu can be as varied as you like it with breakfast foods as well as salads and desserts.

keys-to-success-graduation-party-decorWe thought this graduation lunch was a clever idea from the Celebrations at Home blog: Keys to Success theme. You can use their suggested decorations or make up your own.

Graduation décor has become a cottage industry with stores like Party City and iParty offering rows of graduation themed items from paper goods to giant balloon numbers.  Online sites like Shindigz offer personalized items for the graduate as well such as life-sized posters.

Display photos of your grad throughout his or her school years. Make a fun centerpiece featuring shapes of something that reflects your grad’s favorite activity like a soccer ball or ballet slippers. Paste the shapes back-to-back and put a stick between. Paste photos of your grad onto the shapes and then stand the sticks up in flowerpots filled with stones or sand.

diploma cake from Party Favors in Brookline

Diploma cake from Party Favors in Brookline

Personalized cakes are another popular item at graduation parties. BJ’s Wholesale Club and Costco do a fantastic job of transferring photo images onto sheet cakes. Party Favors in Brookline and The Icing on the Cake in Newton make spectacular themed cakes and cupcakes.

Entertaining at home is always a good excuse for sprucing up the exterior of your home with fresh plantings or grouped potted flowers. Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland offers a fabulous array of annuals and perennials. Don’t forget that you can change the look of your any room in your home in a day with a fresh coat of paint and a quick swap of accessories.