4 Steps for Planning the Perfect Grad Party

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4 Steps for Planning the Perfect Grad Party

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January 25 2022

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Get ready for gowns, mortarboard hats, tassels, and “Pomp and Circumstance”  — it’s almost graduation season! We’re already in party-planning mode, and we want to share our tips and tricks with you. Keep reading to learn how to throw the best bash for your graduate in 4 easy steps.

  1. Choose a Theme

    The first step is also the most fun step — picking a theme! A theme sets the tone for the entire party, so it’s important to pick one your new grad will love. You can go classic by selecting the colors of their soon-to-be alma mater, or you can go creative and base the theme off their personality or interests. Still struggling for ideas? We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite unconventional party themes. After you’ve finalized the theme, pin down the date, time, location, and guest list.

  2. Select the Food

    Now on to the tastiest step — the food. Yum! You’ll want to reach out to your local Hy-Vee catering team to place your order approximately one month in advance. They can walk you through options and help you decide how much to order based on your guest list. For light snacking, we recommend checking out fruit and veggie trays, as well as sandwich platters. For full meals, you’ll want to select from our delicious buffet options. Pair them with an easy homemade punch, and you’re ready to party.

  3. Order the Cake

    No celebration is complete without a cake, graduation included! Our Hy-Vee cake designers can create the custom confection of your dreams based on your grad’s interests. Think sports, hobbies, colors, and more! Orders need to be placed a month in advance, so meet with your designer before then to finalize your idea. Round out your sweet display with cupcakes, cookies, and more from our bakery.

  4. Choose the Decor

    It’s time to give the party some pop with creative decor! Choose a main focal point for the party — we suggest things like balloon arches, a photo booth, flowers, or a sign. You’ll want to reach out to your local Hy-Vee floral department about 6 weeks in advance to place your order. Don’t forget a bouquet for the graduate! If you’re handy, try creating a homemade number marquee with cardboard and string lights. Otherwise, pick up party-ready decor at your Hy-Vee. 


    Want more great ideas and suggestions? Check out our graduation guide now!