Choosing a Location


Backyard Graduation PartyMost people host their graduation party in their home and/or backyard. 


Some people hold the party inside with their deck or yard opened up for any guests who want to go outside.  And some people like to have everything outside, including the food.


Any option you choose is perfectly fine but before you decide take a look around your house, deck and yard and determine where you would serve food and beverages, where you would display your grad's mementos, and where you want your guests to mingle.


Think about if you need tables and chairs. Check with your neighbors, friends and church to see if you can borrow enough from them. If not, contact your local rental company early to reserve what you need.


Consider the time of day for your party and where the sun will be shining at that time. Do you need a tent to shade your guests?


Decorated Front Entrance

Another important consideration is where you want your guests to enter the party. Do you want them to come through the front door?  Or do you want them to come around to the back of your house?


Use balloons and yard signs to make a path leading your guests into the party.


Do you need or want to make improvements to your home or yard before the party?  Many people find their graduation party is a great motivator to complete projects they've been putting off.





Dare to be different!


Does the idea of hosting a large party at your home terrify you? Maybe your yard is too small? Are you worried about the weather? If so, you might want to think about some other locations as options.


Does your graduate have a close friend that you could co-host the party with? Does the other family enjoy entertaining? Ask them if you can do it together at their home.




Or consider an alternative location ...

  • Graduation Party in the ParkParks: City parks have pavilions that can be reserved for group events. Call your city office for more information. You may need to select a week night since most weekend dates get booked early. Some parks charge an entrance fee. Your friends may not be willing to pay. Perhaps you can make arrangements with the park so your guests don't have to pay. You may also need to post "Private Party" signs so other park patrons will stay away.
  • Health Clubs: They often have party rooms available for rent.
  • Country Clubs
  • Apartment Complex Party Rooms: Do you or someone you know live in an apartment complex that has a party room available to their residents? There are usually fees associated with renting the room.
  • Restaurants: Private rooms are available at a variety of restaurants. Some places are willing to have private parties on their slow days.
  • Hotels: When selecting a hotel, consider what special amenities they may have for your guests who may choose to stay in the hotel. For example, Gingerís Aunt Sheri selected a hotel with a large pool and play area for the guests to enjoy before and after the party.
  • Churches
  • Community Activity Centers
  • Cul de sacs - (make sure you have a backup plan in case it rains)
  • Swimming Pools
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Ski Chalets: May be available for rent in the off-season.
  • Bowling Lanes: May have party rooms. Or rent the entire place and have a bowling graduation party.
  • Local Resorts
  • Boats, Yachts, Charter boats

If you're looking for a unique location and nothing on our list appeals to you, contact a few local caterers for their suggestions. They will be familiar with a variety of potential party sites.


Even if you choose an alternate location, you may want to combine your party with another graduate. If you share the expenses associated with renting a large facility, you'll avoid expenses associated with having to get your house ready.


If you have the party at a lake or swimming pool, consider hiring a lifeguard. The cost is well worth your peace of mind, especially if little kids are invited.