Most people host their graduation parties in their homes or yards.  Take a look around your yard and determine where you would serve food and beverages. Do you have a flat area for tables and chairs?  Where will you display photos of the graduate?

Consider the time of day and where the sun will be shining. Do you need a tent? Do you want guests to come through the front door?  If not, use balloons to lead your guests to the party with a fun yard sign.

Do you want to make any improvements in your home or yard before the party?  Many people find the graduation party is a great motivator.

On the other hand, who wants all those people trooping through the house looking for a bathroom? And isn’t life stressful enough without worrying that a monsoon will blow through on party day? And weeding? If your thoughts tend more towards this direction, think of some other options.

Does your graduate have a close friend whose family lives to entertain? Ask them if you can co-host a party at their home.

Here are some alternative locations:

  • Parks: City parks have pavilions that can be reserved for group events. Call your city offices for more information. Some parks charge an entrance fee. Make arrangements with the park so that your guests do not have to pay.
  • Health Clubs (which usually have party or rec rooms)
  • 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.
  • Country Clubs
  • Churches
  • Community Activity Centers
  • Hotels: When selecting a hotel, consider what special amenities they may have for your guests who choose to stay in the hotel. For example, a hotel with a large pool and play area for the guests to enjoy before and after the party.
  • Cul-de-sacs
  • Airport Hangers
  • Ski Chalets (may be available for rent in the off-season).
  • Bowling Lanes (may have party rooms).
  • Resorts in your area

If you are looking for a unique location, contact local caterers for their suggestions. They will be familiar with a variety of party sites.