Q: I’m hosting a graduation party for our son to celebrate him earning his degree and heading off to graduate school in the Fall. We want the atmosphere to be relaxed and are considering taking the festivities poolside to reflect the casual vibe. My question is this: What is the etiquette of serving the meal when it will likely be a “drop-in” event? Also, would an e-vite or text invitation be acceptable since I don’t have addresses for several of his friends? Thanks in advance! Darlene M.
A: Dear Darlene,
Your graduation celebration sounds like it’s going to be a fun affair! I suggest sending an e-vite rather than a text. This is a big occasion and receiving something by email “feels” more formal than a text that can be easily forgotten or deleted. Regarding the event set-up, here are a few graduation party etiquette suggestions:
- Since people will be popping in and out of the party, a buffet set up would work wonderfully. A summer BBQ by the pool is sure to be a treat. If you need some recipe inspiration, I always love to recommend Celebrate Magazine’s blog.
- Offer plenty of water and non-alcoholic beverages along with your party libations. Colorful plastic plates and cups are fine to use and are fitting for the setting.
- Add a few special touches: a basket of spare towels, colorful icy treats, and plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. Find a great playlist on Spotify or Songza and remember the pool volleyball net. Pinterest also has a host of ideas by searching “Graduation Pool Party” here.
Thanks again for your question and enjoy this milestone!