Graduation celebration countdown
Now (if not before): Pick date and location. Select theme. Determine budget. Call caterers and restaurants (if not planning a home party).
Three weeks ahead: Mail out or email invites. Buy extra batteries for camera and video. Purchase leftover containers, plastic wrap and foil.
Prepare food list and collect memorabilia and photos. Start assembling photo walls and collages. Order rental items.
Buy thank you notes and stamps. Buy all paper products and serving pieces. Make or buy centerpiece. Get decorations. Order catered food.
Two weeks ahead: Pick up beverages. Confirm delivery of rental equipment. Shop for food.
Week of the party: Clean up yard, sweep driveway, gather coolers, crock pots and serving platters. Prepare food.
Two days before party: Set up decorations, tables and arrange furniture. Pick up cake. Get ice. Prepare last-minute food.
Day of party: Set up outside tent. Drop off pet to a neighbor. Pick up balloons. Set up trash containers. Nonperishable food can be set out early; save the perishables for the last minute.