The Ultimate Graduation Party Planning with Reno's

It’s June and countless students across the country are graduating from high school, college, and post-graduate schools. If you’re the proud parent, grandparent, or spouse of a graduate then you’re probably thinking about hosting a graduation party to celebrate their achievement. Graduation party planning can seem like an overwhelming task, but we wanted to offer a few tips to help make your party planning a bit easier.

Have a House Party

The first thing you should check off your graduation party planning list is where to have the party. Most people opt to have their graduation parties in their own backyards—and for good reason. It’s cost-effective, casual, and June weather is ideal for outside events. Also, a high school graduate who will be going away to college may appreciate having a party in the comfort of their own home before heading off to their dorm.

If you have your heart set on an at-home party in the backyard, then you’ll definitely need to make sure you have all of the right outdoor appliances to accommodate your guests.

For example, it may be time to upgrade to a pro grill that has a larger capacity and all kinds of features that help you perfect your grilling game. Or, you can add to your existing set up with accessories like a grill cart or a smoker.

An outdoor refrigerator is another item you might want to consider. These units are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during warmer days. Plus, you won’t find yourself making trips back and forth to the kitchen refrigerator all day.

Outdoor beer dispensers are also a great convenience for large outdoor parties. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

The best part is, not only will you get great use out of these items for the graduation party, but you’ll have them for backyard barbecues all summer long.

Think Up a Theme

One of the more exciting aspects of graduation party planning is choosing a theme. You can choose a theme based around your graduate’s career goals, college major, school, or sport they’ll be playing in college. There are all kinds of fun possibilities. But don’t stress about a theme if you can’t think of one or the graduate doesn’t want one. Parties with friends, music, and food are still fun even without a theme.

Use Invitation Etiquette

Here are some quick tips for graduation invites:

  • Use paper invites sent through the mail.
  • Send invites at least six weeks prior to the event.
  • Request RSVPs at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • Make sure you pick out thank you cards when picking out invites so your graduate has them ready to go shortly after the party.

Make the Food Fun

Serve delicious food that’s easy for folks to eat as they mingle. Here’s a list of classic crowd pleasers:

  • Bruschetta on grill toasted bread
  • Flatbread pizza
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Mini smoked sausages
  • Beef sliders
  • Grilled veggie kabobs
  • Grilled chicken or shrimp skewers
  • Crab cakes
  • Mini sandwiches
  • Chicken wings
  • Cheese quesadillas
  • Mini egg rolls

Be sure to provide plenty of water, soda, and juice. If you like, you can serve beer and wine for the adults. And of course, no party is complete without dessert. Get your graduates’ favorite cake, cupcakes, cookies, or ice cream and you’ll be all set.  

Party Perfection Is Possible

Graduation party planning requires some thought and creativity, but remember, above all else they should be fun affairs that match your graduate’s personality. Use the ideas above and throw a party that’s sure to be a good time.


Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ for all of your appliance needs this graduation season!