Throwing a party for a special graduate this year?

It’s graduation season and amongst the excitement and tears parents are gearing up to celebrate their child’s accomplishments. While many of you can’t believe your baby is graduating from kindergarten, others are getting ready to pack up their kids’ rooms as they head off to college. No matter what exciting plans are in the future, it’s time to stop and take time to celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments thus far.

Once the hats have been thrown and the diplomas have been received, it’s time to celebrate! Here are a few tips, courtesy of Parent Magazine, on how to throw a great graduation party!

• Get-together – Remember, a party full of family and friends is the most important part to mark a child’s special day.

• No gifts necessary – Share with your guests that gifts are not essential, especially for a kindergarten graduation. It’s the old saying, “your presence is a present.”

• Keep it simple – Don’t be overwhelmed thinking you have to throw a lavish party complete with ice sculptures and centerpieces. Decorations can be simple. For example, set up tables in a shady spot in the park and tie balloon bouquets to each guest’s chair.

• Be active – Consider incorporating activities into the celebration. It’s a great way to burn off last-day-of-school energy and entertain guests.

• Stick to the (food) basics – Keep the food your serve simple, something you are comfortable making and can put together in advance. Try an all-American lunch menu that reinforces the theme: mozzarella and pretzel stick “paper and pencil” appetizers, diploma-like wrap sandwiches and ABC pasta salad.

At the end of the day, be sure to enjoy the party as it’s a time to celebrate all your graduate’s hard work and accomplishments. What is your favorite part of graduation season?