Memories Are Made Of This…
Graduation parties can be as simple as celebrating with a few friends
and family members, or as elaborate, and costly, as a full-scale wedding.
Parents who might not be willing, or able, to spend on costly items for
themselves may think nothing about shelling out big bucks when it
comes to their children, even if doing so creates a hardship. With shows
like My Sweet Sixteen it's not surprising that some teens, and parents,
can have sky-high expectations. However, keeping things simple and
inexpensive doesn't have to mean, or look, cheap. Photographs can make
a huge impact and will create memories that will last forever, from
graduation announcements to memory books.
Let's face it; some standard graduation announcements can be generic
and downright boring. An easy way to personalize a graduation
announcement is to use one that incorporates photos of the graduate.
Popular choices include those that allow for multiple photos-baby photos
on up to senior pics. Recipients will enjoy "remembering when."
beautiful Transitions announcement is a great option. Various ink colors
and ribbon colors are available to suit the graduate's taste.
Photos can be incorporated into the celebration as well. Snap photos of
your guests as they arrive and include them in a special keepsake album
for the graduate. Photos can be taken with an instant camera, a digital
camera with portable printer, or developed later. Have 4 x 6 cards on
hand so that guests can jot down a personal message to the graduate. If
desired, include pre-printed text prompts to assist your guests, such as:
"Things I know now that I wish I'd known then…"
"Advice to the graduate…"
Then insert the completed card next to the guest's photo in the album.
4 x 6 photo albums with space for 2 photos per page work great for this.
Personalize the party décor with more photos of the graduate. Decorate
with framed photos of the graduate, play a photo slideshow, or make a
photo board with photos showcasing the graduate's hobbies, sports
memorabilia, award ribbons, etc.
When choosing a gift, consider a custom photo book. Companies like
Kodak and Snapfish offer lots of fun options in many styles, colors and
backgrounds, from a small paperback version, to a large coffee table
book. It's easy to include photos of family, photos from friends, personal
messages, special quotes, songs, or whatever you find meaningful. The
graduate will enjoy the trip down memory lane, a trip that can be taken
over and over again!
Personal touches can go a long way and will make the graduate feel
special and honored. The focus of a graduation party is of course, the
graduate! You need not spend a fortune to enjoy celebrating this
important milestone with family and friends.
Natasha has been with Invitations4Less.com assisting stationery consumers with finding the invitation or announcement of their dreams since 2003.
When not working with our customers, Natasha enjoys traveling all the corners of the globe and moonlighting as an event planner with her friend and colleague.