5 tips for a stress-free celebration

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Michael Moore, Staff writer, [email protected]

  1. Pamper Your Parents– Make sure your parents are given care free status. Most likely it’s been on their dime you even have a college degree. This is the time to start paying them back. Show them that you care and that you’ve really appreciated all their help throughout these past four years. Because chances are, they’ve been stressing out more than you!
  2. Send out invitations in advance – Most likely you are an out of state student and your family is scattered across the country. They’ve got lives too so give them plenty of heads up so they can make it to your big day! Send out invitations at least one month prior so they can make plans easier and ask for time off so they can actually come!
  3. Plan Ahead– In Utah, weather can be pretty unpredictable, so it’s best to plan a “just in case” plan. Plan for your party outside and plan for it inside, just in case it rains. Nothing can be more annoying than waking up and seeing it rain on your big day.
  4. Don’t invite your recently broken up with boyfriend or girlfriend – Listen, we understand you still want to talk to them and see them, but why invite them to something that is meant to be a happy occasion? Showing your recent ex that you have successfully completed college and really moved on to bigger and better things will only make things awkward and uncomfortable. Better to just text them and avoid face.
  5. Be casual– Don’t put too much thought into your grad party. It’s not like you’re planning a wedding or anything. It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family, so have a BBQ, order a cake from Costco and have it be as comfortable for everyone as it is for you. No need to spend a ton of money on fancy foods or rent out places.


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