Graduation Invitation Ideas: It’s All About the Grad

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If you have a high school or college senior in the family, you are probably starting to make graduation plans, notifying relatives and extended family of the big event, perhaps planning an open house or graduation party. It’s a little early to start cooking and cleaning, but you can start thinking about graduation party invitation ideas.

The main thing to keep in mind is that this event is not about you–it is all about the graduate. (Most teenagers won’t hesitate to remind you of this.) Everything from the graduation invitations to the food, decorations and entertainment should reflect your grad’s taste and style. Fortunately, there are plenty of graduation party invitation ideas that let your grad’s personality shine.
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Choosing a design you both agree upon is a good start. Browse through all the options and mark the ones you both like. Is your grad’s style sporty or sophisticated? Fun or formal? Straight-laced or party child? There will be some you like, some your grad likes, and, hopefully, at least one that you both love.

Does your grad have a favorite color? It is perfectly okay to use it. And not just on the invitations—think napkins, centerpieces, tablecloths, you name it. You can also use the grad’s high school colors to give your invitation and your party a little punch.

Photographs are a great way to convey your grad’s accomplishments. Most graduation invitation ideas prominently feature the student’s senior yearbook picture. But many allow you to incorporate additional photos such as a baby picture, or photos that show involvement in sports, music, or other activities. This gives you another chance to add some personality to the invitation.

Text on your graduation invitations should include:
Graduate’s name
Name of high school or college
Graduating class (optional)
Date, time and location of the ceremony and/or party
Post-school plans (optional)

Once you’ve agreed upon the design and have set a firm date for the event, you are ready to order your graduation invitations. Don’t forget coordinating graduation thank you notes. And we highly recommend graduation address labels, which will make getting them in the mail that much easier when things get really busy. You’ll find lots more graduation invitation ideas and tips on our blog, if you need them. We wish you and your graduate the best!
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Is There Really a Graduate in My Home?

Graduation ChecklistI know what you’re thinking. You’re too young to have a high school graduate! Well, it’s a good thing you feel young because graduation year is an incredibly busy and stressful time—and not just for your graduate. If your Senior is filling out college applications, you are already feeling the stress. And after those are done the graduation party planning begins. For those who are anxious to get started, here’s a graduation checklist of things you can do right now.

1. Start scanning photos. You may already have been asked for photos for Senior Night programs, Yearbook pages, etc. It gets worse. Photo requests from the senior class party decorating committee, graduation announcements, graduation party invitations, your own graduation party ideas like slide shows or photo displays–the list goes on. The more photos you have in digital format, the easier they are to distribute and copy. If you have a scanner/photo printer (and these days they’re giving them away) takes about 30 seconds to scan a photo and save it to your PC or Mac. It took me about an hour to scan all of my favorite photos of my son (not counting the time it took to find and organize them all—see future post on this). Just make sure you scan them as high resolution photos (300 dpi or higher).

Don’t have a scanner? Pull all your favorite photos from your photo albums (or shoeboxes, or wherever you have them) and bring them to any photo processing place. They will put them on a CD for you, which you can then download onto your PC or Mac. This is very inexpensive. Have them print a set of photo copies while you’re at it, so you don’t have to ruin your originals for the upcoming projects.

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Pulling Teeth…or Getting Your Graduate to Write Thank You Cards

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You can’t do it for them, but it needs to get done—and the sooner the better. So, how do you, Mom, make it happen?  We have a few suggestions:
  • Let go of any guilt regarding the fact that your 18-year old has never done this before and should not need instruction at this age. That kind of thinking will get you nowhere.
  • Order graduation thank you cards and have them ready to go before graduation.
  • Set expectations in advance. Tell your son or daughter in so many words, “You will get gifts, and you will be expected to write a graduation thank you note in a timely manner to every single person.” Be sure they are listening when you say this.
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Do’s-and-Don’ts of Graduation Invitations and Announcements

Photo Thank You Card Horizontal -- Striped SuccessDon’t forget to send Graduation Thank You cards!

We see a lot of mistakes and get a lot of questions about graduation announcement etiquette, such as what to include, wording, how many to order, etc. Here’s a list of Do’s-and-Don’ts that may help.

Do – Make an invite list and go over it with your graduate.

Don’t – Order 100 graduation party invites for 100 people. Remember you only need one for each couple, family, etc.

Do – Match both the graduation announcements and invites to the style of your grad and the graduation party theme.

Don’t – Limit yourself to looking at only a few formal options for invites. Graduation invitations are easy to personalize with photos and color choices.

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Graduation Invitations: Honor Roll

Honor Roll - The best graduation announcements and invites.

Shopping for graduation invitations? Not sure which one is best for you or your grad? We’re here to help! We’ve selected our top-notch cards to give you great graduation invitation ideas. You know the feeling of making the Honor Roll – the spotlight shines on your hard work, leaving you excited and proud. That’s exactly how we feel about these cards.

“You Pick Color” Cards: It’s all about what’s right for you. These graduation announcements let you pick from over 70 different colors. Whether it’s school colors, college colors, or your grad’s favorite color since they were two. You decide! Just look for the [you pick color] icon when browsing.
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Stylish Savings: Being economical doesn’t mean you have to compromise on design. We’ve made it easier to save a few dollars on your invites, but still be just as stylish. For example, use our graduation postcards and skip the cost of an envelope (plus save on postage). Or use our unique profile cards which are perfect to bring to school and hand out to friends. See our most affordable graduation invitations.
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Graduation Etiquette: Invitations 101

Graduation is one of the most significant events in your life. So, of course, you’ll want to share this special event with your family and friends. Take a moment to think about the options you have when it comes to sharing your good news with the most important people in your life. Yes, there are many ways to do it. But don’t worry this graduation etiquette guide will break it down for you.
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Graduation Announcements vs Graduation Invitations
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Graduation Party Themes

We know many of you are thinking about graduation at this time of year, and we’re here to help. Not just showing off our super cool graduation invitations, but also helping you plan and prepare for the best graduation party ever.

Where do you even start? We suggest coming up with graduation theme ideas first. Might be as simple as your school colors, or as extravagant as a Mexican Fiesta. I think my own graduation party theme was pork. I know, cool, right? Long story short, my parents are in the swine industry, which explains it, but I really wish I would have had a cool theme. We had my party the night of the ceremony, so maybe our theme was ‘Hallelujah, we’re done’. But enough about me.

Here’s a question we received recently from a Pear Tree customer:
Our son is graduating from high school this year and we’re planning his open house. We’d like to make it as fun as possible for him, but are struggling with finding a theme. Can you help us?

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