The day you’ve been waiting for all year is finally here! It’s time to honor the grad in your life to commemorate the last four years with their friends, celebrate their achievements and say goodbye for the summer. From the invitations to the decorations to the cake, there is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into this festivity. Get through graduation day stress-free with our graduation survival guide, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Sam’s Club.
For an easy, fuss-free appetizer that adds a pop of color to any party, try a fresh fruit and cheese tray. Featuring three kinds of fruit and two types of cheese, you can feed the whole family — and all of your other guests — with ease.
Avoid the hassle of having to spend all day cooking in the kitchen by serving individually-sized sandwiches. A platter of pre-made sandwiches makes it easy for guests to grab and go — no utensils needed. Served on ciabatta rolls with honey mustard on the side, these sandwiches feel fancier than something served on sliced bread.
3. Cookie Tray
Satisfy guests’ sweet tooths with a tray of freshly baked cookies. With an assortment of oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, chocolate macadamia nut and mini candy cookies, you’ll have enough for everyone.
For a dessert worthy of the grad’s big-deal day, order a 2-tier cake customized in the color, shape and size of your choice. Choose a trendy design to match your theme or school colors, then serve each guest a slice in celebration of this special day.
Skip the step of washing the dishes post-party by using disposable dishware instead. You’ll not only cut down on clean up time — you’ll never run out forks and knives.
Graduation may be a special celebration, but no need to bring out your best china. Opt instead for a set of durable disposable dishware that will withstand any kind of food, from burgers to sandwiches to cake.
7. Cold Cups
Forget buying bottled beverages. Let guests serve themselves by purchasing a package of these cold cups. Pro-tip: Label each cup with guests’ names so you won’t lose track of which cup belongs to who.
No need to play bartender all afternoon and make individual mixed drinks. Save time — and money — by making a big batch of punch or picking up some store-bought sodas served in a colorful beverage dispenser.
Get the grad the easiest gift of all by picking up a congratulations gift card to celebrate their special day.
For a more personalized grad gift, wrap up a gift basket full of the graduate’s favorite treats, like this one for chocolate lovers.