Graduation season is going to be a little...'different' this year. Many high school and college seniors will be getting their diplomas in the mail. Commencement ceremonies are on hold. And very few will be traveling to attend post-grad parties. While graduating during a pandemic is no one's first choice, you can still plan a really special celebration.
Just because you can't get together in person doesn't mean you can't celebrate your child's years of hard work and give your family a chance to join in the celebration. You can still have a fabulous virtual celebration for your GRAD-of-Honor while practicing safe social distancing.
We've entered the age of virtual celebrations, and it's time to embrace that. True, your child's graduation party might look a little different from what you had imagined, but a relaxing good time is exactly what everyone needs right now.
Read on for a few tips to pull off a fun and fuss-free virtual graduation party.
Send out an interactive virtual invite
Find fun ways to use color, theme, signage, and accessories to make the party invitations unique and eye-catching. The interactive element for the guests makes them feel involved and engaged.
Map out a virtual viewing space
Thoughtfully select an area of your home that will delight your viewers. It could be a pretty corner of your backyard or a bright and cheery portion of your living room or dining room. The area should be no more than 10 feet by 10 feet so guests can clearly see the décor and the people on camera. And don't forget to designate a special space for the GRAD-of-Honor.
Keep the "wow" factors simple
You can make a big, dramatic impact with simple touches. Start with these three:
A fun dress code
Ask the guests who will be joining your video conference to wear the colors or logo gear from the college your child will be attending in the fall. If your graduate will be entering the workforce or a trade school, ask everyone to dress in accordance to your party theme, like Hawaiian shirts, famous book characters, etc.
Find a fitted table cover in a matching color or print to create an instant "wow" factor and central point of focus for the GRAD-of-Honor. Further enliven the space with a creative backdrop using printed goods, wrapping paper, colorful linens, or balloons to create visual harmony and depth.
Request that guests send gifts in advance so the GRAD-of-Honor can open them and celebrate in real-time. Ask family and friends to write quick notes of advice including a contribution to Venmo or a similar account. Gift cards or cash are also welcomed by most graduates. And if you like the thought of a physical gift, think anything monogrammed, including apparel and accessories with logos for the college-bound. Giving your GRAD-of-Honor and guests an interactive role in the party will make the lack of physical connection virtually disappear.
The pandemic shouldn't overshadow everything your graduate has accomplished and the new chapter they are beginning. Celebrate their victory and invite everyone in their lives to join in the fun. There's no better way to show them that they are loved and supported by many.
Courtesy of Jane Birdwell, founder or Tablevogue, http://www.tablevogue.com