How To Throw A Going Away Party

There never has to be an excuse for a party. Even though going away parties can be bittersweet, you ...

There never has to be an excuse for a party. Even though going away parties can be bittersweet, you can make sure that whoever you are bidding farewell to goes out in style. With graduation just around the corner, parties will be thrown all over the country wishing the Class of 2015 well.
But whether you are celebrating a friend or relative graduating, wishing a coworker good luck on their new job or seeing someone off on their fun adventure, make sure you keep these tips in mind to plan a perfect going away party.

1. Make A Guest List

Who will be attending? Are you keeping the party small to close friends and family only? Or, is it a company party? Will there be kids or adults only? All the other parts that go into planning a party depend on how many guests there will be and who they are. Unless you're planning a surprise let the guest of honor decide on who all they want to invite.

2. Plan The Menu

Most parties revolve around one thing and that is food. What kind of food you serve depends on if you want a certain theme or if you want finger food that people can easily snack on throughout the event. An easy, but delicious food theme is a make-your-own-taco station. This is a relatively inexpensive way to feed a crowd. A menu like this can also be easily adjusted for parties of different sizes. Other party-friendly food ideas include chips and dip, vegetable trays, and desserts.

3. Schedule The Entertainment

Most of the time, people love the opportunity to get together and don't need any formal entertainment. However, if it's an outdoor party, you can set up lawn games like corn hole or croquet. Card games or board games like Yahtzee or Trivial Pursuit can also be fun for smaller crowds. If you're hosting a corporate event or a picnic, hire a musician to play tunes for your guests to listen to. Finding entertainment for a good time can be worked into any budget.

4. Send Out Invitations

Get crafty and make do-it-yourself invites with pretty stationery and a decorative stamp. You can also design invitations online for a fairly inexpensive price. If you don't have the time or want to save money, create an Evite, which allows your guests to easily RSVP online.

5. Decorate Accordingly

If you've decided to have a particular theme, decorate the location of the party based on that theme. If there is no theme, you can decorate based on the guest of honor's interests or somehow utilize the reason for their moving. Create a sign bidding the guest of honor farewell/good luck/safe travels that guests can then sign with their own personal well wishes. It's a keepsake that will mean a lot to the person you are hosting the party for, especially if they or you decide to forgo gifts.

6. Give Out Party Favors

Put together fun take home gifts for guests. Little bags of candy or mini bottle of champagnes will help keep things festive. Or, print out postcards or pins with the guest of honor's face for something silly. If you're not sure what will work within your budget, go inexpensively with just some paper and pens. Write inspirational quotes or travel quotes (if the guest of honor is traveling) on individual pieces of paper and allow guests to take one as they leave.

7. Ask For Help

If planning a party leaves you with an overwhelming feeling, don't be afraid to ask for help. Assign each job to someone different and let everyone carry a bit of the load. People will be happy to pitch in for such a special event. With many people working together, it can ease the stress that party planning might bring and ensure the guest of honor is getting a team effort.

However you choose to throw a party, don't forget to share plenty of laughs and fond memories of the person who are you saying good-bye to. A little planning will go a long way when the festivities are in full swing. As the party planner, you want to make sure everything goes smoothly, but once the action begins, sit back, relax, and enjoy the moment.

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