Planning Graduation Parties: Part 1

So I am a year away from having my first child’s graduation party but I have been planning it for years. You see, I have been going to graduation parties that my friends are having for their kids and I am seeing what I love and seeing what short cuts would work to make my event that much more simpler.  His scrap book for elementary school is done. I know who I am hiring to make a video. I know who I am hiring to cater the meal (my son happens to work there… we know the food will be great). Now I just need to get my husband all excited to get the garage ready.

Yes the garage… that is where we will hold the party. It is a place where my organizing skills will shine. The garage is the last part of our home that needs to be organized. I have left it up until now as we have been busy with home and yard projects….up until this summer. This is the summer that the garage will be finished and organized. I am sure people drive by my open garage and say to themselves, I can’t believe she is an organizer, look at that mess. Well guess what folks….I am a real person with three kids and a dog….oh and a husband. I love to keep it real as it shows that I am human. I have been dreaming of my garage being organized for the last 5 years and I can not wait for the transformation to begin.

 We do have a head start as the garage is already sheet rocked and insulated.  All we really need to do is get it taped, textured and painted……and then organized. I have been researching garage organization trends out there and I am ready to go. Our first step was just the other night when we took all the old lumber (from building the deck) and bikes that were no longer being used and set them on the curb for clean up week. Almost everything was picked up. I am so glad that the stuff we no longer use went to a home and not a landfill.

 So back to the graduation party ideas for you to use. I am going to give three sets of tips in the next three days. I would love to hear if you have any that you would like to share.

 Tips for planning a graduation party:

 • Keep it simple.

 • Focus on what you enjoy. For example if you hate to cook, enlist some friends and family to help or if the budget allows, hire a caterer.

 • If you are stressed about your house not being “picture perfect” focus on these areas; the kitchen, entry way, guest bathroom and whatever room the party is going to be held. Now is not a time to clean out your closets and organize your medicine cabinet. If you are having the party in the garage sweep the garage and hang up sheets to hide the messy areas.

 • Keep the beverages simple, bottled water and maybe 2 soda choices, one diet and one caffeine free.

 • Don’t have your party be weather dependant, have a backup plan!

 • Ask for friends to serve as hosts at the party for you. Put a friend in charge of food, one in charge of drinks and one in charge of garbage. You need to enjoy the party too!

 • I have seen a lot of graduation open house invitations on Facebook this year, what a great and easy way to send out the invites to friends. Most family still expect a paper invitation.

 To Joyful, Simplified Living,

 MS. Simplicity

 MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger  operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity.  She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at .  Need to contact MS. Simplicity privately, you can email her at For daily organizing tips find the MS. Simplicity fan page here.

 If you try any of my suggestions, I would love to hear from you. It helps me to understand what my readers want me to write about and what they think is a waste of their time….thanks for taking the time to help me out.