Can you believe how fast the years have flown by and now your child is graduating? In order to mark this big achievement, you may be thinking about throwing a graduation party. Fortunately, you don’t have to rent a fancy space to host this event. Here are eight ideas for throwing a lovely graduation party in your backyard.

1- Rent Tables and Chairs

If you plan on inviting a lot of people, you don’t want to have to deal with trying to find a place for everyone to sit. By renting tables and chairs, you will ensure that everyone is comfortable throughout the duration of the party.

2- Let Others Make a Speech

Not only do you have a lot of great memories with the graduate, but your guests most likely do as well. Because of this, you should set aside a time where the guests can make a speech about the graduate and share any fond memories that they have with them.

3- Be Creative With the Decorations

While a lot of people do just use balloons and banners for a graduation party, it is actually the perfect time to mix it up a bit. If you will be having the party during the day, you can’t go wrong with a yard sign and graduation hats. If you will be having the party at night, you can make the space feel more cozy by using lanterns or twinkle lights.

4- Use The School Colors for the Tableware

No matter how long ago you graduated, you probably still remember your school’s colors. You can easily incorporate the colors of your graduate’s school by focusing on them when you are choosing the colors of your tableware.

5- Get Catering

One of the things that your guests will remember the most about your party is the food. Because of this, you should order catering rather than trying to make everything yourself. No matter what the dietary preferences are of your guests, a caterer will be able to provide a wide variety of different options that everyone will be happy with.

6- Have a Drink Station

There’s a good chance that your guests will want to have several drinks during your party. Instead of just throwing a bunch of sodas in a cooler for everyone to grab, you can have a drink station. You can easily do this yourself by putting a variety of different beverages and garnishes on a table so that guests can create their own drinks.

7- Prepare for Inclement Weather

No matter how much planning you do, you can’t control the weather. This is why you need to be prepared for inclement weather. Rent large umbrellas or canopies so that your guests will be covered even if it rains or is sunny out.

8- Make a Photo Backdrop

If you are like most parents, you are probably feeling pretty nostalgic right now and want to share some of your favorite memories of your child with your guests. You can do so by creating a photo backdrop that you can hang on the fence for your guests to view throughout your party.