8th Grade Graduation Party Ideas

Posted on June 25, 2014 by Tijon Employee
Graduating the 8th grade is a milestone that every boy and girl will cherish. Not only does this lead to the introduction of high school, but it is also a way to say goodbye to the younger person that was a mere child when they entered the school.

While not an adult, kids at this age will like to have freedom so that they are viewed more as an adult than a child. While you can’t let your child run rampant, you can ensure that they have a great party that celebrates their graduation from middle school. There are dozens of party ideas to choose from, but the following 8th grade graduation party ideas are the most common.

Pool Party
Occurring at the end of May or the beginning of June, graduation is the perfect time for some outdoor fun. One of the best choices at this time of year is to throw a pool party that all of his or her friends will enjoy. Not only is this a fun way to celebrate graduation, it allows kids to be kids.

You can choose to include food that everyone that goes to the party will like. These foods can be anything, but there are some items that work better than others:

Hamburgers and Hotdogs

These are the three choices for an entrée of sorts and will fall into the likes of virtually every attendee. However, it is not enough to just offer guests an entrée. Depending on the length of the party, there will be some very hungry attendees that will want something to snack on.

Potato chips, pretzels and any other snacks should be left out in bowls or under a covered area so that attendees can eat to their heart’s content.

The best thing about a graduation party is that very little entertainment is needed. The attendees are at an age where they can talk for hours on end and never get bored. For anyone that thought entertainment would be an issue, have no fear.

If you want, you can hire a DJ for the event or simply provide a sound system of some type to play music. There is no hard and fast rule for the entertainment provided and people are more than content to just talk and have fun in the pool.

Family Gathering
Sometimes, all a student wants is to spend time with a few select friends and their family. For the more mature student, there are a lot of options that you can choose from. 

Fancy dinner: A night out at his or her favorite Italian restaurant is a great choice and one that will only include a few family members and friends.
Barbeque: If your whole family wants to join in on the celebration, a barbeque is a great choice that will allow everyone to get together and do so in an affordable manner. Simply ask everyone that attends to bring a dish with them and you will have more than enough food to accommodate everyone.

Family gatherings are very personal and will be affordable as well. There can also be a few friends that come along for the celebration.

Combination Party
If you want to throw your child a graduation party but do not have the budget for it, you can choose to have what is called a combination party. This is a party that combines two parties into one and is very cost effective. Here are two examples of parties that may be combined to add a little more fun to the event and save money at the same time.

Dual Graduation: A dual graduation allows you to throw a party for two of your kids at the same time. Sometimes, you will be lucky and can combined a high school graduation with an 8th grade graduation, or if you have two children in the same grade, you can combine their party together.
Best Friend: If you do not have the money to throw a party, you may be able to include his or her best friend into the mix. Oftentimes, parents will agree to combine a party and split the bill. This allows two friends that are really close to each other to have one last moment together before they reach high school. 

A combination party is often cheaper than a single party, but you have to ensure that ground rules have been set. If, for some reason, you do not set rules first, you may find that the other agreeing party wants to throw an ultra-expensive party that you simply cannot afford.

The great thing is that by the 8th grade, kids already know what they want. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, simply ask your child what they would like to do for their graduation party and they will be more than willing to share their ideas.
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