Class of 2016! Got a Graduation Celebration coming up? It’s time to book your graduation party! Call our Events Coordinator at 503-779-1413 for details.
Ahhh, that special time of the year is approaching and soon many students will be turning into graduates. Whether that means graduating from high school or college it’s no small feat and traditionally calls for a celebration (a graduation party if you will)!
Regardless of the size, date, or theme of your party by following these tips you are guaranteed to have a special day that you’ll remember for years to come.
Step One: Create a Guest List
Determining the number of guests at your graduation party is a critical piece of information and should be done as soon as possible. This determines just about every detail of your event! Once you are closer to the date of the event, you’ll want an accurate headcount so you can work out the logistics with the event venue event space and have the menu prepared.
Step Two: Find the Perfect Venue
Picking the right venue for your graduation party is a must. It needs to offer enough room for all your guests to move around comfortably so they may socialize and congratulate the guest of honor. Bentley’s Grill offers several private dining room options to accommodate a range of party sizes. Visit our Special Events page to find which room best fits your party.
Step Three: Send “Save the Dates” & Invitations
Once you book your event (as early as possible), it’s time to get the word out! Let’s face it, this time of the year is absolutely packed full with events, celebrations, and most importantly competing graduation parties. Send out “Save the Date” invites to your guests as soon as possible! A few weeks before the actual event you should send out invitations with the relevant info (time, place, date, etc).
Step Four: Plan the Menu
At this time of the year people will be taking part in many, many graduation parties. Set yours apart with an unbeatable menu. The Bentley’s Grill event staff will work with you to create a fantastic menu befitting of your party. We don’t like to brag, but… our food is considered by many to be top notch! Here’s what Lisa W. had to say of her experience planning an event with us:
“We recently celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary and I had the pleasure of working with Bentley’s Grill and their event staff to coordinate a formal dinner using their Liberty room. The event staff as well as the wait staff were very easy to work with and made the whole experience quite lovely. We worked with them to create a special menu which included a filet mignon that was, according to my husband, amazing. If you have an event to hold, I highly recommend working with Bentley’s Grill.”
Step Four: Arrange for Photos to be Taken
A graduation’s no small feat and certainly one you’ll want to remember and share for years to come. Consider having someone taking photos of the event. They don’t have to be professional, it can be as simple as having someone with an iPhone, just ensure someone is snapping some pictures. There’s nothing as grating as organizing an incredible event and being left without a single photo to prove it.
Step Five: Prepare a “Thank You For Coming” Gift Bag for Guests
Though this is certainly not a necessity, a small “thank you for coming” gift-bag can be a nice inexpensive touch to set your party apart from the rest. This can be as simple as a bottle of water, some candies, mints, or a thank you note.
Most important of all is to have a great time at your party and share that special day with the graduates. If you decide to book your party with us we’ll be doing our part to ensure you’ll be doing just that.
Please contact our special events coordinator, Soraida Cross, at 503-779-1413 to book your graduation party soon!
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