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Graduation 2018

Child Graduation Robe Cap Gown - BlackWhether your child is participating in a graduation ceremony from Preschool to Kindergarten or a Doctoral Hooding, it is a cause for celebration. Graduation is a milestone reached.

The ceremony is sometimes called a “Commencement” because graduation signifies the beginning of whatever comes next. It might mean beginning the next grade level or starting  a new job or career.

Sometimes, for birthdays and other celebrations, we like to come up with a “theme” for the decorations. There is no need for a special theme for a graduation party – it’s all about the mortar-board and diploma.

A few tips for hosting a great graduation party:

Invite, invite, invite!

Graduation Invitations and Thank You Cards

Fewer people than you invite will attend your party. So, invite more people than you want to be there. While event invitations are often simply posted online, this special occasion is worth sending invitations to each person or family on your list. If you know there will be young ones, be sure to plan some activities and entertainment for them!

Music, music, music!

Black Plastic Graduation Rings

Playing upbeat music encourages guests to talk, dance, and get involved in the merrymaking, not to mention that they won’t leave as quickly when the music is on. When you’re ready for everyone to leave – turn off the music!

Party Favors!

Graduation Sunglasses with Tassles - Assorted ColorsGiving each guest a mortarboard ring, hat or a diploma will connect them to your theme and set the tone for your event. If it is an outdoor daytime party these sunglasses in your school colors make a great giveaway!


Graduation Balloon Weight Centerpiece

Using the school colors, hang a banner, place a centerpiece on each table, and put a sign in a spot with good visibility. And of course, balloons brighten any space!


Black Grad Cap Cupcake Picks

Start with your guest of honor’s favorite beverage and snacks. Then add some crowd pleasers. If your party budget allows, include alcohol and non-alcohol drinks as well as a diet and caffeine free option. Don’t overlook coffee and dessert for a great finish!

Send a Note!

Graduation Thank You Notes Ivory/Black/Gold

Finally, leave a wonderful impression with your guests by sending a Thank You note! Steps to a thoughtful thank you note include:

  1. Write “Thank you” for the specific item or gesture.
  2. Say why you appreciate the gift or the person or how you will use the item.
  3. Write “Thank You” again and sign the note.
  4. Mail the note right away!



About Stef Cappel

Ray Cappel began working with his father, William, when he was still a young boy and has nearly 50 years experience in the retail industry. His wife, Stef completed a doctorate in education and after 10 years in higher education, joined him in the family business. Rich earned a BA in Business Administration in 1969 and is General Manager of Cappel's Inc. Diane, Rich's wife is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is the CFO of Cappel's Inc. In 1990, Ray and Rich bought Cappel's Display from their dads, at which time they officially changed the name to Cappel's Inc. The cousins have successfully adapted to the changing party needs of the community and continue to evolve in retail, wholesale, and internet commerce.