Graduation time is quickly approaching! In last week's blog, Top Notch primarily focused on a number of the fun vendors one can select to have at a graduation party to help make the party a success. Although, I naturally (and highly) recommend a Top Notch DJ for any graduation party, there are various additional activities and games that can be played to help make the event memorable for your graduate. Today's blog will focus on a few of these key items that guests can play. Some of Top Notch's recommendations are the following....
Memory Jar- This simple activity requires only a pen, notary paper and a nicely decorated memory jar. Simply having all guests that at the party write down their favorite memory of the graduate. The jar of memories will make for a great keepsake item and time can even be taken during the party for the graduate to guess who wrote which memories about them. This game can also be titled “Remember When”, as guests can simply record their memory involving the graduate with the phrase “Remember When”
Selfie Message- Kids today have literally grown up understanding the “Selfie”. They not only know how to take a selfie, but most have had tons of practice posing for selfies for various social media sites. This activity however, is not necessarily meant for The Selfie to be posted on social media (like facebook, instagram, etc) but for the graduate to keep. For this activity, a small, dry erase board with a marker is needed along with a classic Polaroid camera. Each guests should write a message to the graduate on the dry erase board and then simply take a self picture of themselves holding the board with the message. By the end of the party, your graduate should have a photo with a kind message from all of their guests wishing them luck on their future endeavors! The hard copy photos after being taken can even be placed on a fun clipboard, in a collage frame or any alternative picture holding device during the party so that all other guests can view each other's messages as well
Yard Twister- This game is a No Brainer, but really can be a blast. It's basically the classic game of Twister, enlarged for many to play outside. The best part of this activity, all that is required is 1. The instructions from the original game (along with the spinner to call the color dots) and spray paint. Before the game, make sure to spray a flat surface (preferably in the grass, not on cement) with circles of the game (red, yellow and green) just as the picture below illustrates.
Guess Who- This activity is ideal if many of the guests have shared a class, school or extra curricular group activity in common. Each guests is required to select a person or character which they as well as the graduate are familiar with (examples may include a volleyball coach, a teacher disliked by many, a particular student that the guests and graduate shared a class with, etc) Each guests must write down the name of the person for all other guests to see except for the graduate, and then must impersonate the chosen character to the best of their ability. The graduate must guess who the participants are attempting to impersonate. This game usually ends in laughter and tons of fun and stories of reminisce.
Match the Year of the Photo- Photos of the graduate from his or her life span (from a toddler up to graduate pictures) are collected and shown on display for all guests to see. For this game to work, at least 10 photos should be used, and the photos SHOULD NOT be displayed in a time line fashion. Guests will do their best to match the YEAR and or AGE of the graduate with the photos. The first one to match all photos with the graduate's year and age win's a prize.
The activities mentioned above are just a few of the various creative games/activities that can be played to entertain guests at the event. Furthermore, the majority of the listed activities are great as they provide the graduate with an item that they can keep to commemorate the special day. Graduation's are a wonderful achievement for any young adult. I hope this posts as well as last week's were an aid in providing a few tips one can incorporate to ensure that the graduate's celebration is a success! As always, Top Notch is available for questions, thoughts, and concerns anytime and if any one has additional suggestions for games or activities to include in a graduation party, please feel free to share them by contacting Top Notch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading guys and Happy Graduation!