You couldn’t be prouder of YOUR soon-to-be graduate!! And now it is time to celebrate!!
Both our boys’ graduation open house events were so much fun! Yes, there was a ton of preparation. But once the day was in full swing it was delightful to relax, see so many friends and family, and swap stories about the graduate. And graduation celebrations allow your graduate to shine and reflect on all they have accomplished so far in life! So set the tone for the festive event with these 6 clever and fun graduation open house announcement ideas.
Clever and Fun Graduation Open House Announcement Ideas
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As like in 2020, graduation open houses may look a little different this year. You may choose to have more of a small private event, drive-by, virtual or hopefully, your area is opening back up, allowing for a fun bigger graduation celebration. Anyhow you choose, highlight your unique graduate when you customize graduation invitations!
What is a Graduation Invitation Versus Open House Announcement?
When you customize gradation cards, first think through what you are hoping to accomplish.
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Some parents simply want to announce to friends and family that their child is graduating from high school while other invitations are meant to invite people to an open house. Here are some suggestions on what to include depending on if you are sending a graduation announcement, open house announcement or a graduation ceremony invitation.
- Your senior’s picture
- Year they are graduating (I actually forgot this on one of ours!!)
- School from which they are graduating
- Where they going in the fall
Graduation Open House Party
- Your senior’s picture
- Year they are graduating
- Date and location of open house
- Hours of open house
- RSVP instructions
- Your senior’s picture
- Year they are graduating
- Date and location of graduation
- Who is allowed to attend
You may also choose to combine a graduation announcement with a graduation open house announcement! We did this for one of our boys as the graduation was open to anyone who wanted to attend.
6 Ways to Customize Graduation Invitations and Open House Announcements
After you decide what you want to convey on your graduation cards, then have fun as you customize the graduation invitations.
Make your graduation cards stand out by personalizing your invitation to reflect and share a bit about your teenager!
1. Personalize Invitations with Color
Use the array of colors to convey something that is important about your teen. Does your teen love to be on trend? Then choose a color that is popular this season. Have they been super involved in their high school, then you may wish to use the school colors. Or you can make the background the colors of the school they are attending in the fall!
One of our boys wanted to highlight the community college color he had attended while still in high school. Another son just wanted a patriotic theme for his party so we made the invitation background red.
One of the things you will notice right away with Basic Invite, a website that allows you to personalize and craft invitations and announcements, is the AMAZING array of colors that you can choose from for your graduation cards! You are going to love that you will be able to find just the perfect color for say that girl that loves teal…wait not that teal, that one!!
2. Use Wording That Highlights Your Graduate’s Interests
Does your senior live and breathe a certain activity? You can have fun playing with the words for your open house announcements!
- Drama student? “Drama Unfolds at 1pm” or “Curtains Open at 4:30pm”
- Football fall? “Kick-off is at 3pm”
- Golf player? “Tee Time starts at 11pm”
3. Customize Announcements With Fonts
The fonts that you use convey something about your senior’s style. With Basic Invite, you can click on their theme tab to find fonts that match the style you are trying to convey. Is your senior more formal then use more script! Are they artsy and creative then use a more modern script for a playful air. Does your student love everything technology? Then choose a graduation invitation that has more serif fonts.
4. Create Invitations with Meaningful Graphics
Once you are on Basic Invite website, click on graduation, then on graduation and invitations. On the right, above all the sample invitations is the THEME tab! Once you click on the Theme tab you will see all of the theme suggestions! Many of the themed options have fun graphics including books, sports, military, musical notes and more!
If you senior is headed to the military you can find invitations with camo graphics. Sports fan can choose from football themed invitation. I am totally loving all the Vintage themed ones. So pretty!!
5. Include All Those Stunning Photos
One of the hardest part about creating a graduation announcements is trying to choose only ONE picture. I mean, after all, your kid is amazing! You want to share ALL the photos. Ok, so you may not be able to share all the photos, but with the Photos tab you can specify if you would like to have a graduation invitation that has multiple photos or just a single.
Choose one of the more formal photos. And then add a few more casual shots to show off your graduate’s personality. One of our sons really loves music, and it was a huge part of his life during his high school years. So I absolutely adored the more casual photos of him with his musical instruments.
6. Customize Invitation to Include Graduation Invitation and Open House
With Basic Invite back option, you can add a back to many of the invitations. You can choose from a timeline, single photo, pattern, three or six photos, family news, text only, single photo and text and more. With so many unique options, your graduate’s graduation announcement is destined to be one of a kind!
And since you can utilize the real estate on the back you can have a more formal graduation announcement on the front AND still have plenty of space on the back for a more casual photo and all the open house party details!!
After you create your dream card, Basic Invite allows you to order a sample! I’m super excited about this feature! Once you have your card in hand, you will be able to feel the quality and start getting more excited about graduation as you make sure your card is exactly what you want. Have FUN!!
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Basic Invite: Truly Custom Invitations
You have poured your heart and soul into your child. And now it it time to CELEBRATE!! Ensure your senior’s graduation events are extra special with just the right graduation cards and invites!
Imagine your friends and family opening your truly beautiful cards with your senior’s smiling photos!!
They won’t be able to help but want to join in on the fun and celebration!
So head over to Basic Invite here! Check out all the options as you think about all the amazing memories of your senior. Then choose the card that describes your senior to a tee!
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Here is some more information about Basic Invite that you may want to know!
Their signature stock is a thick matte paper with a smooth texture and classic white hue. 110lb., 14pt thickness
Almost Unlimited Colors– Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once they select a design, customers can change the color of each element on the card. With over 180 colors to choose from, the invite is sure to be exactly how they want it. This is what sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company.
Custom Samples– Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they place their final order. They can see the paper quality and how it will print, and make sure the card is perfect.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes– Basic Invite has over 40 different envelope colors to choose from. With so many options, customers can make their envelope match the invitation. All of the envelopes are peel and seal so they can be closed quickly and securely.
Address Capturing Service– Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request their friends and family’s addresses. The addresses are stored in the customer’s account and can be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders (major time saver!!!).
Foil- Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
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