Graduation season is quickly approaching, and it’s time to celebrate. From invitations to finding the perfect venue, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into planning a graduation party.

Managing it all can sometimes be overwhelming, but fortunately, your parents are there to help. Here’s a guide on how to work together to plan a fun, stress-free celebration.

Determine a budget

First, sit down with your parents to talk out a realistic budget. This will help you decide on a venue, how much food to purchase and the number of people you can invite. Planning will be a lot easier once you know how much you can spend.

Pick a date

Decide on a date and time that works best. Graduation parties are typically thrown after or before the actual graduation date, so keep this in mind when looking at the calendar. Also, think about whether you want to celebrate during the day or the evening. Many of your friends will be planning parties on the same days and times, so try to coordinate with them to ensure you don’t compete for guests.

Choose a party venue

Most people celebrate in their home or backyard. If you’re on a tight budget, hosting a party at home can save money. Ask your parents if this is an option and consider if you have enough space to accommodate your guests. If not, great alternative locations include parks, banquet halls, community centers and country clubs.

Create a guest list and send invitations

Work with your parents to come up with a list of friends and family to invite. Then think about how you’d like to invite them. A paper invite could make a great keepsake for family members, but online invites can help you save money and keep track of the RSVPs.

Decide on the menu

Are you hiring a caterer or picking up food? Explore food options based on your budget. If you’re inviting a lot of people, you can turn it into a potluck and ask guests to bring a dish to share. Cooking is another great alternative that can help cut back on costs.

Plan fun activities and entertainment

Make your graduation party even more memorable with fun, creative activities. You can keep your guests entertained through games, a DJ or even a homemade photo booth.

Planning a party can be a big effort, but working with your parents and planning ahead can help make it a much smoother process. And when the day finally comes, you’ll be able to better tackle any last-minute details quickly and efficiently. That way, you can enjoy celebrating all you’ve accomplished over the last four years.