Graduation season is here! If you have a grad in your family, then you know what that means: You’ll need to throw him or her a graduation party. But first, you’ll almost certainly want to get some of your summer home improvement projects out of the way so that your home is ready to go for guests. How do you choose which projects to do? Here are some tips to help get you through grad party season!

3 Home Improvement Tips

1. The Kitchen Takes Center Stage

One thing all graduation parties have in common is the food. You and your guests will likely spend a large portion of the day gathered in the kitchen chatting and working on the celebratory feast which means that if you have been putting off a kitchen remodel, now is the time to get it done. If you have the budget, shoot for the full remodel: Cabinets, new fixtures, the works. Otherwise, you can keep costs down by doing simpler projects that freshen the space, like a new backsplash, a coat of paint on the walls or cool new light fixtures.

2. Are You Hosting an Outdoor Graduation Party?

Graduation season is the best time of year to host outdoor events — not too hot, not too chilly! If you plan to host your party outside, then upgrading your outdoor living space should be your second priority, right after the kitchen. Now is the time to build that deck or patio that you have been dreaming about. If you already have an outdoor living space, then you may consider upgrades like refinishing or expanding your outdoor kitchen with a new grill or appliance to handle all the cooking that you’ll do on the day of the party.

3. Get Your Bathrooms Ready

With all of the other preparation for the party, you may not want to shell out for a full bathroom remodel right now. There are, however, a few inexpensive things that you can do to update the bathroom that your guests will be using.

  • If the faucet on your bathroom sink is old and worn, consider replacing it to brighten up the sink area.
  • Bathroom walls are notorious for becoming dingy over the years. Fresh paint definitely can’t hurt.
  • To add some personality to the room, you can replace the medicine cabinet or mirror with something new and modern.

Last but not least, make sure to check all of the bathroom’s caulking — around the sink, the seams in your tub’s surround, along the base of the toilet. These are spots notorious for catching dirt and grime so by cleaning or replacing the caulking, you can make your bathroom look much fresher.

Finally, A Few Budget-Friendly Tips to Liven Up the Party!

Once your home is ready to go, you’ll need to think about decorations. Here are a few easy, inexpensive ways to spruce up:

  • Make confetti balloons. All you need is glitzy confetti and clear balloons. Put a handful of confetti in each balloon, fill them and then tie them up around the house.
  • Find a clever way to display photos of your grad. You can hang up long strands of twine and hang photos with clothespins or use the folding display poster boards that your kids use for science fair projects.
  • Decorate with school themed items. Pirouette and other tube-shaped cookies can stand in as diplomas or you can wrap books in brown craft paper and use them as centerpieces. Find some miniature chalkboards to label place settings or a slightly larger chalkboard to write out instructions for the guest book.
  • Make some memories by creating a DIY photo wall. Use colorful construction paper cut into whatever shapes you like, then thread those shapes onto twine so that you can string them along a wall as a backdrop.

Graduation is a once-in-a-lifetime event. No matter what home improvement projects you tackle or how you decide to decorate, when the day comes, remember to relax and enjoy this milestone!