When planning a graduation party, you must first decide whether it's to be formal or casual. Invitations are always called for, and use RSVP (R-S-V-P) to know how many people to expect. Check local party-supply stores for ideas, gifts, and recipes, as well as decorations, games, invitations, and other supplies. Professional party-planning and rental companies can also be good resources for everything you need, if your budget allows. They can also provide entertainment ranging from a DJ (D-J) to a 12-piece orchestra. You may want to have a theme for the party, such as Western, '50s diner, or Mardi Gras. Decorate with greens, candles, balloons, and glitter for inexpensive but beautiful surroundings. Blow up a picture of your school mascot, and take instant photos of people with it. Sometimes, the party is seen by the graduate as the last chance to party hard before going into the 'real world.' Parents may wish to provide alternative ways to celebrate the end of the school year. Throw the graduation party at your house, or take a group of graduates to a theme park. Check to see whether your child's school has a 'Project Graduation' event planned. Many schools provide a supervised event for teens as an alcohol- and drug-free alternative to a graduation party. You might want to volunteer to help chaperone. Renting a hotel room, all-night parties, and co-ed sleep-overs should be discouraged.