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Top Tips for Holding a Graduation Party in Your Garage

Graduation season is just around the corner, and your garage is the perfect place to have a party! These six tips can help you get started. By clearing the space, bringing in the light, decorating, managing noise, eliminating odors, and tuning your garage door up you are sure to make your graduate’s party special!


1. Clear the Space

Garages tend to be cluttered spaces, with little room for people to mingle and talk. Before you can have a party in your garage, clear the floor to make space. Remove (or at least push to the side) garden tools, fertilizers and chemicals. Hang curtains to hide anything that can’t be removed from the garage. If you’re expecting small children to be at the party, put anything dangerous or that can’t be played with in your tool shed. Do not allow children to spend time mingling in a space with garden or household chemicals.


How to Cover Your Garage Walls for a Party

On top of cleaning and organizing, you may opt to cover your garage walls up for the party as well. There are many options to choose from when covering garage walls:
  • Use a vinyl or metal coating to cover your walls for a permanent upgrade.
  • A fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy way to liven up your garage for the party.
  • A more temporary fix involves mounting plywood to the garage walls.
  • Installing soundproofing foam panels not only adds to visual appeal, it also greatly reduces the noise escaping from your garage and prevents annoying your neighbors.


2. Bring in Light

Garages tend to be poorly lit spaces, and those that are well-lit often have blue-cast fluorescent lighting. Hang warm string cafe lights throughout your garage to create a pleasant party environment.
Holiday lights also work, if you’re on a budget and just want to use what you have around the house. String them around your garage and lay them on tables to add to the festive atmosphere.
Of course, no party is truly a party without a disco ball. You can find these for cheap online and are a must for any great party!
Another way to bring light into your garage is to open the garage door, if the party takes place during daylight hours. If you plan to open the door during the day and close it when it becomes dark outside, take care to keep any objects out of the path of the doorway so it can be closed easily when the time comes.


3. Decorate Your Garage

Lighting is only the beginning for a great party. Bring your party to life with decorations such as balloons, streamers, banners, and more. For a graduation party, be sure to get decorations that match the colors of your graduate’s college to make their day extra special.
If you have tables out, be sure to place centerpieces as well. These centerpieces can be anything such as balloons with a “congratulations” cutout in the middle to a bouquet of flowers.


4. Make a Noise Plan

Graduation parties can get noisy, which can make problems with the neighbors. Make a plan to control noise. Some suggestions:
  • Leave the garage door closed throughout the party.
  • Keep the door open but use your garage for serving food only (and play music inside the house).
  • Keep the door open but keep music down.
You have options! If your plan does involve playing loud music on your property, communicate with your neighbors. Tell them that you’ll be playing loud music and let them know what time you plan to turn it down. Neighbors are often more patient if they know when they can expect the music to end.


5. Think About the Smell

More often than not, garages tend to have a strange smell from gasoline, chemicals, mildew or mold. For your party, you want to make sure these odors are eliminated to make your guests feel more comfortable.
  • Wipe down everything with cleaners.
  • If your garage is not climate controlled, consider throwing out any cardboard or paper products as those materials tend to develop mold when they absorb moisture in the air.
  • Keep a deodorizer inside your garbage cans. These can be store bought or made from common household materials such as baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, etc.
  • If you have gasoline or oil stains, clean them with a heavy duty brush and specialized cleaner. If you have a power washer it will come in handy for these kinds of stains.
  • If you consistently have mold issues, check your garage’s weather stripping for replacement!


6. Give Your Garage Door a Tune Up

Planning to leave your garage door open during your upcoming graduation party? Get a garage door tune up before the big day. Contact Overhead Door of Wilmington to schedule your appointment; we’ll ensure that your garage door is properly functioning.

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