Will Graduation Parties Feel The Economy's Pinch?

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 27, 2008 at 6:12 PM EDT

Its high school graduation time in the Southern Tier.

And that means a weekend full of graduation parties.

But does a slowing economy mean celebration cutbacks for this year's grads?

Action News Reporter Jessica Light takes a look.

High School Grads are gearing up to celebrate this weekend.

And their proud parents aren't skimping on the party details.

Balloon bouquets, party decorations, on top of the everyday party supplies like plates and cups.

People are paying for all the fixings despite tight financial times.

"I didn't cut back at all I just, I spent!" says Nancy Valdes of Chenango Bridge.

"Everybody's having a graduate and they're putting a lot into that so they'll do parties either way I think." said Taylor Rental Owner Emily Gaudinier.

Business is booming at Taylor Rental's in Binghamton.

They're filling balloon orders left and right...

But most of the party essentials like tables and chairs are already reserved.

"Taylor Rental says it rents out 50 or 60 tents for graduation weekend. But all those were booked back in April."

Gaudinier says people start throwing grad parties at the beginning of June through the end of August.

But for Valdes, throwing a party this weekend kills 2 birds with one stone.

Her daughter's turning 18 plus...

"She's graduating 9th in her class out of 146 kids so we're proud of her and you know we wanted to make it special."

Celebrating that special student before their mind switches from high school graduation to college orientation.

In Binghamton, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.

While the big party supplies like tents and tables are booked for this weekend, there's still plenty to find at Taylor Rentals.

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