My husband and I both graduate with our Masters on the same day this December. I'm trying to decide between going out to dinner after the ceremony with both our families, or just having an open-house type party with light refreshments at our home. There are pros and cons to both. I'd love some opinions on what you think might work better.
Family Dinner Out-
Minimal plans ahead of time
People don't feel obligated to hang around after dinner
It's what everyone is used to doing in the past
Hard to make reservations (we're in a college town so restaurants have long waits, we don't know exactly what time the ceremony ends so we might end up having to rush or needing to wait around)
Choosing a place everyone will like
The awkward battle between fathers about who will pay
Party at House-
We can go straight there after the ceremony
Fun party/menu planning
People can come and go as they please
Food/party setup will need to be prepared before ceremony
We don't have tons of seating, etc
Any feedback (or additional pros/cons) would be appreciated!