Planning a big graduation celebration for someone special in your life? Graduation, whether it is from high-school, trade-school or college, marks a huge and exciting transition for students. This is the beginning of a new chapter and a milestone of accomplishment. Naturally, people want to celebrate the best way they know how…with the perfect party! Lincoln has tons of options for local businesses that are here to make every graduation party an unforgettable experience.

Take the Party on the Road!

For the 21+ graduates, consider renting a party bus from Tailored Dreams Limousines and Party Buses ( for a party that everyone will be talking about for years to come! Tailored Dreams is Lincoln’s premier party bus company, known for their friendly drivers and for creating an experience tailored to your particular group. Tailored Dreams has multiple party buses available that can fit anywhere from 26 to 45 passengers. These buses can take you to a destination of your choice. Why wait until you arrive to start the party? With Tailored Dreams, not a minute goes to waste. You can party all the way to your destination and party all the way home. Just reserve your bus ahead of time, and then tell your chauffeur where you want to go when you arrive for your party, and they’ll get you there and back safely.

DeeDee Loomis
Tailored Dreams Party Buses

“Our fleet consists of six party buses,” shared Owner DeeDee Loomis. “Each bus has a Bluetooth sound system, loud speakers, heating and A/C, and fun LED lights. There have been so many groups that have had the time of their lives with us on our party buses! Our team takes pride and joy in making every occasion perfect.”

Their reputation for delivering a fun time has spread. Take it from one of their recent clients: “We just wanted to extend a huge thank you for making our Party Bus experience so phenomenal. The chauffeur was amazing, and the experience was nothing short of a blast. They kept the party bumping when we couldn’t decide on music, and kept everyone having a great time.”

One of the things that make Tailored Dreams unique in this industry is that they are the only party bus company in the area that has handicap accessible buses in their fleet. They’ve thought of everything in order to create a custom driving experience at an economical price. Tailored Dreams will work with you and your guests to make sure everyone has a great time. Don’t hesitate to call them – reservations book up quickly!

Make Your Celebration Extra Sweet

Big extravagant parties not your thing? You can still mark a special occasion with a special dessert from Sweet Things by Marcy (, and if you are planning a party, Sweet Things has still got you covered.

Sweet Things by Marcy is a locally-owned bakery in Lincoln that has a vibrant menu of sweet treats. Owner Marcy Haas works hard to provide the Lincoln community with her delicious cakes, pies and other desserts. For graduation season, Marcy can help you find the perfect dessert for your get together.

If you are planning a larger party, Marcy offers cupcakes and southern tea cakes by the dozen. Reach out in advance to make sure she can get your party needs done in time for the big day. Have your guests talking about Marcy’s flavorful cupcakes for weeks after graduation, or impress your family with one of the many cakes offered at Sweet Things.

Marcy Haas
Sweet Things by Marcy

“My bakery specializes in authentic southern-style desserts. Our desserts are made from scratch, with real butter, real vanilla and real love,” said Marcy. “I have been baking for over 40 years. My mother taught me how to bake basic southern staples such as biscuits, cornbread, tea cakes and sweet potato pie. I eventually played around with making pound cakes, cookies and other things, and ended up growing my passion into a business.”

Sweet Things by Marcy is also available at Canyon Joe’s Barbecue, Soulfull Cocina, The Charging Station, Lila Mae’s Southern Kitchen and Harbor Coffeehouse. On occasion, HF Crave also carries some desserts.

If you are looking for a full catering experience, reach out and see what Sweet Things by Marcy can do for you and your party.

Celebrate In Style

With its convenient downtown location, Talon Room ( is the perfect spot for an upscale graduation party. Nestled in the historic Spaghetti Works building, Talon Room has been established as the perfect venue to host any kind of social gathering in downtown Lincoln. The “Talon-t’d” staff at Talon Room will plan and execute the event you envisioned.

In addition to the unique and gorgeous venue, Talon Room has an on-site kitchen that can accommodate all of your food needs. They allow for outside catering for a percentage fee based on attendees, but check out their delicious options for in-house catering. They also have a liquor license and bar service, so they can provide beverages of any kind for your party.

They provide start-to-finish planning, and, if you are celebrating with other graduates, they offer plenty of space to host a combined party. Talon Room’s staff works hard to ensure that your day is perfect so that all in attendance can relax and celebrate. Owner Matthew Rogge gave us a few things to keep in mind when planning a graduation party.

Matthew Rogge
Talon Room

“When you are planning your celebration, approach it with an idea of how many guests you would like to invite and how much work you are anticipating putting in to plan it and set up,” explained Matthew. “Most families planning a graduation party realize after the party is over just how much work it takes to host it at their home. We provide the ease of allowing you to simply show up, have a good time, and leave without having the hassle of cleanup after. This way, you can truly focus on the graduate and celebrate their success.”

Talon Room will be offering special 2024 graduation party rates on select dates, so reach out to them today to get started on planning your big party!

Dress to Impress

Gary Michaels Clothiers ( specializes in men’s tailored clothing. For a man concerned with looking his best, there is simply no better place to shop. With graduation being a big moment in a student’s life, Owner Gary Novotny shares why this is a great time to invest in a suit.

Gary Novotny
Gary Michaels Clothiers

“The average retail price for a quality, all-wool suit that is tailored to perfection is between a $495-$795 value,” explained Gary. “Investing in a suit is wise because many young individuals typically will need a suit multiple times over several years – especially recent graduates who are off to college or are beginning the job interview process. Suit rental can be $250 for a single wearing; it just makes sense to invest in a quality, tailored suit that will last you for many years.”

With any suit purchase from Gary you receive complete tailoring of the garment included in the retail price. Many stores charge extra for that service and can equate to another 15-20% charge on top of the retail of the garment.

Gary has fresh items coming in daily, ranging across suits and sport coats. The most common suit colors selling for a graduation or collegiate wear are shades of blue such as navy, new navy, slate and cobalt. As far as grey goes, it comes down to a mid grey to a dark charcoal. These are timeless suits that are in a two button, side vented coat with a flat front trouser that is appropriate for any occasion. The black suit this year is making a BIG comeback in the industry and this Spring has seen a big uptick from weddings to formal events. Not all suit fabrics need to be a solid fabric but a tick weave, shadow pattern or a slight tone on tone pattern or stripe is very presentable.