Graduation is a time cause for celebration.
It doesn’t matter if you’re graduating from high school or college. There was hard work, long hours, & success involved.
Now it’s time to celebrate!
To help you plan, here are 25 awesome graduation party ideas. With a few tweaks, these themes can be used for both teen & adult parties.
Graduation Party Themes
You can use any theme & gear it towards a party for your graduate. But if you want a more specific graduation focus theme then you’re sure to love these ideas.
Oh The Places You’ll Go
Although this book was written for kids, it holds a strong meaning for everyone.
Decorate with the Dr. Seuss theme or you can switch it up & add career related decor.
One Smart Cookie
This cookie theme makes it easy to decide what kind of food you’ll serve. A cookie bar of course!
Graduates do indeed have a bright future ahead.
This theme makes it literal & is a creative way to say it’s a luau.
You can even give out sunglasses as party favors!
Shoot For The Stars
For a great night time theme party go for this shoot for the stars theme.
Use Christmas lights to light up stars, use sparklers as party favors, & even set up a telescope station.
The Keys To Success
Make keys your prime theme for this party.
Have your guest fill out key cards for the graduate with success messages & make key theme cookies.
The World Awaits
Have some fun with a travel theme party, just like they did over at Details Done Right. This works especially well if the graduate is moving away or going abroad after graduation.
Graduation Party Decor
Photo booths are fun & simple to make.
You can craft large picture frames out of cardboard boxes. Or even hang wrapping paper as a backdrop.
Add more fun to your photo booth with these tips.
Tissue Paper Sign
These signs can be made for the graduation year or the graduate’s name.
They’re made from cardboard, tissue paper, & hot glue. And are very easy to make.
Words To Live By Wall
Create a wall made a post it notes. Have your guests write their favorite words to live by on it.
Then & Now Centerpieces
Make Centerpieces out of past & present pictures of your graduate.
DIY Wine Bottle Centerpieces
Spray paint old wine bottles to use as Centerpieces.
You can fill the bottles with something simple like flowers or small pennants.
If you paint the bottles with chalkboard paint then you can write cute messages on them.
Hanging Balloon Graduation Numbers
If you want to display the graduation year without a banner try a balloon.
Apply streamers to a large helium balloon & then add the year to the streamers. You can use cardstock or cardboard for the number if you don’t want to buy them.
For more ideas check out Studio DIY‘s tutorial.
School Pennant Centerpieces
Fill vases, wine bottles, or jars with several school themed pennants.
Fill number helium balloons up & hang then behind the food table for a backdrop.
Roll your napkins up & tie a ribbon around the center. This will make your napkins look like mini diplomas.
Graduation Cap Cupcake Tower
Serving cupcake? Then add a graduation cap to the top of your tower.
As your guests arrive greet them with a Jenga table.
Instead of playing the game ask them to write their favorite memory on them. You can grab the printable template from Must Have Mom.
It’s always great to take a look back through the years. Especially during graduation. And what a better way than through photo.
You can set up,
- A photo clock
- A string of pictures in chronological order
- A photo wreath
- Photo collage (in a frame or on wooden letters)
- Floating pictures (hang pictures from helium filled balloons)
Graduation Theme Party Food
Spicing up your normal party food with decoration is a simple way to add a wow factor to your party.
Dip pretzel rods in chocolate & then decorate then with the graduation year. Learn how to make these delicious pretzels at Hungry Happenings.
Find dishes that are in the shape of numbers. Use the 4 dishes to make the graduation year.
They can be filled with fruit, veggies, dip, or candy.
I’m going to be honest. I’m a touch obsessed with food bars. They’re easy to set up, guests can get what they want, & they look fabulous!
Here are some ideas of different food bars that you can have.
- Popcorn Bar
- Cotton Candy Bar
- Candy Bar
- Burger Bar
- Donut Bar
- Taco Bar
Related: The Ultimate List Of Party Food Bars
Graduation Hat Pretzels
These pretzels are fun & easy to make. You can get a simple pretzel recipe from $@&&&. Then just simply shape them into graduation hats. Which are basically squares.
These dessert are too cute to pass up. You can tie a ribbon around them to give the illusion of diplomas.
To make them you can use:
- Fruit roll ups
- Swiss rolls (the ones above are designed by Mom Explores)
Putting fruit inside of fruit bowls are not only festive but they’re super easy to make.
Fill a bowl with ring pops. (Be sure to leave them in the wrappers.)
Then label the bowl “class rings”.
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