Phew! You finally made it. Graduation day is quickly approaching, and that means that it’s time to celebrate. Your favorite student has no doubt put in many hours of hard work to get to this point, so it’s only right to throw them a party that they won’t forget!
In this article, we’ll be providing you with some awesome graduation party ideas that will help you to throw a grad party for the ages, without going broke. Whether you need decorations, food, or entertainment ideas, we’ve got you covered!
Looking for some super fun and unique graduation decorations? How about a photo collage in the shape of the numbers that represent your graduate’s year! A site like Shindigz can easily create these awesome pieces for you using any photos you like. They can feature just your graduate, or you could even make these decorations extra special by including photos of their best friends as well!
This would make an awesome memento that graduates can cherish forever, and they can even share one of the numbers with each of their best friends so that they can also look back on the good times that they’ve had together.
Want to make your graduate’s photos more memorable? Make sure to setup a fun photo wall to get everyone excited about snapping pictures. It’s very easy to create an attractive photo space with balloons, lights or colorful backdrops.
The cost for this activity is often minimal as well, and you don’t need to spend a ton of money to create something that will add life to your party. Colorful fabrics, balloons, streamers, string lights, and banners make excellent photo backgrounds that won’t break the bank.
However, don’t forget that you can also throw some props into the mix as well! Think things like funny hats, outfits, signs or t-shirts that will get your party guests smiling. These additions allow people to make the photo space their own, and sometimes a basic backdrop with some fun extras can be just as fun as a more elaborate setup.
Want a super cute graduation decoration that doubles as a gift for your graduating guests? Give all of your graduates a little something to tell them how proud you are of their achievements with these cute origami grad caps! This is a cute favor that won’t cost you a ton of money but still allows you to give something special to your graduate’s friends. After all, they’re graduates too, and they deserve to celebrate as well! While you could just hand them out as favors after the party, these could also make cute placeholders at a table or additions to treat bags. Use bigger or smaller bills depending on how much folding you want to do.
Cupcakes are likely the easiest way to go when it comes to making cake for a lot of people, and you can often do a lot more with them, even if you’re not a professional baker. Use rolled wafers and store bought chocolate to easily make these cute graduation cupcakes. Towers are easy to set up, and they make great table centerpieces that kids and adults alike will adore. if you’d prefer, you can also easily decorate them with just the graduation year to save time on making the toppers. Use icing to write on top of them or pick up some cupcake toppers with the graduate’s photo or graduation year instead.
Your graduate has likely had a lot of fun times with their guests before today. Make sure those fun times live forever with this memory jar. Guests are invited to write down a memory that they share with your graduate, and you could even make this a party activity by having your graduate read some funny memories. In any case, this would make a great memento for them to keep, allowing them to pull out these notes and remember their friends and all the fun they’ve had together, even if next year they’re far away from home at their chosen university.
This easy peasy decoration idea simply adds some cute toppers to your favorite bottled beverage. Display them in a nice ice tub to make a cute display for indoor or outdoor use and make boring old drinks a little more festive. These decorations are easy to make with a little bit of foam and hot glue, but if time is in short supply, then you can also buy them from a lot of places online as well.
Every graduation party has balloons, but why not make yours extra special? This easy decoration idea adds to the wow factor of your party without stretching your party’s budget. You can even use them to make a balloon chandelier to hang from the ceiling! This makes a great focal point for your event or even a great “centerpiece” to hang over a table. All you need to do to make these is attach photos to the balloon’s string or ribbon that hold happy memories for the graduate. You might use photos from the school year or even some from their childhood. It might also be fun to do two photos on each string for a ‘then and now’ decoration. This trick also helps to hide the string and make the decorations look better as a bonus.
Your displays don’t always have to be elaborate. Sometimes they can just be clever, and this punny candy display will strike a chord with everyone. A cute display like this is easy and cheap to put together, and the possibilities are nearly endless. So, think of your best puns and put them on display for your guests to see. You can make your treats more photogenic by placing them in decorative baskets or buckets to dress up boring candy favors. However, don’t be afraid to get personal either. Custom printed toppers, baggies, and wrappers can be surprisingly affordable.
Does your grad think that they’re going to get out of their party without at least a little embarrassment? Make this cute baby photo garland to decorate the party with past memories and slightly embarrassing baby pictures. Making these takes a little more work than the other items on our list, but it’s worth it. You can easily swap out the party hat for a grad cap if you’d prefer by following thetutorial.
These diploma wraps are a great choice when you’re looking for something a little fancier than the standard hamburgers or pizza fare for your party without adding a ton of expense. They’re adorable, tasty, and they’re pretty easy to make to boot. Though they may be a bit too time consuming if your party is rather large.
If you’ve got someone graduating this year, any of these graduation party ideas would be a welcome addition to the celebratory bash! Whether you need ideas for decorations, food, centerpieces or just ideas for overall graduation fun, we’ve got you covered here. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our other posts with graduation ideas.