Celebrating New Beginnings: Graduation Party Ideas


As the summer begins, there’s a particular group of students that are particularly thrilled: new graduates. This time is particularly special, as it ends one chapter to begin the next stages of their lives into adulthood. Since the occasion calls for a celebration, here are some excellent graduation party ideas that any parent would be proud to host to recognize all the hard-earned accomplishments.


Let Them Shine: A Bright Future Ahead

The Backdrop: This theme works best at night, as the decor will revolve around lightwork and plays on the theme of “A Bright Future Ahead.” The color scheme is flexible, where if the look leans towards a clean and modern ambiance, white, black and gold are an ideal combination. We’re going to focus on a different ambiance: the country rustic ambiance with a white, cream and gold color scheme. The decor can include white paper lanterns and string lights. Mason jars can be used to serve drinks to guests, as well as centerpieces filled with artificial white flowers and white LED lights. The table set-up is simple, using decor that revolves around the color scheme. A graduation sign made of burlap or white paper in the style of a flag banner adds to the celebratory feeling.

For the Guests: A fun guestbook that can be hung as art decor afterward is a 3D guestbook. Guests can sign Cork hearts or other shapes, then tossed into the frame for a keepsake. For games, ring toss (made from old bottles and a wooden box) and cornhole fit right into the look. With some tulle and more string lights, it’s simple to create a mesmerizing starlight backdrop, whether to add to the mood or for guests to take selfies.


College Colors: Smells Like Team Spirit!

The Backdrop: A play on words with the 1990s Nirvana hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit, this party is a great send off for your new grad going off to college. It’s especially great for celebrating the acceptance to a college with a sizeable athletic presence. For the welcome banner, using college color pennants with the college mascot sets the tone perfectly for the graduation party idea.

For the Guests: While the color scheme should all fall within the school colors, party decor that can make your set-up stand out includes pennant flags for straws, jersey-shaped can cozies and customized paper cones for popcorn or other snacks. Team color cupcakes also make for a delicious touch to add to the color scheme. For entertainment, an imitation field goal toss makes for a quick game, and pom poms and props will have guests taking photos to remember.


Tropical-Themed: Aloha to New Beginnings

The Backdrop: One of the ways to enjoy the warmer weather season that comes with graduation is to throw a tropical-themed graduation party. Build a tiki hut bar for about $300 or buy a prefabricated one for $99 to serve kid-friendly beverages. Tables for serving food can be lined with grass table skirts. Drinkware can be served in tiki cups or coconut halves, which will go right with the bright-colored plates and cutlery for food.

For the Guests: Have leis, hula skirts, sunglasses and floral hair pieces to welcome guests when they arrive. Keep the party going with fun games like playing limbo to some classic tunes like Jimmy Buffet or the Beach Boys. Another game that keeps guests moving is Hula Hoop ‘Til You Drop. Hula hoops are inexpensive to get, so have a handful to have a Hula competition. The music can have different speeds to keep the game interesting.


Dr. Seuss: Oh the Places You’ll Go!

The Backdrop: The famous book penned by the classic favorite author, Dr. Seuss, and has been included in many graduation speeches. It makes for a perfect pick for a graduation party idea for a young graduate or anyone with a soft spot for Dr. Seuss books. The decor can be created with bold color schemes and creative party props. For a backdrop, these quirky Truffula Trees can be made with some plumbing insulation or pool noodles, floral wire and tissue paper. The welcome post can be the familiar askew sign post found in the books, including signs with quotes right from the book.

For the Guests: A creative take on the guestbook is to have a world atlas or a globe for guests to sign their well wishes. A nice touch to the table is a play on well-known story items like this Green Eggs and Ham Deviled Eggs recipe and Lorax drink dispenser decoration. For memorable photos, Dr. Seuss selfie props are great at getting the grads and their friends engaged.

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