50 best graduation party ideas

It’s that exciting time of year when graduates around the world begin a new chapter in their lives. While you may feel a mix of emotions that come with realizing you’re finally growing up, the pride you feel about your accomplishments makes the celebration worthwhile. Once you’re done telling the world about this new milestone, it’s time to plan your graduation party – full of delicious food, grad-themed decorations, engaging activities, and people to love you. and cherish you. And with our graduation party ideasyou’ll know exactly what to do to make the moment even more special, whether you’re the graduate or planning a big party for someone else.

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Backyard Graduation Party

Backyard parties are always fun, especially when everyone is gathering for graduation. Think blackboard welcome signs, foam flower arrangements, pan dulce Mexican bar and scrumptious cakes.

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Pair these labels with any of your drinks – apple cider included. The labels are available in six designs with two different phrases: “Sip, Sip, Hooray!” and “Congratulations, Graduate!”

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graduation lanterns

These festive paper graduation hat lanterns are easy to hang from the ceiling. They are the perfect party decoration piece to prepare your home for the big day.

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Graduation silver crown

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Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Sliders

Hand out these cones to guests as they walk through the door, then ask them to shower the graduate in confetti every time they see them. A pinch of love, isn’t it?

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Lemon mascarpone parfaits

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Lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting

Print out these celebration quotes, then frame them to hang or display on the table. Quotes include “Go Be Amazing” and “The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle”.

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Dulce de leche sandwich cookies

Don’t forget to dress your pup for the special day. Your dog can be the mascot and motivate guests as they enter.

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Tangled Graduation Keepsake Announcement

One of the best things about hosting a graduation party is that you can go all out to display graduation photos. Try this ad to use as a table decoration. Feel free to print one or more images to showcase them throughout your space.

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Graduation Centerpiece

These centerpieces are available in six eye-catching colors including blue, green and brown. They are printed on both sides and have a handy stand to place them wherever you want.

If you’re looking for unique decorative themes for the party, try going for a colorful yet vintage look. Gather a range of galvanized materials to make paper accordion fans and garlands.

Get the tutorial at Let’s DIY It All »

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Graduation Photo Booth Props

Whether or not you include a photo booth at the event, purchase these Class of 2022 props for guests to use as backdrops for their Instagram and TikTok posts. The pack contains 50 custom-made pieces and can be placed in mason jars as fun table decorations.

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Custom Photo Door Banner

Personalize this door photo banner with any graduate’s name, school name and year of graduation. Choose from 15 design colors and upload any photo to go with your desired background and accent color (make sure it’s grad-approved).

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So Proud of You Grad Balloon Boxes

While you can still have your balloons freely spaced around your space, try storing them in these “Grad So Proud of You” boxes. They are sturdy, reusable and can hold other small decorative items you want to display.

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“One Degree Hotter” Graduation Shirts

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Who knows the best graduate game

With this fun game, guests will fill in blank prompts and multiple-choice questions about the graduate. It will test how well they know the winner, with questions ranging from the graduate’s favorite color and dream vacation to their favorite dessert and song.

Get everyone in the party mood with these DIY party hats. The iridescent, holographic style features gold tinsel for an added party feel.

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Instead of sprinkling regular confetti all over the room, DIY little graduation caps to scatter throughout the space. Create different sizes, stick them on your walls and spread them on tables to complete the perfect look.

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During the party, invite your guests to slip their graduation cards into this box. Hand out your own cards for them to write down all the life advice your graduate can look back on and cherish for years to come.

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She’s a smart spread

Celebrate your intelligence with a table full of sweets – peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles. Pour a few gallons of milk into glass jars, so guests can wash down their treats.

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Don’t let any of your guests settle for mulled wine. The day before, pour the wine into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer. This way their wine of choice – red, white or rosé – can stay at the perfect temperature while they party.

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Push Pop Peanut Butter Cup

Throw it back to childhood – remember Nestlé’s Push-Up Pops? — with these treats, topped with peanut buttercream and chocolate cake. Top it off with a chocolate graduation cap, complete with a sweet-sweet pom pom.

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Graduation candy buffet

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Messages and Memories Paintings

Hang prominent bulletin boards to give guests the chance to jot down their favorite memories with the grad, as well as a few pearls of advice for their next chapter.

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No-Bake Graduation Cookies

Gather your dessert table in seconds with this no-bake treat: simply wrap a ribbon around a pirouette cookie to look like the diploma your grad just received.

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Cotton candy graduation party favor

Send your guests off with something sweet: fill plastic cups with cotton candy (see if you can find one in their school color) and dress them up to look like a mini graduate.

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Rose Gold Graduation Backdrop

It’s not a party unless there’s a photo backdrop. This rose gold option, complete with bangs, balloons and a garland of stars, is totally Instagram worthy.

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See how big you’ve gotten — and also how many different hairstyles and goofy smiles there have been along the way — with a photo banner that shows class photos all the way back to kindergarten.

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Origami Money Graduation Caps

Perfect for parties the day after graduation, this easy-to-make board will give new grads everything they need to fuel up for their weekend, and that’s carbs. Or if they prefer, fill it with donuts and other sweet pastries.

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Balloons are the ultimate decoration: just scatter 20 or 40 of these golden beauties around your space to show everyone where the party is.

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graduation photo wreath

Relive your first day of school (or even the day you were born!) with this clever photo crown. It will finally give you something to do with all those school pictures you hold dear.

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Since the kids have already had their fill of sweets, send them home with something salty: freshly popped popcorn in these personalized paper bags.

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Banner “We are so proud of you”

It goes without saying that you’re proud of the graduate, but this banner will really drive home the point.

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graduation cake

Congratulations, your hard work (read: making a cake from scratch) has earned a cake topper as special as this!

Okay, so it might not be a “real” class ring, but we bet your grad will love the Ring Pop version nonetheless.

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Graduation Cupcakes

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Centerpieces “yesterday and today”


Deputy Editor
Mariah Thomas is an associate editor at Good Housekeeping, where she covers home decor ideas, gift guides and DIY projects.


Editor
Amanda Garrity has over seven years of experience writing lifestyle content, including nearly five years on staff at Good Housekeeping, where she covered everything home and vacation, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.

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