2017 Graduation Party Ideas
- When planning a graduation party, timing is everything! June and July are busy months for parties... other graduations, weddings and summer BBQs. Ask your most important guests (Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles) to check their calendars beforehand to make sure they will be able to be there.
- Set a budget. Graduation parties can get expensive if you let them get away from you. A budget will help you to decide where you are having the party, how many people you are inviting, and what you will serve them (ordering from a caterer, organizing family for potluck, or doing it all yourself).
- If you can host a large party then go for it! Such a major milestone should really be celebrated! I always start with my holiday card list to cover family and family friends. Then add other important people in your grad's life... neighbors, the graduate’s friends (and the parents of close friends), favorite teachers and even coaches.
- Decide on the guest list, date and time as soon as possible. The earlier you send the invitations, the better the turnout will be!
- An open house party is where guests are expected to come and go as they please and often spans a longer time to accommodate different schedules.
- Invitations to a graduation party can also be mailed with graduation announcements (save a stamp).
- Graduation Color Photo Invitation - Perfect for a high school or college graduation party with a school colors theme. Choose from 6 bright colors, customize the text, and add a photo!
- Custom Graduation Party Invitations - With many great themes to choose from, you will find the perfect invitation for your party!
- Graduation "Add a Face" Invitation - Male and Graduation "Add a Face" Invitation - Female - We add your grads face to this fun caricature invite, and you customize the wording. Very unique!
- Ticket Invitations - The perfect ticket to the hottest graduation party! Add a photo and choose your color. One of our most popular designs!
- Whether a graduation invitation or a graduation announcement, we think it's a great idea to add some graduation confetti to every envelope you send out.
Announcing the Graduation of
Sarah Jesse Parkinson
Shiloh High School
Class of 2017
Please join us for a BBQ Celebration
Saturday, June 14, 4-8 pm
The Parkinson Home
123 Parkway, Springfield
Please Join Us
in Celebrating the Graduation of our Son
June 22th at 6:30 pm
Dinner and Dessert
1234 Bay Drive, Orange
John and Karen MillerRSVP 555-1234
- Up the driveway or leading to the walk to the party entrance, think about putting school pennants. Just attach them to sticks and put them in the ground to wave everyone to the front door. Use high school or college pennants depending on which way you decide to go.
- Or line your walkway with custom graduation luminary bags! Add a picture of the grad along with a message.
- Balloons add color to a party space, and they also designate important congregation points (food,drinks, games, etc.) They will also help define a space if you tie small bunches along the fence or perimeter of the yard. If it isn't too hot outside, attach helium balloons to your mailbox, railings, etc.
- You can also take a colored table cloth and put a clear one over it. In between, put pictures of the grad with friends and family through the years. You can also include prom tickets, school choir programs, concert ticket stubs, awards, and what ever else you want people to see. The clear table cloth keeps everything from getting messy!
- A graduation sign in board is a classic way to let guests leave message to the grad. Have it match your invitations and favors to pull the theme through the entire event.
- A guest book photo frame is also fun... guests sign the matte surrounding a senior picture of the grad. Make sure to buy smudge free markers!
- Have guests sign a t-shirt with fabric markers... wearable art!
- Have everyone sign and jot down their favorite memory of the graduate on a Jenga block. Set out a sign that says "Thanks for helping me BUILD fun memories!"
- For a grad who is going away to college, have guests fill out postcards! Then you can mail them a few at a time to the dorm.
- Create a photo scrapbook for the grad and leave places for friends and family to fill in messages.
- You can incorporate your graduates faith by having your guests highlight their favorite verse in a new Bible for the grad to take with them.
- Don't forget a graduation cap card box, so guests can easily drop off cards and gifts.
- "I vote Johnnie to be …"
- "When Johnnie grows up I know he'll…"
- "I knew Amy when..."
Just keep the decorations colorful, fun, and simple and it will look great. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Balloons in School Colors - Balloons are easy and inexpensive, use them on tables, in doorways and in the corners.
- Graduation Cap Garland - Use this fun garland to decorate your tent, hallways, and doorways.
- Personalized Graduation Banner - Our selection of personalized banners are great for the front of the house or over the buffet.
- 2017 LED Glasses - These are not just for New Years and are also great for decorating your guests!
Your best bet is to use disposable paper goods at a graduation party. White Chinet is fine, but you can kick your decorations up a notch by using graduation themed paper goods. Even if you just go with themed napkins and dessert plates it makes a big statement:
- Graduation Dots - This pattern is great for graduation from kindergarten to grad school. Bright colors are fun for female graduates!
- Congrats Graduate Paper Goods - Great theme for guys!
- Congrats Grad Pink Paper Goods - A sleek and simple pink, black and white design.
- Sophisticated Graduate Paper Goods - We like this look for the older grad.
- School Colors - You can use the high school colors for your theme or if the student is college-bound, you may want to use the college colors.
- 2017 graduation sunglasses - Because you love them so much at New Years you should have them at the graduation party too!
- Graduation lumitons - Give your guests an opportunity to decorate themselves and the party with these fun light ups.
- Beads - Choose the colors of the graduate's old school and new school.
If your not up to creating your own centerpieces, here are a few more options:
- Personalized Centerpiece - If you like the custom touch, this three-sided centerpiece lets you personalize the wording and add a photo!
- Tabletop Lanterns - These vinyl lanterns are personalized with your photo and wording, and they come with an LED candle!
- Graduation Centerpiece - This metallic cascading centerpiece is "Top of the Class".
- Graduation Cap Centerpiece - Add balloons to this bright centerpiece for a great look.
Here is a fun game you can play with your guests. Set it up on a table and let everyone write out their answers on a slip of paper.
- Place items that relate to school in an opaque bag - pen, erasure, bottle of white out, flash drive, ruler, school ID, staple remover, highlighter etc
- Seal the bag.
- Then pass it around the group and have each person feel the items through the bags.
- Have the guests write down their guesses.
- Then open the bag to see how many are correct. Give the person with the most correct guesses the entire bag.
- If the graduate is going off to college you can play "name that dorm essential" - flip flops, batteries, safety pins, command strips, bottle of pain relievers, shout wipes, mesh laundry bag, pack of raman noodles etc
- Personalized Candy Bar Wrappers - Who doesn't love chocolate? These personalized wrappers are a great way to keep your guests thinking of your party long after it has ended!
- Personalized Water Bottle Labels - These are fun at the event and people can keep their “empties” as a keepsake.
- Personalized Mint and Candy Tins - A great party favor that can be customized with your choice of wording and even a photo!
- Personalized Cookies - Who wouldn't want their face on a cookie? Here is your chance to shine on one.
- Personalized Lollipops - A perfect favor for the kids. Yum!
- Personalized Party Favor Bags - An easy way to package all of your favors and give your guests one last reminder of your party!
You can also hand out fun wearables for your guests to enjoy throughout the party, and then take home! What a great way to remember what a wonderful time they had -
- Black Bead Graduation Cap Necklaces - These are so fun for napkin rings on silverware bundles. Or put out a basket near the entrance and let everyone grab one on the way in to the fun!
- LED Graduation Cup - People LOVE light up cups. You can also do glow cups. They are not graduation theme, but they are half he price and just as fun!
- Graduation Blinkies - Simple and fun favors!
Have a fantastic graduation party, and congratulations to the guest of honor from the Party Girl!