Graduation Party - An Easy Open House

Having an open house graduation party is a great way to accommodate all of the well wishers your grad is sure to have. Just follow these simple directions and your graduation open house will get an A+!

1. Send Your Graduation Party Invitation
2. Decorate Your Home
  • Welcome guests with a Grad Letter Banner that you can customize with your graduate's name. Or hang up a Personalized Graduation Banner that lets you add a picture of your grad, as well as a message!
  • Graduation Ceiling Decoration will brighten any doorway or room. Hang it behind the buffet for a pop of color.
  • Set up a table with mementos and pictures of the graduate. This is a good place for scrapbooks, awards, senior projects, team photos and prom pictures! Why not have guests sign a matted picture of the grad to keep as a reminder of this special day?
  • This table is also a great place to place a Grad Cap Card Box or small basket for cards.
  • Bunches of balloons can be scattered throughout the party area to tie it all together. Group them in odd numbers (it looks nicer). School colors is a  great color scheme for balloon bouquets.
3. Graduation Open House Menu and centerpiece ideas
  • You don't want to serve a big meal at this party since the idea of the open house is to let people come and go all day. Just set out a buffet of foods for guests to help themselves... things that people can graze from and do not require you to serve or manage... besides putting out a fresh tray every now and again.
  • Here are a few things that I have seen work well at graduation open house parties -

    • Pizza
    • Pasta (baked ziti, lasagna, mac & cheese)
    • Baked Beans
    • Party Meatballs
    • Pasta Salad
    • Veggie Tray
    • Fruit Salad
    • Spinach Artichoke Dip (great in a crock pot)
    • Taco/Burrito/Nacho Bar
    • Baked Potatoes and Toppings Bar
    • Dessert Buffet (cookies, brownies, cupcakes)
    • Serve foods in the large disposable foil roasting pans. The lids will keep the bugs out. You can layer 2 pans together with a bit of ice in between to keep foods cool (like the fruit) and you can buy stands and sterno to keep the rest warm. Do not set your buffet up in a sunny area! In the house is best, or at the very least in the shade. 
    • For drinks, fill a cooler with several 12 packs of your family's favorite sodas, lemonade, and bottled water. Offer a variety; a cola (Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper) a clear soda (7-Up, Sprite, Squirt), a diet option, a non-caffeinated beverage or two (root beer, fruit punch, lemonade, sports drink, juice boxes), and bottled water. If you serve alcohol, place the beer in a separate cooler.
    • Place Graduation Party Paper Goods on the buffet.
    • Display food on Grad Cap Serving Trays.
    • Since everyone will be eating on the go, make silverware bundles by wrapping plastic utensils with a napkin.
    • Instead of open bowls of chips on the tables, fill bowls with snack size bags of chips and pretzels. It will keep the bugs away, and you won't have dozens of hands in the food :)
    • Personalize Your Party! Add some fun and personality to your tables with these great Tabletop Lanterns. You can add a photo and your own wording, and they come with LED candles!
    4. Decorate Your Guests
    • When your guests walk in, hand them a graduation wearable to get them into the mood to party! Here are a few of our favorites:
    5. Hand Out Favors to Say "Thanks for coming!"
    Your grad will never forget such a fantastic party! Make sure your guests don't either by sending them home with a fun party favor: