High School Graduation Party Ideas




 
A graduation party is all about celebrating the new graduate! We wanted to share some of our best high school graduation party ideas with you so your can plan the best grad party of the season!

Graduation party Invitations
Before you decide on what kind of invitations to send for your party, you need to know what you will put on them and who you will send them to! Here are a few things to think about as you are hammering out the who, when and where details -
  • When planning a graduation party, timing is everything! June is a busy month for parties... other graduations, weddings and summer parties. 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. 
  • 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 better the turnout will be!
  • An open house party is where guests are expected to come and go as they please, and can span a longer time to accommodate different schedules.
  • Invitations to a graduation party can also be mailed with graduation announcements (save a stamp).
Now that you have a plan you can decide on graduation invitations! Since the highlight of this party is to celebrate the graduate, it is only natural to select an invite that features a photo and school colors of the guest of honor! Here are some of our favorite options:
Another great option are our caricature invitations. We just did an invitation for a woman with her son wearing a t-shirt under an open graduation gown that had the name of the college he was going to in the fall. He had a basketball under one arm, he was standing in his bedroom, his computer screen showed NASA (he's into space travel), he was wearing a stethoscope around his neck (he wants to be a doctor), his dog was at his feet and loads more. It was fabulous and got raves. Plus she said she's going to frame one for her and one for him! Nothing is more personal or more fun, and it screams, "This party is going to be fabulous!"
 
Graduation Decorations and Party Supplies
When you decorate your graduation party, go with school colors! Usually people choose the colors from the high school, but if the graduate is heading off to college then those colors are another great choice. 
 
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.
 
When your guests walk up to the party, greet them with a life-sized photo cutout of the graduate and a personalized banner welcoming them to the party.

Next to the cutout set up a memory table that is filled with mementos from the grad's life and school years, such as school pictures, academic achievements, awards and honors, sports trophies and even art projects from grade school. Everyone will love looking back and reminiscing!
 
This general area is also a great place to have a sign in. There are many great ways to set this up, here are a few of our favorite high school graduation party ideas -
  • 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!
  • 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.
Have guests write down words of wisdom, hopes for the future, or what they think will become of the graduate so he or she can look back on it in 10 years for a laugh.

Decorations should be simple and coordinated. Here are a few high school graduation party ideas, decorations and supplies:
  • Graduation Balloons - Adds color but also designate important congregation points (food, beer, games, etc.) They also help define a space. Tie small bunches along the fence or perimeter of the space.
  • Graduation Cutouts - Easy, colorful and fun! Great for outdoor areas!
  • Put together a video of the graduate growing up and play it over and over on the TV. Photo slideshows set to music are fun too! 
  • Speaking of pictures... designate someone with your camera to get pictures of your graduate with guests, grandparents, aunts, uncles, special friends, etc... you'll be much too busy and you'll appreciate having the pictures later!
  • Class of 2012 Glasses - Not just for New Year's parties! These are great for graduation!
 Just keep the decorations colorful, fun, and simple and it will look great. Check out all of the 2012 graduation party supplies for more easy ideas.
    Graduation Table Decorations
    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.
     
    School Colors Paper Goods have 8 color choices which makes it easy to match your color scheme. 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. Usually there are two colors--do one color cloth to the floor and do the other color as a topper and reverse them from table to table for a great look. Also, do both color napkins at each table--every other place setting. 
     
    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!
     
    For centerpieces you have lot of fun options -
    • Tabletop Graduation Photo Lanterns - These vinyl lanterns are personalized with your photo and wording, and come with an LED candle!
    • Balloon Bouquets - Make balloon bouquets from latex balloons in the school colors. Always use an odd number of balloons to make the best looking bouquets. Don't forget the coordinating curling ribbon and the helium tank!
    • Baskets lined with colored napkins, or bowls - Filled with chips and pretzels, these are tasty and practical centerpieces.
    • Personalized Centerpiece - If you like the personal touch this three-sided centerpiece lets you personalized the wording and add a photo!
    • Graduation Confetti - Sprinkle across the  tabletop for added sparkle!
    Food is important. Select a menu of the grad's favorite foods but remember to make it simple if you are doing the cooking. Who wants to be in the kitchen during the festivities? You can always buy trays of food from a local restaurant and supplement with a few side dishes made by yourself.
     
    Graduation Party Favors
    It is always nice to hand out a party favor to let everyone know you appreciate them coming to celebrate your graduate. Send your guests home with something special to remember the guest of honor (and party) by -
    Have a fantastic graduation party, and give my congratulations to the guest of honor!