Owl Graduation Party Ideas

Make your grad’s party a hoot by making it owl themed! Show family and friends you’re the wise one with owl invitations, favors, party décor, and more. If the guest of honor is an academic or just enjoys nature, they’ll love everything from the centerpieces to the card box to the well wishes from guests at the sign-in table, preparing them to fly off to college and beyond!

owl theme graduation party invitations
Timing the invitation delivery for your party is essential because graduation season (May, June, and July) is often crowded with weddings, baby showers, family vacations, and other graduation parties. This often means that guests’ social calendars quickly fill up, sometimes months in advance. Make sure your most important guests will be able to attend by setting a date in January. Consult with grandparents first and have them save the date, so they are guaranteed to attend.

Want to let everyone know your grad is turning the tassel? Mail an owl themed announcement to let family and friends across the country know they’re going to cross the stage! These announcements also work well as save-the-dates for the upcoming graduation party season.

Let your guests know when to get down and party by mailing a personalized owl theme invitation.  Add graduation cap confetti that matches the invite to give your friends and family a surprise when they open the mail. Make sure to send out your invites 4-6 weeks in advance so guests can mark down the date in their schedules.

Here are some examples of invitation wording that you can use to fit an owl theme:
Graduations are a HOOT!
Come celebrate with William
on Saturday, June 6 from 12-4 pm
3571 Jaycox Road
Avon, Ohio 44127

Look Whooooo’s Graduating!
Please join us at our nest for
Emma’s Graduation Party!

Guess Whooooo’s Graduating?
Fly On Over to Celebrate with Sarah!

Make the invitation a special memento and go all out for your grad by ordering a custom graduation invitation.  To convey the theme, perch owls in a tree overlooking the graduate who is wearing a university sweatshirt and has books piled high in his or her arms.

owl theme graduation decorations and party supplies
Try these décor twists with an owl theme to make your party a hit with family and friends:

Add a custom touch to your owl themed party with this personalized décor:
  • Owl Theme Banner: Hang this sign over the front door or your sign-in table. Feel free to hang it out of doors on a deck or tent because this baby is water resistant. 
  • Owl Theme Water Bottle Labels: Hand personalized water bottles out to guests on a hot June day. Include a message on the back to honor your bright grad.
  • Life-Sized Graduate Cutout: Surprise your guest of honor with a life-sized cutout which greets family and friends as they enter the party. 

Starry Night
Since owls are nocturnal, make sure your party is too. Incorporate stars and lanterns throughout your venue to bring out the night owl in your guests:
  • Owl Lanterns: Use paper lanterns to create light up owls. Make large eyes with black and white construction paper, and a beak with orange. Glue the eyes and beak directly onto the lantern, and hang a series of them with white string lights. These lanterns will make quite an impression over a buffet table or in the roof of a tent as the party goes into the night.
  • Balloons: Light up the night with graduation balloons in odd numbers, and place bundles on the buffet and sign-in tables. Your guests won’t be able to miss them! Weigh them down with sparkly star balloon weights
  • Starry Night Hanging Décor: Hang these stars from ceilings and door frames. 

Table
Like owls, your grad must be pretty smart! Show your stamp of approval by incorporating academic touches to the sign-in table:
  • Try using a larger chalkboard propped up on the sign-in table, asking guests to leave well wishes and advice to the new grad. Label the board “Words to the Wise” and draw a small owl in the corner to include the theme. 
  • Use small chalkboards as table numbers to direct guests to their seats, too. 
  • Use a Graduation Hat Card Box on the sign-in table to emphasize your grad’s academic savvy. 
  • Cut a large square of craft paper and mount on a wall by the sign-in table or where the guests enter. Create large curls at the top and bottom to make it look like a large diploma. Provide permanent markers so guests can leave words of advice to the guest of honor.

graduation table decorations and menu
Give your tables a woodland touch so guests (and owls) can’t help but perch there:
  • Owl Cupcakes: Make owl cupcakes by twisting apart two Oreos and using the cream half to make eyes. Use brown Reese’s Pieces as eyes and an orange one as a beak. Arrange 8-12 of these treats on a tiered polka dot cupcake tray in the center of the table; these cute cupcakes serve as both a dessert and decoration. 
  • Piled Books: Stack an assortment of books in the center of the table and tie them with a vintage book strap. Perch a stuffed animal owl or a graduation cap on top.
  • Oak Stumps: Place a small stump that can stand vertically on its own in the center of the table. Stack pillar candles on the top to give height to your centerpiece.
  • Branch Centerpieces: Fill a tall vase with an assortment of branches and hang bird and owl ornaments from the sturdy ones.
  • Graduation Cap Centerpiece: Show off the graduate's smarts with a centerpiece focused on the hat and tassle!
  • Pine Cone Confetti: Use pine cones along with graduation confetti around your woodland themed centerpieces.

owl theme graduation party favors
Send your guests home with something to remember your grad’s success. A great option is a candy buffet, where family and friends can pick and choose their favorites, putting handfuls in a personalized owl party favor bag. Choose candy in your grad’s alma mater colors, storing them in glass jars. Pile trays high with popcorn balls and cotton candy; these options are cheap and fill the table to overflowing. Try these other owl themed favors to make your bash a hit, too:
Enjoy your owl themed celebration as you send your new grad flying off to college!  Congrats and good luck from the Party Girl and everyone at Party411.com!