Originally published on April 21, 2017. Updated January 25, 2020 and April 1, 2023.
Graduation Party Ideas
Celebrate the academic accomplishments of your child with these easy and festive graduation party ideas. Graduation is such an important milestone for the graduate, for mom and dad and the entire family. Celebrating graduation is a wonderful tradition and an opportunity to find unique graduation ideas to show your graduate how proud you are and recognize their accomplishment.
As a mom, I’ve thrown two (so far) graduation parties and helped several friends with graduation party ideas for their children’s parties. I love creating a fun and celebratory party, but because I’m a busy, busy mom, I need the recipes and tutorials to be easy to do, while still looking impressive.
Graduation Party Ideas
There are so many different aspects to graduation, ranging from gifts, to food, to talking to your child about drinking. We’ve got it all right here.
If you’re planning a graduation party, you’ll want to make sure it’s a special event that the graduate will remember for years to come. To get started:
- Choose a theme. A theme can help you narrow down your choices for everything from decorations to food to activities. Some popular themes include “black and gold,” “beach party,” and “red, white, and blue.”
- Decorate. Decorate your home or party venue with graduation-themed decorations, such as balloons, streamers, and banners. You can also put up photos of the graduate throughout their life.
- Plan food and drinks. Serve food and drinks that the graduate loves. You can also have a cake or cupcakes with the graduate’s name or initials on them.
- Plan activities. Plan some fun activities for your guests to enjoy, such as playing games, watching a slideshow of the graduate’s photos, or giving speeches.
- Send out invitations. Be sure to send out invitations to your guests well in advance of the party.
- Take lots of pictures. Be sure to take lots of pictures of the party so that the graduate can look back on them for years to come.
Graduation Gift Ideas
Last-Minute Graduation Gift Idea – Make this cute graduation gift for party favor for just pennies.
Easy Fabric Gift Bag – A simple sewing tutorial that creates a festive gift bag.
Money Lei Tutorial with Ribbon Lei – The Hawaiian tradition of giving a money lei for graduation is a memorable gift. This tutorial is easy to do & makes a comfortable to wear graduation lei.
Money Lei – Maile Lei Style – A money lei made in the maile lei style is the perfect gift for a graduate. This easy-to-follow tutorial creates a memorable graduation gift.
Graduation Party Ideas
DIY Paper Star Decorations – Make DIY Paper Star Decorations with this tutorial & 15+ tips for unique paper bag stars for weddings, graduation, birthday parties, etc.
Candy Graduation Caps – It’s easy to make your own DIY candy graduation caps for parties and party favors
Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray – A simple way to create a personalized party tray on a budget.
Graduation Party Crafts
If you are planning a graduation party, you may want to consider making some graduation party crafts. Crafts can be a fun way to add personal touches to the party, and they can also be a great way to save money. There are many different types of graduation party crafts that you can make, and they can be as simple or as complex as you like.
Candy Graduation Caps – Easy to make with beginning crafting skills.
Upcycled Jar Party Lanterns – Perfect for party decorations and so-ooo easy to make.
9+ DIY Lei Tutorials – Leis are a traditional graduation gift in Hawai’i. These are easy-to-follow tutorials for a variety of different lei styles.
Small Gift Ideas for Any Occasion – A simple tutorial that creates adorable party favors.
Recipes for a Graduation Party
If you are planning a graduation party, you will need to plan some food and drinks to serve your guests. Here are some ideas for graduation party recipes that you can make:
Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever – This is the best strawberry lemonade ever. It’s quick and easy to make , can be prepped ahead of time and is perfect for large parties.
Easy Pineapple Lemonade Recipe – An easy pineapple lemonade recipe that’s refreshing on a hot day. It’s a perfect afternoon treat & easy to make in big batches for a party.
Mocktail Hawaiian Sangria Recipe – Make this easy Mocktail Hawaiian Sangria Recipe with pineapple and mango. It’s perfect for relaxing on a warm summer day with friends.
No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake – Make this easy white chocolate cheesecake recipe for a nostalgic no-bake treat. Making this family favorite dessert as a mini cheesecake is a fun twist on a delicious and easy-to-make recipe.
Mini Finger Pies with Butterfingers – Make these scrumptious Mini Finger Pies with Butterfinger candy. They’re always a big hit with family and guests. These mini pies are perfect for entertaining and a great way to use up extra holiday candy.
Rolo Pretzel Surprise Cookie – An ooey gooey chocolate chip cookie with a bit of crunch.
Oreo Surprise Cookies – Delicious chocolate chip cookie + favorite chocolate sandwich cookie = yummy!
Easy-to-Make Salsa – This Easy-to-Make Salsa Recipe gets rave reviews every time and is so very easy to make.
Crispy and Simple Coleslaw Recipe – Make this tangy and crispy Simple Coleslaw Recipe for your barbecue and cookout meals. It’s easy to make in minutes and is the perfect summer salad.
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad – Make this authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe for your cookout or barbecue. This Hawaiian Mac Salad recipe is the best ever. Really.
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