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Originally published on April 21, 2017 and updated January 25, 2020.

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.

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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.

Graduation Gift Ideas

Finding the right graduation gift can be challenging, but these gift guides make it easy to find the right gift for your favorite graduate. 

overhead view of graduation hat

Graduation Gift Shopping Made Easy – Free Printable

Graduation Gift for the Fashionable Graduate

Last-Minute Graduation Gift Idea

denim and red and purple fabric gift bag with purple tissue paper

Easy Fabric Gift Bag

DIY Football Fan Gift Envelope

7 Must-Have for College

College Technology Shopping List

5 Additional  Gift Guides

Graduation Party Ideas

DIY Paper Star Decorations

close up paper star decoration hanging on wood rail

Candy Graduation Caps

graduation cap candy treats on clear cake plate and table

Graduation Party Idea

open white box filled with cards, pen and stickers

Candy Graduation Cap Favors

Last-Minute Graduation Decoration

Easy DIY Chalkboard Labels for a Party

Repurposed Yogurt Cup

table decorated with red and white polka dots, bowls of dip and chips and jug of red lemonade

Easy Polka Dot Party Decoration

Upcycled Box Party Serving Tray

Prepare for Party Guests and House Guests

Easy Tips to Prepare for Guests

Tips to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Printable House Cleaning Checklist

Not Your Typical House Guest Gift Basket

How to Prepare for Last-Minute Entertaining

Graduation Party Crafts

close up of graduation caps made from candy and craft paper

Candy Graduation Caps

Guest Welcome Gift

Upcycled Jar Party Lanterns

three blue glass jars made into flower vases with white flowers and blue ribbon bows
collage of 5 different types of DIY leis for graduation gifts

9+ DIY Lei Tutorials

Crocheted Graduation Lei

overhead view of red, black and white candy lei on white wood table

How to Make a Candy Lei

How to Make a Ribbon Lei with 3 Colors

How to Make a Ribbon Lei

Dark and light blue ribbon lei lying on top of 3 red and white leis

Crochet Yarn Lei

close up of diy gift craft decorating a box of gum to look like a shirt with a tie

Small Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Small Gift Idea

close up of a hand holding an ice cream bar with a drip guard

DIY Frozen Treat Drip Guard

DIY Remove Your Shoes Sign

Recipes for a Graduation Party

Drinks

red cup next to glass jar of strawberry lemonade on table outside

Best Strawberry Lemonade Ever

Mocktail Hawaiian Sangria Recipe

Easy Pineapple Lemonade Recipe

3 cocktail glasses in a row filled with bright green liquid

Jolly Rancher Cocktail

overhead closeup view of red and white straw in glass jar glass of a slushie on red and white tablecloth

DIY Dr Pepper Slushies

Desserts

close up cupcake with nuts and small cookie topping

No Bake White Chocolate Cheesecake

Mini Finger Pies with Butterfingers

small no-bake pies with whipped cream and small chocolate garnish

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Rolo Pretzel Surprise Cookie 

Snacks

Easy-to-Make Salsa

closeup of hand holding chip with salsa over a bowl of salsa

Crispy and Simple Coleslaw Recipe

toasted slices of bread with tomato garnish on white plate

Fresh and Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Seasoned Pecans

Chili Mixed Nuts

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad 

close up of blue bowl of macaroni salad

Cheesy Black Bean Dip

black tortilla chip in bowl of dip with tomato garnish on wood table

Family

Make the Time to Have a Family Talk About Drinking

view of teen girl in dress and braided hair

Family Talk About Drinking – Life After Graduation

Tips for Talking with Your Teen

Make celebrating graduation special and memorable with unique graduation ideas. Pin for later so you can always find these graduation party ideas when you need them.

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