Graduation will be here before you know it. I wanted to share 10 creative graduation party ideas that I shared for my daughter’s High School Graduation party. The great thing about these ideas is you can use them for any Graduation party no matter if it is for Pre-School, Middle School, High School or even College!
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10 Creative Graduation Party Ideas
Set up a table at the entry with a place to leave gifts and a card box for cards. This cute little box was found at The Dollar Tree! It is surprisingly sturdy and they had everything to match.
Consider picking up a photograph frame with a mat that the guests can sign. Again, this was purchased at The Dollar Tree. I left out two as we were having a lot of people. My daughter took these to College with her and loved seeing what her friends wrote!
Hang a menu chalkboard by the table or even stand it on the table so the guests know what will be served as they arrive. This gives them a good idea as to how many appetizers they should eat!
This was an old window that I painted with chalkboard paint and then glued an old bulletin board on the other half. I included pictures of her through the years. Again, this is something that can be used for any party. I hung it on a tree right by the table as you arrived at the party.
Create a photo collage. I picked up inexpensive chipboard letters and used Mod Podge to attach photos that I just printed on regular copy paper. Again, this is something that they can later hang in their room.
For outdoor parties, consider using fun ways to display the drinks. I loved using old wheelbarrows lined in a trash bag and filled with ice for the drinks. I had one over 21 with beer and wine coolers and one under 21 with soda, water and juice boxes. The kids got a kick out of it!
Have a s’mores bar for dessert! Of course, don’t put this out until the end, but this is great because so many people have outdoor fire pits now. I set up a table with s’mores sticks and all the fixings. The kids sat around the fire (it keeps the bugs away too) and made s’mores while the adults enjoyed a cold beverage! They now have those large flat marshmallows made for s’mores-best creation ever!
Use mason jars with wild flowers for pretty, inexpensive centerpieces. I added a photo of my daughter in her preschool graduation cap and gown!
Leave out several baskets with bug spray and sunscreen. Several people took advantage of this and found it very helpful. I had Dollar Store shephard’s hooks around the tables with these items.
One of the most popular things I made was this awesome Graduation Photo Wreath which I hung on the front door. I used a grapevine wreath and had a school photo from each year, which I attached to cardstock and hot glued to the wreath. I hung a banner that said the year across the wreath.
But the most popular thing we did at the party was have this cool photo booth! Not only did the kids love it, but the adults as well! I used a little card table that held props and also these fun “frames” that said things like “future cat lady” and fun things like that. The great thing is I made sure I took photos of everyone and mailed these as thank you cards after.
Here are similar backdrop and props:
My most important tip is to BE PRESENT and have fun! Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure everyone else is having fun that we can’t enjoy it ourselves. Now that my kids are grown I think of that often. These are the best memories and you want to remember being a part of it and most of all you want your child to remember as well! Enjoy!
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