10 Fun Graduation Party Ideas

Congratulations Class of 2018! Now that Senior year is winding down and the focus is on what comes next, don’t forget to take a moment to celebrate the special graduate in your life! 
Send your grad off with one last hoorah they won’t forget. Check out these 10 fun graduation party ideas that the Class of 2018 graduates will be sure to give an A+!

1. Food Table Show-Stopper

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Choose the guest-of-honor’s favorite cupcake flavor and show off school spirit by icing the treats in school colors!  For a special touch, arrange the cupcakes to spell out 2018 to make the food table really sweet.


2. Advice for the Grad

These graduation advice cards are a great keepsake that your grad can take with them on their next chapter! Display these next to the guest book where friends and family can fill in their well-wishes and words of wisdom as they arrive, or place them near the exit so guests can fill them out as they’re leaving. Your grad will love reading these tips from their loved ones and will cherish these cards for years to come!

3. Diploma Decorations 

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One quick and easy way to add some flair to your party is to roll up the utensils in napkins (cloth or paper work fine here!) and tie a ribbon around them to create little diplomas. These make an awesome addition to buffet tables; just don’t forget to remind your guests to grab their “diploma” as they make their plates!

4. Candy Buffet - Because Graduation is Sweet! 

Candy buffets have become a huge trend in recent years! Let your guests take care of their sweet tooth by allowing them choose from mini candy bars and other small candy decorated with stickers to celebrate the class of 2018! (BONUS TIP: You can also stick these round graduation stickers back-to-back on a toothpick or plastic pick to make sweet and easy graduation cupcake toppers!)

5. Document the Day, #PhotoBooth Style 

One of the best parts of the day will be making memories with guests, so why not make these new memories unforgettable with your very own photo booth? This will easily be one of the highlights of the party, and you can make it even more fun by using props and a cool backdrop for your grad and friends to stand in front of. Don’t forget to create and display your very own Instagram hashtag to share with everyone!

6. Center of Attention


Another great way to incorporate your grad’s school colors in the party is to dress up the tables with fun school spirit centerpieces! Sprinkle colorful confetti along the tables and use jars to anchor graduation balloons  in the center of the table. Get creative when it comes to decorating the jars! Wrap them in school-colored ribbons or tassels and fill with flowers, colorful candies, or signs celebrating the class of 2018.  You might also include stacks of textbooks, pencils, and other school supplies that you’d find in a classroom!


7. College FUNd

Set up a jar for guests to drop in monetary gifts for the graduate to give them a little extra comfort as they set off on their next big adventure. The grad will thank you when it comes time to buy expensive textbooks or a second cup of coffee to get them awake for their first 8AM class!

8. Who Knows Grad Best 

Long gone are the days when pin the tail on the donkey was the party game of choice, but who knew your grad back then? Break out this fun graduation party game and reminisce about the good ol’ days as guests try to compete to see who knows the graduate best!


9. All About the Details

Little touches like these cute graduation hats for water bottles will make your party really memorable! They’re so easy to make and are sure to have your guests oohing and aahing over your attention to detail.
These little hats are really fun placed on water bottles decorated with these Class of 2018 water bottle labels!

10. Floating Photo Gallery 

This fun idea serves a dual-purpose: it works as part of your party decorations AND gives your grad and guests plenty to talk about! Simply fill up balloons with helium and tie strings to the ends. Let the balloons fill up the ceiling in your chosen area and tie photos to the strings to create your own floating photo gallery. Guests will have fun walking through your grad’s memories and it gets everyone up talking and mingling together! 

Although graduation can be a busy and stressful time for you and your grad, hopefully these fun party ideas will leave them feeling special and ready for their big day!

Hats off to the class of 2018! You did it!

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