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This post is all about graduation party decorations.

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One of the best ways to throw a graduation party that everyone will remember is by having some amazing graduation party decorations.

These days, there are SO many graduation decorations to choose from that it can become super overwhelming. 

Worst of all, you can miss some of the best graduation party decor because it is mixed in with so many tacky options. We do not like tacky graduation decorations, that's for sure.

This post has the best graduation party decorations that will make your party look like it was professionally planned (without breaking the bank).


1. Large Gold 2021 Balloon Set

The key to a great party is a good theme. And by theme, I mean color coordination. The best graduation party decorations are the ones that match.

Buying everything separately can get pricey. To save some money, buy sets off of Amazon like this one that has everything you need in all the same colors.

AND if you're worried about blowing up all of these balloons, don't worry! Dollar General will blow up anything you need for $1!

2. Cupcake Toppers

It isn't a party without food, and cupcakes are not only yummy, but an easy food item to have at any graduation party.

Turn your delicious treat into a cute graduation party decoration by adding graduation themed toppers like these! 

3. Balloon Arch

This graduation party decoration idea is so on trend right now that incorporating these into your party is sure to be a success!

Balloon arches are some of the best graduation party decorations because they're fairly easy to put together and can decorate a large area. You can also incorporate other balloons and get ones that say: "2021," "Congrats," "Graduate," etc. 

4. Regular Balloons 

We can't forget about regular balloons because they can be great graduation party decor too!

Throw them on the floor, post them to the wall, blow them up with helium - these will add the perfect touch to your grad party decor!

5. Tassels

Tassels are super easy to make or inexpensive to buy if you want to go that route and get some from Amazon.

Like the balloons, this graduation party decoration idea is also super versatile. As door decor, table centerpieces, or a banner, there's no hassle in using tassels (see what I did there?)

6. Mason Jar Centerpieces 

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Mason jars can do anything. They can hold drinks or be part of a craft that turns in to a beautiful center piece. You can even put food in them!

And the best part, you can bulk order them CHEAP from Amazon which is always a plus. 

7. Photo Holders 

If there aren't photos at your graduation party, you're doing something wrong. And why wouldn't you want to include photos?

Use them in centerpieces or hang them in a fun way. Photos are a great personalized graduation party decoration no matter what you do with them! 

8. Water Bottle Wrappers 

Graduation happens in the summer, and it's usually pretty hot. Keep your guests cool and the party on theme by putting customized wrappers on all of your water bottles.

Super unique, yet super cheap on Amazon, this graduation party decoration idea beats the heat and makes your party (and your guests) cool and hydrated. 

9. Cupcake Holders or Stands 

The key to a good graduation party is to decorate every aspect of the party. That even means what you put the food on. 

Order some cute graduation themed cupcake holders like the one above or make your own. These will add the perfect touch to your grad party decor! 

10. Graduation Cap Party Favor Boxes 

Your guests took time out of their day to come and celebrate with you or your graduate. Thank them with a party favor! 

Turn these favors into yet another graduation party decoration! These graduate cap boxes are the perfect size to put some candy or a small gift in while staying on theme. And like almost everything else in this post, they're affordable!

11. Customized Cups 

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It's a party so food and drinks are a must right? Right! Make your grad feel even more special and your party even more put together with personalized cups. 

Put their name, their graduation year, or just a simple "congrats grad" in your chosen color scheme. You can't go wrong with these inexpensive personalized cups that can also serve as a unique and simple party favor. 

12. Personalized Banner with The Graduate's Name 

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Everyone is going to throw a graduation party, make sure your guests always know that they're at your party! 

Using a customizable banner is not only a super cute graduation party decoration, but can also be super affordable. 

Especially through this shop on Etsy. And perk alert! She ships insanely fast, and we all LOVE fast shipping!

13. Graduation Banner 

Decorate bare walls or fences with a banner. Like the helium balloons, you can easily get one with whatever you want it to say!

We love this banner - so simple yet cute! 

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14. "Congratulations Graduate" Guest Book 

Makes sure you or your graduate remembers who came to the party for years to come by having a guest book at your party.

Place it on a cute book stand or table and have your guests write a cute message or advice to the graduate. This would definitely be something you'll love to go back and read a few years down the road! 

15. Paper Pom Poms 

Spice up ceilings, walls, or tables with these cute but easy graduation party decorations! 

16. Table Cloth 

An essential for any party, but especially for a graduation party!

A table cloth is also a great way to incorporate color and you're decorating for your graduation party too.

17. Mini Chalk Boards 

Hopefully this post is making you feel insanely creative. Don't stop there! Another fun graduation party decoration idea is chalkboards because they can be used for so much. 

Guide your guests through the food, and give the food insanely creative school or graduation related names with the help of these mini chalkboards. 

18. Themed Plates and Utensils 

Let them eat cake... in style! Pick a color and incorporate it into all of your graduation party decorations - yes even plates and forks can be decorations too!

Like balloons and banners, Amazon also offers colored packs of plates and utensils for a good price. 

19. Lawn Decorations 

Let your guests know they've come to the right party by putting fun signs like these all throughout your front yard. Practical and memorable! 

20. Graduation Sash 

You have to decorate the graduate at their graduation party too! A graduation sash is not only super cheap, but also a fun way and different way to spotlight your graduate. 

21. Photo Booth Props 

Hint: if you can't find any graduation ones that you like, see if you can find old new years stuff from January, it has the same year on it so it works just as well! 

If not, this pack on Amazon comes with a ton of options so that your guests can take really fun group photos!

22. Napkin Rings 

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The key to good decoration is in the detail. Using this custom napkin rings from Etsy is a great detail to pay attention to.

This graduation party decoration is also a great way to make the party feel fancier if that's the vibe you're going for!

23. Backdrop 

Another great graduation party decor idea is a Photo Booth.

Get a shiny backdrop, but a banner on top and BOOM. You have a fun and creative way to ensure that the graduate and the guests can remember this party forever! 

24. Twinkle Lights 

Another great idea you can pretty much do anything with are any kind of lights, but string lights especially!

String them up or put them in mason jars or glass bowls as a centerpiece. Adding a little light is such a fun and simple way to make sure that your party stays lit. 

25. Doorway Curtain 

You or your graduate will love making an entrance through this graduation themed door! 

26. Confetti 

Another affordable, easy, and cute way to spice up table centerpieces or the food stations is by sprinkling confetti all around. 

Confetti can also be customized to say the year or the graduate's name. Here's some 2021 confetti I found on Amazon for a great price! 

27. Streamers 

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Celebrate where they're going or where they've been with their high school or future school's colors!  Amazon sells bulk packs of streamers in various colors at great prices! 

PS: My friends bought this exact streamer set for a birthday and they are SO cute in person!

28. Custom Cake Topper 

Should you opt for a cake instead of cupcakes, no worries you can still turn it into a graduation party decoration too.

Just add a festive, graduation themed, cake topper like this one! 

29. Graduation Party Sign 

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This unique graduation party decoration is sure to have all of your guests talking as soon as they come in the front door.

30. Signature Photo Frame 

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Grab a senior portrait, have it matted, and display it for all to see and sign.

A way to turn this into a fun keepsake for the graduate is to do as is shown above and display it on an easel and provide fun colored pens like these for everyone to use!

31. Centerpieces 

Centerpieces are a vital graduation party decoration. I mean, people are going to want to sit and chat or eat, so give them a cute place to do so!

Use mason jars, photos, paper lanterns, glass jars with twinkle lights... the possibilities are endless! 

32. Customized Soda Sleeves 

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A simple yet effective and unique party favor that you can't go wrong with.

If you want to splurge, get them customized like the ones above, but honestly just purchasing bulks that go with your color theme is a great and affordable option too! 

33. Sunglasses 

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Move the party outside and keep your guests' eyes protected with fun sunglasses! 

Get them customized or save the ones you use at your New Years Eve Party. 

34. Inflatable Serving Bar  

Ok seriously, this is a genius graduation party decoration. It looks like a mini pool, but don't let it fool you! This inflatable holding space is great for keeping drinks cool if your party is outside.

Fill it up with ice and place those water bottles (with the custom graduation wrappers) so everyone can stay cool while having fun!

35. Graduation Wreath 

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Get your guests in the mood to celebrate from the moment they walk in the door with a graduation themed wreath.

They can get pricey, but a basic starter one with some color and photos like this one on Etsy is very affordable.

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