52 Best Graduation Party Ideas Guaranteed To Impress

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The time has finally come to start thinking about graduation party ideas. 

Whether you are a parent of a graduate or the grad yourself, coming up with graduation party ideas that will WOW your guests can be difficult to find.

Throwing a graduation party can be stressful but these ideas will give you just the inspiration you need.

This post shows you the best graduation party ideas that are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Graduation Party Ideas

High School Graduation Party Ideas:

1. Decorate Using Their Future College State

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Celebrate the graduates college by incorporating the colleges state into the decorations.

This graduation party used her colleges state as the backdrop to her candy bar.

2. Use Pictures For a Simple Centerpiece

This is one of the simplest graduation party ideas and something that can be whipped up very inexpensively. 

All you need is a few bouquets of flowers to take apart, a vase from the dollar store, and a picture of the grad!

3. Display Party Entrance Signs
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See more pictures from my grad party here: The Secret To Throwing A Graduation Party People Will Remember

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This sign is from my own graduation party! My friend and I painted these and put them at the entrance of our neighborhood to show guests where they need to go.

It was the perfect entrance to the party and helped set the theme.

4. Use Large Balloons As Photo Props

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Is it really a graduation party without large number balloons?!

For real though, this is one of the most popular graduation party ideas because it makes a large impact at an extremely low cost.

It's also a super fun thing for your guests to hold while they take pictures with the graduate.

5. Display Cute Paper Straws

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Aren't these straws so cute?!

People will be so impressed to your attention to detail with these graduation straws.

6. Use Graduation Banners To Decorate Spaces
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One of my favorite graduation party ideas - graduation banners!

I had banners all over my grad party because they are so cute and are cheap (win-win!).

Nowadays, you can find all different kinds of graduation themed banners on Amazon.

7. Make (Or Order) Graduation Cap Cookies

These graduation themed cookies are the perfect addition to the dessert table.

8. Make These Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands

These graduation cap cupcake stands are really easy to make and make a huge impact.

Click here to see the tutorial for this DIY.

9. Display a Graduation Memory Board

Put together a memory board of all the major events that happened in high school.

This is such a fun thing for the guests and other high school graduates to look at and reminisce on all that has happened in the last four years.

10. Have a Chalk-Board Inspired Photo Backdrop

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If you're looking for inspiration for a graduation photo booth background, then this is it!

Chalkboard inspired backdrops are very popular and really are not hard to put-together. All you need is two large sheets of MDF (you can find this at Home Depot), some chalkboard paint, and chalk markers!

I love how in this picture they used a tassel garland to add some dimension to the board.

11. Decorate Cakes With Graduation Cake Toppers

Top a simple cake with a graduation themed topper for an easy way to make the cake look much fancier.

12. Frame Graduation Inspired Quotes

Print off inspirational quotes that relate to graduation and frame them around the party.

They add a big impact for a little price.

You can download my free graduation prints here.

13. String Lights Between Trees

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How cute is this outdoor graduation party ideas?! 

Adding the lights across the trees makes the party feel much more cozy.

14. Set Out A Wisdom Jar For The Graduate

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When I graduated college, I was looking for as much advice as I could get! 

This is such a fun way for guests to get involved and give their top piece of advice to the graduate.

15. Come Up With An Instagram Hashtag

Coming up with an Instagram hashtag is a great way to make sure that you are able to see all the pictures guests took while at your party!

Make sure the guests know what the hashtag is by placing a cute print out in frames around the party.

16. Use a Ladder To Display Graduation Decorations

Who would have thought an old ladder would look this cute?!

Placing pieces of wood between a ladder is a very creative way to display snacks and other graduation party mementos.

17. Line Your Driveway With Old Photos

This is one of the most classic graduation party ideas and for good reason.

Not only will this show the guests the exact house the party is at but it also features all the cute photos of the graduate growing up!

18. Paint a Globe With A Graduation Themed Quote

Head to the local thrift store and see if you can get your hands on an inexpensive globe.

Paint the gold and add a cute saying on it and you've got the perfect graduation party ideas.

19. Use a Friends Inspired Photo Backdrop

If I was a huge Friends fan I would have 100% used this at my graduation party.

One of my all-time favorite graduation party ideas!

Graduation Party Ideas For Daughter:

20. Set-up a Color-Coordinated Dessert Table

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Isn't this graduation party idea beautiful....so obsessed.

I love the classiness this graduate and her mom were able to bring to her party!

21. Spray Paint Pineapples As Table Centerpieces

This pineapple DIY is an easy centerpiece idea!

Stick in some pictures into the leaves of a pineapple and you've got the perfect graduation party centerpiece.

22. Decorate Cupcakes With This Graduation Cap DIY

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23. Use Pallet Boards As A Photo Wall

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I used pallet boards at my graduation but totally wish I would have used a garland and "yay" balloons like these girls did.

Such an easy backdrop but so cute and trendy at the same time.

24. Decorate With Large Balloons

36" inch balloons are all the rage for graduation party ideas and can be found in pictures all over Pinterest.

Best part? You can get 5 of these large balloons for less than $10 dollars.

25. Set Up a Photo Wall
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Display pictures of the graduates childhood on a large wood picture board.

26. Frame Your Garage With These Table Cloth Curtains

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Can you believe those "curtains" on the garage doors are actually table cloths?!

This tutorial is really impressive and something everyone who is planning on having their graduation party in their garage should read.

27. Have A Rose Gold Themed Party

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Obsessed with rose gold?

These rose gold balloons and fringe would make for the perfect photo backdrop.

28. DIY a Rustic Cupcake Stand

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Buy or DIY this cute rustic holder to display all your cupcakes.

29. Use a Large Frame To Direct Guests

Paint a large frame center black and then add party details in cute font.

30. "Nacho Average Graduate" Taco Bar

Is this not one of the cutest graduation party ideas?!

Everyone loves tacos and this is such a perfect way to tie it into a graduation party.

31. Decorate Balloons With Graduation Caps

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Easily decorate balloons by turning them into graduation caps.

Such a cute and fun idea to enhance the normal balloon!

32. Use Graduation Themed Napkins

Don't forget about the small details!

Graduation themed napkins add a small but impactful touch to the party.

33. "Donut Forget About Me" Table

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Who doesn't love donuts?! Set up a donut bar for your guests to grab from and anchor it with a graduation themed sign, "Donut Forget About Me".

34. Have a Spot For Guests To Write Notes
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Use a globe to indicate to guests to leave a note for the graduate or paint a cute quote!

Graduation Party Ideas For Guys:

37. Have a "taco" themed graduation party.
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It can often to be hard to find graduation party ideas for guys but this taco themed party is such a great gender-neutral idea!

You could also take the idea from above and have a taco bar with a sign that says "Nacho Average Graduate". 

38.  Use balloons to display pictures.

How fun is this?!

Use balloons filled with helium to hold up special pictures of the graduate.

39. DIY these graduation cap party favors.

Don't let your guests leave empty handed and follow the party theme with these graduate me"mento" diplomas! 

40. Showcase sports memorabilia in a creative way.

Trying to find a creative way to display sport memorabilia and/or trophies?

Use a pallet board and table to showcase all the sporting equipment.

41. Use Coffee Beans As A Centerpiece

Use coffee beans in a cup to hold picture sticks.

42. Place Cupcakes In Shape of Graduation Year

This is an extremely easy way to situate cupcakes in a way that goes with the graduation theme.

43. Have a Nike Inspired Graduation Party

How fun would a Nike themed graduation party be?!

44. Have a S'mores Bar

A s'mores bar is the perfect outdoor activity to have for your guests.

I mean, who doesn't love some s'mores?!

45. Have Guests Address Their Envelope

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Plan ahead and have your guests write their address on a card.

Not only does this save you time, but it will also ensure that all guest addresses are correct.

46. Buy a Graduation Card Holder

Use a graduation card holder for your guests to put their cards and money into for the grad.

This makes sure that the cards don't blow away and that there is a specific spot for them so they don't get lost.

Graduation Party Ideas 2019:

47. Use 2019 Balloons For An Easy Photo Background

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Here is another graduation party ideas featuring balloon numbers!

This is really easy backdrop that you can set up for your guests to take photos in front of.

48. Display Pictures On Your Graduation Year

Aren't these so fun?! Use your own photos in a shape of your graduation year for this graduation party idea.

49. Use Candle Holders To Hold Wood Numbers

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Place your mache letters on top of candle stick holders so they can be easily seen throughout the party!

50. Fill Champagne Glasses With Candy

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Fill champagne flutes with candy and turn them into graduation hats! 

51. Hang Graduation Signs On Front Of House

Hang up signs in front of your house to allow guests to know where the party is being thrown.

52. DIY a Graduation Wreath

Did you know that you could make this beautiful wreath out of a pool noodle?!

You can find this graduation party tutorial here.

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