26 Insanely Creative High School Graduation Party Ideas

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Can you believe it's finally time to starting thinking about high school graduation party ideas?!

This has been a long time coming and it is worthy of a BIG celebration.

But, where do you begin? What decorations should you use? What food should you serve? Do you need a photo booth board or not? (We'll answer that for you...you do 😉

It can be so overwhelming thinking about everything that goes into graduation parties. We've rounded up the cutest graduation party ideas so that you can get inspiration for your own graduation party.

This post shows you the best high school graduation party ideas.

High School Graduation Party Ideas:

1. Games with Prizes 
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Test your guests knowledge of the graduate with some fun games! 

These pre-made card questionnaires are available on Amazon and make the perfect game that gets every guest together to celebrate the graduate!  

This is a great high school graduation party idea because you will be surrounded around the people that have known you the longest!

2. Food that Goes with the Theme 

"Smart Cookie" or "Grad Cap" cake . .. okay, that one's a little bit of a stretch but you get the idea! 

Make your food fun by giving it some graduation related names. Type them up in a cute font, print them out and paste them on some craft paper for cute labels as well!

You won't go wrong with adding some flair to your food. And if you're having trouble keeping the food within a budget . . . 

3. Get Pre-Made Food and Dress It Up! 

This is such a smart and budget friendly idea for your graduation party!

All you have to do is go buy 3 boxes of Swiss Rolls and a thing of ribbon. Tie a small section around each roll and viola! a chocolate diploma that won't last long and was way cheaper than catering in some food!

4. Photo Wall 

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Photo walls are not only fun things to do while at a graduation party, but they are also a great way for guests and the graduate to remember the party forever. Thus, they're an ESSENTIAL part of any good graduation party!

Photo walls can be done in so many ways. Order a backdrop like the ones above from Amazon or make one with balloons and streamers!

5. Photo wall with Props! 
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Don't just encourage people to take photos, encourage them to have fun with it as well!

Have some fun props like these from Amazon for your guests to use while taking photos. 

6. Party Favors with Personalized Tag 
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Party favors are not just a high school graduation party idea, but a necessity. It's just proper etiquette to thank your guests for coming to the party with a small gift.

Make these gifts very personal, but save yourself a lot of time by ordering personalized party favor tags like these!  

7. Polaroid Guest Book 

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Ok HOW fun is this high school graduation party idea? Answer: SO FUN!

Set up a table near the photo booth with a polaroid, plenty of film, a guest book and some pens so that guests can take a super cute super quick pic!

It's a fun way to kick off the party and also create something that will remind the graduate of everyone who came to celebrate them for years to come. 

8. Wish Tree 

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The graduate must be sent off with motivation right? Right! 

Purchase a little tree for cheap from an antique store, grab some parchment paper, string and pens and have your guests right their hope for the graduate and hang it. 

This high school graduation party idea is a fun way to get your guests involved in the next step of the graduate's life. 

9. Table Centerpieces 

Centerpieces are a high school graduation party idea that you have to implement. But fear not, there are so many ways to do so! 

Twinkle lights, photos, confetti. The options are endless so take this idea and get creative with it! 

10. Design Food in Order of the Year 

Another very creative high school graduation party idea that is very easy to do is to organize the food in the design of the graduation year, like in the photo above. 

Just cut some cardboard into the shape of the numbers and place cupcakes (or anything really, it's up to you!) on it and boom! a very fun and unique layout sure to wow everyone.

11. Memorabilia Station 

This idea is definitely more geared towards high school graduation parties for boys, and that's totally ok! 

Showcase their involvement in high school --whether it be in athletics or clubs -- with a memorabilia station that shows everyone that the graduate did so much more than go to school for four years, because they want that other work appreciated, so they'll appreciate you in return! 

12. Decorate the Window Spaces 

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Tape streamers and balloons to the windows of the party, the way the light shines through them is a super cute high school graduation idea that will have all the guests talking! 

13. Turn Napkins and Silverware into "Diplomas"

How CUTE is this high school graduation party idea?! 

Wrap silverware into the napkins and place ribbon around the napkin. It makes it look like a diploma but stay entirely functional. A work of genius, truly! 

14. Create an Instagram Hashtag 

This idea isn't only for wedding! Nope, graduation parties can TOTALLY have a hashtag too! 

This graduation party idea is brilliant because it involves all guests and gives everyone a way to look back at all the photos without having to harass anyone to send them their way! 

15. Create and Implement a Theme 

Most of you just read that and thought "isn't graduation the theme"? You're definitely not wrong, but you can definitely implement more a theme to a graduation party! 

By theme I'm talking color scheme or repping the graduate's previous or future school, or maybe even both, go above and beyond! 

This is a unique high school graduation party ideas because it makes choosing decoration a lot easier, and the party as a whole a LOT more aesthetically pleasing! 

16. Dance Floor 

We're not asking the graduate to relive those awkward junior high or high school dances, but we do want them to have some fun! 

Creating space for the graduate and guests to "cut loose" is a great graduation party idea because it gives everyone something fun to do together! 

17. Gift/Card Station 

The guests will bring gifts, make sure there is a place at the party to put them! 

This cute cards in a suitcase idea sticks with the theme and provides storage. It's a high school graduation party idea you can't go wrong with! 

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18. Thank You Station 

Not gonna lie, I stole this idea from a wedding. But just like the bride and groom, graduates have to send "thank you's" too! 

Save the graduate a lot of time and effort by having the guests write down their mailing addresses for them. 

Hint: setting up envelopes and cute pens for this can also be a super cute decoration. Yay for "two in one" ideas! 

19. Build Your Own Party Favor Station 

Ok this graduation party idea is genius! Save yourself an insane amount of time by creating a popcorn or candy station as shown above that allows guests to make their own party favors! 

It saves you time and money because all you have to do is buy and set up! 

20. Graduation Cap Straws 
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What a FUN high school graduation party idea that gets everyone involved! 

These graduation straws are super easy to make, and would also make a cute photo prop as well. It's a foolproof graduation party idea, for sure! 

21. Display the Cap and Gown 

You paid for them to wear it for an hour and then it's just going to sit in the closet forever. Right? Wrong! 

Get more use of the cap and gown by displaying it somewhere in the party. This photo shows it at the front door, but really it's a cute decoration that can go anywhere! 

22. or Just the Cap and their Future School!

or if you want a high school graduation party idea that blends where they graduate has been with where they are going, put a college t-shirt on a mannequin and a cap on top of that! 

It's the perfect way to display both sides of the graduate, and make sure to take  picture of the graduate next to the display, it's a prime photo opportunity! 

23. Graduation Cap Coasters 
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If Danny Tanner or Monica Gellar were throwing a graduation party , you can BET that they'd have these there! 

This is SUCH a fun and creative high school graduation party idea because it incorporates the theme of graduation into an item very few people have thought to do before. And it saves from water marks or stains on furniture, so it's a win win all around! 

24. Lawn Signs 

Escort the guests into the party in style with lawn signs as they walk in. 

Making the signs photos of the graduate throughout the years is an insanely cute high school graduation party idea because it gets them in the mood to celebrate just how far the graduate has come! 

25.  Taco Bar
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Ok I found this idea and just HAD to share. I mean, how CREATIVE is this? A taco bar? I'm obsessed, like someone give me a graduation party to plan so that I can do this! 

But really, almost everyone loves Mexican food, but no one is going to think of using it as a high school graduation party idea! Be unique, start a trend, have a  taco bar at the graduation party! 

26. Decorative Wall Behind the Food 

Add more decorations to the party by decorating the wall space behind the food stations like in the photo above! 

Doing this adds more fun to the party, and gives the guests something pretty to look at while they wait in line for the food, it's a graduation party idea that won't fail you! 

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