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A+ Graduation Party Ideas That'll Wow the Crowd

School's out—forever! Throw a party with all the pomp and circumstance befitting of their hard work.


With the decor, keep it congratulatory. This neon-colored banner was made using basic office supplies including artist tape and kraft paper that unfurls into a giant diploma, and stands aside a pile of sticky notes for guests to leave their congratulations.



From there, affix a celebratory gold-medallion notary sticker on everything from the party invitations to the soda bottles and bags of candy. Throw handfuls of this custom confetti -- if you look closely, they're really photos of the graduating class through the years! Finally, string up this "Good Luck" banner to get your graduate excited for the future.

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Include one big decorative statement. It can be as simple as hanging tassels against a length of kraft paper scrolled to resemble a diploma. Spell out a message in bright tape, affix the scroll to the wall with removable adhesive strips, and encourage guests to write well-wishes on sticky notes. Afterward, the whole thing can be rolled up and given to the grad as a keepsake. 


Extra credit idea: Have it double as a keepsake post-party such as a guestbook sign or a cap filled with congratulatory notes and cards.


Set up a makeshift photo area next to whichever banner you use. Print and cut out funny hats and accessories, glue them onto sticks, and place them next to a sign with a custom hashtag. (Say, #bestgradpartyever?)

Photography by: Nicole Franzen

A hefty smorgasbord is needed to feed a crowd that just sat through commencement. For this, set up a table buffet offering the standard party fare like hot-off-the-grill sliders with all the toppings, bite-size pigs in blankets, or an 8-layer dip with nachos aplenty. Whip up a big batch of "firecracker" punch.


Speaking of which, mix up some punch (ours is two parts pineapple juice, one part ginger ale, one part seltzer, one part coconut water), and let guests help themselves. Adults can revisit their own school days by spiking their glasses with vodka if they choose.


Extra credit idea: Ice plus numbers equals fun. Freeze water tinted with food coloring (or juice) in number-shaped ice trays.


An achievement this impressive deserves an equally mighty impressive chocolate cake. This cocoa buttermilk cake is topped with a pile of small "diplomas."

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

They've officially turned the tassels on their caps. In a nod to this big moment, send the guests home with these themed mortarboard box favors, each one filled with a tiny gift.