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8 Ideas for an "Oh The Places You'll Go!" Graduation Party

"Oh, the places you'll go, the things you'll do, and the sights you'll see."


This time of year often marks a big milestone for millions of graduates as they're ending one chapter in their lives and ready to pen a new exciting adventure. Incorporating a travel, "Oh the Places You'll Go" inspired graduation party theme is one way to congratulate a job well done! Let your imagination take flight with our roundup of travel memorabilia crafts that also double as graduation party décor. Certainly, this party idea will have the grad in your life destined for greatness — no passport needed (not yet anyway). 


1. Turn Maps Into Memorabilia

Adventure calls, right? Well, after the graduation party, of course! When decorating the space, use their travels to come for your inspiration. Focus on particular map locations that have a significant meaning to the new graduate. Whether you want to hand stitch the route leading back home or perhaps leading to their new college town the options are limitless. Large world maps can double as tablecloths. Display floral arrangements in tins decoupaged from maps, menus, and travel brochures. This way, while guests are dining they can plan their next great excursion.


[MAKE THIS: Map Artwork]
all-american picnic spread
Photography by: Linda Pugliese

2. Eat Your Way Around the World

Of course, it's never a celebration without treats and sweets to snack on. Feed all of your guests with a spread of summertime recipes like crispy fried chicken, herbed celery-potato salad, and chocolate-chip streusel brownies. It's also a fun idea to cook up dishes of international cuisine, depending on where the grad's new adventures will be taking them. After all, travel does make you hungry.


[GET THE RECIPES: 3 Next-Level Ways to Do a Picnic]
Photography by: Linda Pugliese

3. Display Photographs as Decorations

When daydreaming about the places you'll go, don't forget about the places you've been. The grad is already a shining star so why shouldn't they be the center of attention at the party? Literally, allow them to shine brightly by creating party photo lanterns. This way, their photos, and achievement will be the party's focus. Photos easily turned into stickers are perfect personalized party embellishments. Whether you're accenting the invitations or the candy offered at the treat table — no one can resist a strip of cute photo stickers.


[MAKE THESE: Photograph Centerpieces, Votives, and Party Decor]
Photography by: Linda Pugliese

4. Use Those Same Photographs for the Table

(Place mats, place cards... you get the picture.)

vacation memory box coffee table
Photography by: Aaron Dyer

5. Ask Guests to Suggest a Next Destination

Crafting various boxes and labeling them with desired destinations such as Paris, Tokyo, Greece, and Hawaii will not only make for great party staples, but also useful for encouragement for where to next!


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6. Map Coasters

Use meaningful maps that hold favorite memories and repurpose them into handy coasters for all to use at the party.



[MAKE THESE: Map Coasters]
Photography by: Anna Williams

7. Prepare Them for the Next Adventure

Not only are handmade passport covers stylish, but they'll also inspire visions for travel when they're gifted as party favors once the celebrations come to an end.


[MAKE THIS: Leather Luggage Tags]

8. Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Scrolled Tuiles

Every adventure needs a sweet ending. A rich chocolate graduation sheet cake topped with edible scrolled diplomas truly takes the cake when saluting the special grad.


[GET THE RECIPE: Cocoa Buttermilk Cake with Scrolled Tuiles]

Feeling inspired? Watch how to turn photographs into party decor, three different ways: