The Essential Guide to Hosting an Unforgettable Graduation Party

Celebrate one of the biggest days in your graduate's life with a memorable party. From décor to games to dining, here is everything you need to throw a great grad party for all ages.

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Delicate Outdoor Lighting

Set the scene with these outdoor solar lanterns. They look beautiful strung in a tree or against a wall during the daytime, but become even more magical once the sun sets. With their intricate lacy pattern, they give a soft glow that'll keep the celebration going. ($55; uncommongoods.com)

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Photo Backdrop

Set up your own Instagram-friendly photo station so you and your guests can instantly share memories being made. This backdrop is available in three patterns and four sizes, so you can set the appropriate vibe for your celebration. It's even customizable—ideal for memorializing the party's hashtag or writing a congratulatory message to the graduate. ($33; amazon.com)

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Confetti Balloons

Balloons are the best of both worlds: festive and inexpensive. These clear, confetti-filled balloons take the party up a notch. With gold accents, they're both gender neutral and easy to match with any color theme. ($12; amazon.com)

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Giant Tumble Tower

Get the party going with this personalized lawn game. A giant version of the classic Jenga game, it's a fun throwback for players of all ages. And it can be engraved with your grad's name and the date of their big day. ($165; uncommongoods.com)

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Outdoor Furniture Set

Give guests a cozy place to chat with this wicker patio furniture set. Complete with a corner love seat, two single-armrest love seats, a table, and three ottomans, it brings the comfort of the indoors out. With thick, weather-resistant cushions and durable wicker weaving, this set is sure to last for seasons to come. ($660; amazon.com)

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Outdoor Bar Cart

For the 21+ in the crowd, this bar cart is a must-have. Complete with an ice bucket, slide-out drawer, and open shelf, it has space to fit all the refreshments you're serving. Wheels allow you to effortlessly move the party indoors if the weather turns. ($205, usually $280; wayfair.com)

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Outdoor Pizza Oven

A graduation party is made even more special with homemade food cooked right in the backyard. This unique fish preheats in 15 minutes and bakes wood-fired pizzas in no time. Your grad will love the fact that it's pizza, and you'll love saving on catering costs. ($150; worldmarket.com)

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Graduation Party Sign

As guests are coming in and out of the party, give them the chance to give their well-wishes to the grad. This handmade print features a chic graduation party-themed quote with room for guests to sign. It's a memento the graduate will treasure for years to come. ($5.50; amazon.com)

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