7 Easy Graduation Party Ideas You Can Actually Do

Thrill your grad (and all your guests!) with these simple graduation party ideas that are just as easy as they are impressive.

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If you're celebrating someone special's graduation this year, you’ve probably already been racking your brain planning that impending graduation party. But we’re here to tell you, there’s no need to dread it. In fact, the party prep can actually be fun with these adorable (and seriously doable) graduation-themed decorations and treats. 

Picture Wreath

Photo Wreath for a Graduation Party

Photo Wreath for a Graduation Party

Greet guests with the sparkling smile of the graduate. Make this adorable photo wreath, and hang it on your front door for guests to admire as they arrive. This DIY guarantees a great first impression.

Of course, you’ll want to display your grad’s senior pics. Attach a few of your favorites to a pre-made wreath form. Then add a little glitter or ribbon, and voila! Done. Guests will have no doubt they’re in the right place when they see this masterpiece on the front door.

Grad Cap Pretzel

Graduation Cap Pretzels

Graduation Cap Pretzels

Fill your home with the irresistible aroma of these deliciously-festive pretzels. Serve the salty treats with mustard and a cold refreshment.

Photo by: Hungry Happenings

This one might look a little daunting, but it's actually more fun than anything. Beth at Hungry Happenings recommends using store-bought bread dough, arranging strips of dough in the shape of your graduation cap, boiling the pieces in water and baking soda, then simply baking to a golden brown. Add salt and a little mustard, and you’ve got a major crowd pleaser. 

Make This: Grad-Cap Pretzel

Balloon Superlatives

Graduation Party Balloon Idea

Graduation Party Balloon Idea

Display yearbook superlatives at your graduation get-together by attaching them to colorful balloons. Scatter the balloons throughout your party space, or corral them in one spot for maximum visual impact.

Photo by: Mary Costa Photography ; Project created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time .

Mary Costa Photography ; Project created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time .

While this colorful balloon decor would look great on its own, Kelly at Studio DIY recommends attaching a collection of Polaroid photos of the grad. That way, you can also include sentimental or hilarious superlatives along with each pic. Don’t have access to a Polaroid camera? No problem. Simply add a border with white cardstock for a similar look.

Cocoa Grad Cap Dessert

Cocoa Graduation Cap Dessert Idea

Cocoa Graduation Cap Dessert Idea

Shaped to look exactly like a graduation cap, this festive dessert will wow kids and adults alike. Present the delicious masterpiece on a cake stand.

Photo by: Hungry Happenings

This one will definitely impress your guests. And believe it or not, it’s easy, too! Just think of it as a big, chocolate-y, rice cereal treat. 

Guest Book Games

Graduation Guest Book Idea

Graduation Guest Book Idea

Invite guests to sign Jenga blocks with memories rather than offering a traditional guest book. The grad can take the game, along with the sweet memories, into the next phase of life.

Photo by: Must Have Mom

Skip the boring notebook, and ask guests to sign a Jenga block for a guest “book” the grad may actually want to keep.

Sunglasses Favor

Sunglasses for Graduation Party Favors

Sunglasses for Graduation Party Favors

Though this idea would work great for a bright future-themed party, it could also work as a fun accent to any type of graduation bash. Buy inexpensive sunglasses in bulk, and make a sign to match your decor.

Photo by: Onelove Photography ; Event Design By: Sweet Emilia Jane

You know your grad has a bright future, so why not shout it from the mountaintops? Or maybe, you could just convey the message with a fun sign and a basket full of inexpensive shades. Either way, we’re sure your grad will appreciate the sentiment.

Nostalgic Party Favors

Dr. Seuss Graduation Party Theme

Dr. Seuss Graduation Party Theme

Design a party theme based on Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! for the grad who's young at heart. Whimsical yet worldly, the theme will please party goers of all ages. Fill treat bags with globe-shaped candies for guests to take home.

If you’re looking for a cute and easy party favor, candy is a no-brainer. And who doesn’t love a sweet sentiment wrapped up in nostalgia. These Dr. Seuss-inspired candy bags say it all. 

Graduation Cap Designs

This tip is for the grad. Try one of our awesome graduation cap designs for a bold look that will definitely make you stand out in a sea of black gowns.

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Set Up a Popcorn Bar

Impress guests by assembling a popcorn bar with flavorings and toppings. Pop the popcorn just before the party starts to ensure it tastes fresh. Choose containers that complement the theme of your graduation celebration.

Try a Cotton Candy Bar

If you prefer sweet rather than savory, opt for a cotton candy bar at your graduation event. Don’t forget that cotton candy comes in all colors — pick the color that best suits the grad.

Create a Photo Wreath

Greet guests with the sparkling smile of the graduate. Make this adorable photo wreath, and hang it on your front door for guests to admire as they arrive. This DIY guarantees a great first impression.

Bake Graduation Cap Pretzels

Fill your home with the irresistible aroma of these deliciously-festive pretzels. Serve the salty treats with mustard and a cold refreshment.

Photo By: Hungry Happenings

Let Dr. Seuss Inspire Your Decor

Design a party theme based on Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go! for the grad who's young at heart. Whimsical yet worldly, the theme will please partygoers of all ages. Fill treat bags with globe-shaped candies for guests to take home.

Decorate a Box for Cards

Friends and family will appreciate a designated drop-off for graduation cards. Get crafty when designing the box, using paint or wrapping paper to coordinate with your party's color scheme. 

Craft a Tissue Paper Party Sign

Bring the graduation year to life with this DIY tissue paper sign. Simple and budget-friendly, the sign packs a powerful punch. Consider choosing tissue paper in the grad's school colors.

Photo By: Sugar Bee Crafts

Capture the Moment With a Photo Booth

Buy or make signs and props, and set up a photo booth. The photos — some silly, some serious — will document the day for years to come. 

Bake Your Way to a Clever Theme

Is your grad one smart cookie? Convey the idea with a cookie bar, which can be just as charming as it is delectable. Offer an assortment of cookies to please every taste bud at the party. 

Photo By: Your Homebased Mom

Opt for an Unconventional Guest Book

Invite guests to sign Jenga blocks with memories rather than offering a traditional guest book. The grad can take the game, along with the sweet memories, into the next phase of life.

Photo By: Must Have Mom

Ask Guests for Advice

Create this DIY advice tree where guests can leave notes, wishes and advice for the grad. Set the tree on a table with patterned note cards, a pen and mini clothespins. This project is affordable, quick and easy — perfect for a last-minute party addition.

Photo By: Play. Party. Plan.

Make a Cocoa Cereal Graduation Cap

Shaped to look exactly like a graduation cap, this festive dessert will wow kids and adults alike. Present the delicious masterpiece on a cake stand.

Photo By: Hungry Happenings

Build a Beverage Station

Gather some pipes, pails and a tub, and construct this nifty beverage station. Ultra-functional, the drink caddy can also store napkins, utensils and cups.

Photo By: Lil' Luna

Create a Graduation Photo Collage

Offer a personalized tribute to the grad with these photo collage letters. Select meaningful photos from throughout the years, and print them in black and white for a unified look. Display the handmade keepsake as a centerpiece on a prominent table.

Design a "Bright Future" Theme

Celebrate your graduate’s bright future with this cheerful theme. Choose vibrant, sunny colors, and accessorize with glittered light bulbs. Consider using a crisp white backdrop to accentuate your party colors.

Give Out Sunglasses as Favors

Though this idea would work great for a bright future-themed party, it could also work as a fun accent to any type of graduation bash. Buy inexpensive sunglasses in bulk, and make a sign to match your decor.

Photo By: Onelove Photography; Event Design By: Sweet Emilia Jane

Inflate Balloon Superlatives

Display yearbook superlatives at your graduation get-together by attaching them to colorful balloons. Scatter the balloons throughout your party space, or corral them in one spot for maximum visual impact.

Photo By: Mary Costa Photography; Project created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time.

Arrange a Graduation-Themed Candy Bar

Set up a table dedicated to candy of all kinds. Add a creative label to each bowl or jar to reinforce the graduation theme.

Photo By: My Life at Playtime

Play a Game of Backyard Dominoes

A backyard bash isn’t complete without a competitive outdoor game. Make these oversized wood dominoes for a casual graduation gathering to keep guests entertained for hours.

Organize a Cornhole Tournament

Order (or make your own) school-themed cornhole bags. Plan a competition and treat finalists to graduation-themed prizes. This idea is perfect for an outdoor party or cookout. 

Photo By: J. Anne Photography; Event Design By: Scheme Events

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