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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Try a Cotton Candy Bar

Create a Photo Wreath

Bake Graduation Cap Pretzels

Photo By: Hungry Happenings

Let Dr. Seuss Inspire Your Decor

Decorate a Box for Cards

Craft a Tissue Paper Party Sign

Photo By: Sugar Bee Crafts

Capture the Moment With a Photo Booth

Bake Your Way to a Clever Theme

Photo By: Your Homebased Mom

Opt for an Unconventional Guest Book

Photo By: Must Have Mom

Ask Guests for Advice

Photo By: Play. Party. Plan.

Make a Cocoa Cereal Graduation Cap

Photo By: Hungry Happenings

Build a Beverage Station

Photo By: Lil' Luna

Create a Graduation Photo Collage

Design a "Bright Future" Theme

Give Out Sunglasses as Favors

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

Inflate Balloon Superlatives

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

Arrange a Graduation-Themed Candy Bar

Photo By: My Life at Playtime

Play a Game of Backyard Dominoes

Organize a Cornhole Tournament

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

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