20 Creative Graduation Party Ideas That Wow

Honor the grad in your life with a creative party he or she will remember for years to come. Flip through our favorite food, game and decor ideas to get inspired for your graduation bash.

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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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