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.

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

Graduation Party Picture Wreath

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 for Grad Party

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. 

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Balloon Superlatives

Yearbook Superlative Balloons

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 Cap for Graduation Party

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

Jenga Guest Book

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 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

Graduation Party Dr. Seuss Favor

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

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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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