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35 Creative Graduation Party Ideas That Wow

March 31, 2016

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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Diplomas to Devour

Give your brunch table a festive, graduation twist with a stack of these delicious chocolate hazelnut diploma crepes. Recreate this scholarly snack in your kitchen by wrapping each individual crepe in black-and-white baker's twine.

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Host a Tailgate

Maybe your celebrated graduate is heading off to their first year of college this fall. Or, maybe they’re bidding adieu to their golden years on campus and entering the real world for the first time. Either way, a tailgate party is always a good idea. Deck out your backyard in their school colors, lay out your fave tailgate dips and provide guests with classic tailgate games, like cornhole or horseshoes. Don’t forget a few coolers (or kegs) of ice-cold brew for the 21-and-up club.

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Turn to Tassels

Recreate this adorable, hanging tassel photo display for the party that doubles as a sentimental parting gift for your graduate’s dorm room or apartment. Showcase the tassel hanger at the grad party, and provide guests with an instant camera to take photos. Ask them to pin their pictures to the dangling tassels and by the end of the party, your grad will have a piece of home to take with them on their next chapter.

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Serve Personalized Soda + Grad-Caps

Provide your graduate with some cute, post-grad pop! Give their favorite soda a scholarly makeover by adding a personalized label and topping each bottle with miniature graduation caps, complete with teeny-tiny tassels you can craft from card stock and thread. Cheers!

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