Graduation Party Tips and Ideas

Graduation Party Tips and Ideas

A graduation is a huge milestone in a person’s life. High school graduations and college graduations are the most popular types of graduations. However, graduation parties are also common for medical school or law school graduations as well as preschool or middle school. Whatever type of graduation you are planning, find amazing graduation party ideas to get your planning off to a good start!  

Plan a Simple Outdoor Buffet

A simple buffet (with dishes prepared the night before) will satisfy hungry partygoers after a long graduation ceremony. Hosting an outdoor party can mean inviting more guests! Plus, it’s great to be outside in the late spring when the weather plays nice.


Keep Drinks Ice Cold

Sturdy metal buckets and window planters stand up to the task of keeping party drinks cold when filled with ice. Provide a variety of drink options for party guests, such as soda, water, and flavorful chai punch (recipe available below).


Put Memories on Display

Share fond memories and celebrate your grad’s achievements from kindergarten through graduation with a memory timeline. Attach important photos to construction paper and hang them from string or a clothesline using clothespins (if your party is indoors, attach to twine or ribbon and hang from a mantel or across a wall).

Decorate Your Front Walk

Let party guests know they have the right house by adding a sign to your front walk. Cut out letters to spell “congrats” from blue paper and glue to paper plates. Attach wooden dowels to the backs of the plates and stick into the lawn for simple, low-cost graduation decor. 


Set Out Grab-and-Go Party Snacks

Minimize dirty dishes and maximize guest mingling with grab-and-go party snacks. Our Wasabi Party Mix (recipe available below) fits perfectly in cones fashioned from sturdy, bright paper. 

Set Up a Gift Table

To keep the party organized, set up a single place for guests to drop off gifts for your grad. Encourage partygoers to sign a guest book so your grad knows who attended the party and — more importantly — who to write thank-you notes to.


Make Graduation-Theme Sweets

Graduation party guests will look forward to celebrating with cute hat-topped cupcakes. Roll the edges of each frosted cupcake in nonpareils to make a colored rim, then add a hat and tassel made from a chocolate-covered cherry, chocolate-covered cracker, small candy, and fruit leather.


Decorate with School Spirit

Show off your grad’s school spirit with homemade pennants crafted from scrapbooking paper. Use a computer to type the school’s block letter on paper, or hand-draw it using a large stencil. Cut the paper into triangles, punch holes in the top two corners of each triangle, and thread onto ribbon to create a banner. Hang the banner outdoors on the porch or in heavy-traffic party areas.


Take Pictures!

After the ceremony and before the party, set up a time for your grad to take requisite pictures with immediate family and close relatives. During the party, ask a guest to handle the photography responsibilities or hire a professional photographer.

From better Homes and Garden http://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/themes/graduation-party-ideas/#page=1




Chai Punch

Chai is a blend of tea, milk, and spices. We used chai concentrate to make this party drink.

BHG157132.jpg.rendition.largest Makes: 10 servings  Serving Size: 6 ounce  Prep: 10 mins  Chill: 4 hrs to 24 hrs


  • 1  32 ounce container chai tea concentrate (black tea)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8  inches stick cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1  medium lime or lemon, sliced
  • 1  medium orange, sliced
  • 1  32 ounce bottle club soda, chilled
  •  Ice cubes
  •  Cinnamon sticks (optional)
  •  Sliced orange, lime, and key limes (optional)
  •  Whole basil leaves (optional)


  1. Pour chai tea concentrate into a large container or pitcher. Stir in sugar. Add 8 inches stick cinnamon, torn basil, sliced lime, and sliced orange. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.
  2. Strain mixture, discarding solids. Just before serving, slowly add club soda to chai mixture. Serve over ice cubes. If desired, garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, citrus slices, and whole basil leaves. Makes 10 (6-ounce) servings.




Makes: 80 servings  Serving Size: 1/4 cup  Yields: 20 cups  Prep: 15 mins


  • 5  cups purchased wasabi-flavored dehydrated peas*
  • 4  cups bite-size toasted rice cracker mix
  • 4  cups sesame sticks
  • 4  cups honey-roasted peanuts
  • 2  cups shredded coconut


  1. In a bowl combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
  2. Mixture can be made ahead and stored at room temperature up to weeks or in the freezer up to 4 months. Makes 20 cups (80, 1/4 cup servings)



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