High School Graduation Party Ideas

Great ideas for creating a super special graduation party

Look at our recently syndicated article with high school graduation party ideas. Plan your graduation party at home using these fun and creative ideas. They have been tried and tested in our home by our own 4 graduates and been recycled to many of our own friends and family, so you know they are fun and easy!

Make Your Graduation Party One of a Kind! Creative High School Graduation Party Ideas
By Carol Eiseman: Ezines, Platinum Quality Author

Make Your Graduation Party One of a Kind! Creative High School Graduation Party Ideas
By Carol Eiseman: Ezines, Platinum Quality Author

High school and college graduations are looming on the horizon. These are special and momentous events for both you and your graduate. Planning you graduation party should be a fun and exciting project. Don't let your graduation party get lost in the crowd; with some early planning you can host a fabulous celebration. Here are some great tips to make your party one of a kind.

high school graduation party invites

Having four children who graduated two years apart, we have been planning high school or college graduation parties for over a decade. The two most important pieces of advice we can offer is to set a budget and plan early. This is critical, as your budget will determine the number of guests you can have and the venue you will use to host your party. With four who graduated within a 7-year span, we knew with our oldest that we couldn't set a precedent that we couldn't continue with the rest. So the idea of the "Backyard BBQ" took shape. It's easy, casual and relatively inexpensive. Plus the outdoor theme allows for a larger guest list for your graduate. Our kids invited their friends, fellow grads, teachers, coaches, and of course, all the family. We ran the graduation parties like an open house.

Once you have a budget and have decided on your venue, then settle on a date and do it early. You will be competing with lots of other parties this time of year and by getting yours on the calendar first you will avoid conflicts. Next decide on invitations. You can make them yourself, order them online or buy them in the stores. However to save money, you can make them yourself on the computer. Unless you have room in your house or are having it off site, ALWAYS plan a rain date. Also make sure you have an RSVP with a date deadline and add your email as well as your phone number. A 'regrets only" RSVP system makes for tricky planning.  Here are a couple of our DIY graduation party invitations.

High School Graduation Party Ideas for Food & Desserts

graduation party at home

For food, your options are numerous if you are hosting your graduation party at home. You can have it catered, you can cook or our family favorite for our barbeque theme is hamburgers, hot dogs and heroes. Add some salads, fruit platters and a graduation themed dessert and you have an easy, inexpensive menu. We set up a "stadium" food booth near the grill. My husband and his buddies were grilling to order, with the condiments and rolls set out at the booth. You make a poster and name your area. For our son, who was headed to Rutgers University, we had a "Knight Stand" as their school mascot is the Scarlet Knight.  For example, at our party for our youngest who was going to DePaul University in Chicago.. we set up the "DePaul Dug Out" and decorated the table with the school colors. . For another of our parties, I bought cases of bottled water, took off the store label and made my own personalized labels celebrating the graduates! Here's how I made these personalized graduation party decorations.


graduation party desserts
desserts for graduation parties

Here is an assortment of other easy and festive graduation party desserts, these easy graduation caps made from Reese's cups and Andes mints are always a hit. Another creative idea -  too hot for ice cream.. make cannoli cones..  an easy recipe and so fun if you color the sprinkles to match the graduate's high school or upcoming college. Make ahead and refrigerate.. then serve and no melting! These desserts are fun high school graduation party ideas.


High School Graduation Party Ideas for Fun Favors

easy graduation party favors
creative graduation party favors

One last area that I always budget for is graduation party favors. I have always felt like all the guests should take home a fun gift. Check out these creative and unique ideas for making your own graduation party favors out of miniature Hershey bars. Don't miss this especially thoughtful graduation favor for the Moms of the graduates. It is a good one!  Finally, see how to make our family favorite graduation favor idea.. photo collage mugs! These ideas are sure to make your party a one of a kind celebration for both your graduate and your guests.


high school graduation party idea


How about adding a game of Tailgate Toss also called Corhole to your graduation party.  This beanbag toss is a fun game, easy to play for all ages!  Better yet, gift a Cornhole set to the graduate and bring it out at the party.  It is a huge game on campus tailgates and you can get the boards to  match just about an NCAA team.  Learn more about how to play cornhole here!



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