High School Graduation Party Ideas

Great ideas for creating a super special graduation party

Use these high school graduation party ideas to host a fun and festive celebration at your home or at a venue!l These creative ideas 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! Don't let your party get lost in the crowd, you can make it a standout with personal touches that will make it different from the rest! Below we share ideas for invitations, food and desserts, favors, games and gifts too! Plus a great idea for a DIY photo booth for your party!

Make your own graduation party invitations

make your own graduation party invitations

Save money at the start by making your own party invitations, or consider an online party invitation site like Evite.  Just be sure to put an RSVP an date on your invitations. Here are some of our own DIY graduation invitations from the family archives!

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.  Our Michigan kids had the "Big House BBQ Bar" in reference to the Big House nickname for Michigan Stadium.  Near the BBQ area we prominently displayed personalized water bottles! We 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.

Add a DIY photo booth to your graduation party!

high school graduation party idea

We did this one for our weddings but it would be so fun at a graduation party.. best of all you can make this "traveling frame" yourself.  Change up the lettering on the frame to say "Class of ..." on the top and Congrats on the bottom.. you will have great candids from your party using this idea!  See how to make this DIY photo booth here! Step by step tutorial in the post. To really make this a cheap idea, check local garage sales for frames..then paint the frame in school colors.. you could even add props like any of these easily available through Amazon!

High School Graduation Party Ideas for Fun Favors

graduation party dessert

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.

Graduation Party Game

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!

  See our Top 5 graduation gift suggestions.. all tried and tested!

More high school graduation party ideas here!

Off to college after graduation? Get some ideas for what they need to furnish a dorm room.

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