10 Graduation Party Ideas—From Preschool to High School


Whether it’s from preschool or high school, graduating is a big deal that ought to be celebrated with a bang. Throw up your hat to the guest of honor with these 10 seriously cute graduation party ideas.

Cupcakes with a Cap
No graduation party is complete without a themed dessert. These adorable graduation cupcakes aren’t just apropos for the occasion, they’re no-fail crowd-pleasers.

Jazz Up Balloons
Why tie balloons to the backs of folding chairs when you can hang adorable photos of the grad from them? If you’re celebrating a younger child, affix photos of them from throughout the years to the bottom of the string to weigh them down. For older grads, try getting creative with “superlatives” of all of their friends. Not only will everyone love seeing their title, it will be a great conversation starter.

Cute Graduation Snack Cups
Transform store-bought applesauce, fruit, or pudding cups into fun (and allergy free!) graduation snacks kid—and adult—guests will love to nibble.

Make a Graduation Cap Card Box
This cute graduation hat card box is a great way to keep track of cards, and Nancy’s Craft Spot shows how incredibly easy it is to make!

Make a Tissue Paper Party Sign
You don’t need to be super crafty to create these eye-catching tissue paper numbers from Sugar Bee Crafts. All you need is tissue paper, glue, foam board, scissors—and a little patience—and you’ve got yourself a cute, cheap centerpiece that will look great in photos. As far as graduation party ideas go, this one’s tops!

Display the Grad’s Memories
Whether it’s a class photo, a funny poem he once wrote, or an award she received, display the guest of honor’s memories for everyone to see. Not only will it make for cute decor, it will be a sweet trip down memory lane.

Serve Up Peanut Butter Cup Grad Caps
How charming are these peanut butter cup grad caps?! Perfect as a party favor or simply as decor throughout the party, these yummy (creative!) treats are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. They’re definitely worth adding to your graduation party ideas list!

Create a Memory Jar
These memory jars require practically zero effort and very little cash. Whether your child is graduating from preschool, middle school, or high school, guests will love jotting down a special memory of them and placing it in the jar as a keepsake. (And, of course, every grad will love reading them!)

Serve Up Diploma Cookies
No graduation party dessert table would be complete without these clever diploma cookies. Simply tie a ribbon around a Pirouette cookie and boom! Edible diplomas!

Offer Words of Support
No matter what school your child is graduating from, it’s a big step! Scatter a few inspirational quotes about moving forward on tables throughout the party. Your Home Based Mom’s idea to write a sweet Dr. Seuss quote on a chalkboard might be one worth stealing.


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