Last Updated: 28th May, 2020

Graduation Party Ideas

So, in a couple of day’s time you will be a graduate with a degree in hand. Boy!! It surely is a big Achievement and calls for a happening party as well. Want the party to be synonymous with Style and one of a kind, talk of the town celebration? Here are some ideas.

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Venue

Though most of the High school graduation parties are hosted at home, but for a college graduation party, there are a number of venues to choose from, ranging from a popular restaurant to a college ground, a beach resort (if you are lucky to have one) including one of the student’s plush apartments or even a party hall. The lawns at most of the Colleges, for instance, turn into a scenic sight of rainbow hued tents and canopies on graduation day as families like to host picnics right after the convocation event. If the school/College offers this option, try reserving lawn space in advance and hire a caterer to handle the food, just to keep you free from all the worries of cooking and serving.

Graduation Party Themes

Graduation calls for a grand celebration!! After all, the hard work and dedication that was put into achieving the precious diploma needs to be rewarded with accolades. It obviously accosts for party time! With some exciting graduation party themes, you can make the graduation party a fun way to congratulate your graduate’s friends and classmates.

  • Choosing a theme is the first step towards planning a great party.
  • Don't just choose a theme that is common or popular, decide a theme that you can actually work upon.
  • Think in the lines of your child’s skills and his personality, his likes and interests. And make sure you know the number of guests, possible location and your budget as all this can influence the party theme.
  • Having a theme then provides great ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, favors and refreshments.
School Spirit Graduation Party

Bid adieu to your kid’s school days by organizing a High School Graduation Party with this theme. All that is required to be done is, deck up the party zone with balloons and streamers that incorporate school colors, emblem and mascot. You can also opt for a customized sweet table that will exhibit confetti’s, cakes, cookies etc. in school spirit theme. Pay a tribute to the school from where your son or daughter is graduating. Let the graduate carry a lot of memories of the school so decorate the party scene with school colors, logo, team jerseys and lots of photos.

Sports Graduation Party

All the athletic spirited teens will love this graduation party. If your kid is into sports, throw a graduation bash for him by arranging a collage board containing the pictures of your kid taking part in various sports along with the awards won by him. As for decoration, the party hall can actually resemble the sports ground of course in miniature style. Add the right spark by incorporating pomp pomp’s and school/college mascot into the décor for the right feel.

This Is Your Life Party

Capture the sweet and cherished moments of your kid’s life and convert it into scrap books, posters and photo album. Also, do an insight of the future of your grad by displaying banners about his future career plans and how he might look in that attire.

Drama Party

If your graduate is an actor and participated in school plays, maybe you could borrow some props from the school and invite his co-actor friends to dress up and perform for the guests. A spoof of his favorite movie or novel would be great!

Beach Party

If you can’t get to a real beach or pool, give your backyard a beach setting in the afternoon. Fill up a plastic kiddy pool with ice and arrange your salads and other perishable food to keep them cool throughout the party. Serve beverages with cute straws and little umbrellas. Have a lot of beach balls, yard games, patio umbrellas, lawn chairs and beach towels. Ask the guests to dress in beachwear!!


Is your graduate an artist? Or a photographer? Have a showing of his work and give it a look or gallery exhibition. How about auctioning some of his best work for his friends to keep! This theme lends itself to a great invitation!

Graduation Party Food Ideas

Deciding the graduation food menu can be a difficult task. But if a well advance plan is laid out, the graduation food can be the best your guests ever had! The key to this is "Keep it Simple".

Graduation Party Food

Graduation Menu

A graduation menu should be decided keeping in mind the favorite food of your kid as it is his party. Plan a hassle free and self serving menu for graduation party brunch with these brilliant menu ideas:

    Pizza Party
  • Pizza tops the list of favorite food item of every kid. Plan a pizza menu by arranging an assortment of pizza ranging from cheese pepperoni, farmhouse, chicken and jalapenos, Special gourmet pizzas etc.

  • Festive Taco Bar
  • A popular menu options for grads party is Tacos. Arrange a taco table with an array of fillings and dips to make the menu interesting and taste bud tickling for all.

  • Asian stir fry
    Asian stir fry
  • Spice up the party by planning an Asian menu that includes shrimp salads, Fried rice, Chicken spring roll, fortune cookies etc.

  • Italian Elegant menu
    Italian Elegant menu
  • Menu comprising of delicate Italian pasta buffet can work wonders for a grads party. Include items like Herb seasoned croutons, Spaghetti, Lasagna in meat sauce and cheese, garlic bread etc.

Graduation Menu Tips

Certain tips to be kept in mind while planning the menu.

  • Go easy on yourself by keeping the menu simple consisting mainly of five to seven items.

  • Hire a caterer or ask for help from neighbors or family members in cooking your desired menu.

  • Keep food hot by serving them in chafing dishes which you can get on rent from a local caterer

  • Set up an ice bath at one corner of the table to keep cold food and beverages.

  • Keep some disposable containers handy to send leftovers home with your guests.

  • Keep mixed nuts, chips, chicken wings, cookies etc. handy in case you run out of main menu items.


Brunch Menu Ideas 

  • Offer a variety of fresh baked bagels, potatoes with a selection of spreads. Serve some crusty bread.
  • Cook pancakes on a big griddle and serve them with different toppings.
  • Get some frosted doughnuts from a bakery. Everybody loves them!
  • Prepare some hardboiled eggs with your graduate’s name the year on it.
  • Serve exotic juices or smoothies.
  • Serve some fresh fruits in a watermelon boat.  

Afternoon and Evening Menu Ideas

  • Barbeque sandwiches, ribs or chicken served with cole slaw and chips, baked beans and a fruit salad.
  • For bread lovers grill gingerbread with mozzarella cheese on it.
  • Assemble a Sandwich Bar-let your guests make their own sandwiches. You can order a big variety to be sliced and served as needed. Keep the back up in your refrigerator.
  • Prepare a good salad and fruit bar for some diet-conscious guests.
  • Add some fun for kids by rending a cotton-candy machine or popcorn machine.
  • Order some tortilla wraps, pizzas, and barbeque meatballs.

Tasty Dessert Ideas

  • Candy bars with personalized wrappers to give out to your guests.
  • Smores at a fire pit is a great idea. Provide several baskets full of marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers. Have plenty of roasting sticks on hand.
  • Cakes are a must for the great graduation party. Order the new photo cake for display and make a second one to cut and serve. Decorate the cake with wafer diploma, mini graduation cap and #1 sign.
  • Ice cream sundae bar- serve ice cream with different toppings, fruit, cookies, and coffee. Its easy, fun and guests will love it.
  • Serve cheesecakes in a variety of flavors with different toppings. For example: hot fudge, strawberries, blueberries
  • Everybody just loves chocolates so order gold foil-wrapped coins with your graduate’s name on one side and the year on the other.
  • Try Root beer floats this time. It will be a sure hit amongst the guests. Scoop vanilla ice cream into plastic cups and freeze them overnight. Then at the party all you have to do is add root beer and a straw.  

Graduation Party Games

Graduation is a great accomplishment for the graduate and a moment of pride and delight for the parents. That’s why, as a tradition, a graduation party is thrown to honor the triumph of the achiever and a walk down his memory lane to cherish the moments of success and failures.

Playing some graduation party games is a awesome way to spend the time with friends and teachers and make the party a memorable event for everyone!!

Here are a few suggestions:

    Teacher specific game
  • Pin the mustache on the teacher. Blow up a picture from the yearbook of one of the teachers; your teen will give you an idea of which one. Make mustaches out of cut out black construction paper. Place tape on the back of each mustache. Then the game proceeds just like pin the tail on the donkey.

  • Place the name of a teacher on a sticky label. When a guest comes in, stick it on their back. They have to ask other guests yes or no questions about the teacher and guess, “who the teacher is” by the end of the night.

    Water Balloon Game
  • Here’s something really cool! If the graduation party is outside when it’s warm or if it’s a beach party theme, a water balloon shootout might be a lot of fun. What you need is plastic funnel about the size of the water balloon you are going to use when filled and a rubber tubing – two pieces about 3 feet long is good. Make two holes at opposite side of the wide end of the funnel large enough to pass the tubing through. Make good strong knots. A homemade water balloon launcher is ready. Set up objects to hit over. Whoever knocks over the most wins. To make it more exciting for your graduate’s friends-photocopy some picture from their scrapbooks, stick them on the balloon and let them target their best picture!!

    Guess the Guest
  • Another idea for graduation party game is a round of "Guess the Guest" from a board of pictures, it can be a lot of fun. A graduation party has people of all ages so find baby pictures, middle school pictures or funny pictures! The one, who guesses the most, wins. Afterwards, use the photos as nametags for everyone. People can get to know each other better and have a good laugh in the process.

    What happened on this date?
  • Go through your old school year calendars, and write down some of the special dates of which major events occurred. You may include the first day of summer vacation, the first day of school, final graduation results day, Homecoming, Freshman Orientation, and so on. Read only the dates--day, date, and year, and have your guest try to remember what happened that day. The guests might end up talking about some good or bad times while playing the game, its okay, that a part of the fun! 

    Picture Perfect
  • Photocopy pictures out of your guests' yearbook, and glue them onto individual sheets of paper. Give each guest a picture, and have him or her write down a funny job title that that person might become. 

    Have a sign in board
  • You can use a large scroll to keep the diploma theme or place pictures of as many of the classmates as you can find around the edges of a large poster board. Let everyone write some good funny stuff about each other, some unshared secrets or good luck messages. You can take the poster with you to your new college and post it on the walls of your hostel or wherever you stay. 

Video Memoir

The best thing about graduation parties are that everyone will be happy chatting, sampling the buffet and making toasts to the new graduate .You can make the event extra special for the new grads by creating a slideshow tracing the childhood cherished memories and what he/ she wanted to become at different stages to the present day. Everyone will just love it and you can be sure of getting a big round of applause for such a thoughtful Memoir.

Another option could be a special memory board containing a graduation picture of your child with sweet messages and post graduation advice written by all friends and family will make it a quintessential centerpiece.

Graduation Party Gift Ideas

Now that most of the things are taken care of all you need is a perfect graduation gift for that new college grad. A few gifts to choose from are:

    First apartment gifts
  • Since your kid might be thinking of moving out of the house, how about gifting something that will come in handy while trying to live alone. A cookbook of favorite dishes, a set of basic spices, pots or pans or A customized keychain with name initials for the key to the new apartment.

  • Travel accessories
  • Usually grads plan to go globetrotting after graduation. How about gifting travel accessories like a Super cool travel bag, or guide maps and books of the places they plan to travel.

  • Pearls and ties
  • Gift your love to your new grad by preparing him/her for the new world they are going to enter. Gift a nice silk tie with matching cufflinks to your son or a beautiful set of pearl earrings to your daughter .

  • Electronic Accessories
  • Gift a new gadget like an iPad, iPhone or a digital camera or a laptop to your new grad.

Party Favors

Planning to give out graduation party favors, then some practical gifts should be considered which will be of great use to them as they step out in the real world. Business card holders, date books, Electronic scheduler, wallets or key chains with their initials etc. will make wonderful and memorable graduation party favors.

Have a smooth party planning and enjoy the Graduation day to the core!!