It’s an exciting time of year – it’s getting warmer in much of the U.S., plants are in bloom, and it’s time for graduations and graduation parties. It’s an emotional time for all involved, parents and their graduating kids – there are mixed emotions all around. Above all, it’s time for parents to celebrate their kids’ getting over the first big hurdle toward adulthood and all their children accomplished. It’s an occasion worth celebrating – it’s time to plan the graduation party.
Let’s get started on these excellent Instagram and Tik Tok-worthy party ideas!
Considering that much of the United States is too cold to host celebrations outdoors for months at a time, that alone is a reason to have outdoor parties. An outdoor graduation party is always fun when family and friends come together. Consider posting chalkboard welcome signs, bringing out the barbecue grill and setting up a dessert bar.
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For the style-conscious graduate in your life, glam it up! This also works beautifully in the backyard. Consider color coordinating with colors like black, gold, pink or silver – whatever your grad chooses. If you and your graduate want to go all out, consider renting tables, chairs, linens or tents. You could also hire a DJ and rent a dancefloor if you have a flexible budget. What’s important is that your graduate has a say in the details and the party reflects their personality. You can even have a red carpet with a step and repeat just like the celebs. Find a local printer or one online to make a custom step and repeat banner for fantastic photo opportunities.
When your graduate is bound for boot camp or basic training, it’s a highly charged time with preparations going in multiple directions. You can make your graduate’s party special with decorations that reflect your grad’s branch of the military. We’ve even seen cakes decorated with the Marine Corps seal, so any branch seal will look great on a cake – Army, Air Force, Navy and Space Force, too. The branch colors can also be reflected in decorations, like balloons, tablecloths, streamers, etc. Let your imagination run wild, and be sure to let your grad have input.
This colorful, vintage look is unique. Gather a selection of galvanized materials and create paper accordion fans and garlands. You can even dress up your cake table and seating areas with galvanized pails or watering cans and arrange colorful flowers like Gerbera daisies and spring flowers inside.
Consider making stickers out of your grad’s favorite photo. Place them where you’d like their faces to show up, like on cupcake liners, balloons, goodie bags and thank you notes.
If your child played a sport or is a sports fan, you can build a theme around that. For example, suppose your graduate played football. In that case, you could hang football banners with their jersey number, have a football field-style cake, and hang balloons, streamers and tablecloths in school colors. Of course, if your grad will go on to play college sports, you can tailor your decorations accordingly.
You can create a fun, memorable and personalized party totally DIY. It doesn’t require a large budget. What really matters is that your family enjoys this special time together honoring your graduate.