10 Graduation Party Ideas—From Preschool to High School

by Kate Kurka

10 Graduation Party Ideas—From Preschool to High School

Whether you’re getting your baby ready for kindergarten or college, graduating is a big deal that ought to be celebrated with a bang. We’ve rounded up the best graduation party ideas that include balloon banners, photo booth props, cupcake toppers, and more.


Throw up your hat to the guest of honor with these 10 seriously cute graduation party ideas.


Graduation Cupcake Toppers


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Celebrate your grad in delicious style with these graduation cupcake toppers. Choose from black and gold mini banners, fans, caps, and more. There’s also a graduation centerpiece from Michaels that coordinates perfectly.


Buy It: 2020 Fan Cupcake Toppers, $4.99


Decorative Balloons

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This balloon kit comes with everything you need for a festive time. It includes five balloons that reach over 6-ft. tall, matching ribbons, and a graduation cap balloon weight.


Buy It: Grad Balloon Bouquet Kit, $24.99$24.99


Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Banner



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Take a line from the Dr. Seuss classic to celebrate your preschooler’s journey to kindergarten. This banner can be personalized with any message of your choosing and will create precious memories to last a lifetime.


Buy It: Oh, the Places You'll Go, Banner, $29.50 $29.50


Grad Cap Card Box


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This card box is shaped like a graduation cap to add a festive touch to the gift table. Party guests can slip their cards for the graduate into the top of the cap for safekeeping while they participate in all of the party’s festivities.


Buy It: Cap Card Box by Celebrate It Graduation


Congratulations Balloon Banner


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This banner adds a celebratory accent to any party. At just over 3-feet wide this big banner is great for a DYI photo booth backdrop.


Buy It: Congrats Grad Foil Balloon Banner, $12.99


Gold Foil Graduation Photo Banner


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Crack open those old photo albums for this decor piece that’s a walk down memory lane. The banner includes 13 photo cards and you can opt to choose photos from your child’s younger years or opt for more recent ones to celebrate your young adult.


Buy It: Gold Foil Graduation Photo Banner, $5.99


Graduation Dessert Table


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Not much is sweeter than watching your child accomplish another year of learning and moving up to the next big thing. This dessert table bundle from Etsy has everything you need to celebrate your sweetie.


Buy It: Graduation Dessert Table Bundle, $23.


Graduation Message Jar


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Keep an advice or message jar next to the party entrance. As guests come in they can write a note to the graduate leaving words of encouragement and advice for the road ahead. This advice jar serves double duty as a piece of decor and a sentimental gift.

Buy It: Graduation Message Jar, $29.99


Graduation Party Kit


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This set includes over 500 essential grad party items including, plates, napkins, cups, forks, spoons, and knives. The best part? Minimal cleanup!


Buy It: 501-Piece Graduation Celebration Party Supplies Kit


Grad Cap Party Straws



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Serve up some beverages with these cute graduation cap straws. Who could resist an ice-cold lemonade when it looks like this?


Buy It: Graduation Paper Straws with Caps, $8.99