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15 Graduation Party Ideas—From Preschool to High School

  • 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.

  • Get Social

    If your guests are on Instagram—who isn't these days?—ask them to use a specific hashtag when they post photos from the party. Then you can peruse all the photos everyone took at the end of the day, which is perfect for someone who's too busy hosting to take pictures.

  • Hand Out Cap and Gown Gumballs

    These crafty cap and gown gumballs are the perfect favor for a graduation party. Leave a bucket filled with them by your door so guests don't forget to grab one on their way out. Too clever!

  • Don't Forget the Photo Booth!

    These days, no party is complete without a photo booth for posting pictures to social media. Robb Restyle had the cute idea of using an old door with the graduation year painted on it as a backdrop for photos. And, of course, don't forget the bucket of props!

  • Make a Photo Wreath

    This adorable photo collage wreath is a great way to display photos of the grad, and it's super easy to make.

  • Put a Cap on It

    Cupcakes and peanut butter cups aren't the only things that deserve a cap. Serve up some beverages with these cute DIY graduation cap straws. Who could resist an ice cold lemonade when it looks like this?