50 Fun Graduation Party Ideas to Celebrate High School and College Grads

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It’s that exciting time of year when grads everywhere start a new chapter in their life. While you may be feeling a mix of emotions that come along with realizing you’re finally growing up, the pride you feel about your accomplishments makes celebrating worthwhile. After you finish telling the world of this new milestone, it’s time to plan your graduation party — full of delicious food, grad-themed decorations, engaging activities and people who love and cherish you. And with our graduation party ideas, you’ll know just what to do to make the moment extra special, whether you’re the grad or you’re planning a big bash for someone else.

Turn your favorite photo (or graduation picture) into stickers. Place them anywhere you want—from cupcake liners and balloons to party hats and goodie bags.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft »

3 Backyard Graduation Party

Backyard parties are always enjoyable, especially when everyone comes together for graduation. Think chalkboard welcome signs, foam finger floral arrangements, a Mexican pan dulce bar and succulent cakes.

Get the tutorial at Kara’s Party Ideas »

Pair these tags with any of your beverages —apple cider included. The tags come in six designs with two different phrases: “Sip, Sip, Hooray!” and “Cheers, Grad!”

Get the tutorial at Persia Lou »

5 Graduation Cap Lanterns

These festive paper graduation cap lanterns are easy to hang from the ceiling. They’re the perfect piece of party decor to get your home ready for the big day.

6 Graduation Money Wreath

7 Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Sliders

Pass out these cones to guests as they walk in the door and then have them shower the grad with confetti whenever they see them. A sprinkle of love, wouldn’t ya say?

Get the tutorial at A Bubbly Life »

9 Lemon Mascarpone Parfaits

10 Lemon Cupcakes With Strawberry Frosting

Print these celebratory quotes, then frame them to hang or display on the table. Quotes include “Go Be Amazing” and “The Tassel Was Worth the Hassle.”

Get the tutorial at Made in a Day »

14 Dulce De Leche Sandwich Cookies

Don’t forget to dress up your pup for the special day. Your dog can be the mascot — motivating guests as they walk in.

16 Matted Graduation Keepsake Announcement

One of the best parts of hosting a graduation party is that you can go all out with displaying graduation photos. Try this announcement to use as table decor. Feel free to print one or multiple pictures to feature throughout your space.

Get the tutorial at Made in a Day »

17 Graduation Table Centerpiece

These table centerpieces come in six eye-catching colors, including blue, green and maroon. They’re printed on both sides and have a handy stand to place them anywhere you’d like.

If you’re searching for unique decorative themes for the party, try going for a colorful yet vintage look. Gather an array of galvanized materials to make paper accordion fans and garlands.

Get the tutorial at Let’s DIY It All »

19 Graduation Photo Booth Props

Whether or not you include a photo booth at the event, purchase these Class of 2022 props for guests to use as a backdrop for their Instagram and TikTok posts. The pack comes with 50 custom-made pieces and can be placed in mason jars as fun table decorations.

20 Personalized Photo Door Banner

Personalize this door photo banner with any graduate’s name, school name and graduation year. Choose from 15 design colors and upload any photo to go with your desired background and accent color (make sure it’s grad-approved).

21 So Proud of You Grad Balloon Boxes

While you can always have your balloons freely spaced out within your space, try storing them in these “Grad So Proud of You” boxes. They’re sturdy, reusable and can hold other small decor items you’d want to display.

22 “One Degree Hotter” Graduation Shirts

23 Who Knows Grad Best Game

With this fun game, guests will fill in blank prompts and multiple choice questions about the graduate. This will challenge how much they know the honoree, with questions ranging from the graduate’s favorite color and dream vacation to their favorite dessert and song.

Get everyone in a celebratory mood with these DIY party hats. The iridescent and holographic style features gold tinsel for an extra festive feel.

Get the tutorial at Club Crafted »

Instead of sprinkling regular confetti throughout the venue, DIY small graduation caps to scatter throughout the space. Make different sizes, stick them to your walls and trickle them across the tables to complete the picture-perfect look.

Get the tutorial at Love the Day »

During the party, invite your guests slip their graduation cards into this box. Hand out your own cards for them to write any life advice your grad can look back on and cherish for years to come.

27 She’s One Smart Cookie Spread

Celebrate your smarts with a table full of sweets — peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles. Pour a few gallons of milk into glass jars, so guests can wash down their treats.

Get the tutorial at Mint Event Design »

Don’t let any of your party guests settle for warm wine. The night before, pour wine into ice cube trays and stick it in the freezer. That way, their wine of choice — red, white or rosé — can stay at the perfect temperature while they celebrate.

29 Peanut Butter Cup Push Pop

Throw it back to childhood — remember Nestle’s Push-Up Pops? — with these treats, layered with peanut butter buttercream and chocolate cake. Top it with a chocolate grad cap, complete with a sugary-sweet tassel.

Get the tutorial at Bake at 350 »

30 Graduation Candy Buffet

31 Messages and Memories Boards

Hang bulletin boards in plain sight to give guests a chance to write down their favorite memories with the grad, along with a few pearls of advice for their next chapter.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised »

32 No-Bake Diploma Cookies

Pull together your dessert table in seconds with this no-bake treat: Just wrap a ribbon around a pirouette cookie to look like the diploma your grad just received.

Get the tutorial at Karins Kottage »

33 Cotton Candy Graduation Party Favor

Send your party guests off with something sweet: Fill plastic cups with cotton candy (see if you can find one in the color of their school) and dress it up to look like a mini graduate.

Get the tutorial at Tikkido »

34 Rose Gold Graduation Backdrop

It’s not a party unless there’s a photo backdrop. This rose gold option, complete with fringe, balloons and a star garland, is totally Insta-worthy.

Get the tutorial at Lauren Conrad »

See how big you’ve become — and also how many different hairstyles and awkward smiles there have been along the way — with a photo banner that shows class pictures going all the way back to kindergarten.

36 Origami Money Graduation Caps

Perfect for parties the day after graduation, this easy-to-make board will give recent grads everything they need to fuel up for their weekend i.e. carbs. Or if they prefer, fill it with donuts and other sweet pastries.

Get the tutorial at The Okayest Moms »

Balloons are the ultimate decoration: Simply, scatter 20 or 40 of these gold beauties in your space to show everyone where the party’s at.

39 Graduation Photo Wreath

Take a trip back to your first day of school (or even, the day you were born!) with this clever photo wreath. It’ll finally give you something to do with all of those school photos you’ve been holding on to.

Get the tutorial at DIY Beautify »


Since the kids have already filled up on sweets, send them home with something salty: freshly popped popcorn in these personalized paper bags.

42 “We are so Proud of You” Banner

It may go without saying that you are proud of the grad, but this banner will really drive the point home.

43 Graduation Cake Topper

Congrats, your hard work (read: baking a cake from scratch) has earned a cake topper as special as this!

Okay, so it might not be a “real” class ring, but we bet your grad will love the Ring Pop version nonetheless.

46 Graduation Cap Cupcakes

50 “Then and Now” Centerpieces

Assistant Editor Mariah Thomas is an Assistant Editor at Good Housekeeping, where she covers home decorating ideas, gift guides and DIY projects.

Editor Amanda Garrity has over seven years of experience writing lifestyle content, including almost five years on staff at Good Housekeeping, where she covered all things home and holiday, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.

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