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25 Unique Graduation Party Ideas to Celebrate Their Achievement

Completing their studies is a great excuse to throw a party; after all, those achievements should be celebrated in style. These unique graduation party ideas will turn a run of the mill event into something truly memorable, and all of them are themed to match this amazing milestone. From indoor and outdoor décor like tassel garlands and memory boards, to cookies, confetti, and more, these ideas will make memories for decades to come.

25 Unique Graduation Party Ideas to Celebrate Their Achievement

Graduation Confetti Cones

Graduation Confetti Cones


Help them celebrate in style with some of these confetti cones, which are amazingly easy to make but will add much fun and color to any celebration. There are three free templates to choose from, and all you need to do is print them out, roll them into cones, and fill with confetti.
Smart Cookie Graduation Party Favors

Smart Cookie Graduation Party Favors


Tell them what they already know with these fun cookie party favors (just add store-bought or homemade cookies). There are instructions for those with a Cricut machine and for those without, so anyone can make these fun little packages for the family get together or bigger party to celebrate their wonderful achievement.
Graduation Memory Wreath

Graduation Memory Wreath


Celebrate their life so far with one of these beautiful and poignant graduation memory wreaths. Choose a selection of photos from when they were a baby right up to the present day, and create a beautiful timeline of their life as they embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives.
Adventure Awaits Graduation Party Printable

Adventure Awaits Graduation Party Printable


Add a splash of color by following the link in this blog post, which shows you how to create a colorful paper garland and matching pennant flags to stick into the party food. Printed with ‘Adventure Awaits’, these flags are available as free printable downloads – you just need to cut them out and attach.
Paper Fortune Cookies

Paper Fortune Cookies


Whether you’re having a family meal or a less formal buffet, these paper fortune cookies will go down a storm. Since they’re homemade, you can write your own ‘fortunes’ (make them silly or sweet), and then insert them into these cute gold paper versions that can be left dotted around the tables.
Bagel Board

Bagel Board


This bagel board makes a great graduation party idea as it can hold as many bagels as you need without having to stack them up on plates on the table. Paint it to match the party décor, and then add wooden dowels that are long enough to hold the delicious treats.
Rose Gold Graduation Party Balloons

Rose Gold Graduation Party Balloons


Not only does this rose gold set up look awesome, but it will also provide the perfect backdrop for those graduation photographs for all the family albums. With a few DIY additions – like graduation hats for the balloons – you can turn this glittery, glitzy collection into something truly spectacular.
Graduation Party Guest Book Idea

Graduation Party Guest Book Idea


Are you inviting all their friends and family to their graduation party? If so, make sure their guests all do their bit by signing or writing on a Jenga block. It will make a truly special gift for them to take away to college, and there’s even a free printable sign included.
Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Graduation Cap Cupcakes


How cute are these graduation cap cupcakes? Fun to make and display, and totally decadent to eat, these treats are made using a square of chocolate for the cap, candy strips for the tassels, and M&Ms for the top – and they’re all ‘glued’ on with yummy melted chocolate.
Keys To Success Graduation Party

Keys To Success Graduation Party


Add a vintage vibe to graduation by creating a ‘keys to success’ themed party. The overall hue is golden, and you can dress the table with items such as crocheted doilies on canning jars for drinks, book plate napkin rings, and yellow and white flowers in simple and sweet decorative vases.
Gumball Graduation Party Favors

Gumball Graduation Party Favors


A black and white color scheme works for every occasion, but especially for graduation. Make these party favors as fun little extras for every guest – they’re simple to do but look so effective. With black gumballs stacked in a clear tube, just add a graduation cap with yellow tassels for the perfect accessory.
Graduation Party Memory Board

Graduation Party Memory Board


Decorate cork boards with paint and stencils, and then hang them on the wall above a table filled with supplies and a note asking guests to add their own memories to the board. A Polaroid camera, some paper notes, and some pens can all be used to create lasting mementoes of the occasion.
Cocoa Krispies Treat Graduation Cap

Cocoa Krispies Treat Graduation Cap


For a celebration cake with a difference, why not make this fabulous cocoa krispies treat graduation cap instead? A firm favorite from childhood for many people, this ‘cake’ requires no baking, and although it’s easy to make it looks super impressive in the restaurant or as a table centerpiece at home.
Oh The Places You'll Go Graduation Party

Oh The Places You'll Go Graduation Party


Totally cute for any age of graduate, this themed party idea is ideal for a small gathering, or could be adapted for a larger guest list. With a definite Dr. Seuss vibe, this décor includes a chalkboard plaque, a globe, a suitcase, and even tiny mortarboard toppers for the cupcakes.
Graduation Cap Sugar Cookies

Graduation Cap Sugar Cookies


These sugar cookies look super impressive, and they also happen to be delicious, too. Shaped using a graduation cap cookie cutter, you can then pipe the hat design on top, adding 3D detail as you go. Once the icing is dry, add delicate yellow tassels to really complete the look.
Instagram-Themed Graduation Party

Instagram-Themed Graduation Party


This post is chock a block with graduation party ideas – some need to be ordered, while others, like the cute hashtag confetti, can be made at home if you have a Cricut machine. Or how about making an Instagram Photo Banner using faux Polaroid photographs of the man or woman of the hour?
Tissue Paper Number Sign

Tissue Paper Number Sign


Remind them of the year that was with this delightful and impressive party sign. Once you have decided on a color scheme, the rest is easy, because all you need are four foam board numbers, tissue paper, and glue. Use decorative bottles to stand them in for a pretty look.
Graduation Superlative Balloons

Graduation Superlative Balloons


Celebrate all their guests’ achievements with this fun DIY graduation party idea. Based on the yearbook superlatives, this project sees photos of each guest attached to a separate balloon, and labelled with their own special accolade, such as class clown, life of the party, and of course, the cutest couple.
School Colors Chocolate Covered Oreos

School Colors Chocolate Covered Oreos


Give them something sweet to eat at the graduation party with these awesome and totally moreish chocolate covered Oreos. Easy to make and with no baking involved, these treats can be dipped in white chocolate and then covered with sprinkles in the school or college colors.
Graduation Cap Mason Jar

Graduation Cap Mason Jar


Mason jars are a great way to give gifts, and of course they can be used afterwards for holding things, too. Give them their gift in this smart graduation cap version. The mortar board is made using black scrapbook paper, while the yellow paper tassel is attached with eco-friendly hemp twine.
Ice Cream Sundae Graduation Party

Ice Cream Sundae Graduation Party


Take some ideas from this blog post and host your own ice cream sundae party. Perfect for an outdoor gathering in the summer, this idea will keep everyone cool and refreshed, while also adding a fun feel if you’re looking for a slightly more casual affair.
Graduation Diploma Cookies

Graduation Diploma Cookies


If you’re looking for easy yet impressive ways to feed the graduation party guests, check out this super simple idea for diploma cookies. Made using store bought Pirouette Cookies, the finishing touches to these graduation diploma scrolls are added with the gum paste seals and pretty ribbons.
Taco Bout A Future Graduation Party

Taco Bout A Future Graduation Party


If they fancy the idea of a fiesta for their graduation shindig, how about taking inspo from this blog post and throwing a Taco Bout A Future party? There are loads of ideas here for you to emulate, including a cactus cake, sombrero cookies, and mini piñata table decorations.
Origami Money Graduation Caps and Tassels

Origami Money Graduation Caps and Tassels


If you’re looking to give money as a graduation gift, make it a little more exciting (not to mention impressive) by turning bills into these super cute origami mortar board caps. Find a tutorial online for the folding part, and then create differently colored tassels to finish the whole thing off.
Tassel Garland

Tassel Garland


Tassels look good at any party, but they’re particularly pertinent for a graduation do, as they look just like the ones that adorn a mortar board hat. Follow this guide to make your own tassel garland using string, tape, and tissue paper in the colors of the school or college.

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