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45 Best Graduation Party Ideas to Celebrate That Well-Deserved Diploma

Congratulate them with treats, decorations, and gifts!

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There are few occasions more exciting in a young person's life than their high school or college graduation. After all their hard work and dedication, they deserve an epic celebration! That's exactly why you should give the recent graduate in your life an amazing send-off party that they'll never forget.

Ree Drummond knows her way around a graduation party—there have been quite a few over the years in her family of seven! Whether the celebration is taking place in your home, decked-out backyard, or a restaurant or event space, you can make it one to remember with these fun DIY graduation party ideas (and some thoughtful graduation gifts, of course!).

There are so many special ways to mark this milestone. For a personal touch, pay tribute to childhood memories with a sweet photo wreath or a poster featuring cute snapshots of your grad through the years. Create a color palette using your kid’s school colors and shiny gold touches here and there. Round up meaningful graduation quotes to add to centerpieces. And of course, celebrate your grad's academic career with graduation cap decorations, garlands with tassels, and more. No matter what the future holds for your favorite graduate, we've got you covered with some of the best DIY graduation party ideas around!

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Studio DIY!
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Graduation Balloon Superlatives

Attach pictures of your grad and their friends to balloons and give them all special recognition with superlatives like "most likely to be president," "best couple," and more.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!


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Polkadot Chair
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Graduation Cap Cookies

These graduation cap cookies will make the perfect addition to your party spread. Use frosting in their school colors for a personal touch.

Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair.

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Graduation Bottle Tags

These cute printable tags will look so festive when paired with celebratory bottles of bubbly or sparkling cider.

Get the tutorial at Persia Lou.

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The Homes I Have Made
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School Spirit Keychains

Celebrate your college grad and their friends with these glittery keychains featuring their school logo. They would make great party favors!

Get the tutorial at The Homes I Have Made.

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A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Graduation Candy Board

Celebrate the class of 2o22 with this gorgeous candy board. To replicate this idea, simply place number trays in the center of a round charcuterie board and then fill it with black and gold candy and treats.

Get the tutorial at A Pumpkin & a Princess.


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The Craft Patch
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Candy Bar and Money Lei

A candy bar and money lei might be our favorite kind of lei. What's not to love?! This one is easy to create using plastic wrap and curling ribbon.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Patch.

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Meaningful Mama
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Personalized Graduation Cake

For a dessert that's as unique as your graduate, create a tiered cake featuring all of their favorite things and hobbies. Don't forget to spell out congrats in candy letters!

Get the tutorial at Meaningful Mama.

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Somewhat Simple
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Graduation Cap Cupcake Toppers

How cute are these graduation cap cupcake toppers? They're made entirely out of candy, including an upside down peanut butter cup, a chocolate square, and a licorice "tassel."

Get the tutorial at Somewhat Simple.

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Skip to My Lou
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Photo Collage

Your little one is all grown up and graduating. Give everyone at the party a glimpse of how far they've come with a decorative collage of photos of your grad through the years.

Get the tutorial at Skip to My Lou.

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Lovely Indeed
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DIY Donut Wall

A DIY donut wall is the perfect festive (and delicious!) focal point for your celebration. All you'll need to make it is a pegboard, milk paint, pegboard hooks, and of course, donuts!

Get the tutorial at Lovely Indeed.


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Delia Creates
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Shooting Star Piñata

Celebrate your shooting star with a piñata to match! This one doesn't require a stick so you can use it indoors or outdoors.

Get the tutorial at Delia Creates.

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That's What Che Said
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Clay Pot Graduation Cap

This simple project would make the perfect centerpiece for your snack table. It's made from a painted clay pot, wood square, and a tassel.

Get the tutorial at That's What Che Said.

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Somewhat Simple
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Pin the Cap on the Graduate

Play a fun game of Pin the Cap on the Graduate with these cute printables and a poster-size print of your grad.

Get the tutorial at Somewhat Simple.

graduation party ideas candy buffet
I Heart Naptime
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Graduation Candy Buffet

For a "sweet ending to a new beginning," make a candy bar filled with school-themed treats, like class rings (Ring Pops), book worms (Sour Brite Crawlers), smarty pants (Smarties), and honor rolls (Tootsie Rolls).

Get the tutorial at I Heart Naptime.

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Polkadot Chair
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Graduation Cap Decorations

You can use your Cricut to make these gorgeous graduation cap decorations, or draw the design on yourself. Either way, they're sure to be a hit at the party or even during the graduation ceremony.

Get the tutorial at Polkadot Chair.


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Charm Bracelet Lei

Give your graduate something extra fun to wear at their graduation party with this lei inspired by a charm bracelet. You can include their graduating year and cut-outs representing their hobbies and things they love.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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Confetti Cones

All that hard work deserves a lot of celebrating. To put everyone in a celebratory mood, you’ll definitely need some confetti! These cones are the perfect confetti holders.

Get the tutorial at A Bubbly Life.

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Graduation Party Sticks

Snap a picture of your graduate in their cap and gown, then turn that photo into these skewers that’ll take center stage at your party. Use them as photo props or drop them into vases of flowers.

Get the tutorial at 17 Apart.

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Blooming Homestead
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Graduation Party Favor Bags

Make party favors for all of your grad's friends with these cute printable gift tags. They're sure to be a hit at the big celebration!

Get the tutorial at Blooming Homestead.

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Handmade Charlotte
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Graduation Trophies

For a really cute touch to add to your grad’s party, make the most adorable graduation trophies as centerpieces!

Get the tutorial at Handmade Charlotte.


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Graduation Party Plates

How’s this for a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that detail to add to the graduation party? Black paper plates with tassels! They look just like graduation caps.

Get the tutorial at Good in the Simple.

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Graduation Banner

To make this graduation banner that’s ideal for a photo backdrop or to hang on a mantel, you’ll need your Silhouette or Cricut maker.

Get the tutorial at Kelly Leigh Creates.

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Cookie Party Favors

After such a fun night, your guests should go home with something sweet…like these cookie party favors! You can celebrate the graduate who is one “smart cookie.”

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Graduation Card Box

There’s no doubt that your party guests will all come with cards in hand, so you’ll need a place to keep track of them. Make it easy with this cute DIY card box displaying childhood photos.

Get the tutorial at Angie Holden/The Country Chic Cottage.

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Paper Lei

Your grad will say “aloha” to their bright future with this tropical lei. It’s just the thing to dress up their graduation party ensemble.

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.


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Graduation Party Backdrop

All that great food at the graduation party should really be spotlighted with an eye-catching backdrop! All you need are colorful streamers and balloons with their graduating year.

Get the tutorial at A Wonderful Thought.

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Memory Wreath

Wasn't it just yesterday that you dropped your little one off at kindergarten? Show off all those wonderful childhood memories with this photo wreath to be displayed at the party.

Get the tutorial at DIY Beautify.

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Graduation Cap Rolo Favors

Rolos are pretty great on their own, but Rolos made to look like tiny graduation caps? Even better!

Get the tutorial at Made to Be a Momma.

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Mini Money Caps

If your grad is heading off to their first apartment and their first taste of “real” bills, send them off with these delightful origami money graduation caps.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm.

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Mini Grad Bouquets

Gift some flowers to the guest of honor with a bouquet bedecked in tons of “Congrats!”

Get the tutorial at Oleander + Palm.


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