Best Graduation Party Ideas and Gift Guide

by Alli

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Can you believe that graduation season is almost here? Yikes! Where does the time go? If you’re in the midst of planning a graduation party, I’ve got the best graduation party ideas and recipes.

If you’re planning a graduation party, you’ll need these tips!

  1. Determine your budget (and try your best to stick with it!)
  2. Make a guest list – Use your budget to determine how many guests to invite. 
  3. Pick a location – Your home or a different venue? 
  4. Choose a date and time for your party. 
  5. Pick a theme.
  6. Plan your menu and decorations. Once you have a theme, it will be easier to plan the menu and decor. 
  7. What about entertainment? Will you hire a DJ, and have a photo booth? 
  8. Send out invites. E-invites are perfectly fine. Don’t forget to add an RSVP so you will know how many guests to invite. 
  9. Relax and have fun! 

Each year I try to come up with a different theme. Some of my favorite graduation parties are ice cream socials, pizza parties, and ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ parties.

Ideas on how to throw the perfect graduation party complete with balloons and food


I’ve got the top decor ideas, recipes, and take-home favors. The only problem you will have is deciding which of these ideas you’ll use. Just click on the links to find all kinds of great ideas.

Best Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Decor – Click the links below to find the best graduation party decor. 

  1. Oh The Places You’ll Go
  2. Giant Balloon Messages
  3. Balloon Superlatives
  4. Graduation Memory Board
  5. Graduation Cap Straws
  6. Sprinkle Graduation Year Centerpiece
  7. School Photo Props
  8. Yay Balloon Marquee
  9. Memory Wreath
  10. Graduation Hat Card Box

The Best Graduation Party Ideas

Best Food Ideas For A Graduation Party

  1. Pretzel Graduation Caps
  2. Pretzel Graduates
  3. Mini Cupcake Graduation Hats
  4. Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Diplomas
  5. Cookie Bar
  6. Graduation Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  7. Diploma Sandwiches
  8. Milk & Cookie Shooters
  9. Walking Tacos


The Best Ever Graduation Party Ideas

  1. Gumball Tube Favors
  2. Bright Future Favors
  3. Smartee Flute Favors

I usually order the tableware and decorations online and these are some of my favorites.


balloon decorations for graduation party

Photo Booths are always a big hit at parties. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Find a great backdrop, add some graduation-themed props and you’re good to go.


photo booth props for graduation party 2023

It doesn’t matter if you’re throwing a huge bash or just having a few friends over to celebrate your graduating senior, these graduation ideas will work perfectly.

Graduation Gift Ideas – Click the photos down below for more info!

  • Cash 
  • Gift Cards
  • Backpack 
  • College Merch – t-shirts, hoodies, etc. 
  • Portable Cell Phone Charger
  • New Laptop
  • TV Streaming Service
  • Headphones
  • Cookbook
  • Coffee Maker
  • Small Tool Kit 
  • luggage