Graduation is such an exciting time for the graduate and loved ones alike. Graduating from high school or college opens the door to a wide-open future full of possibilities. Planning a graduation party is one special way to commemorate the occasion and solidify the transition from one phase of life to the next.
Graduation parties can be a big bash with everyone you know or a nice, intimate occasion for only the closest friends and family. Consider these graduation party themes and ideas to help you plan your own graduation party or a party for a son or daughter.
Fun Graduation Party Themes
For the most part, a graduation party typically focuses on fun and being social. For a fun graduation party you won’t soon forget, consider these fun party themes to help you plan your event.
• Pool party graduation bash (the classic, timeless graduation party!)
• Travel themed graduation party (neat decorations and possibly a surprise gift?)
• Tropical or Hawaiian luau graduation party (great colors, music, and fantastic food!)
• Movie themed graduation party (fun decorations!)
• Memory Lane graduation party (lots of photos!)
Delicious Food for your Graduation Party Menu
With most graduation parties taking place in the late spring and throughout the summer, a barbeque is a common food theme. It’s hard to go wrong with hamburgers and hotdogs—even if you have vegetarian friends or family members, you can still have garden burgers and veggie dogs, salads, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, and other veggie friendly snacks.
If manning the grill is too much work for your graduation party style, consider getting your event catered or simply ordering a bunch of pizzas, long hoagies, and other food that is easy to share in large groups. You can get a cake from the local bakery or supermarket and set out a tray of cookies and some snacks like chips, dip, a veggie platter, and so forth.
If you are interested in a more upscale menu than hamburgers, hotdogs, or pizza, consider setting up a buffet style meal so that guests can help themselves as often as they are hungry.
Memorable Details of the Graduation Party
Once you’ve figured out the graduation party’s theme and menu, don’t forget to deal with the details like decorations, guest list, and beverages, to name a few. You should also make a point to ensure lots of photos are captured so you and your family can enjoy them later.
Another nice thing to do for a graduation party is to set out a few photos or photo albums of the graduate for friends and family to enjoy. You might also consider getting a photo frame or signature stuffed animal for all the guests to sign.
No matter how you decide to plan the graduation party, keep the graduate’s personal style in mind. The guest of honor should feel happy and at home in the party atmosphere. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy and successful future!