Graduation Party Decorating Ideas

By Roberto Anthony Rivas , last updated February 4, 2011

When decorating for a graduation party, two of the most important things to consider are who is graduating and from where they are graduating. After all, you don’t want to decorate your home as you would for a child's birthday party if the graduate is finishing college.

Of course, if your graduate is a child, then this may be appropriate. Colorful tablecloths and hanging decorations and banners would be a great way to congratulate the child and set the mood at an elementary school or even middle school graduation party.

If the graduate is just getting out of high school or college, a good way to decorate the party area is to use banners or hang decorations in the graduate's school colors. If you choose to go further with this theme, go to the school's store and buy mugs and other items with the school’s logo. You may want to start the decorating with tablecloths, napkins, balloons, banners and streamers in the color of the graduate’s school. A big custom-made banner that says congratulations with the graduate’s name also adds a personal touch to the decorations.

If you have a projector, make a slideshow on your computer, highlighting the graduate’s childhood, teenage years and college years. Set up the projector and play the slideshow on repeat throughout the party. Everyone loves looking at photos. At the same time, these pictures will be nostalgic for the graduate and show that you’re not just celebrating his accomplishment, but his life. This form of decoration will work for any graduate at any age, but obviously the higher up the graduate is, the more pictures you will have.

If you wish, you can also create photo garlands, which you can hang from the walls and give a festive nuance to the party. They are also extremely easy to make. Here are directions on how to make them:

Photo Garland Supplies:

  • Photographs
  • Cardstock (in school colors if you like)
  • Double-stick tape
  • Paper cutter
  • Ribbon or string
  • Clothing pins (optional)

Using double-sided tape, stick the photos to the cardstock. Once this is done, trim a border around the photos leaving about 1/4 inch of color around the edges. Using the double-sided tape again, tape the photos and cardstock onto your ribbon or string, leaving space between each photo. If you prefer to use clothespins, you can skip this step, however, make sure that your pins don’t slide up and down the string.

Decorating for a graduation is very easy and if you add the right nostalgic and thoughtful touches, your graduate will surely notice and be appreciative.

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