Grad Party Ideas That Make the Grade

Whether your scholar has endured endless hours of studying for finals, completed page after page of admissions essays, or just mastered finger painting in kindergarten ... every graduate deserves a little pomp and circumstance. Plan a party that will earn top honors using our favorite graduation party ideas!

Graduation Party Guest Book Idea

Guest books are a great way to capture well wishes for the graduate, but all too often end up forgotten and collecting dust on a bookshelf. Sarah from Must Have Mom has created a guest "book"that's anything but boring -- have guests leave their favorite memory on a Jenga block! Your grad will have a blast playing while reliving those special moments.

Graduation Photo Booth Props

Have your camera handy -- these printable Graduation Photo Booth Props from Abigail at Paper & Cake will be the hit of the party! Hang oversize picture frames from clear wire to create a cool photo booth area, provide the props, and start snapping selfies. Remember to give guests a party hashtag so they can post their photos!

Graduation Advice Tree

Spray paint, cardstock in coordinating colors, and clothespins make up the majority of supplies needed for this easy, creative DIY Graduation Advice Tree. Britni of Play Party Plan matched her color scheme to a gold foil graduation announcement, but the project can easily be updated to match your grad's school colors.

Graduation T-Shirt Quilt

Each new school year brings a variety of new activities to join -- from band to sports and other clubs. Instead of tossing the T-shirt collection your grad has accumulated through the years, why not make this Graduation T-Shirt Quilt from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage? Use it as a display at her graduation party, then let her wrap herself up in her favorite T-shirt memories when she's away at college.

Graduation Memory Wreath

Welcome guests to your graduate's party with this festive Graduation Memory Wreath. Cindy from DIY Beautify gives an easy tutorial on displaying all your favorite memories -- from baby's first steps to his first car and all the milestones in between. Reminisce and enjoy!

Graduation Hat Toppers and Straws

Punch up a plain-Jane cupcake with a DIY topper that will easily decorate the dessert table at your graduate's party. Kristyn of Lil Luna used black construction paper and black-and-white striped straws, but you can personalize these Graduation Hat Toppers and Straws with any color. Whether you have a kindergartner or high school senior graduating this spring, they're sure to love this sweet addition!

ConGRADulations Gift Box

Cap off the proud moment with a gift every grad will appreciate -- money! Instead of stashing cash in a store-bought card, follow Shaunte's instructions for this quick and easy ConGRADulations Gift Box from Consumer Crafts. Present your graduate with rolled up dollar bills that resemble diplomas, or use the box as a clever way to give a check.

DIY Graduation Balloon Superlatives

Best sense of humor, best smile ... how about best decoration? Kelly of Studio DIY has created colorful graduation party decor that doubles as a conversation piece! Relive the yearbook fun by re-creating black-and-white photos of friends and adding special, or hilarious, recognition. Tie the photos to balloons and display them around your party!

Project created by Studio DIY on behalf of Balloon Time. Photos by Mary Costa Photography.

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Graduation Pretzel Pops

Sweet meets salty in these adorable Graduation Pretzel Pops from Beth of Hungry Happenings. Armed with a little patience and a few baking supplies, these treats can be whipped up in an afternoon. Serve the chocolate-covered pretzel rods as dessert or use as party favors!

Congrats Yard Sign

Let party guests know they have the right house by adding a sign to your front yard. Cut out letters to spell "congrats," and glue the letters to paper plates. Attach wooden dowels or stakes to the backs of the plates, and stick them into the lawn for simple graduation decor.

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