31 Grad Party Ideas You’ll Want To Steal Immediately

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1. DIY these tissue paper numbers in your school colors to mark the year of graduation.

DIY these tissue paper numbers in your school colors to mark the year of graduation.
Get the tutorial here.

2. Hang a chalkboard backdrop for an easy classroom-themed photo booth.

Hang a chalkboard backdrop for an easy classroom-themed photo booth.
Koru Photography / Via littlebigco.blogspot.com.au
It’s as easy as chalkboard contact paper. Check it out here.

3. Or use a Polaroid frame for on-the-go photo ops.

Or use a Polaroid frame for on-the-go photo ops.
Use dry erase markers to write the date, or have guests write a little message. Get this one on Etsy.

4. Print these school superlatives for guests to use in the photo booth.

Print these school superlatives for guests to use in the photo booth.
You”ll be voted “best host.” Get the printables here.

5. Or get grad caps and glitter ‘staches to dress up pictures.

Or get grad caps and glitter 'staches to dress up pictures.
Buy this set on Etsy.

6. Set out a sign with your party hashtag to easily look at everyone’s photos later.

Set out a sign with your party hashtag to easily look at everyone's photos later.
Get the printable here.

7. Set out a tray of “class ring” pops for guests of all ages.

Set out a tray of "class ring" pops for guests of all ages.
Never graduate from the ring pop stage.

8. Or make these s’mores pops with chocolate grahams and marshmallows.

Or make these s'mores pops with chocolate grahams and marshmallows.
Get the delicious how-to here.

9. Sweet and salty pretzel rods will take you to the top of the class.

Sweet and salty pretzel rods will take you to the top of the class.
Get the recipe here.

10. Mini Reese’s, chocolate squares, and sour belts make perfect bite-size mortarboards.

Mini Reese's, chocolate squares, and sour belts make perfect bite-size mortarboards.
Get the full tutorial here.

11. And nothing is easier than tying a ribbon around Pirouette cookies to look like diplomas.

And nothing is easier than tying a ribbon around Pirouette cookies to look like diplomas.
Summa cum cookie. Get all the info here.

12. Make cutlery a little more festive with these diploma napkin bundles.

Make cutlery a little more festive with these diploma napkin bundles.
Learn more here.

13. Jazz up Solo cups by adding personalized photos of the honoree.

Jazz up Solo cups by adding personalized photos of the honoree.
With contact paper! Get the tutorial here.

14. Mason jar servings of ice cream will take the work (and mess) out of ice cream floats or a sundae bar.

Mason jar servings of ice cream will take the work (and mess) out of ice cream floats or a sundae bar.
Also so a family member doesn’t have to spend the whole party as ~designated scooper~.

15. Try an inflatable tabletop cooler to keep all your food and drinks cool.

Try an inflatable tabletop cooler to keep all your food and drinks cool.
And minimize salsa bacteria.
Get this one here.

16. Or use a kiddie pool so all the drinks are visible and accessible.

Or use a kiddie pool so all the drinks are visible and accessible.

17. Instead of a sheet cake, make a cardboard cupcake stand and fill it with goodies.

Instead of a sheet cake, make a cardboard cupcake stand and fill it with goodies.
No cake cutting required. Get the how-to here.

18. Use an old or thrifted suitcase as a card or gift box.

Use an old or thrifted suitcase as a card or gift box.
~Grad money for travels~
Photo via Snixy Kitchen.

19. Or use a grad cap card box so everything stays organized.

Or use a grad cap card box so everything stays organized.
Buy this one on Etsy.

20. Have guests share their best next-step tips on key tags.

Have guests share their best next-step tips on key tags.
Find the adorable idea here.

21. Or make a game out of it by writing on Jenga blocks.

Or make a game out of it by writing on Jenga blocks.
Get the how-to and printable here.

22. Add a dash of graduation cheer to just about anything with a hassle-free tassel tutorial.

Add a dash of graduation cheer to just about anything with a hassle-free tassel tutorial.
Get all the steps here.

23. Take the stress out of cleanup by having separate baskets for trash and recycling.

Take the stress out of cleanup by having separate baskets for trash and recycling.
And set a good example for the young’uns. Get all the info here.

24. Tie photos to balloons for a super festive alternative to a photo wall.

Tie photos to balloons for a super festive alternative to a photo wall.
Find out more here.

25. Use tassel garlands as bunting around the party.

Use tassel garlands as bunting around the party.
In the graduate’s colors, of course. Find out how here.

26. Put bug spray in a hanging basket to keep uninvited guests away.

Put bug spray in a hanging basket to keep uninvited guests away.
Party crashers are so freshman year, anyway. Learn more here.

27. Put up a throwback banner of baby or childhood photos to thoroughly embarrass the grad.

Put up a throwback banner of baby or childhood photos to thoroughly embarrass the grad.
Swap the party hats out for mortarboards to make this easy banner extra festive.

28. And set up a table to show off photos of the grad and their accomplishments.

And set up a table to show off photos of the grad and their accomplishments.
This is the time to brag, guys.

29. Show off the places they’ve been and the places they’ll go on a map.

Show off the places they've been and the places they'll go on a map.
Add pins and thread to tie the journey all together. Learn more here.

30. Write inspirational quotes on chalkboards around the party.

Write inspirational quotes on chalkboards around the party.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go, anyone? Find out more here.

31. And send off the graduate with lanterns with well-wishes written on them.

And send off the graduate with lanterns with well-wishes written on them.
And try not to cry. Learn more here.

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