Creative Grad Party Ideas: The Special Touches

02 Jun, 2016

It’s graduation party season, and you may be throwing a grad party for a special high school or college graduate. While food and venue are important factors, the decorations, desserts and finishing touches can make a grad party truly memorable. We have outlined some creative grad party ideas to help you “wow” the grad – and the guests! Keep reading to find decoration tips, graduation-themed desserts as well as some extra ideas to complete your graduation celebrations.

Grad Party Decoration Ideas

Use a few of our décor ideas to make the party extra special. Plus, they are budget-friendly!

  • School colors – An easy (and inexpensive) way to create a theme with decorations is by choosing one color scheme: The graduate’s school colors. Look for flowers, confetti, picture frames, vases, etc. in those colors, and the party decorations will look tied together – even if you’re on a budget.
  • “Diploma” napkins – Roll silverware in napkins, and then tie them together with a ribbon (in the school color, of course) to look like a diploma.
  • Photo display – Show off the graduate’s accomplishments with a display of pictures from over the years. The display can be as large or small as you (and the graduate) would like. Tri-fold cardboard displays are a convenient option because they stand up on their own – all you have to do is add pictures and decorative touches!

Grad Party Food Ideas

Isn’t dessert one of the best parts of every party? If you decide you would like to serve other treats besides a traditional cake, check out these unique ideas that align perfectly with the graduation theme.

  • Graduation cap chocolates Try this easy no-bake option that includes peanut butter cups, thin mints, and a little bit of colored frosting.
  • Pirouline diplomas This recipe is super simple – just tie a small piece of twine or ribbon around a Pirouline cookie to make it look like a diploma.
  • Mini Cupcake Mortarboards Follow the instructions from Betty Crocker for this unique take on a cupcake.
  • Homemade diploma cookies Make these homemade cookies in the shape of diplomas if you have time before the party. Note: This recipe requires a mixer – browse our selection of small kitchen appliances to find the right one for your kitchen!

Special touches

Don’t forget the little extras – they can make your graduate’s experience even more memorable. We’ve outlined a few below:

  • Card holder – It’s likely that many guests will bring cards for the new grad. You can buy a box to hold cards or create your own. Simply purchase a large cardboard box, wrap it with decorative paper, photos, etc., and then cut a hole at the top for cards.
  • Guest book – Purchase a well-made notebook in the school’s color, and allow guests to sign their names and write a note congratulating the graduate. The grad will be able to take the book with them and read family and friends’ tidbits of advice and warm wishes.
  • Music – Create a playlist of your grad’s favorite music to liven up the party. If the party is outside, check out our wireless audio systems so you can conveniently entertain guests (and blast tunes) from anywhere around the house.
  • Advice cards – For a unique take on the guestbook, provide notecards and pens, and ask guests to write down their words of wisdom for the new grad. Don’t forget the jar to store the finished cards!

hhgregg can help you find that perfect gift for your grad

At hhgregg you’ll find a variety of gifts, including name brand electronic devices, for every graduate. Be sure to read our post on the Top 5 Electronic Gift Ideas for Grads for more inspiration!

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