Your favorite scholar or graduate is nearly done with school! That’s an achievement worth celebrating at any age, and after months (or *years*) of homework and studying, they deserve a break. Before you send them off on their next adventure — whether it’s a post-grad internship or a post-grad vacation — there’s no better way to reward all their hard work than with a big bangin’ party. You’ll want to start planning their epic celebration now so you can have plenty of time to find that perfect graduation gift. Keep scrolling for the 19 best grad celebration ideas EVER.
1. caketothetop Class of 2017 Banner ($25): Add this banner to any tablescape or archway for max celebratory flair. The best part? Choose from gold, silver, or pink letters!
2. fineanddandypaperie Instant Download Graduation Party Invitation ($5): Customize your own grad party invites with this cute and editable template!
3. OneStopSnapShop Custom Graduation Snapchat Filter ($4): Ain’t no party like a graduation party! And what would it be without your own custom Snapchat filter?
4. DIY Graduation Balloon Superlatives: Whether you’re saying farewell to your high school *or* your college years, everyone can appreciate getting “best dressed,” and “best hair.” I mean, obvi. (via Studio DIY!)
7. DIY Smart Cookie Printables: Now that they’ve graduated, they’ve proven once and for all that they’re one smart cookie. Aside from a little monetary something-something, a homemade cookie makes one sweet surprise! (via Studio DIY)
8. DIY Surprise Money Confetti Poppers: Finals are *finally* over! Celebrate the right way by letting your grads let loose with some money-filled confetti poppers. They’ll love the fun + financial aid combo. (via Studio DIY)
9. The Grad Shop by Carla Rolfe Temporary Tattoos ($16): It’s understandable for grads to memorialize their school years with a meaningful tattoo. But if they’re not quite ready to take the leap, a temporary tattoo of their class year might do the trick.
10. DIY Confetti Balloon: Bring some glitzy glamour to your grad party by filling clear balloons with shiny tinsel fringe confetti. Pro tip: Slip an ice cube inside of your balloon before filling it with confetti so it’ll stick to the sides more easily. (via I Spy DIY)
11. Blush Paper Co. Graduation Party Plate ($2): Take your pick from an array of customizable paper plates to match your grad party’s theme. It’s the perfect detail that unifies your decor all through the appetizer, dinner and dessert.
12. DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stands: Display your cupcakes in style with these DIY paper podiums. To get the look, cut up black construction paper, create tassels using gold string and tape it all together. (via Paint the Gown Red)
13. DIY Sparkling Graduation Cap Sugar Cookies: These gorgeous graduation cap sugar cookies will glam up the party just enough to make your grad feel *super* special. Bonus: They’re surprisingly easy to make. Once your sugar cookies are nice and cool, decorate with white frosting and edible gold glitter. (via Kristi Murphy)
14. DIY Photo Booth Printable: No party is complete without a photo booth. Use this free printable and frame each letter, then grab the grad and make sure everyone gets a shot at snapping a photo. Bring in fun props, like funky caps and gowns, fake diplomas and items that play up their major. (via evite)
15. Pear Tree Greetings Gold Sequin Flags ($7): Though originally designed as cupcake toppers, these glittery customizable flags can be used in a variety of ways. Think: drink stirrers, straw toppers, appetizer picks, garlands, etc.
16. DIY Graduation Memory Board: This memory board makes fun graduation decor that doubles as a meaningful gift for your grad. Throw in a favorite quote, some inside jokes and silly photos that never made it onto Instagram (thank goodness). (via Homemade Interest)
17. DIY Balloon Chandelier: Create the perfect photo booth backdrop and party favor for all your guests with this simple balloon photo DIY. Place 4×6 photos on 5×7 card stock with double sided tape, then attach one end of the ribbon to the photos and the other end to the balloon. You can send them home as favors or have each guest sign one to send your grad off with plenty of well-wishes. (via The Wedding Chicks)
18. DIY Chalkboard Speech Bubble: Now that you’ve got your photo backdrop figured out, it’s time to DIY a prop or two. This insta-worthy DIY chalkboard speech bubble won’t disappoint. To make, you’ll need some cardboard, chalkboard paint and, of course, chalk! (via The Paper Curator)
19. Paper Crush Small Congrats Letter Balloons ($10): It’s no wonder that mylar balloons can spruce up any party. Show your graduate how proud of them you are by spelling it out for all to see! For a custom DIY option, check out our tutorial.
20. DIY Graduation Personalized Photo Centerpiece: Celebrate this huge milestone in your grad’s life with a personalized photo gift that doubles as a fancy photo centerpiece. Keep it black and white for a classy, gender-neutral look or brighten it up with colored photos — either way, it’ll make the perfect tabletop decoration. (via Tiny Prints Blog)
21. DIY Cocoa Krispies Treat Graduation Cap: It’s not a party without some cake. Okay, it’s not really a cake cake, but it’s pretty close. This Ghirardelli-covered cocoa crispies treat grad cap dessert is the perfect chocolate-y treat to whip up for your grad party. It’s festive and unbelievably tasty “cake” that your guests will want to dig into. (via Hungry Happenings)
22. DIY Candy Cup Caps: These adorable candy cup caps are party must-haves, especially if your guests love chocolate and peanut butter. Pro tip: Stick the peanut butter cups in the freezer beforehand to make it easier to remove the wrapper. (via Bakerella)
23. DIY Graduate Gift Card Holders: It’s traditional to surprise grads with a bit of financial reward after they graduate, but why not trade up the usual cash with a gift card or two to their favorite stores? DIY these gift card holders using patterned cardstock and vinyl shapes. Whatever color the gift card, let its true colors shine right through. (via Pitter & Glink)
24. Colleen Michele Design Gold Confetti Party Cup ($2): Create a stand-out party with all the right details, including festive party cups like this gold confetti one. With customizable options available, like adding a name to the cup, it won’t matter what you serve — fruit punch, bubbly or water — as long as it’s in this fun party cup.
25. DIY Graduation Cap Straw Toppers: If personalized flags aren’t your thing, try these graduation-cap straw toppers. Anything itty bitty makes it 10 times cuter, and these are super simple to make. All you’ll need is black construction paper, yellow thread and paper straws. (via Glitter in My Tea)
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