7 Creative Graduation Party Ideas + Tips

7 graduation party ideas

Graduation is around the corner for many, and we are excited to share LOADS of fun ideas to celebrate this milestone! Whether you have a little one graduating from kindergarten or a college grad, you can customize these ideas to fit your party style. Enjoy these 15 CREATIVE GRADUATION PARTY IDEAS.

1. MORTAR BOARD CUPCAKES: Simple top your favorite cupcake recipe with upside down Reeses Peanut Butter Cups + chocolate covered graham cracker cookies for a clever Mortar Board cupcake!

2. {FREEBIE} Graduation Printables: Simple print, cut, and party with these cute free printables from Living Locurto!

3. PARTY SEALS: We love using gold medallion seals as party decorations for envelopes, candy jars, favor bags, soda bottles + more! Read more via Martha Stewart!

4. CANDY CUP CAPS: My friend Angie of Bakerella made these Easy + Cute CANDY CUP CAPS that you can make too! For the full how-to, visit her site here!

5. TASSLE DECORATIONS: Use simple tassels (check your fabric + craft stores) as decorations on favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite candy! Hang tassles on the table corners as well. Read more via
Martha Stewart!

6.Graduation Invitations + Announcements: Set the mood for your celebration with graduation invitations + announcements! Receive 25% off with the code FF0424 through 4/24/11!

7. Scrolled Tuile Cookies RECIPE: Simple tuile cookies can be formed and shaped to look like diploma scrolls!


  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 sour candy belts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Mix in flour and salt. Add butter, cream, and vanilla; mix until just combined.
  2. Spoon 4 teaspoons batter onto a baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat. Thinly spread into a 5-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle. Repeat. Bake until pale golden around edges, about 6 minutes.
  3. Transfer sheet to a wire rack. Immediately loosen cookies with a spatula; flip. Starting at 1 short side, quickly roll cookie to the halfway point using the handle of a small wooden spoon. Repeat on opposite side. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.
  4. Cut candy belts in half lengthwise, about 3/8 inch wide. Wrap 1 candy strip around each scroll, and knot.
    Recipe via Martha Stewart


  1. 1

    those peanutbutter cup hats are SOOOO cute!!!

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    Denise Johnson says:

    Hi, Thanks for the cupcakes and water bottle label ideas. I’m having a graduation BBQ celebration for my daughter. She has done well with her grades and school has not been easy for her and we are more than proud.
    I’m going to enter for the printing of water bottle labels and cupcake toppers and you all have given me an idea for centerpieces to look like diplomas. I’m a planner and had run out of ideas for my own daughters special day. I can make everyone else’s events look fabulous, why not my own. Thank you soooo much, Denise Johnson, Snellville, Georgia

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      I am interested in the water bottle labels as well. Did you have any trouble with the ink running if you put the newly labeled water bottle in an ice bucket?

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    MissNara says:

    OMG! Those Freebie graduation printables are soooo gorgeous. Thanks for posting it. And also wanted to share that http://www.ModernPoms.com are having a free gift for every new registered member. I received really pretty tissue pom poms that I am going to decorate my party. Yippee :)

  4. 5

    Love the mortarboard sweets! I just did a Geeky-themed graduation party for my brother who received his Computer Science degree. Check it out: http://www.supermommoments.com/2011/05/geeky-graduation/

  5. 6

    Such great ideas! Being a peanut butter cup addict, the caps are my favorite. I wanted to add for your readers that we have a blog post with some great ideas for quotes for invites, thank you’s and grad cards here: http://blog.peartreegreetings.com/2011/05/top-11-graduation-quotes/.

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    namitala sheila says:

    l would like ideas about graduation party on 25 feb

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