Graduation Party Ideas and Invitations

Last Updated: March 27, 2018

Graduation is a major milestone in any student’s life. Whether it’s high school grad or college commencement, it means progress, change and plenty to be proud of.

A graduation party is the perfect way to celebrate years of hard work and determination. Check out Costco Photo Center’s graduation party ideas and tips to show your grad just how proud of them you are. 

Graduation Party Venue and Guest List

Hosting a graduation party in the comforts of your home gives you endless flexibility and a relaxed environment. Think about a theme and plan your party around it – do you prefer a stylish soirée with a variety of appetizers and fancy drinks, or is a casual backyard barbecue the right choice?

In addition to inviting relatives, long-time friends and neighbors, speak to some of the other grad parents to see if they’d like to team up. Your son or daughter will love being able to share the excitement with fellow graduates, and it takes a bit of planning pressure off each family that’s willing to share the responsibility. 

Send Out 2019 Graduation Party Invitations

Once you’ve got your guest list figured out, design beautiful graduation party invitations as early as possible. There are dozens of stunning designs to choose from, which you can customize with photos of your grad, all the party details, and a congratulatory sentiment.

No matter what your graduation party theme is, you’ll find an invitation design that’s the perfect fit. Many templates feature gold accents, beautiful florals, or fun illustrations and messaging—choose the cards that will highlight the unique personality of your grad. 

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Graduation Party Decorations and Food

There are plenty of opportunities to get creative with grad party decorations. Customize a ready-made graduation banner, or make your own photo wall with a few great poster boards of your grad and 2019-shaped balloons. You can also go full DIY: cut poster paper into 2-0-1-9 and cover each number in a collage of photo prints of your student through the years. 

When it comes to dessert table treats, wrap ribbons around rolled wafer cookies or white napkins for a play on the diploma. Adorn your cupcakes with graduation cap toppers that your guests will adore. Be a punny host by adding “book worm” gummies and “so long suckers” to the spread of sweets. 

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Gift the Grad a Meaningful Surprise

The secret to a memorable grad party is a meaningful keepsake for the guest(s) of honor. For a thoughtful graduation gift, design a custom photo book with a timeline of pictures that show how your son or daughter has grown up. Certain themes like Graduation Yearbook or Studio White have plenty of white space around photos, providing room for guests to leave a piece of advice or their favorite graduation quotes. 

Alternatively, set up a card box and quickly design custom graduation cards with room for guests to write their message. No matter what you do, they’ll appreciate it. 


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