Here are just a few ideas from the parties I’ve thrown for my graduates over the years.

I love to use imprinted napkins. Choose a napkin in one of their school colors and have them imprinted with the graduates name and the date of graduation. This really makes the graduate feel special… After all this party is for them!!

I like to use tableware in the school colors.

Use metallic confetti to “jazz up” the tables. You can get the current year, graduation caps, graduates with stars, congrats grad, etc. Also, a wide variety of colors and shapes (like stars or hearts) to match school colors.

Hang foil cut-out stars in different sizes from the ceiling in honor of the “star of the day”.

Decorate with balloons in the school colors. Use balloon bouquets for centerpieces on the tables.

One of my favorite ideas using balloons for decorations is to make a good sized bouquet (10 or more balloons) and anchor it to the floor. To do this, you need to make the ribbons on the balloons extra long (think of the height that you want your bouquet to be from the floor up and add a couple of feet or so for taping and curling). Then I adjust the balloons staggered at different heights to show off the colors and individual balloons. Then I tape the whole bunch to the floor (use enough tape to make sure that is secure). When taping, tape up a ways from the bottom of the string , like 12? or so, then you can use scissors to curl the bottom of each individual ribbon so that it curls up and covers up the tape. Place these “floor bouquets” in various places around the room. I always like to put one by the entrance to my home and the room the celebration will be in.

Take a picture of the graduate in their cap and gown standing by one of the floor balloon bouquets. It makes a great picture for the graduation scrapbook page!