8 Unique Graduation Centerpiece Ideas

Three graduation centerpieces

Centerpieces are an essential part of the best tablescapes, and you've come to the right place for ideas on how to make yours the top of the class. Arrange a picture-perfect scene with centerpieces that *pop* or personalized photo centerpieces that add a precious touch to the celebration. Show your grad that they're the shining star of their big day with these DIY centerpiece ideas or shop all graduation centerpieces for quick and easy solutions.

Balloon centerpiece featuring a star-shaped graduation balloon

DIY graduation balloon centerpiece in black, silver and gold

Create centerpieces that shine as bright as they do! The black, silver and gold color scheme is a graduation classic. Make it your own by DIY-ing a few stacked balloon centerpieces. First, create the black and gold base with nine latex balloons. Then, secure your 3D star balloon topper to the base you just created and fill the empty spaces with coils of curling ribbon for a finished look. There's no better way to say, "Congrats Grad!" than with decorations that say it for you!

Balloon centerpiece featuring a unicorn-shaped graduation balloon

Unicorn graduation balloon centerpiece

Your one-of-a-kind grad deserves decorations that are just as unique! Enchant your guests with unicorn-themed centerpieces that are right on trend. Customize the colors of the latex balloon base to match the unicorn's rainbow-colored mane and tail for a more whimsical feel. Although there's no helium involved, these unicorn centerpieces will elevate your graduation party tables! 

Chalkboard centerpiece with pictures of a graduate as a child and adult

Personalized chalkboard centerpiece

Make their graduation celebration extra special by personalizing the party decorations! Write down an encouraging message for the guest of honor and then frame it with their school portraits to bring them down memory lane. This heart-felt centerpiece idea brings a sentimental touch to the occasion and shows everyone just how far your grad has come.

Colorful graduation-themed balloon centerpiece

Colorful graduation balloon centerpiece

For a lighter grad theme, create an eye-catching arrangement full of pastels! Choose from a variety of foil graduation balloons and build a base out of latex balloons to match its details. Add the finished balloon centerpiece to the designated gift table to make it extra chic. Finish the table by sprinkling it with metallic confetti as the shining final touch!

Table sign reading "YAY!"

Use cute table signs as centerpieces

Why work harder when you can work smarter? Use a pre-made table sign to dress up their graduation party table with just the right message! Surround the centerpiece with fun snacks and wearables to bring even more attention to the colorful decoration. You can even repurpose the table sign as a photo booth prop!

Some of our favorite signs:

Graduation spray centerpiece in a vase of Sixlets

Customize a spray centerpiece

Put together a graduation party centerpiece that is customized to fit your grad's school colors! Use a spray centerpiece with the appropriate design and place it inside your clear plastic container. Then, fill the remaining space in the container with chocolate Sixlets® and top them off with gold chocolate coins. This is a sweet decor idea for a treats buffet and all your party tables!

DIY Graduation photo bouquets

DIY Graduation photo bouquets

For extra credit, make custom centerpieces by taping photos of your grad onto bamboo skewers and placing them inside animal print favor bags full of paper shreds. Accessorize the photos with cutouts of stars and mortarboards to complete each photo bouquet arrangement. You can cut up the leftover bags and tape them to the backs of photos to create animal print frames. These are perfect for filling a long table and decorating all over the party!

Keep it simple: premade graduation centerpieces

Putting together a graduation party is a lot of work, so let us make it a little easier! Whether you're going with school colors or a classic black and gold look, our selection of graduation centerpieces has got you covered.

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