11 Ideas for a Stylish Graduation Party

Looking for simple ways to put together a stylish graduation party at home? For 2018, we’re obsessed with this new Adventure Begins party in white, gold and black. Read up on thoughtful ideas for a lovely event, from trends like “drip” cake and metallic letter balloons to fun ways to spoil the graduates with candy leis, cookies, a gift table and light appetizers.

Idea 1: Party hack: how to hang fans

Take a page from our 2018 stylebook and decorate wall spaces with fans. First tape doubled lengths of fishing wire to the fans with packing tape, then attach the fishing wire to the wall with tape. This makes it easy to move the fans around as you create your layered masterpiece (and they don’t get damaged).

Idea 2: Excitement is in the air

Don’t forget the entrance when it comes to decorating for a grad party. A yard sign with a balloon bouquet is an easy way to make a stylish statement. It’s also the best way to announce the big news and steer friends and family to the party spot.

Idea 3: Have a place for guests to leave cards for the graduate

Set up a gift area on a table or countertop nook to help her gracefully accept presents and cards. A glam travel trunk matches the “adventure” party theme and doubles as a case for cards she’ll want to keep to remember the day. Style the table with home décor touches like paperweights and trinket dishes – these make sweet take-home favors for friends of your graduate.

Idea 4: Sweet sayings to inspire their dreams

Personalize bakery cookies with phrases to match your adventure theme. Ice white and gold cookies with mantras like “reach for the stars” and “the adventure begins”. Play off the star icon with star shapes and gold star sprinkles, and spoil her by making a few with your grad’s name and 2018!

Idea 5: Decorate with photo memories

Personalize a photo balloon weight with her favorite photos. Make 5 or 6 of these and try them in different rooms. This graduation party balloon idea is easy to move around and try in different spots until you achieve decorating perfection. This type of décor element works on the floor or as a table or island centerpiece.

Idea 6: Make spaces for socializing with stylish decoration choices

Create a casual party vibe by decorating a comfortable seating area. The grad and her friends will be on Cloud 9 chatting in a kitchen nook filled with white honeycombs, delicate hanging swirls and pretty metallic garlands.

Idea 7: Say it your way with letter balloons

Decorate with words! Small metallic letter balloons have to be our top pick for stylish decorating this grad season. This idea works for small or large spaces and creates a backdrop for photos that speaks for itself. For a mantel area, choose a single word. For a hall or auditorium, try longer inspirational phrases. Add garlands, balloons and stars to inspire grads to reach for the stars and go after their dreams!

Idea 8: Think mini bites, light salads and mineral waters

Simple is smart for a stylish grad party that’s all about mingling. Set out stacks of printed dessert plates and pretty platters brimming with small appetizers like spring rolls and shrimp bites. For drinks, think light and fresh: orange juice and fruit mineral waters will earn high marks.

Idea 9: A sweet way to celebrate their accomplishment

For a practical and petite grad party candy buffet, use a bar cart. To create height, mix and match mason jars in different sizes and tuck in grad-theme signs on sticks and a celebratory sign. You can use wearables like wristbands and headbands to decorate your containers with iconic grad caps. Dangle a gold dots banner to tie it all together.

Idea 10: Let her walk the stage with a sweet reward!

Here’s a stylish take on the classic candy lei graduation gift: use chocolate gold coins to symbolize her road to success and white chocolate kisses to represent your love for her. To make the sections: fill cell bags with candy, leaving about 2 inches on the ends, then attach using included twist ties. You’ll want sturdy candy at the neck, so use 6 twisty lollipops for that section. Tape paper grad cap cutouts and tie on 5-inch lengths of white tulle to add sophistication.

Idea 11: Something sweet for the graduates: a gorgeous “drip” cake

This trendy graduation cake idea is perfect for a small celebration your grad will truly love. The cascade of drizzled chocolate is ganache-style frosting made with whipped warm cream and chocolate. A cursive Congrats topper pairs perfectly and matches her style.