21 Best Graduation Party Decorations and Ideas

Graduation Banner Image With Decorations

Planning a party for a graduate-to-be? Then you are in the right place! We have 21 of the best graduation party decorations and ideas. There is something for everyone including easy decor, fabulous food and ways to make memories of the special day.

A graduation is a huge event in life and it deserves an epic celebration, with these ideas you can celebrate all the hard work that has been done and the new chapter that is beginning. It’s an achievement worth celebrating at any age, and after months (or *years*) of homework and studying, they deserve a break.

Before you send them off on their next adventure — whether it’s a postgrad internship or a postgrad course — there’s no better way to reward all of their hard work than with a big, bangin’ party. So, take a look and get inspiration on how to give your graduate the best party of the year.


First up we have this cute words of wisdom jar idea. You can leave this out at the party and the guests can write down pieces of advice and put it in the jar. After the party is over the graduate can read each one. You can buy jars like these or try and make one yourself. With a recycled jar, ribbon and a chalk marker, you can create a cute wisdom jar.

Graduation Words of Wisdom Jar for Messages and Notes


Next, we have a party banner idea. The banner has the letters class with a graduation cap and underneath there are frames with grades on them. This such a fun idea because you could put photos of the graduate in the frames throughout the years. A banner like this would be an awesome decoration, you can buy banners, or you could make one yourself.

Graduation We are so proud of you banner in Black and Gold


Selfie stations or photo booths have become a must-have for a party. You can set up an area with a sign like this one and have the guests taking photos. The station can also have props. Not only is this a fun idea for the night but the pictures will be great to look back on once the party is over.

Graduation Themed Selfie Photo Booth Sign


If you like the selfie station idea, then this next pick is for you. Here we have some awesome graduation theme prop ideas. Each guest can stand with a prop like this and take a fun photo. You can buy props or try and make some yourself.

Graduation Themed Selfie Photo Booth Props


No party is complete without sweet treats. Next, we have a very creative way to present candy at a graduation party. There are buckets with candy inside with a fun sign on the front. Some include gummy worms in the bookworm bucket and cookies in the one smart cookie bucket. This would look awesome at any party.

Graduation Themed Sweet and Candy Container Decorations


Another party must-have is a cake. There are so many spectacular cake designs available and here is a great example of a graduation cake. It features the graduation cap, scroll, the date and it is personalised. A cake like this would be a huge hit at any party.

Graduation Themed Black and Gold Sponge Cake


Wreaths have become very popular for occasions other than Christmas. You can buy Easter ones, Halloween wreaths and more. Here is a graduation theme wreath. It has a beautiful, vibrant design and features the quote “She believed she could, so she did”. You can buy wreathes like this or you could make one yourself if you like crafts and DIY projects.

Graduation Black and Red Door Wreath with a Quote


Next, we have a unique party idea. Every party that is serving food needs napkins. You could go all out and have personalized napkins like these! These are not often seen at parties so the graduate and guests will love them. One could also be kept as a memory of the special celebration. You can have any design created.

Graduation Themed Napkins for Dining Decoration


Many students often choose to decorate their graduation caps. You could use decorated caps as party decor. Maybe have them on tables or hung on the wall. You could even have the guests decorate one especially for the graduate which can be kept as a keepsake. This is a fun and creative decor idea that everyone will love.

Graduation Personalised Cap with Flowers and Quotes on it


Balloons are very popular party decorations. To make your balloons extra special for a graduation party you could hang pictures on the bottom. As you can see in the image featured this is an awesome decor idea. You can have pictures of the graduate and their classmates. Maybe even have guests write messages on them too.

Graduation Beige and White Balloons attached to Graduation Photos


Like to bake? Then this next idea is for you. You can make special graduation cookies like these for the party. All you will need is cookie cutters which can be bought online, icing, a cookie recipe and patience. These would look great on a buffet table. If baking isn’t for you, you can also buy graduation cookies. We won’t tell!

Graduation Themed Cookies and Biscuits to Eat


At special celebrations, many choose to have a card box. A card box is great to have as guests can put cards inside and it stops any getting lost. You can buy card boxes, or you can make a unique design yourself. For a graduation party, you could choose a graduation cap design like this one.

Graduation Cap Shaped Box For Notes and Messages


When you have chosen your food and decor, you have to think about how to present it all. Here is an awesome example of how to decorate for a graduation party. There are balloons, star decorations, graduation themes on the table and more. You could recreate something like this for your party.

Graduation Themed Decorations in a Large Room


You can jazz up jars to make cool decorations. Here we have three jars that have been decorated with graduation caps and stickers. You can recreate something similar with bought jars or you can recycle some from around your home. For the caps, you can buy them or use an online tutorial to make some. You can put anything in these and use them as decorations or party favours.

Graduation Sweet Treats in a DIY Graduation Mason Jar


If the weather is going to be nice or you live somewhere sunny consider have a graduation BBQ. An outdoor party like this will be fun for all the guests and the food will be great too. It is also a good idea if you don’t want lots of people in your house. You could even send out cute invitations like these.

Graduation Blue Cap Shaped Party Invitations


Next, we have a memory jar idea. Leave the jar on a table and then the guests can write down their favourite memory with the graduate. These are easy to make, and everyone will love the idea. After the party, the graduate can read the memories and keep them as a reminder of the special time in their life.

Graduation Memory Jar with Thoughtful Messages Inside


Our next idea is simple and fun. On the buffet table, you could have a tray of cookies with a sign that says one smart cookie. We featured a similar idea earlier in the post but this just another way of presenting the cookies. We love this idea!

Graduation Food and Drinks with Grad Straws


If you want simple but meaningful decor then this idea could be for you. There is a balloon banner with #grad and below is the year of graduation with photos. This is a fun idea that the graduate will love. You can be creative with this and choose any balloons and photos.

Graduation Congrats Balloons and Decorations


Next, we have another graduation cake idea. Instead of the classic graduation cap this one looks like a trendy letter board. The board reads bright future. A cake like this would be perfect for any stylish grad. You could recreate a similar cake with any colours and any quote.

Graduation Bright Future Cake in Blue and White with Cake Pops


A guest book is a great idea for a special occasion like graduation. Each guest can sign the book and leave a small message. You can have a book like this or personalise a plain one. A book will be a great reminder of the party and everyone who attended.

Graduation Beige and Gold Guest Book


Last on our list are these fun jelly shots. You can make any flavour jelly for these. It is just a fun way to present a dessert. These would be perfect for a BBQ party. You can make these in any colour and add the class of or just leave them plain. Maybe even have graduation cap decorations.

Graduation Multicoloured Jelly Shots with Chocolate Grad Caps


We hope you have found the perfect ideas for a Graduation party!

No matter what kind of invitations, decorations, food, activities, or theme you include in creating a graduation party for your family or friends, the important thing is that they highlight the unique experience they had in school. Start with a vision that celebrates you and the rest of the party will fall into place.

What was your favourite idea? Ours was definitely the party food ideas 😊 Let us know in the comments below what you think!