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5 great graduation parties

A graduation is a milestone in an individual's life. Whether someone you love is graduating from pre-school or medical school, celebrate their big day with a festive graduation party.

Kids' Graduation Parties

It seems like kids are always graduating from something – whether it's the first grade, their swim class or the junior high, it's important to not let the mile-markers of life fall by the wayside. Celebrate the big accomplishments (and the little ones) to make your child feel special.

Kids will feel proud of themselves at a high-energy party. For the little ones, go all-out with plenty of graduation party decorations like party balloons, streamers, graduation tablecloths and party games. Of course, the young graduate will be delighted to cut their very own graduation cake.

Be inventive with graduation party games. Instead of "pin the tail on the donkey," how about "pin the tassel on the hat"? And because kids love to dress up, provide the little ones with graduation robes and caps to wear during the festivities.

High School Graduation Party: The formal affair

Graduating from high school can be one of the most transformative experiences for many young adults. Mark the event with plenty of pomp and circumstance. Consider hosting a sit-down dinner graduation party for friends and family.

Serve some of the guest of honor's favorite dishes and make the occasional a little bit fancy – set the table in their high school's colors and pick up plenty of graduation party supplies like banquet plates and balloon weights shaped like graduation caps.

High School Graduation Party: The backyard shindig

If you and yours prefer a more causal shindig, there's no better time to throw a backyard bash. A barbecue buffet is a great option. Purchase plenty of graduation paper plates and napkins (which will also make clean-up a snap) and set up a graduation banner.

Many families will procure a giant picture of the high school grad (a senior portrait or a cute snapshot from childhood will both work), and allow guests to write a congratulatory message on the photo.

Because there's often a slew of parties right after graduation, consider pushing the date of your fete back a little, so that partygoers will be able to stay for the duration of the festivities.

College Graduation Party

If high school graduation is a landmark, then college graduation is a turning point. Welcome grads into the dreaded "real world" in style.
Send out formal graduation invitations. You can choose between fun and festive invites (some even come shaped like graduation robes) or opt for a more basic and elegant style.

If your friends and family prefer laid back affairs, host the graduation party in your own home. But if you like things to be a little fancier (and involve less work!) outsource your party to a local restaurant or bar. Just be sure to choose somewhere that the guest of honor likes.

Don't trust the restaurant to dress up your reserved space or table – hand over your graduation party supplies beforehand and give the staff instructions as to how you'd like the space to look.

Surprise Graduation

Everyone likes to be congratulated on an accomplishment, but some might feel bashful about tooting their own horn. If you know a shy scholar, throw them a surprise graduation party.

Outfit the party space with plenty of balloons and streamers and invite the graduate over for a dinner party (so that they'll dress up a little bit). Then hide all of the well-wishers away, and yell surprise at the right moment.

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