2023 Graduation Party Ideas

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Celebrate the new grad with these awesome graduation party ideas! We’ve got you covered from invitations, to décor, party food, favors and more—get all of your graduation party ideas here to say “Congrats, 2023 graduates!

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We took our oldest boys to tour a couple of college campuses recently, and I still can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating their preschool graduation! I know that it’s going to feel like just a blink of time before I’ll be planning their high school graduation party…and I do LOVE to plan a good party!

Whether you’re celebrating a preschooler, middle school, high school, or even college graduate, you can throw one heck of a graduation party with these fun ideas!

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Graduation Party Invitations

Get the graduation party started by inviting your guests. You can keep your party small and intimate, or go big with these fun graduation party invitation ideas.

graduation party invitation on phone

Go modern and paperless with this fun digital graduation invitation. Simply download, edit the text information, and send it out via text or email – easy peasy!

2023 printable graduation card

Looking for a high school or college graduation party invite? Keep it simple and elegant with a graduation year 2023 cutout invitation!

Graduation invitation with portrait of girl

This pretty printable invitation is fully customizable online and then printed from home. It’s an easy way to add a personal touch to your party this graduation season!

Blue graduation cap shaped invitations with gold tassle

These graduation cap invitations are adorable! They come complete with tassel and everything for an all-out graduation affair.

Graduation Party Decorations

Start brainstorming ideas on how you can decorate for the big day with these graduation party decorations! From DIY crafts to easy decorations you can grab online, here are some of our favorite grad décor ideas.

Two black banners with gold lettering in front of house

Make a big statement without breaking the bank with these large porch graduation banners. Hang these up in the front to welcome guests to the celebration.

collage wall art of graduate

Celebrate your graduate’s accomplishments throughout their life with a giant photo wall. Mix in some inspirational quotes and this adorable idea from Tidy Mom makes a big impact for little cost. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to walk down memory lane with your grad!

customizable school grad sign

Show off those senior portraits that you splurged on by using them in this photo yard sign. You can customize your sign to show your school colors for a totally unique display!

images of a boy from 1st grade through 12th grade

Hang photos of your growing graduate in this K-12 photo banner. Perfect for your fireplace mantel or to hang above the party tables. Everyone will love looking at how your grad has grown through the years!

Graduation Party Food Ideas

Graduation celebrations are always better with awesome party food! These delicious recipes are easy to whip up for a crowd so you can invite the whole gang to celebrate!

food rolled in tortilla tied with green tie to look like a diploma

Make these adorable diploma sandwiches from Taste of Home in advance and chill them for later. These look so yummy and are such a fun touch for a graduation party!

Cocktail party table with pink background

Add some bright colors to your graduation decorations with this summer drink station. Let kids and adults mix their own beverages using fresh fruit, sparking drinks, and different liquors for a drink station that all ages can enjoy!

pasta salad in a white bowl

If you haven’t made our best pasta salad recipe yet, now is your chance! It’s easy to make and great for potlucks and large crowds. Seriously, I always get people asking me for this recipe!

Graduation Party Games & Activities

Graduation party games are a great idea to get guests to mingle and spend quality time with the new grad! You can keep everyone entertained with these fun and creative graduation party ideas!

Party themed backdrop with gold black and silver balloons

Everyone loves taking pictures on the big day! Using a party themed photo backdrop is the best way to capture some memories of your grad to post on social media!

Who knows the grad best printable game

See who knows the grad best with this fun game! Players will compete to see who can get the most questions right. This game is a fun way to put your graduate at the center of the spotlight, and you’ll have a wonderful time reminiscing about all the fond memories!

Collage of outdoor summer party games

These fun summer party games are a great way to entertain guests at your backyard graduation party! You can set up different stations around your lawn and let guests have a ball laughing and playing throughout the party!

Collage of 6 outdoor games you can play on a lawn

Turn some favorite games into larger version lawn games with these ideas from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff. These are geared for outdoor weddings but would work just as well for an outdoor grad party!

Are you smarter than a grad printable game

Test family members and party guests knowledge with the Are You Smarter than A High School Graduate? game. This printable includes pop culture trivia that is hip with teens. See how well your guests can keep up!

3 teenage kids with blue sticky notes on their forehead playing a game

Looking for even more graduation party games? Shutterfly has us covered with these 20 unique graduation games that look like so much for all ages to play!

Graduation Party Favors

Send everyone home with a graduation party favor to remember the new grad and all the celebrations!

printable blue treat toppers with oh the places youll go

Stick some goodies in mini clear bags and grab these free printable treat toppers from A Little Claireification for a cute and easy party favor. These will go perfectly with your Dr. Seuss grad party theme!

stackes of small black graduation hat shaped boxes with yellow tassels

These mini graduation cap candy boxes are the cutest little favor! Add some candy to these and pass them out to make you the top of the class.

two sunglassess with customized words with names and graduation dates

Keep everyone cool at your outdoor bash with customized sunglasses. Add the year and your graduate’s name for a party favor people will keep and use all summer long!

brown treat bag with thanks for popping by saying in black

Thank guests for poppin’ by with these party favor popcorn bags. Add a popcorn bar to your graduation party food and let guests fill these bags up as they say goodbye.

Chocolate graduation cap shaped candy pops

Make these graduation cap candy pops for an easy party favor from That’s What Che Said. These sweet treats are such a fun idea and use already-made candy bars!

5 colorful bags with word smart cookie with chocolate chop cookie inside for graduation favor

See how Studio DIY used her Cricut machine to make these smart cookie party favors. What a fun DIY for a graduation party favor!

Have fun planning your graduation party for your graduate! I know they grow up so fast so I am soaking it all in and enjoying every moment before the big graduation day!

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