Top 6 Graduation Party Ideas For Your Grad

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by: Welk Resorts | May 10, 2017

A graduation party is a milestone celebration. More than just a time to gather with family and friends, it’s a time to help a graduate usher in a bright new chapter of their future. Creative decor, fun games and activities that get everyone at the event talking make for a truly successful soiree. If you’re planning a grad celebration, check out these six tips to make your party shine.

Create a Mosaic Grad Cap

Well before the celebrations start, many graduates decorate their caps and tassels. One creative way to do this is to make a mosaic. It can play on the colors of the school from which the student is graduating or incorporate that individual’s favorite colors and hobbies. Use rhinestones, plastic tiles or felt pieces to make a striking mosaic that will impress both up close and from afar. You can even put the decorated cap on display at the party.

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Set an Inspired Theme

One of the keys to a successful graduation party is to choose a solid theme. Themes can be based around colors, a sport the grad played, or a favorite pastime. Another creative way to approach the theme is to think to the grad’s future and incorporate that person’s career passion into the theme. Doing so is a great way to celebrate the unique character of that individual. Hit up specialty stores, shop online, or get crafty and make your own DIY decorations to match the theme.

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Make a Photo Wreath to Gift the Grad

Great graduation gifts are hard to come by. If you’re looking for a special memento for an accomplished grad, consider getting crafty. One of the most appreciated crafts you can make for a new graduate is a photo wreath. Choose photos from the grad’s school career, and arrange them clockwise on a wreath to show the progress toward graduation day. Make sure to leave an empty frame at the 12 o’clock mark for the graduate to put a picture from the big day itself.

Graduation photo wreathPhoto by DIY Beautify, located at http://www.diybeautify.com/2014/05/easy-and-inexpensive-grad-projects-that-deliver-big-impact.html

Have Fun with a Photo Booth

Photo booths give your guests a way to take home a fun reminder of the festivities. You can hire a professional photographer to run a photo booth, or you can take a DIY approach. If you decide to run the photo booth yourself, be sure that you have a creative backdrop and plenty of props for your guests to use. You can find tons of templates and ideas online from bloggers who write about crafts. If all else fails, you might find something interesting at your local thrift store.

Graduation photo boothPhoto by Tidy Mom, located at http://tidymom.net/2015/stress-free-graduation-party-ideas/

Get Everyone Dancing

Games are a must to keep the crowd engaged at a graduation party. If there will be an open dance floor, get everyone on their feet with the Snowball Game. Start with two couples on the floor dancing. Ask the DJ to stop the music at a random point, and have each of the four people on the dance floor find a new partner from the crowd. Repeat the process a few times, and you’ll have every guest at your event mingling, dancing and having fun. To keep things lively, choose other activities that encourage attendees to mingle with one another.

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Take Time to Find the Right Venue

The right venue will turn an everyday graduation party into an exciting, elegant soiree. Look for a venue that has ample space for all of your guests and utilize their staff to help plan the party – especially the food and drink. If you’re having guests come from outside your local area, arrangements at a local resort or hotel will ensure that they’re comfortable and close to the festivities. All of the Welk Resorts locations are ideal for hosting out-of-town guests if you want to provide them with top-notch accommodations and service.

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Whatever the spirit of your graduation party, remember that planning ahead is key. Book accommodations for out-of-town guests two to three months before the event. It’s a good idea to send a save-the-date postcard or e-vite about two months ahead of time. Choose a theme and start prepping decorations at least a month in advance of the event. With a little planning and a lot of creativity, you can pull off grad festivities that the student of the hour will love.

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