Pomp and Circumstance – Graduation Party Ideas

Chalkboard mind and floral graduation announcement by PurpleTrail.

Searching for graduation party ideas to make your graduate’s day extra-special? Create an affair to remember for the graduate in your life and throw a photo-themed graduation party. Set the tone with  these premium graduation invitations from PurpleTrail.  Make your graduation invitations extra special with our graduation tri-fold cards and accordion card styles. You can even create graduation magnets for your graduation invitations or graduation announcements.

Then it’s time to plan a party where graduates can enjoy family and friends while indulging in all of the pomp and circumstance graduation parties should encompass. We’ve gathered some ideas for displaying your guest of honor’s photos, decorating your home and the music playlist. These graduation party ideas will help create a fun atmosphere for the big celebration.

Interactive Photo Album

Hand out old-fashioned Polaroid cameras for instant gratification. Or go all out by renting a classic photo booth to help your guests create lasting memories.

Place a photo album or two on a decorated table. Place plenty of pens and double-sided tape near the albums. Allow your guests to tape in their instant photos and write in a wish for the honorees. Its like creating a yearbook or annual to help capture this momentous occasion. Guests will love to share their favorite stories from their years in school together and the honorees will have a keepsake to last a life time.

You can also set up a photo-op with a backdrop of the graduates school logos, pennants, bumper stickers and jerseys. Make sure each guest is photographed. Use the pictures to create a graduation party photo book as keepsake for the grad.

Photo Posters and Decorative Banners

Select one or a few favorite pictures of your graduate and have them blown up as posters.

If throwing a party in conjunction with other grads, gather up childhood photos as well as current ones of all the honorees. Create graduation posters or graduation banners and hang them around the party area. This is a fun way to remember the journey to this moment!

Then and now graduation poster by PurpleTrail.

Your photos can also be turned into unique, life-size standees or wall graphics. Put one at the door to greet your guests. Or set one up in a special spot in your party area where guests can get their picture taken. Photo standees and graduation-themed standees are available at Shindigz.

Simple Decor Ideas

Decorate inside and out. Deck the yard with balloons, school flags and wind spinners. Hang graduation banners indoors or outdoors and let everyone know how proud you are.

Turning graduation caps upside down and filling them with flowers or balloons adds flair and makes for a beautiful centerpiece.

Use graduation themed tableware in your grad’s high school or college colors.

Photofetti, is a great table decor idea. It is confetti made out of your own personalized photos. Sprinkle photofetti on your dining tables, guest book table, gift table, or anywhere else your guests will be hanging out.


If your graduate loves music, a DJ would keep the party pumped! Collaborating with several families is a way to keep the cost down. If a DJ is outside the budget, a great alternative is loading an iPod or creating an online playlist with graduation-themed songs as well as your graduates other favorite tunes. Here are some suggestions for your party playlist:

  1. Kelly Clarkson — Stronger (That Which Doesn’t Kill You) —
  2. Fun– We Are Young
  3. Kanye West– Graduation Day
  4. Nicki Minaj — Starships
  5. Queen– We are the Champions
  6. Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of your life)
  7. Semisonic–Closing Time
  8. The Beatles– With a Little Help from My Friend
  9. Natasha Bedingfield — Unwritten
  10. Christina Aguilera — Soar
  11. Carrie Underwood — Whenever You Remember
  12. Journey — Don’t Stop Believin’
  13. Queen — We are the Champions
  14. Alice Cooper — School’s Out
  15. My Chemical Romance — Sing
  16. Katy Perry — Firework
  17. Taylor Swift — A Place in this World
  18. Nickelback — Photograph
  19. Eve 6 — Here’s to the Night
  20. Miley Cyrus — The Climb

Most of all, remember that this is a day for celebration of your graduate’s past, present and future accomplishments. We hope these graduation party ideas have been beneficial to your party planning. Have fun and savor the moment!

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