She did it! Graduation is just around the corner and now it’s time to pull out all the stops and celebrate your graduate’s success using some of these great Graduation Party Ideas for Girls. Hosting a memorable graduation celebration doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Just follow a few simple steps, add your own special touches, and then take time to just enjoy your guests and your precious graduate.
Themes and Schemes
After you decided on a location, it’s time to pick a theme that fits your grad’s personality. Girly girl, shabby chic, glam, country, adventure or retro. The sky is the limit. To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few inspirational ideas.
Cookies and Caps
For a rustic vibe with lots of room for delicious treats, check out this cute She’s One Smart Cookie party styled by Mint Event Designs. First of all, cookies are a great go-to for teens. There are thousands of different kinds, you can pick them up anywhere or make your own, plus they have the extra advantage of being an “on the go” refreshment. Pick up your treats and go visit. Come back for more when the mood strikes. And don’t you love the play-on words tag line: She’s one smart cookie!
Head south of the border and Taco About a Bright Future. Featuring bright, festive colors and the ever-popular llama, you can’t go wrong with a taco bar and easy decorations available from Oriental Trading
Want something a little more sophisticated? Go black and gold for a stylish soirée. What I love about this girl’s graduation party idea from Pizzazzerie is that the whole decoration scheme was inspired by a framed quote written in a unique font. Sometimes those seemly ordinary items can become an inspirational focal point that will take your party to the next level. Stay on the lookout for those little gems that really speak to you or your grad.
A Touch of Class
Sticking with that chic black, white, and gold color scheme, check out this fun You’re a Star theme that’s a little more casual, but just as classy. This star-studded celebration features a killer dessert table and lots of balloons. I love decorating with balloons because they are so versatile and inexpensive. Because you can find them in millions of colors, shapes, and sizes, you can add height, color, and glitz with just a few well-placed bouquets or bundles.
A Little Bit Country
If you’re lucky enough to live where you can host an outdoor graduation party, you might want to consider a rustic Key to Success celebration. This charming girl’s graduation party idea comes from our friends at Hostess With the Mostest. Craft paper and denim take center stage to make this graduation picnic an impressive event. Lots of little details like fresh flowers labeled mason jars, and a popcorn bar arranged on an old ladder make it not only personal, but memorable.
Let’s Do Brunch
I simply adore the idea of hosting a Cereal Bar Brunch instead of the traditional formal graduation party! Let’s face it. Getting ready for the whole gap and gown experience can be hectic. So take the hassle out of getting the tassel with a casual come-and-go brunch. Cereal, milk, and donuts are served up in disposable tableware. Some balloons and painted palettes round out the look. Make sure you check out the DIY graduation cap photo booth backdrop.
Flamingos, coconuts, and pineapples, oh my! Have some real fun when you host a Tropical Chic Graduation Bash. Quirky decorations, pineapple gift boxes, and island-inspired drinks will put a smile on your graduate’s face. The trick here is to let your color scheme take center stage. Of course, all the fun extras like a flamingo cake and pink pineapples are delightful. And check out the cool paper plates! You can find all this fun tropical decor at Oriental Trading, so there’s no need to run all over town.
Throwback 80’s Party
Dust off your cassettes, tease those bangs into a straight-up wave, and dig out the neon socks because this Graduation Party Idea for Girls will transport you back your own high school decade. Bright colors and retro party decorations will have your Rad Grad beaming. Your guests will have fun with mixed tape message cards, kooky glasses, and a boom box piñata. Be sure to dig out some of your old mixed tapes. It’s always fun to have the teenagers groan over the corny sounds of your youth
The Special Touches
Now that you’ve picked a theme, its time to concentrate on those special touches that uniquely reflect your graduate and put your Commencement Celebration over the top.
Pictures, pictures, pictures! Choose a creative way to show off that collection of treasured memories. I personally love the idea of wrapping the photos on a string around a tree. I like it because people have to walk around to get the whole story. Plus there will never be a huge clump of guests straining over each other’s shoulders to get a peek at the photos.
For indoor parties, check out this balloon display from How Does She. So simple and so glamorous.
Another great use of photos is to use them as actual table decorations. Whether you spread them down as a Whimsical Ways table runner or incorporate them into the Center Pieces this is a clever way to showcase your guest of honor.
Advice for the Future
Another idea I particularly like is an advice station. It’s a good way to preserve memories of the day, but it also serves a greater purpose. Everyone, especially teens just starting out, can use some good advice so let your guests share their wisdom. All you’ll need are some cards and a place to deposit them. Here is a fun idea from Society19.
Favors for Your Guests
Finally, send guests home with something to remember your Girl’s Graduation Party. How about a take-home snack like these popcorn bags from Happily Hughes.
Or you can make this adorable light bulb favors from Glamanti.
And since every party needs a little chocolate on the menu, these glamour Ferro Roche treats are sure to add that ”wow” factor. Check out the tutorial on Party Pinching.
Graduation Day is a celebration of many things. The commemoration of hard work and achievement. The closing of an old chapter and the commencement of a new stage of life. And most importantly, a way to honor your special graduate in a way that will leave lasting memories. So start sorting those old photos and get started right now on your special Girl’s Graduation Party.