Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

10 Things NOT To Do At Your Graduation Party

Dish it to your friends!

Congratulations! You made it through school and now it’s time to party, but after working so hard the last thing you want to do is more work for your Graduation celebration.

While we’re sure you’re swimming in ideas of what to do for your Grad party how about what not to do at your Graduation Party?

From food, to pictures, to decorations, here are some crucial dos and don’ts that we’ve seen stand in the way of having an absolutely perfect party.

Here’s How To Make Your Graduation Party Special

We’ll also give you tips and ideas on the universal elements of every memorable Graduation party that’ll make the planning process fun and easy…and of course we added some of the best Graduation Party ideas for joint parties and twins!

Keep posted as we keep adding new ideas we remember all of the time.

1. Don’t forget to create your own hashtag or give your email address for pictures

Easy DIY Graduation party decorations and picture ideas. Gorgeous and fun photo backdrop.
PINTEREST.COM

One of the benefits of everyone having cell phones is you no longer need to hire a professional photographer, just include an email address or create a hashtag so guests can send you all of their pictures from the party.

Make a Hash Tag Instagram sign Graduation Party
GET THE FREE PRINT OUT HERE

Print out a sign and frame it in a regular photo frame to notify guests of your party hashtag for Instagram or Facebook, or let them know what email address to send their pictures to.

Friends tv show photo party backdrop Graduation Party idea. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas.
SOURCE

Encourage guests to take pics by easily making a gorgeous DIY photo backdrop (or photobooth) and remind them to include your special hashtag or email. Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

We made some super easy yet amazing photo booths and back drops for parties using only a cheap dollar store plastic table cloth on an outside wall with decorations attached to the top. The total cost was under $5.

You can even use an inside wall or door, and fabric, and fake flowers or balloons for the top.

Friends tv show photo party backdrop Graduation Party idea. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas.
SOURCE

Use an outdoor fence, poster board or chalk board contact paper sign and lights or balloons to create any design you want.

Graduation Party Garage Photo

GRADUATION PARTY GARAGE DECOR TUTORIAL

A Garage door can double as a photo backdrop.

Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.
SOURCE

You can even paint or draw it yourself using a stencil.

Cutest Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty
Pinterest.com

You can also make one using Pallet wood. Pallet wood is free, and also makes an excellent photo backdrop for dirt cheap!

Cutest Graduation party photo booth ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty
SOURCE

Check your local store, Warehouse, Orchard, Walmart, or even Craigslist to see if they have free pallets to give you.

Grad Party Picture Collage Wall Photo display idea. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas using Pictures for twins
Pinterest.com

We were given free pallets from our local Trader Joe’s storage room for free.

Just add balloons and garland and you’ll have a trendy photo pallet wood backdrop for mere dollars.

This idea is especially great for joint and Twin Grad parties. Make two pallet panels like the photo above so each Graduate gets a wall that is joined with a string of both of their photos!

DIY Pallet Wood Photo Back drop photobooth for Graduation Party2020 DIY WOOD PHOTO BACK DROP SOURCE

Get creative and paint or stain pallet wood any color you want! You can find number balloons online or at the dollar store.

Easy Wood Door Photo Both for how to make your Graduation Party special

PHOTO CREDIT

Mom Brenda Kail in Oklahoma used old wood doors, and rachet straps nailed to the back to make this rustic indoor or outdoor Graduation party photo booth.

Cutest Graduation party photo booth ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty
Pinterest.com

Balloons alone can make an easy yet impressive Grad party photo booth.

Easy DIY Graduation party decorations and picture ideas. Two cheap and easy methods for making a gorgeous photo backdrop or photo booth using dollar store streamers and balloons in black and gold.
SOURCE

You can purchase gorgeous balloons online for cheap and staple them to even a hedge, piece of cloth, wall, or pallet.

Easy DIY Black and Gold Graduation party photo backdrop booth
PHOTO CREDIT PINTEREST.COM

You can buy this GOLD FRINGE TINSEL on amazon for cheap and you can find many easy DIY balloon garland tutorials on Pinterest using gold, black, and silver balloons.

Easy DIY Graduation party decorations and picture ideas. Two cheap and easy methods for making a gorgeous photo backdrop or photo booth using dollar store crepe paper or streamers.
SOURCE 1, SOURCE 2

If you’re on a shoe string budget you can make fancy and expensive looking photo booth party back drops out of dollar store streamers and masking tape or command hooks and a wooden rod.

For an added effect, twist each streamer and adhere the bottom to the wall with masking tape.

Easy DIY Graduation party decorations and picture ideas. Cheap and easy method for making a gorgeous photo backdrop or photo booth using dollar store crepe paper, streamers, or ribbon for both outdoor and indoor.
Source

If you don’t have a wall or your party is outdoors you can get the same effect for mere dollars by tying streamers, crepe paper, ribbon, or even strips of fabric to a string.

Tie the ends of the string between two trees or stakes and clip any additional banners or decorations to the top using clothespins.

Don’t forget the photo props! 

2020 Graduation Party Photo Prop and centerpiece decoration

You can print the above photo out and paste to card stock and a wooden stewer or stick for a great Grad 2020 Photo prop or centerpiece.

Easy DIY Graduation Party Decor Photo props
PINTEREST.COM

  This is a cheap and easy photo prop! Wrap some boxes in wrapping paper and decorate with cut outs. Use numbers, phrases, or names. 

2. Don’t ONLY offer junk food and candy

Fruit Pizza Graduation Party Food Ideas.
1001Gardens.Org

It’s your Grad party so splurge a little but be sure to offer healthier options for your guests.

Watermelon Bowl fruit salad Graduation Party Food

Put out fruit next to the candy, vegetable crudite next to the chips, and salad next to the hamburgers and hot dogs.

Friends or relatives with heart problems or who are diabetic will appreciate the gesture.

Graduation Party Food Ideas.
PINTEREST.COM

Don’t forget an alternative to sugary sodas and sports drinks too!

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for outdoor and indoor food, snacks, decorations, bar, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.
PINTEREST.COM

3. Don’t make it easy for double dippers to double dip

Graduation Party Food and decoration Ideas.
Alpha Prosperity Events

There’s always that one child or tipsy adult who dips their chip directly into the bean dip after they already took a bite!

Yes, we’ve actually seen this in action at parties and it’s mortifying. The chances of it are greater if little kids are coming and adults are drinking.

Keep germs at bay by putting dips, guacamole, and even salad in single serving plastic cups or glasses that guests can quickly grab instead of one big bowl or platter on the food table to prevent absent minded double dipping.

You can even purchase cups and containers with lids for take out themed Grad Party food that’s germ proof.

Graduation Party Food Ideas.
AVERY GARDEN MAGAZINE

Individual cups are also a cheap way to give a polished and classy look to your grad party food spread, it’s also great for portion control.

Graduation Party Food Ideas.
Avery Garden Magazine

Usually with self serve batch food you get random spills and messy accidents on the tables, individual portions will keep your food table clean and eliminate the need for serving spoons.

Graduation Party Food Ideas.
CarrieDahlin

Don’t leave food items such as cookies open and stacked on platters that people have to grab with their hands.

Easy DIY Graduation party decorations and food ideas. How to throwing a safe outdoor grad party in 2020 for every budget
SOURCE

Cover them or store them in jars with tongs that people can use to grab items instead of using their hands.

Best Graduation Party Desserts
SWISS CAKE ROOL DIPLOMAS TUTORIAL, CUPCAKE GRADUATION CAP TUTORIAL, PEPPERIDGE FARM PIROUETTE GRADUATION COOKIE DIPLOMAS TUTORIAL

4. Don’t make your Grad party look like a memorial or shrine…you’re not dead you’re just beginning!

What NOT to do at your Graduation Party. From Pictures to Decorations, Graduation Party mistakes you could be making. Easy graduation party ideas for the best High school or College graduation party.
By Jamie Jepperson/Pinterest.com

Let’s have a moment of silence for the death of your adolescent school career. This is your grad party not your funeral!

Try to display pictures tastefully and select the ones that count, but don’t make your party look like you’re dead.

When over done, framed photos on a table with candles looks more like a memorial shrine than memories of school years past and all in all evoke a sad feeling of mourning rather than accomplishment!

Graduation Pictures display ideas for Graduation party. Easy Graduation party decoration ideas.
PINTEREST.COM

Make a designated picture display area to highlight not mourn the best memories of your school year. Add some color photos along with black and white, a pop of color to the display, or even some sparkling lights to give an inviting and happy feel.

Glue photos to stock paper and sticks and insert into a Rustic Graduation Party centerpiece. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas using Pictures.

Don’t forget those eating tables! Photos placed as centerpieces on the tables where we were eating were ones we noticed the most.

Guests will appreciate having something to look at while they’re enjoying their meal or drink so don’t forget to put your best photos there! 

This is another super easy centerpiece idea for twins since you can stick two photos in each arrangement.

For The Best Ways To Decorate With Pictures At Your Grad Party Click Here.

5. Don’t do everything yourself

DIY customized Graduation party cupcake stand using flower pots from the dollar store. Decorations and food ideas for your Highschool or college graduation party.
PINTEREST.COM

Not everything has to be customized, choose a few easy statement DIY pieces to personalize the party and utilize the dollar store for the rest. It’ll be cheaper, less stressful, and save you a ton of time.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, entertainment, and cap decorations on a budget.
SOURCE

Get a willing sibling or hire a teenager to help with things like taking out the garbage and refilling snacks when the party is in full swing so you can enjoy the celebration.

We’ve seen Grad party hosts so stressed out trying to keep up with cleaning up over flowing garbage, and refilling empty food trays that they couldn’t really enjoy the party or food until it was over.
 
We’ve also seen guests going hungry because the host was enjoying the party (as they should be) and didn’t keep up with replenishing the food table.
 
 

6. Don’t Spend A Ton Hiring Professional Entertainment – Utilize Many Talented Teens Or Graduates In The Graduating Class To Perform At Your Party Instead!

Whether it be dancing, singing, playing an instrument, or DJing, heck even performing magic tricks, some may do it for free or for a small fee! Don’t stop at graduates, ask cousins, neighbors, and siblings of friends.
 
Make a free playlist on Spotify of the Graduates favorite songs to play during the party and in between any live performances.

 

7. Not give guests an opportunity to give the Grad advice.

Graduation cap box for cards or advice, great graduation party decoration idea.

PINTEREST.COM

This is too easy and valuable not to do.

Grab a pen and an empty pad or notebook, and give guests the opportunity to write down their best piece of advice for the new Grad.

Words Of Wisdom Graduation Party IdeaWORDS OF WISDOM GRADUATION PARTY PHOTO CREDIT

You can even set a jar, box, or bag by the pad.

Whether it’s on life, deciding their career path, or valuable tips for college, this is the perfect time to get some jewels of wisdom from friends and family who care and have been there.

8. Don’t forget the details

Restroom sign for Graduation Party Decoration Idea.
EmmaLineBride.com

Where to park, where’s the bathroom, do all of the lights and electricity work, do you have enough trash cans- all things you should not only figure out prior to the party but make signs for or let guests know about.

The larger your guest list is the more important this is! We’ve seen people forget to include this info to guests with overwhelming and disastrous results.

9. Don’t Have High Maintenance Food

Walking Taco Bar Easy Graduation Party Food

WALKING TACO PHOTO CREDIT

Unless the Queen of England is going to be in attendance save the super fancy gourmet food for your Wedding. 

One Smart Cookie Bar for Graduation Party

COOKIE BAR PHOTO CREDIT AND TUTORIAL

Rather than gourmet food dress up quick, easy, and delicious dishes that have mass appeal, but use few utensils.

Chocolate covered strawberries 3 tiered display Graduation Party Food

CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRY PHOTO CREDIT

Remember it’s the presentation that is key.

Fruit Bar Graduation Party Food

FRUIT BAR PHOTO CREDIT

You want something that’s easy for guests to pick up and easy to throw out.

DIY Watermelon basket Graduation Party Fruit FoodWATERMELON BASKET TUTORIAL

Food guests can eat while standing up or sitting down.

Ring Pop Graduation Party Food Idea

CLASS RING POP PHOTO CREDIT

Candy puns are the best way to put a Graduation party food spin on normally ordinary candy.

Graduation Party Candy Buffet

GRADUATION PARTY CANDY BUFFET

Candy Puns make a great cheap Graduation candy buffet look expensive and witty.

Graduation Cap Ferrero Graduation Party Food Idea

FERRERO GRADUATION CAP IDEA

Any food can look fancy depending on how it’s displayed.

Syringe Medical or Nursing Graduation Party Food Idea

Syringe Medical / Nursing School Graduation Party Food Idea

Having a Medical or Nursing School Graduation party? Don’t forget those syringe jello shots!

Party Jar Drink Bar
SOURCE

Serve drinks/water in a mason jar with a lid, or buy prepackaged juice boxes, and canned or bottled soft drinks and water.

Party DRink Jugs
SOURCE

10. Above all, DON’T fret!

This is a celebration of an amazing milestone and the beginning of adulthood. Whether or not the decorations are perfect or everything goes as planned, the whole point is to take it all in and enjoy one of the most exciting times of your life!

If you want KILLER lashes for your Grad Party, CLICK HERE for our $5 HOLY GRAIL mascara that beats them all (even designer).

We hope this list helps you plan the Grad party you’ll never forget. Congrats Grad! The future is yours!

Love,

Don’t forget to pin for later!

Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Other posts you may like:

9 Of The Best Picture Display Ideas For Your Grad Party

30 Graduation Party Centerpieces You’ll Use Forever

35 Outdoor Graduation Party Decor Ideas

What NOT To Do To Your Dorm

How To Have a VSCO Picture Perfect Prom

Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Grad Party Picture Collage Wall Photo display idea. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas using Pictures for Twins

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty

Graduation party ideas for highschool and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty

Friends tv show photo party backdrop Graduation Party ideas. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas for any budget indoor and outdoor.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget. #Graduation #GraduationParty #GradParty

Friends tv show themed photo party backdrop and picture display Graduation Party ideas. Easy DIY Graduation Party Decoration Ideas for any budget indoor and outdoor.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, entertainment, and cap decorations on a budget.

Graduation party ideas for high school and college, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, theme decorations, pictures, entertainment, and cap decorations on a budget.

Easy DIY 2020 High School Graduation party decorations and best food ideas.

Graduation party ideas for highschool, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Graduation party ideas for highschool, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

Graduation party ideas for highschool, boys and girls. Tips and DIY for food, snacks, decorations, pictures, and cap decorations on a budget.

What NOT To Do At Your 2020 Graduation Party

What NOT To Do at Your High School Graduation Party

Dish it to your friends!

Similar Posts