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30 Ways To Celebrate Your Graduate! {graduation party}

Graduation is almost here so here are 30 DIY ways to celebrate with your graduate!  They will love the graduation cards, caps, food, party decor, free printables, and homemade gifts.

Graduation Cards

Graduation Cards:
1.  You’re a Smart Cookie – A darling card made with the Criciut cookie and milk template.

2.  Graduation Cap Money Holder – How to make a quick and easy money holder a fun way to give cash.

3.  Free Pattern-Graduation Cap Card – A free printable template to make a fun hat card.


4.  Make a special photo even more special – Use a blank canvas then you can snap your photograph and add your graphics or sentiment later.  This is such a cute idea for right-before-graduation-type pictures. Or any big event, really!

5.  Kid Graduation Certificate – Have fun documenting your child’s past school year. It is a fun tradition that will be a treasured memory.

6.  Fabric Graduation Cap Tutorial – How to make darling caps out of felt.


graduate Food

7.  Mini Cupcake Mortarboards – Make this fun, delicious dessert to honor your graduate!

8.  Graduation Cupcake – I made these cute treats and they really topped off the party fun.

9.  Graduation Caps Recipe – A darling little chocolate treat made out of peanut butter cups and thin mints.

10.  Brownie Graduation Caps Recipe –  The tasty treats are a snap to assemble by topping brownie cupcakes with mortarboards made from chocolate-covered graham cookies. A red licorice tassel adds the fast finishing touch.

graduate party food

11.  Reese’s Graduation Hats – Easy breezy!

12.  Graduation Cupcake Toppers Set of 12 Guy Jumping For Joy

13.  Filled Strawberry Graduation Cap – Treats for a preschool spring program ceremony today, and I made these cream cheese/blueberry filled strawberries.

14.  Kindergarten Graduation Treat Bags – Wrap a Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter cup in black paper using a template I made and, with a 1 1/2 inch square punch, a small hole punch, a tiny piece of fuzzy ribbon and a small brad; made a mortar board top.

Party Decorating Ideas

Party Decorating Ideas

16.  One Smart Cookie {Graduation Party Ideas} – A unique  theme that allows you to show off your cookie baking talents and allows everyone to enjoy their favorite treat.

17.  A Preppy Collegiate Inspired Design – classic preppy style that feels like you’re on the lawn of Harvard or Yale. The pennant flags, vintage typewriter, books, and croquet set all set the tone perfectly.

18.  Cassie’s Graduation Dessert Table – Pictures of a blue and yellow themed dessert table for a festive graduate event.

19.  Darling Nursing School Graduation Decor – This is an unique concept and with wonderful details like the sour lemon “urine” samples, cherry blood bags, chocolate band-aids, and lollipop bones that made these table dessert  just amazing!

diy party decor

20.  SEN10R Graduation Party – Small ways to make a huge impact for a knockout party!

21.  Elementary School Wedding – Black paper was used as table runners. Use chalk to draw place mats if it is a seated meal.

Celebrate Your Graduate

22.  How to make a (paper) graduation cap – Want a cute cheap and easy for grad parties or kid fun?  Here ya go!

23.  PHD Party How To {Party Plans} – Lots of great decorating ideas for a PHD graduation party, including lots of fun ways to put old textbooks to new party uses!

24.  Dessert Table Inspired By Fabric – I adore the frame photo idea above the table.  What a great way to display ‘growing up’ pictures of the graduate.

25.  Dance Floor Decorations – {snicker} I could not help but add this link here. Can you believe the amazing things they made out of balloons!

26.  Host the BEST Graduation Party of the Year! – A roundup of ideas and ways to create the ultimate party.

Free Printables

Graduation Hat Bunting

27.  Graduation Hat Bunting – A bunting made from paint chips.

Free Graduate Printables

28.  Graduation Party Free Printables – Here are some free cupcake toppers or gift tags to make your party complete.

29.  Free Printable Cupcake Toppers and Wrappers – a collection of silhouette cupcake wrappers and toppers perfect for your celebrations.

30.  Graduation Party Flags {printable} – Use as cupcake toppers, gift tags, in scrap-booking projects…in your celebratory drinks.

31.  Graduation Circles and Banner – Here are some fun Graduation Circles that you could use to make: cupcake toppers,labels, favor tags, napkin rings,place cards, party hats,thank you cards.

Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade Graduation Gift Ideas

32.  Money lei – Here’s how to make a fun lei made out of money which is a perfect gift for a graduate.

33.  Graduation Box and Template – A darling box to make as gift wrap for a graduation present.

34.  Graduation Champagne – A fun way to decorate a bottle of bubbly for an adult graduation party.

35.  Poster Candy Gram – A candy bar poster for the girls to put on the front door of the graduation senior.

If you’re looking for more homemade gift ideas for your graduate, check out the Tip Junkie Homemade Gift site!  You’ll adore the homemade gift tutorials over there as well.

More Graduation Ideas

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these graduate ideas they are amazing! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {{knuckle bumps}}

If you have a graduation idea or gift tutorial over on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to leave the blog link in the comments or on the Tip Junkie Facebook page. Or if you’re looking for a specific theme, let me know! I’ll be happy to find it for you. {{I’ve got your back!}}

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

Creating Memories that Endure,



  1. QueenMother

    Lots of really great ideas! Love the food especially. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  2. RoseCooper@CreditDonkey

    The food ideas are what I really love! They are all so creative! I would try that on my sister’s graduation.
    Graduation is the most-awaited event by all of the students. It marks the end of all the paperworks, Science projects, reading assignments and it is time to have FUN. The best way to start the fun rolling would be through all these ideas. They welcome the new graduate to a higher level of learning in a very creative way. Thanks for the creative ideas. 🙂

  3. sunghee

    So many great ideas! Thank you for featuring my strawberry grad caps!

  4. Jane Andrew

    I love what you have here, some great ideas and fun tips, inspiring.

    You might also have a think about how you use flowers. If a family member is a keen gardener they may be able to give you flowers and plants in school colors. You can arraneg them beside the driveway, front door and throughout your home. You may even have enough flowers to create a pattern of the graduate’s name or class. Flowers will also make that superb table centrepiece you need.

    Also have a think about what part guests can play. Let them use their creativity by producing their own mini graduate tributes, bringing memorablia involving the graduate and of course their favorite photos.

  5. Not Just A Mommy!

    A fabulous roundup! And some, I’ve never seen before; so thrilled you featured my One Smart Cookie post, I was wondering why I was getting so many hits from it 🙂

  6. Jack Smith

    Thanks for sharing all the ideas. I love the red graduation card at the top. All others ideas were quite innovative. My daughter is going to be graduate next year, so I was looking forward to throw a surprise party for her and her friends and also thinking to buy her few gifts. I have thought of buying her Pandora jewelry, also I dont have to spend time on wrapping it up as it comes with a gift wrapping service. So whats your take on this idea? Do you think its a great idea to go for Pandora jewelry or something more need to be done?

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  9. Alicia

    Oh my word! There are so many fabulous ideas! I wish I knew someone graduating from nursing or med school because that one is especially fabulous!

  10. jazz

    really nice dessert tables. and love the graduation caps! —www.tonerrefillstore.com/blog

  11. Sinea

    Love these graduation ideas. Sure to make any celebration more memorable!

  12. Jason

    I agree, great ideas Laurie!

  13. tassel

    I am fully agree with your post. I like it so much and hope you will like it too!

  14. incassobureau

    Good post. I was looking for something like this. Great ideas. Thank you for one smart cookie!

  15. Mary Ellen Griffo

    an unable to download your cards-can’t figure out
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  16. Jessica


    Here’s a link to an easy, fun graduation gift I came up with! I would love for you to check it out!

  17. Ghadeer

    oh They are all so creative! I would try that on my sister’s graduation.

  18. Raheel Mushtaq

    very nice post and informative everyone wants to enjoy their graduation and these are some really bright ideas to do so..!

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