17 Thoughtful Graduation Congratulations Ideas


Graduation congratulations can be as simple as thoughtful traditions that create long lasting  memories for graduates.

Whether you celebrate graduation from Kindergarten, Elementary, High School, or College ~ you’ll be able to use these creative ideas in different ways to celebrate graduation.

17 Thoughtful Graduation Congratulations Ideas

These thoughtful Graduation congratulation ideas are perfect for a big party or for a special moment just between you and your graduate.

Graduation Congratulations

1.  Graduation Cap Toppers and Flags ~ These white chocolate graduation cap toppers are fabulous for cupcakes or desserts!  They are simple to make and only require a few ingredients, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, Ghiradelli squares, Big Red gum, and mini M&Ms.  Print the free flags and attach them to a sucker stick!

2.  Diploma Cookies ~ These diploma cookies are too cute!  Surprise the graduates with these cookies that contain fortunes that you can download and print.

3.  Edible Graduation Cap Cupcakes ~ These cute graduation caps, made from miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, a Ghiradelli chocolate square, and a mini M&M, make a cute cupcake topper or can stand on their own as a chocolate treat.

4.  Graduation Money Gift ~ Show the brilliant graduate that their hard work has paid off with this bucket of money!  No pun intended.  I love how the money is rolled up and tied to resemble diplomas.  You can download the tag for free and adhere it to a container of your choice.

5.  Graduation Hat Toppers ~ These soda graduation hat toppers are too cute!  A perfect last minute gift that you can easily make.  All you need is a square piece of black paper and some yellow thread.  Glue them on the top of the bottles and you have adorable graduation cap soda bottles.

6.  Money Lei ~ Give a gift that any graduate would love, a lei made from money.  With some ribbon and a stack of dollar bills you can create a fun graduation gift that is sure to be a hit with any graduate.

7. Road of Life Survival Kit {Graduation Gift} ~ This Road of Life Survival Kit is such an ingenious idea! Everything in the kit has something to do with a car, but could be substituted for other non-car items.  Each item has a saying and a meaning. i.e. a flashlight with the saying, “Getting dark? Shine a light on it!”  You can copy and paste the sayings to a word document and print them to attach to the items.

8.  Graduation Cap Decoration ~ Personalize your graduation cap with glittered card stock and rhinestones.  Using glittered card stock is much easier and quicker than using stencils and paint.

9.  Photo Booth Bookmarks {Party Favors} ~ These personalized photo booth bookmarks make a terrific party favor.  Print wallet size photos and line them up on a sheet of card stock.  Punch a hole and loop some ribbon or jute through them.  Voila!

10.  Letterpress Congrats Card ~ Beautiful yet simple graduation card.  Using a letterpress, roll paint onto the printing plate and then roll it through the press.  Slits were cut to add the money and some simple twine ‘tied’ the whole card together.

11.  Folded Graduation Cap Card ~ This cute graduation cap card is the perfect way to give cash or a gift card for the new graduate.  The tutorial comes with a free downloadable template for you to use.

12.  Smartie Pants {Graduation} ~ A cute way to add a little treat!  Download the free tags, cut or punch them out and add a roll of smarties.  Easy peasy!

How To Celebrate Graduation

13.  Picture Your Future {Graduation Party} ~ Vintage Polaroids, graduation caps and the school colors were used as the main theme throughout this amazing party.  Some of the decor included a customized Polaroid banner hung with office clips, an iconic tassel garland, and scrapbook sign-in pages that mimicked a yearbook.  It’s perfect for the high school graduate!

14.  Last Day of School Celebration ~ Show your child how proud you are of their achievements by commemorating the last day of school.  Line the sidewalk of your home with signs noting milestones of the first year, called “Kindergarten Walk of Fame.”  At the end of the sidewalk was a “Welcome to Summer” banner and a fun snack.

15.  Tassel Garland ~ This tassel garland is a perfect decoration for your Graduation Celebration, especially with your school colors.  Instead of forking out big money to purchase them, this tutorial will show you how to make your own.

16.  Keys to Success {Graduation Party} ~ This Anthropologie-inspired party is perfect for a college graduate who’s ready to enter the working world and needs to know the “Keys to Success!”  Golden hues and keys were carried throughout the seating tables, dessert table, and guest/favor table.

17.  You’re a Star {Graduation Party} ~  You’re a Star!  Congratulations Class of 2012!  These adorable printables are perfect for any graduation party, all grades and ages.  ’Like’ Bird’s Party on Facebook and you can receive the collection for free.

18.  Neon-Themed Graduation Party ~ For a fun statement piece spell out a message in bright tape, affix the scroll to the wall with removable adhesive strips.  Encourage guests to write well-wishes on sticky notes.  After the party, roll it up and give it to the grad as a keepsake.

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Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

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