Graduation season is right around the corner and that means you have just enough time to plan a fun party! We took our Kraft Ribbon Booklet for Her graduation invitations and used the fun and vibrant colors to jump-start our party theme. Who said graduation parties have to be in school colors?!
Looking for ways to throw a graduation party without blowing the budget? Here are some money saving graduation party ideas that will help you plan a budget-friendly party your grad will love.
Our budget: $500
Rough cost breakdown:
20% for Invitations/Thank You Cards/Stamps
50% for Food
15% for Beverages
General cost-saving tips
Your biggest expenses will be for food, followed by graduation invitations and graduation thank you cards. Because these costs are dependent upon how many people you invite, you can control how much you spend by adjusting the number of people you invite.
- Create a guest list and stick to it.
- Invite only close friends and family. It’s not necessary to invite the entire graduating class. Your grad may prefer a smaller affair anyway.
- If you want to invite classmates, give your grad a limit of how many friends they can invite. And it goes without saying, avoid posting the party on Facebook.
- Use cost-saving shopping clubs such as Sam’s Club for bulk purchases like paper plates, menu ingredients and beverages.
- Share costs with another family by throwing a joint party with one of your grad’s friends.
- Pear Tree’s photo paper graduation announcements and invitations start at just 30 cents each.
- Remember, your guest list may include 75 people, but you only need to send one invite per household. And classmates do not expect invitations in the mail. You only need to send them to the adults on your list.
- Create your own thank you cards. Using our DIY cards for templates you can customize them with a photo of your grad, or a great photo from the party, and make your own thank you cards!
- Hand deliver as many invites as you can to save on postage.
- Send announcements instead of party invitations to those who probably wouldn’t come to the party anyway, but whom you don’t want to exclude. This won’t cut down on printing costs, but it will cut down on party costs.
- For more invitation ideas see our graduation checklist: order invitations.
My nephew, Kevin, graduated from high school this year, and I had lots of fun helping out with the decorations at his graduation party. Given that his future plans are to become an auto mechanic, it was perfectly fitting that the party was going to be held in the family garage!
Outside, we set up a yard sign and lawn games to welcome the neighbors. Inside the garage, the challenge was to make the large space feel welcoming and to keep the focus on our graduate. The school colors of blue and gold were the easiest way to tie the decorations together, but we incorporated photos of Kevin—baby photos, sports and vacation photos, and of course, his senior photo—wherever we could to make our graduation party ideas more personal.
The tables were covered in blue and gold, and scattered with Pear Tree’s personalized Chevron Celebration Graduation Confetti. Pots of blue and white flowers wrapped in blue and gold tissue decorated the tables. We also personalized lots of our Congrats Photo Table Decor with photos, colors and messages of congratulations, and poked of few of them into each centerpiece using wire photo picks.
Our new graduation party decorations are super versatile to use when planning a graduation party. We put together 5 graduation party decoration ideas using different versions of our table decor from Pear Tree Greetings!
1. Wall Decor. We used our Glam Grad Gold Graduation Party Decorations and taped pieces to the wall to make this fun (and easy!) design. This display was great by the food table, but could be used wherever you would like. It’s a great way to showcase the grad’s photos with a little sparkle!
2. Hanging Decor. Using our Snapshot Graduation Party Decorations, we took twine and clothespins and hung the table decor pieces and mixed in photos of the grad – from baby pictures to senior year. It displayed nicely across the dessert table and was great for the guests to see how he has grown through the years.
Not sure where to start with your graduation planning? Welcome to our graduation checklist, a series of posts on what you can be doing right up until graduation day!
When you ask a graduating senior, “What’s the most important thing to consider when planning a grad party?” the answer is always the same: food! If the food is good, their friends will come—it’s as simple as that. Their favorite graduation food ideas fall into two camps: DIY or catered, and it all depends on your budget.
Easy DIY Graduation Food Ideas
Taco bar or walking tacos
Salads & pre-made sandwiches
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches
Not sure where to start with your graduation planning? Welcome to our graduation party checklist, a series of posts on what you can be doing right up until graduation day!
Sometimes graduation party planning starts with a theme, and sometimes the theme creates itself based on the party location, an unusual activity or food idea. We don’t think it’s essential to pick a theme for your grad party, but it definitely helps to have a way to tie everything together! Here are a few theme ideas that incorporate graduation party decorations, food ideas, activities and more.
High school colors make a simple theme and one that’s easy to carry off. Since they’re usually easy to find, these basic colors can be incorporated into foods (like frosting) and graduation party decorations. See our Classic Graduation Party Pinterest board for ideas.
Sports or a Hobby
If your grad has an activity or hobby that has defined his or her high school years, it’s natural to use that as your party theme. See our All Star Graduation Party for ways to bring a sports theme (or any other theme) to life!
I am so excited to show off our new graduation party decorating ideas! Now you don’t have to settle for the same generic decorations everyone else has, you can use your grad’s photos and school colors to create your own custom graduation party decorations at Pear Tree.
Our new table decor is just plain fun, and there’s so much you can do with it. It comes in sets of circles or squares that vary in size from 3” to 5” across. Some can be personalized with photos, some with text. Each piece is two sided with a solid color or pattern on the back side, and you get to choose from over 70 colors for the pieces. You’ll have a blast thinking of graduation party decorating ideas for these, from centerpieces to garland to cake toppers! Continue reading
Every graduation party has its own vibe. And the best way to make the party your own is to start with your grad. What are her interests? How can you use her personality to come up with a party theme? Here are a few easy ways to incorporate your grad’s story into your graduation party ideas. We’ve chosen a girl’s pink and gold glitter theme, but the same ideas and design elements can work for any theme.
What girl doesn’t love a little glitter in her life? We made this party extra sparkly with our Glam Grad Graduation Announcements, and sprinkled gold glitter accents everywhere!
A girly party like this calls for a girly meal. We made adorable chicken salad sandwich triangles and fruit kabobs on skewers. You could also add some fresh veggies displayed neatly. For the beverages we chose lemonade with coordinating pink striped paper straws and edible glitter rims on the milk glasses. To get the glitter rim we dipped the glasses in some vanilla and then dipped them in edible glitter or sugar sprinkles. For the backdrop on this glam table setup we used our Glam Grad Gold Party Decorations and stuck them to the wall in a fun gradient/fading pattern.
6 MONTHS TO 6 WEEKS BEFORE PARTY
- Make your guest list – don’t forget the parents of your grad’s friends, neighbors, coaches, mentors, and extra special teachers.
- Choose the location – keep in mind that at least half your guests will be teens (and you probably won’t know how many, until they show up).
- Set a date and time – try to avoid conflicts with close friends’ parties or your grad may be begging to leave his own party.
- Set the theme – it might be based on a favorite food, school colors, or an activity.
- Start collecting photos and memorabilia for party decorations – make digital copies of photos so you can use them in lots of ways.
- Decide on a menu and book caterer if using one – does your senior have a favorite food or restaurant?
- Order graduation party invitations – just enough for the adults on your list. (Check out our mini graduation announcements for classmates.)
- Order coordinating thank you cards and address labels, and stock up on stamps.
Graduation season is here, and with that comes graduation parties! We at Pear Tree love to see all the great graduation party ideas that our customers come up with. You guys are all so creative!
This is an important celebration not only for your grad, but for you as a parent. It’s been a journey for both of you, and that’s absolutely worth celebrating! But throwing a party can be daunting, especially one that will make both kids and adults happy. The best place to start is with your grad. What are his interests? How can you use her personality to come up with a party theme? Here are a few easy ways to incorporate your grad’s story into your graduation party ideas. We’ve chosen a sports theme, but the same design elements can work for any theme.
For many graduates, sports are a very important part of their journey through high school, so it’s a natural idea for a graduation party. We have the perfect All Star Graduation Invitations to honor the athletes in your life. They even allow for a few stats highlighting their (or their team’s) athletic achievements.
Every graduation party revolves around the food—what great party doesn’t? Considering there might be a lot of hungry athletes in attendance, in addition to other friends and family, you’ll want something easy. Walking tacos are both easy and a favorite with teens. A kitchen or bar area in a basement works well for your serving area, because the sink can double as a beverage center and sets a little more casual tone for the party.