12 Cheap & Creative Decorating Ideas For Graduation Parties, Because You Spent All Your Money On Their Gift
It's graduation season and if you have a graduation party to plan and throw, that just adds to the general craziness of this time of year. It seems there's another event, especially if you're a parent of a graduate, every single night for weeks on end, leaving very little time to prepare for a very important party you're hosting yourself. If you're in that camp, you'll want to peek at these affordable decorating ideas for graduation parties that will make your grad feel celebrated.
Whether you're sprucing up a store bought cake with fresh flowers or creating a backdrop so the guests can take photos with graduation props, there's a ton you can create or buy for your upcoming graduation party that doesn't cost a lot. If you're marginally creative, you can make most of these things yourself, and if you're just totally short on time, there's a lot of options for you to click and order or pick up from a local store. It might feel like this season is going to get the best of you, but you can absolutely make this graduation party something more than typical and a lot more exciting for your graduate.
Here are some special projects and products that will help your graduate feel celebrated and impress your guests.
1. Cupcake Toppers
2. Photo Booth Backdrop
Of course, this generation appreciates a good photo backdrop from which to Snapchat and/or Instagram. Giving them a dedicated and gorgeous spot will definitely help the party stand out from the crowd. You can get as elaborate or minimal as you want with this.
3. Photo Bunting
4. Spruce a Grocery Store Cake
Many grocery stores now offer the option for a tiered naked cake for a very reasonable cost. They'll even add on fresh flowers if you provide them, making for a beautiful statement dessert for the party.
5. Grade Photo Banner
6. Photo Booth Props
7. Confetti Balloons
8. Smart Cookie Favors
This little favor project from Studio DIY is as sweet as can be. She used a Cricut machine, but you could easily use an Xacto knife and cut out a whole bunch of these free printables while watching a few episodes of Brooklyn 99.
9. Photo Booth Frame
10. Graduation Punch
I don't know why more parties don't feature punch. It's almost always surprisingly delicious, it's easy to whip together, and it's way better for the environment than individual bottles of water or Coke (so long as you use recyclable paper or plastic cups, not styrofoam). My grandma's recipe always involved adding a gallon of sherbet ice cream at the end and tasted like Creamsicles.