Not only have I attended a number of graduation parties for friends and relatives, but I have also put on four graduation parties myself and have helped many friends and family members with the graduation parties they are hosting as well. With all of that experience, what I have learned is that the parties that are most successful and that create the least amount of the stress are the parties that keep it simple. In all reality grad party season is so busy that many people stop by to visit for an hour or less, grab a quick bite to eat and then are back on the road. That’s why I always say simple is best when it comes to grad party planning!
With that being said if you know me well you know I do love to decorate. So let’s take a peek at some super simple graduation party decorations that won’t break the bank and that are also a festive way to display the achievements of your graduate with just a touch of creativity.
My friend’s daughter’s school colors are gold, black and green, so for the theme of the decorations I used gold and black and of course tons of glitter as well as my favorite craft essential for the year – burlap! To begin, I bought the big 2016 numbers from a craft store and spray painted them gold. Then I put glue where I wanted the glitter to be. I chose the bottom half of the number and measured to be sure the line would be even throughout all of the numbers. Using black and gold craft paper I outlined her senior pictures, pinned them to the wood background and strung burlap twine with the words “Good Luck” displayed across it.
In addition, I picked up gold napkins and plates from Coborn’s and used burlap twine that was tied around mason jars to display utensils in a creative way. Finally, I made little graduation caps for the waters and put them atop the water bottle toppers. I also used mini chalk board stands and chalk board paint on the water bottles from a craft store to label the food and decorate the drink to make everything fun and interactive for guests.
Next is the food (the most important part of any party!) For this party we bought everything for tacos in a bag. You can purchase taco meat that is already made in the Coborn’s deli department. Simply add the meat to a crock pot and by the time your guests arrive it will be ready – what a time saver. All the fixings for tacos in a bag are available at Coborn’s as well. My absolute favorite part of this party though were the fruit kabobs. Hit up the Coborn’s 5 for $15 produce sale and some bamboo sticks and this is a really simple way to display fresh fruit for any party and add a burst of color to your decorations. Be sure you pick a watermelon with a flat bottom when you are in the produce department because it makes a better base to hold the kabobs in.
Finally, we can’t forget about the Coborn’s bakery cupcakes, photo cakes or sheet cakes that can be decorated in a variety of flavors, sizes, fillings and school colors. At Coborn’s we are proud to be your graduation headquarters!!
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer
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