High School Graduation Dinner Ideas


Once your graduate has his diploma in hand, it's time to celebrate! Graduating from high school is a major accomplishment for teens and a celebratory time for their parents. Congratulate your graduate by hosting a high school graduation dinner. Host the dinner party at your home, at your graduate's favorite restaurant or at a community hall.

Invite Family and Friends

  • Help your high school graduate celebrate her accomplishments by inviting close friends and family members to her graduation dinner. Even if you're planning an intimate event, be sure that your teen's best friends are a part of the celebration festivities.

Create a Theme

  • Select a theme for the high school graduation dinner. Use the colors or mascot from your graduate's high school or the college he's about to attend. You can also select a theme that explores your graduates' interests, whether it's sports or dance. Choosing a theme can help you plan decorations, activities and food for the dinner.

Display Memories

  • Display photos of the graduate throughout the house or on the tables at the venue where you plan to host the graduation dinner. The photos should chronicle the graduate's life from birth to graduation day. Include pictures from her first birthday party, first day of school, holiday memories and prom pictures. Use the photos as centerpieces for each table, create a photograph table specifically to hold the photos or create a photo album to pass around the dinner.

Plan a Menu of Favorites

  • If you're hosting an at-home dinner, plan a menu that includes the foods, drinks and snacks your high school graduate enjoys the most. If you're hosting the graduation dinner at a restaurant, select a place that offers his favorite foods. A graduation celebration isn't complete with a cake. Order a cake or cupcakes from a local bakery. Include a congratulatory message added to the cake such as "Congratulations Graduate," "We're Proud of You" or "You Did It!"

Dinner Speeches

  • During dinner, invite guests to share fond memories they have of the graduate or wish the graduate good luck in her future endeavors. Touching words from loved ones will show your graduate how proud her family and friends are and how much everyone looks forward to her continued success.

Party Favors

  • Give friends and family members a special gift to remember your teen's special day. You can give guests a key chain with your graduate's graduation year on it, a special thank you card with a photo of your teen featured on the front in his cap and gown or mints inside of a box shaped like a graduation cap.

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