Outside Graduation Party Decorating Ideas


Graduating from high school or college is a major milestone, and deserves to be celebrated with family and friends. Decorating for a graduation party is easy and fun; just choose one specific element or theme to focus on, and then use simple decorations, a lot of color, and graduation mementos to bring the theme together. If the weather is nice enough, set up outside, or have both indoor and outdoor areas where guests can mingle.

School Colors

  • If you are looking for a color scheme for your graduation party décor, use the graduate's school colors as inspiration. There are two ways you can utilize school colors when you are decorating for a graduation party. Either decorate the party in the colors of the school he is graduating from and also incorporate the school's mascot into your décor or, if the graduate already knows what college or graduate school he'll be attending in the fall, decorate the party using the colors of his future university. You can also combine the two, and use a past and future theme, dedicating one half of the room to the graduate's high school experience by displaying pictures, his varsity jacket, the baseball from his game-winning pitch, and his cap and gown. Decorate the other half of the room based on his future plans; for example, display a stethoscope, needle and lab jacket if he will be studying medicine. Use his new school colors and mascot, and post the symbols from a fraternity if he plans to pledge.

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

  • Base your graduation décor around the Dr. Seuss book "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" Use the familiar color scheme from the book, such as pale pink, blue, green, orange, and purple. Hang crepe paper in the same colors across the ceiling, making an umbrella effect. Cut out a large picture of the balloon from the book and hang it on the wall. Cut out the words, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" and create a banner on the wall. Also, post quotes from the book around the room. Buy the book and set it up so that guests at the graduation party can sign it and write a special good luck message to the graduate.


  • Dedicate the décor of the graduation party to the graduate herself by posting pictures of her around the room. String wire or rope along one wall, and use clothes pins to hang photos of the graduate along the wire. Place pictures in clip photo holders and set them in the center of each table as centerpieces. Make a timeline along one wall, posting pictures along the timeline from the most important times in the grad's life. For instance, start the timeline with her baby pictures and proceed to her first day of kindergarten, her middle school graduation and prom.

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