Graduation Centerpiece Ideas


Graduations are a monumental event in anyone's life. If you are hosting a party for the graduate, you want it to be special and celebrate his accomplishment. Making a graduation party centerpiece not only personalizes the party but shows how special the graduate is to you.

Use School Colors

  • Using the graduate's school colors is an appropriate foundation for many centerpieces. Buy large, three-dimensional letters of the graduate's or school's initials. Spraypaint the initials in school colors and glue to a white box you later fill with sand or rocks to stabilize. Spray the letters with glitter, attach helium balloons in the school colors to the boxes, scatter glitter and confetti around the initials and you have a eye-catching centerpiece.

    Stack books, large to small, covered with paper in the school colors and sprayed with glitter. Attach helium balloons and ribbon streamers to the stack and a rolled-up piece of parchment paper for a diploma tied with ribbon placed on top of the books.

    Find a tree branch that resembles a small tree and put it in a coffee can covered in paper, filled with sand or floral foam and painted in one of the school colors. Hang tiny, rolled-up diplomas and graduation caps you make from construction paper on the branches. Scatter graduation-themed confetti around the tree.

Get Personal

  • Using photographs of the graduate, past and present, is a way to honor her and make a centerpiece your guests will notice. Place a large current photo in the center, surrounded by several smaller framed photos from the past. Attach helium balloons to the large one, with plenty of curled ribbon and confetti around the photos. Or place the photographs under glass or a sheet of Plexiglass instead of framing them.

    If the graduate has a hobby or passion, use that as your theme. If he loves cars, buy several small toy cars and one large one that you place on a covered box with balloons attached. Surround the large one with the small ones, confetti and glitter. She loves to shop, so get an assortment of small shopping bags and write her favorite store names on them. Stuff them with colored tissue paper, want ads and rolled-up diplomas. Glitter, confetti and balloons finish the display.

    Sports are another theme if the graduate is an athlete or follows a certain sport. Discount stores, craft stores and toy stores have a wide assortment of miniature sport items. Or use a full-size baseball mitt or track shoes that have a rolled-up diploma, a fake scholarship and a pendant of the school the graduate will attend sticking out from the mitt or shoes.

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