Last updated on October 26th, 2023
How to decorate for a high school graduation party? It’s an excellent question! It is every parent’s hope to see their child graduating from high school because it represents a change in their kid’s life. They’re no longer a child, but a young person who is about to make decisions that will change the course of their life. Will they continue their studies at college? Or will they head out in to the world of work? Either way, it’s a moment to celebrate. While you think about the party details, we’ll help create a party venue that’s really something to remember! So, you get the party organised and we’ll help you create the best memories of your high school graduate’s big day with our high school graduation party decorating ideas!
There are a few things we thought about before choosing the decorations to make them great. First, they had to be shiny to give that extra sparkle for a special occasion. And second, they had to be FUN! We think we did a pretty good job, but we’ll leave that for you to decide as you check out our 17 high school graduation party decorating ideas to help you to host a great party.
1. We Are So Proud Of You Balloon
Sometimes the only way to let someone know how impressed you are by their achievements is to tell them. And this we are so proud of you balloon, shimmering in brilliant gold, no less, definitely does that! It’s a simple decoration to start off the list today, but it’s one that’ll mean the world to your high school graduate. So, celebrate in style with a balloon that shines as brightly as their future!
2. Fabric Floral Chalkboard Congrats Grad Photography Backdrop
A fabric floral chalkboard congrats grad photography backdrop (that’s a mouthful and a half, isn’t it?) is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a party backdrop that celebrates high school graduation. There are celebratory flowers at the top, fun sayings like ‘Schools out’ and ‘The adventure begins’, and the whole thing is just perfect for your child and their friends to gather around for some fun photos. After all, capturing these precious memories is really important.
3. The Best Is Yet To Come Sign
Finishing high school is the end of an era, and it can feel pretty weird for a lot of kids (we know it sure made us feel all sorts of strange). Well, take this time at the party to remind them that better things are just around the corner, and now they’ve finished high school, it’s all within touching distance. This the best is yet to come sign is perfect. It’s simple and stylish, but it lets everyone at the party know that their futures are bright!
4. Grad Balloon Box 2022
This grad balloon box 2024 is so cool and adds a really awesome vibe to the party venue. With the word ‘grad’ detailed on the side and ‘class of 2024’, these balloon boxes are unique and fun, and they’ll look great in the background of all the photos people will be taking at the party. Better yet, the gold boxes with their black lettering already fit into the colour scheme we’ve got going on so far. Perfect! This is one of my favorite high school graduation party decorating ideas.
5. Congrats Grad Balloons
At a celebration like this, you can never have too many balloons because you can never say congratulations enough to the high school graduate for all their hard work! This night is all about them, so make them feel extra special by going to the trouble of decorating everywhere! These congrats grad balloons are big, bright, and bold, and all the guests will notice it when they step through the door, including the most important one of all – your kid!
6. Graduation Cap Shaped Card Box
You know, this might be one of the few times we’ve seen an idea for a party we’ve been planning that makes us wonder why nobody had ever thought of it before: a graduation cap shaped card box! It’s perfect – you just pop it on a table near the entrance to the party venue, and all the guests can bring along their congratulations cards and just slip it into the graduation cap card box! Everything’s all in one place, and you can sort through the cards and read the messages later.
7. Graduation Photo Banner
A graduation photo banner is THE ultimate way for parents to show how proud they are of their kid at a high school graduation party. Sure, they might be a little embarrassed at first to see their face looking back at them from the banner, but they’ll eventually see that it’s all the memories they made during high school, and that’s something awesome to look back on with their friends to appreciate how far they’ve all come.
8. Positive Affirmations In A Mason Jar
You might think that 100 positive affirmations in a mason jar isn’t very decoration-y, but you’d be wrong. Not only do they add a lovely pop of colour to the party, but they also act as a fun party activity too. These positive affirmations don’t just have to be for your high school graduate, they can be for all of their peers too! They can come along, pick out an affirmation, and see that life, right now, at this party, is pretty sweet!
9. 2024 Graduation Party Table Decorations
These graduation party table decorations look amazing and they just show how proud you are of your high-achiever. With sayings like ‘Congrats Grad’, ‘You Did It’, ‘Grad’ and ‘Happy Graduation’, all with fun glittery images of celebrating graduates to boot, you’ve got yourself some winning graduation party table decorations. They look great, and they’ll mean a lot to the graduates, we’re sure.
10. Wooden Graduation Guest Book
Sticking with the wooden theme a moment longer, consider this amazing wooden graduation guest book. Not only is it a nice decoration because it’s in the shape of a graduation cap, but it doubles up as a sentimental keepsake too. Just have all your guests sign their name on the individual pieces, and then place them all inside the cap frame. Now your kid has a memento to remember who celebrated with them on their special day!
11. Graduation Cap Neon Light
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: lighting is one of the most important things at a party. And at a party that’s celebrating high school graduation, you’ll want to make that lighting neon! Decorating for a high school graduation party is a bit like decorating for a disco event. The brighter, the louder, the more fun – the better! So pick up a graduation cap neon light and brighten up this party!
12. Graduation Inflatable Selfie Frame
All you really need at a graduation party is fun, friends, and… photos. Lots and LOTS of photos. So, to encourage everyone to take as many as possible, you should consider buying a graduation inflatable selfie frame. It’ll basically act as a photo booth at the graduation party, encouraging everyone to come along and take as many pictures as possible to celebrate the graduate in style!
13. The Days Are Long Picture Mat
The days are long picture mat is the PERFECT decoration. Or at least, you know, to the parents. You basically use this picture mat as part of your decorations by putting it on the floor in somewhere pride of place. Then you take the school photo you bought every year in high school, and put them in the mat for all to see. Yes, it’s embarrassing. Yes, it’ll get a few laughs – but that’s all party of the high school graduation party experience.
14. Candy Bar Buffet Decoration
These candy bar buffet decorations are basically everything you need to put behind the party food table to make it a central meeting point for the entire party. There’s a bunch of high school graduation themed cards, that you can place in front of the appropriate food (‘One smart cookie’ in front of the cookies, ‘Diploma smarties’ in front of the smarties, etc.) and then use everything else to decorate behind the table! This is so much fun and ALL your guests will love it!
15. Well Done/Congratulations Graduation Cupcake Topper
Whilst we’re on the topic of food, let’s talk cake. It’s a good idea to bake or buy a bunch of congratulations cupcakes, because every celebration deserves cake. And, to show just how proud you are, decorate those delicious ‘We’re proud of you’ cupcakes with a well done/congratulations graduation cupcake topper! That way, your kid’s friends can all have a celebratory cake too – they’re all celebrating high school graduation, after all.
16. Graduation Party Plates And Napkins
Still thinking about food (aren’t we always), you’ll also want something practical and fun to serve all the guests, and that’s where graduation party plates and napkins come in. With the ‘congrats grad’ message emblazoned EVERYWHERE, there’ll be no mistaking what this celebration is about. Besides, themed plates and napkins always look better in photos too, so it’s a win on every front!
17. Graduation Bottle Sticker
And finally, jazz up the drinks a little with a graduation bottle sticker. Just take your usual bottles – water, fizzy drinks, whatever you’re serving – remove the label from around the bottle and replace it with this rose gold graduate sticker. It’s fun, and it makes something as simple as a drink feel extra special!
Wrapping Up of high school graduation party decorating ideas
That brings us to the end of our high school graduation party decoration ideas, and we hope you’ve loved reading them as much as we loved coming up with them! The main thing is that the high school graduates have fun at the party – they’ve worked hard to graduate, and now it’s time to let off some steam!
So, pick out the decorations you love from the list, organise an amazing party, and above all else, celebrate this wonderful achievement!