Graduation party ideas twirled through your brain for months but you were busy.

You had that big project at work and a bathroom remodel at home. Then the dog got sick. Well, it’s crunch time and you’re in luck. Here are three easy-peasy suggestions:

Graduation party ideas

floral centerpiece
1. Flower centerpiece: Make your own stylish centerpiece with guidance from a talented New York City florist! Bronwen Smith, lead designer and owner of B Floral, provided these simple tips for all types of flowers:

how to create a floral centerpiece

  • Use your non-dominant hand to hold the flowers as you arrange them. This leaves your dominant hand free to cut the stems as you go.
  • Use the flowers with the biggest heads to place in the center.
  • Keep turning your arrangement in your hand as you create it so you can view it from all angles and see each side equally.
  • Instead of using a traditional vase, try a Mason jar, empty candle container or pencil holder.

popcorn bar
2. Popcorn bar:  Your guests will totally love this! It’s a very inexpensive “snack” bar that looks best with a rustic flare. You don’t need how-to guides for this. Buy bagged popcorn or make your own prior to the party, if you have time. Use any large container to hold the popcorn and select shaker seasonings. Add bowls of Peanut Butter M&Ms, honey-roasted nuts or other yummy items for guests to mix with their popcorn. Custom serving cups or bowls add a personal touch.

graduate & celebrate cups
3. Table setting/favor: Look organized with an individual table setting/party favor combo. I suggest using customized party cups in school colors for guests to take home. For an upscale look, you can try our frosted cups or go with something more casual such as sturdy stadium cups. You can crisscross your utensils on top of your napkins and secure it with a skinny ribbon or just place them loosely inside the cups.

Need more ideas?

Visit Totally Promotional’s School Graduation Inspiration board on Pinterest for more tips and DIY projects. If you’re stumped for gift ideas, browse our 13 Smart Graduation Gifts blog for inspiration!

class of 2017 banner

Totally Promotional also has banners, sunglasses, can coolers, lip balm and many other products that can be used as favors and decorations for the most fabulous graduation party ever! We also have fun graduation designs!

Does your graduate have an interesting plan for the future such as joining the military or becoming a scientist? Well, start bragging! Leave a reply today!


Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.


  1. Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas. I am about to graduate and have ordered a few graduation accessories online for my party.

    • Thanks for reaching out, Hilda, and visiting our blog! And a big congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Let us know if we can help in any other way with your celebration.

      Best wishes!

      Shelley Grieshop
      Totally Promotional

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