Top of the Class Graduation Party

April showers bring May flowers… and May graduates! If you are celebrating a diploma this spring, make the graduate feel special by hosting a themed graduation party. Here are some wonderful ideas for graduation party themes.

Keep it Classic Cap and Gown…

Take the traditional graduation garb as inspiration for creating eye-catching décor and food displays. This theme doesn’t have to get tacky, just think chic!

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Show His or Her True Colors…


Create a spread with school colors. With this theme, you can choose to look back or look forward by either using the colors of the school the graduate attended or the by using the colors of the next school the graduate will be starting at.

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Dream On…

Whether the graduate is starting a new study, entering the work-world, or pursuing another ambitious goal, encourage him or her to dream big! Let the graduate’s biggest passions in life inspire a theme that’s all about following your dreams!

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Here are some other great entertaining and decorating ideas to celebrate the graduate in style.

Hang old photos of the grad throughout the years.

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 Make a clever play on words like this “bright future” candy-filled light bulb or this “smart cookie” jar.

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Put out disposable cameras so everyone can participate in the celebrating and memory-making!

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In lieu of a guest book, leave out something for guests to share their words of wisdom for the graduate. Here’s a unique idea – use puzzle pieces!

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Focus on the graduation celebration and leave the rest of the entertaining to Hickory Farms. From our HoneyGold® Ham and Beef Hickory Sampler to our Family Favorites and Our Deluxe Signature Sausage and Cheese box, we have all you need for a celebratory spread. And if you’re looking for a little something for the graduate, don’t forget about our Fruitful Gift Tower.