Graduation Party Ideas and Invitations

Last Updated: March 28, 2019

Graduation is a major milestone in any student’s life. Whether it’s high school graduation or university commencement, it means progress, change and plenty to be proud of.

A graduation party is the perfect way to celebrate years of hard work and determination. Check out Costco Photo Centre’s graduation party ideas and tips to show your grad just how proud of them you are.

Graduation Party Venue and Guest List

Hosting a graduation party in the comforts of your home gives you endless flexibility and a relaxed environment. Think about a theme and plan your party around it – do you prefer a graduation soirée with a variety of appetizers and fancy drinks, or is a casual backyard barbecue the right choice?

In addition to inviting relatives, long-time friends and neighbours, speak to some of the other grad parents to see if they’d like to team up. Your son or daughter will love being able to share the excitement with a few of their fellow graduates, and it takes a bit of planning pressure off each family that’s willing to share the responsibility. 

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Send Out 2019 Graduation Party Invitations

Once you’ve got your guest list figured out, design customized grad party invitations as early as possible. There are dozens of unique designs to choose from, which you can customize with photos of your grad, all the party details, and a congratulatory sentiment. 

No matter what your graduation party theme is, you’ll find an invitation design that’s the perfect fit. Many templates feature modern colour combinations, beautiful florals, or fun illustrations and messaging—choose the cards that will highlight the unique personality of your grad. 

Graduation Party Decorations and Food

With ‘Class of 2017’ banners, diplomas and graduation caps there are plenty of opportunities to get creative with graduation party décor and treats. Cut some poster paper into 2-0-1-7 and cover each number in a collage of photo prints of your student through the years. Short on time? Easily create a photo wall for the party by ordering a few great poster prints and add the finishing touch with 2017-shaped balloons.

When it comes to the dessert table, you can wrap ribbons around rolled wafer cookies or white napkins for a play on the diploma. Adorn your cupcakes with graduation cap toppers or “You made it” icing text. Be a punny host by adding “book worm” gummies, “Smartie pants” candies, and a bunch of “so long suckers” to the spread of sweets.

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Gift the Grad A Meaningful Surprise

The secret to a memorable grad party is a meaningful keepsake for the guest of honour. For a great graduation gift, design a custom photo book with a timeline of pictures that show how your son or daughter has grown up. Certain themes like Classic Corners or Simple Light have plenty of white space around photos, providing room for guests to sign and leave warm sentiments or a piece of advice for the grad.

Alternatively, set up a DIY card box and quickly design customized cards with room for guests to write their message. No matter what you do, they’ll appreciate it. 


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