The Most Unique High School Graduation Party Ideas

This post shows you 23 of the most unique high school graduation party ideas.

Graduation party season is one of the happiest times of the year! Where I grew up, graduation party season meant lots of good food, and going around to celebrate everyone that you knew that was graduating. 

When it’s time to throw your own graduation party, the pressure can seem pretty intense. You want your graduation party to stand out from the crowd, while at the same time being functional and affordable. 

This post shows you the best ways you can throw a super unique high school graduation party. Don’t worry – it’s more effortless than you think! Enjoy these wonderful, unique, graduation party ideas that can be shipped right to your door. 

Here are 23 of the most unique high school graduation party ideas.

UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTY IDEAS

1. PERSONALIZED GRADUATION CENTERPIECE 

Everyone is obsessed with these super cute graduation party centerpieces that get hand made and shipped right to you. If you’re looking to add a unique spin to your graduation party theme but don’t have a ton of time to get crafty, this is a fantastic option! 

2. REPURPOSED WINE BOTTLES 

Do you collect your old wine bottles? This is an amazing piece of decor that you can easily make out of them. I really love how the creator in this pin chose to place the graduation specific decorations on sticks and set them in the painted wine bottles. This allows you to use the painted wine glass for some gorgeous decor around your house after the graduation party is over! 

3. THANK YOU TAGS

Greenery is a theme that’s super common at weddings and baby showers – why not Graduation Parties? I can’t believe graduation party planners haven’t come up with this sooner, but oh my gosh adding greenery to graduation parties is so cute, so unique, and best of all, super affordable! I can’t believe we didn’t think of this when I threw my high school graduation party! 

4. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE + FLORAL 

Floral elements is a graduation party classic. While this graduation party centerpiece idea is super simple, it flows beautifully with any theme and creates a unique focal point for each of the tables at your party. 

5. LAWN TWISTER 

Lawn twister is one of the easiest ways to keep guests at your graduation party entertained. To create this game, you just need to cut a circle out of the bottom of a box, and then spray paint through that hole to create the board. Use a regular twister game spinner or make your own, and you’re all set! This game is especially popular with kids at graduation parties. 

6. DECORATE WITH GRADUATION ROBES 

Throw your robes on display for your graduation party decor. I really love how the creator of the pin above used the graduation robe to decorate the entrance to their graduation party. Add a super cute chalkboard sign, and you’re all set! 

7. MAKE A BANNER OUT OF PLATES! 

Talk about a budget friendly option! I am obsessed with how adorable this banner turned out, especially to use when decorating the table that the food is going to be served on. Take a hole punch, some string, and you have yourself a super cute, last minute graduation party banner. 

8. VINTAGE CARD BOX 

If you are looking for an easy way to add a vintage element to your unique high school graduation party, adding this suitcase as your card box is a fantastic idea. I love how cute the one listed above from Amazon is, too.  

9. WRAP AROUND PHOTO TREE 

Hosting an outdoor or backyard high school graduation party with a big tree? Include it in your decor plans! I love this genius idea of putting all of your pictures wrapped around the tree. So cute, and super simple to put together. 

10. WALKING TACOS 

Walking tacos are a genius high school graduation party food idea. Not only is this idea super cute and unique, but it works wonderfully for people who only have the time to stop by quickly – they can take some food to go! 

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11. PHOTOS THROUGH THE YEARS 

Here’s another great option where all of the crafting is done for you. Hang a super cute banner showcasing a photo through each of the graduates years of school – people will love this one! 

12. SUPER EASY PHOTO BOOTH 

Photo booths are becoming a must at High School graduation parties. Everyone loves taking cute pictures in a photo booth with all of their friends! This graduation party photo booth idea is so simple, since it just uses painted palettes, a balloon banner, and numbered balloons of the graduation year. Genius! 

13. POLAROID GUEST BOOK 

If I could go back and change something about my graduation party, it would be to add a guest book! I would love to look through all of the people who came to celebrate the day with me. This idea of a super cute polaroid guest book is amazing! Guests have a little activity they complete when they come, and you get to keep the book and remember all the smiling faces that came to celebrate your accomplishments. 

14. STRING LIGHTS ALONG THE FENCE 

Graduation parties always seem to run later than they were planned to end. No one likes to stop the party! If you’re hosting an outdoor graduation party, it’s a good idea to hang some lights somewhere outside where the party will be to help when it inevitably runs late and some extra light is needed. 

15. ORDER CUSTOMIZED GRADUATION COOKIES 

This unique high school graduation party idea almost can’t be beat. These cookies are so adorable, you’ll want to frame them! The person on Etsy who bakes these and decorates them has such an amazing talent. These are custom ordered, so you can call the baker and they will work with you to curate your customized order. Amazing! 

16. MOD PODGE WOOD LETTERS WITH PHOTOS 

Looking for a more unique way to display photos? Print out some of your favorites, mod Podge them to some letters, and spell out something graduation related or that relates personally to the graduate. This idea is super affordable, and allows you to explore your crafty side! 

17. ADD GRADUATION HATS TO CUPCAKES 

Sometimes, keeping a unique graduation party is as simple as making sure the graduation theme runs through all of the elements of your party. Adding some graduation caps to each of the cupcakes on the dessert table is a super easy way that you can do just that. 

18. UTILIZE WOOD BOXES 

Unfinished wood boxes add such a rustic and unique element to your high school graduation party decor. I love how this person used these simple wooden crates to create a ton of height on one of their display tables. 

19. POLAROID PHOTO DECOR 

Just like the guest book that is listed above, here’s another super fun polaroid photo idea that your guests get to participate in. For this graduation party decor idea, your guests will snap polaroids of themselves, and hang them on string in one of the picture frames, making for another piece of decor! 

Tip – large picture frames can get ridiculously expensive. Check out your local goodwill or thrift store to find one that you can paint to match your theme, that’s way more budget friendly!

20. HANG CANDLES FROM A TREE 

This is such an elegant idea for adding some lighting to your unique graduation party. Hang some candles in a jar using twine from sporadic places all over the tree. If you want to get even more creative, you can combine this idea with the one mentioned earlier where pictures are hung on the tree. 

21. KEEP THE THEME THROUGH A TAG 

On this Etsy shop, you get to download these customizable graduation party tags right to your computer, and print them off yourself. If you’re in a time crunch, this is an absolute lifesaver! These simple graduation tags instantly run the graduation theme through any of the centerpiece decor that you have on your tables. 

22. REPURPOSE PICTURE FRAMES 

Picture frames used as decor are super popular for graduation parties with a vintage theme. However, I think painting picture frames to match your theme works perfectly to add a little vintage element. The picture frames listed above are super affordable, since they are meant to be used just a decor rather than to hang pictures. 

23. USE JARS TO STORE SILVERWARE 

A great change that you can make to any high school graduation party to make it more unique is to use actual silverware! This is so much better for the environment, and if you have a dishwasher, it really isn’t that big of a time consuming change. I love how this person displayed their silverware in jars. 

THIS POST SHOWED YOU 23 SUPER CUTE AND UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTY IDEAS YOUR GUESTS ARE GUARANTEED TO OBSESS OVER.

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