Graduation Party Ideas
For Your Porch
We hope you enjoy the graduation party ideas we have for your here. Our niece, Elizabeth contributed to content on this page. So thanks, Liz!
Whether you're preparing for a high school graduation party, college graduation party or even a kindergarten graduation party, we send "our warm congratulations" to your graduate.
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A Graduation Party on the Porch?Ever thought of having your graduation party on the porch? Dave and I did just that for each of our sons for their high school graduations. We lived in a big farmhouse with a nice-sized country porch.
We decorated the porch in purple and white streamers (the school's colors) and we had a great time. Our party was both inside and outside - guests loved moving between the front porch and the inside!
So, let's begin with our graduation party ideas: Think color, memorabilia, flowers, banners, mascots, food and drinks! Also think about graduation party games!
Using School Colors to Decorate
Use the school's colors to decorate your porch. You can make covers for your existing cushions, wrap legs of furniture in crepe paper, and purchase balloons all in the graduate's school colors.
You can also wrap the balusters and porch columns for additional color and effect. Using table cloths in the school colors provides a unified look. Be careful about crepe paper; when it gets wait, it can stain.
Use MemorabiliaMemorabilia can be used as accents. Most school stores have pillows, blankets, stadium seat cushions, and t-shirts that can be used in your porch decorations.
Decorate Your Porch with Flowers and PlantsOne of my favorite graduation party ideas is to use flowers and plants to decorate. In the right colors, they can be placed throughout your porch to tie your decorating scheme together. An added bonus is that you still have the flowers and plants to enjoy long after the party!
You may even have some lilacs or tulips in your back yard to put in vases. You can even use them in pots to line the walkway leading to the porch to guide your guests. This might work really well if you have a side or back porch you are using for the party.
Porches come alive with beautiful plants - a natural element in porch decorating. We like BloomingBulb.com because they offer the home gardener flower bulbs at wholesale prices that are guaranteed to grow! Decorative planters, flower boxes and vases with brightly colored flowers and plants will dress up your porch naturally. Find unique containers for your plants. They add interest and conversation-appeal. You can bring bookcases, shelves or small tables from indoors to your porch to hold your planters.
Our porch landscaping ideas section has loads of tips and ideas you can use to increase your porch's curb appeal and comfort!
Banners and Signs are Fun
Use pictures as graduation party ideas. You can make or purchase banners for the graduate. Use phrases from the school like "Hook 'em Horns" etc., or the schools' mascot = "Go Vols".
It's fairly easy to include a picture on the banner (how about two, one from 1st grade and the other more current).
Or how about blowing up a school picture as a poster and put it on the front door!
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Don't forget the mascot. Again, the school store will have facsimiles of the mascot in picture or in stuffed animal form. It's nice to have at least one to add to the decor. Or, you can go all out and paint the mascot on your porch!
Photo is courtesy of Harpo42
Pictures Pictures PicturesGuests enjoy seeing the graduate throughout his or her school years. Use pictures for graduation party ideas. Display pictures on your porch to depict those precious school years, the braces, glasses, and missing front teeth! Place a photo album, indelible ink pen, tape, and an instant photo camera nearby.
Have guest take pictures and write a message on the photo to tape in the album. It will become a treasured item many years later. Or, use a digital camera and post the pictures on Flickr or other internet photo sites in an album to share with friends worldwide.
Photo courtesy of M00by
Graduation Party MusicNeed more great graduation party ideas - play some great music! Better yet, most high school and college bands have their own CDs that include the school's fight song.
Not to date myself but our high school band cut a vinyl album back in the day - now to find a record player to play it on. If your porch is long enough you can have speakers on one end. Always be courteous of your neighbors though. It's a great idea to let them know your plans before you have the party!
Graduation Party Food
Food and Drinks: It's fun to create foods and drinks in the school colors. Punches can be dyed as well as certain foods - like dips and frosting.
Chips and dips can be placed in graduation caps turned upside down. Get the grill out and throw on some easy finger foods like chicken strips, small sausages, and potato skins for a real treat.
Photo courtesy of Glorious Treats
Graduation Party Games
Our niece, Elizabeth, gave us these fun games for graduation party ideas:
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