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5 high school graduation party themes they’ll love

A graduate's high school activities can serve as the perfect theme for a graduation party
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When you’re looking for graduation party ideas, your graduate’s high school activities and clubs can provide a great, basic theme for the celebration. Party decorations and food can be tied in to many activities such as drama club, marching band, high school sports, cheerleading and more, giving your party a more matched and polished look.

With some basic artistic or scrapbooking skills, you can turn your graduation party into a day to remember. Find the description that best fits your graduate and get your party planning underway with the starter ideas below.

Bookworm
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Bookworm

Theme: “Turning to the next chapter in your life”

There are many fun ways to celebrate your graduating bookworm, from snacks to decor.

One fun decor idea is to cut two large pieces of posterboard so that they are shaped like an open book when laid side by side. On one side, use scrapbook paper or stencils and markers to write “The next chapter will be?” On the other side, let guests write in ideas, projections or even silly notions. These might include travel to Europe, get an internship, win an award, meet the love of your life, become a circus performer, train penguins to dance or become a world-champion pancake flipper.

Another great idea is to make copies of your child’s favorite books from different stages of life. Hang those pictures next to photos of your child at each age. You can also enlarge and hang photos that you may have taken of your child with a book in hand, at a library reading hour, or other activities involving books.

Decorating the walls with quotes from famous literature is another great option.

For snacks, use Cheez-it crackers bearing letters of the alphabet, cupcakes with toppers that look like mini versions of popular books, a cake with rectangular tiers stacked and iced to look like books, or pages of actual books torn out and rolled into a cone filled with trail mix or candy.

Athlete
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Athlete

Theme: “You scored!”

Decor for your sports-themed party can include a giant posterboard “scoreboard” that shows “school” with a zero and your grad’s name with the number thirteen (13 years completed), a die-cut mural of a diploma scroll sailing over a football goal post or home plate with the words “you scored!”, pennant-shaped wall decor featuring your child’s photo, or a jersey made up with the name “graduate” and the last two numbers of the current year.

Theme: “You’re flying high now!”

One decor idea for your cheerleader is to make a wall display of photos from all her years of school in the shape of a pyramid. Cut around a current photo of your grad in her cheerleading costume and place the die-cut shape of her balancing on top of the other photos. Place a banner above or near the display that says “You’re flying high now, graduate!”

You can also set up a photo booth area with a metallic curtain for the backdrop, and pom poms, bullhorns and whistles for props. Include a large cardboard or foam frame and several stick pennants that have cheer words such as “Rah!”, “Go team!”, or “Fight!” printed on them for guests to hold.

Snacks can include mini pails of candy stacked in a pyramid, paper cones decorated to look like bullhorns and filled with trail mix, cookies decorated to look like a scoreboard, or snowball cupcakes decorated in team colors to represent pom poms.

Snack ideas include filling mini trophy party favors with candy, plastic football or baseball helmets used as bowls for sports-themed cookies, mini sandwiches or stacks of cheese and fruit held together with a toothpick bearing a mini pennant, or a dip tray spread out to resemble a sports field and surrounded by chips.

Cheerleader
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Cheerleader

Theme: “You’re flying high now!”

One decor idea for your cheerleader is to make a wall display of photos from all her years of school in the shape of a pyramid. Cut around a current photo of your grad in her cheerleading costume and place the die-cut shape of her balancing on top of the other photos. Place a banner above or near the display that says “You’re flying high now, graduate!”

You can also set up a photo booth area with a metallic curtain for the backdrop, and pom poms, bullhorns and whistles for props. Include a large cardboard or foam frame and several stick pennants that have cheer words such as “Rah!”, “Go team!”, or “Fight!” printed on them for guests to hold.

Snacks can include mini pails of candy stacked in a pyramid, paper cones decorated to look like bullhorns and filled with trail mix, cookies decorated to look like a scoreboard, or snowball cupcakes decorated in team colors to represent pom poms.

Marching Band
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Marching Band

Theme: “Marching into a bright future”

An eye-catching wall display can be made from hanging several pieces of green posterboard side by side and lining it with white strips and numbers to make a football field. Then, cut out white circles and place a photo of the graduate on each circle.

Arrange the circles to make a formation on the football field backdrop. It could be in the shape of sunglasses in keeping with the “bright future” theme, or you could make numbers to represent the year, the graduate’s first initial, or a graduation cap.

Another wall mural can be created by cutting scrapbook paper into the shape of horns, drums, pennants, and shako hats. If desired, place a photo of your graduate onto each shape.

Snacks might include cupcakes with instrument or music note toppers, round cakes stacked to create a drum, marching batons created by placing marshmallows or cheese balls at each end of a large pretzel stick, sheet music rolled into a cone and filled with M&Ms, or varying sizes and colors of Rice Krispy treat bars forming a xylophone shape.

Drama Club
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Drama Club

Theme: “The spotlight is on you!”

With black posterboard as the background, glue strips of a contrasting color down each side to serve as curtains and make a white oval at the bottom center. A light gray or white beam of light can be created with chalk or white crayon. Cut out a photo of your graduate and “stand” it in the spotlight. A banner or marquee sign at the top can read “The spotlight is on you, graduate. Congratulations!”

Create movie posters by making a collage of photos of the graduate with scrapbook paper letters that say phrases such as “College: Coming soon!” or “Soon to be working at an office near you!”

Hang a paper or chalkboard clap board, glittery stars, a “starring the graduate” sign, or long strands of tickets for extra accents.

Snacks can include popcorn in striped buckets, boxed candy lined up like a concession stand display, hot pretzels, cupcakes with drama mask toppers, or marquee cookies that say “Starring” and the graduate’s name.