3 Fresh and Fun Graduation Theme Party Ideas for the Class of 2022
I know that not everyone is a fan of theme parties. But personally, I love them! Not only are they fun and memorable, but they also make planning so much easier. The theme provides a framework for everything else: the color scheme, the décor, the food, and so on. A theme also often forces you to get creative with your graduation theme party ideas. That’s where some of the best ideas come from! Of course, graduation can be a theme in itself. But why not take things one step further when celebrating your 2022 graduate? Whether they’re moving on from high school or college, give them a fun and memorable send-off that they won’t forget.
Of course, the best place to start when looking for graduation theme party ideas is with the grad themselves. What are their likes and interests? What are their plans? You can find rich source material for a theme in the places they plan to travel, their field of further study, or the career they’ve chosen, for example. However, if you’re not having any luck going down this route, there are some more general themes that might speak to you.
Here are 3 great graduation theme party ideas.
‘Future’s so bright’ graduation party theme. With everything ’90s and early 2000s on-trend at the moment, it’s the perfect time to throw a party themed around neon brights. The key is that neon decor will come alive after dark under a black light, turning your party into a mini rave. (Be sure to hire additional lighting effects for your dance floor too!) Invite your guests to wear fluorescent colors or create a ‘glow bar’ for them to enjoy. Include glowsticks, glasses, and other glow-in-the-dark accessories. You could also get a face or body paint artist in to create custom designs in glow-in-the-dark paint. Blow up dozens of helium balloons and insert glow sticks into them, then use them to cover the ceiling for a spectacular display. Serve cocktails or mocktails with tonic water in them, as this has a magical neon glow thanks to the quinine. Commission a special neon sign congratulating the graduate. And, of course, be sure to hire a great DJ or curate a playlist that will keep guests on the dance floor all night long!
‘Reach for the stars’ graduation party theme. A star or celestial theme isn’t a new idea when it comes to party planning, but what I love about it is that it’s very versatile. You can interpret the theme as literally or as loosely as you like. For example, you can opt for a bold star motif and use star-shaped everything. Or, choose a more subtle astrological or astronomical motif. Hang star lanterns and twinkle lights from the ceiling, and be sure to set up a starry food station serving star-shaped treats and zodiac-inspired cookies, and space swirl cupcakes.
‘Diamond of the season’ graduation party theme. Bridgerton is very much the party theme of the moment, and it actually makes a fun graduation party theme. If your grad is a fan of the show, they’ll love the opportunity to make their ‘social debut’ as the new diamond of the season. A tea party is an obvious choice for this party theme. Be sure to serve plenty of delicious cakes and treats set on tiered trays. Decorate in pastels with florals everywhere, including a hanging wisteria display. Add a subtle bee motif to napkins, invitations, and other stationery items. Of course, you’ll also want to have Lady Whistledown-style society papers, personalized with details of the graduate and their glorious future.
For more graduation party ideas, be sure to check out this blog post.