Graduation Party Ideas, Inspiration, and Free Printables!

This post is a part of a campaign with Shutterfly and LooksiSquare. All opinions are entirely my own. 

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Parties always start with a little bit of inspiration from somewhere, whether it’s a theme, a favorite shirt, or in this case, a celebratory graduation stationery piece from Shutterfly. I just loved the glitter and bold colors in the invite; it just screamed party!  I took the colors of the invitation, red, gold, light blue, silver and black, and spread them through the graduation  printable patterns. The idea of the banner on the invitation is repeated throughout the details of the party. Our lucky grad, Ally, thought her party was pretty cool, too, with all the personal picture touches! And because we love celebrating big accomplishments, I’m going to be offering all the printables in this inspirational shoot to you for free over the course of the week. The centerpiece banner is free is in this post, scroll down for the link!

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Using this sparkly graduation invitation as a jumping off point, I designed bunches of coordinating graphics that you can find here and here, as well as below.

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Confetti poppers (tutorial soon!) made using push-up pops were tagged with a pretty sticker that says “Congratulations, Ally!” on the front from Shutterfly.

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I think my favorite piece from Shutterfly I used in this party were the wall mount art. Photographs from a beach session with Ally mad for a perfect party backdrop, and she gets to hang them up at home after the party is over! Can’t wait to get some of these made for a few of my favorite family photos. I used a 16×20 and 12×12 boards to make the backdrop, then framed it with a tissue tassel garland. You can download the “Celebrate Class of 2014″ 16×20 poster here, and upload it to Shutterfly to print, or take it to somewhere that does wide-format printing.

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There were a few extra invitations, so I used them to make signs for the table centerpieces. See the tutorial on how to make these graduation centerpieces here. 

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Through Shutterfly, I also was able to create some glitter-themed address labels. Instead of personalizing the labels with an address, I customized them with a congratulatory message for Ally, and then used them to top off little favor bags for our guests. They’re easy to make, and I give a quick how-to and free printables for the hershey kiss stickers here.

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The cake top glitters with this “2014″ – see how it’s made here!

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On our dessert buffet, we served up some silver sprinkled donuts and a chocolate sprinkle cake. Donut holes with a unique presentation are irresistible, and mini-meringues fill martini glasses on the side.

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Tiny circles do double duty as hershey kiss stickers and as fun confetti for our party tables. Most graduation parties tend to be casual affairs without full-fledged place settings, so we just made up more fun centerpieces to spruce them up and let people sit where they may.

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Congrats to Ally on her graduation and thank you to Shutterfly for the amazing inspiration!

Comments

  1. Paula, you totally outdid yourself on this party! I absolutely love it, down to the smallest details! I love the way you used the invitation design to inspire such a fun and colorful party! Those canvases are gorgeous and such a nice keepsake for her, and mmm…I want those donuts!

  2. WOW! The decor is beautiful and those desserts are literally mouth watering –YUM!

  3. Really nice work Paula! Great ideas and graduation time will be here before you know.

  4. LOVE this! It’s bright and bold and happy! But, the color palette is unconventional, which I LOVE!

  5. So perfect! The centerpieces using up some of the leftover invitations are genius!!

  6. Those confetti poppers are too cool! And I love the circles on the bottom of your Hershey kisses and how perfectly they match your Shutterfly invitation. Way to go, Paula!

  7. Such a fun graduation party…..the confetti poppers are AWESOME!!

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