How to Host a Flawless Graduation Party

Gather your proud families and happy friends to celebrate your graduation
Graduation cake

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Every graduation celebration needs an extravagant cake.

Graduation is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, whether you (or your child) are graduating from college and are now entering the scary real world, or are leaving high school, ready to set off on a new journey away from home. To celebrate, there will doubtless be a party — whether you or your parents are in charge of this, we’ll leave for you all to argue about amongst yourselves — and you need to make sure it’s a good one. Read on to follow our guide on how to host a flawless graduation party.

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Now that school is almost done and summer is nearly here, it’s time for a big celebration, and no matter what your budget is, this is always possible. If you’ve got plenty of money in the bank, treat yourself to a fancy dinner at your favorite restaurant, or hire caterers and party planners to do all the work for you. But if you don’t have endless cash to splash on your graduation, we’re here to help: A relaxed party in your backyard with endless rounds of finger food, pitchers of cocktails, and of course, a decadent graduation cake, is all that’s required to host a perfect party. The best place to start is to figure out what your budget is. Once you know this, you’ll be able to decide on everything else, from where you’ll host your party, how many people you’ll invite, how extravagant the décor will be, and what food and drinks you’ll serve.

Once the budget is set, it’s time to get creative. For décor, we recommend going the traditional route and decorating with your college colors: There’s not going to be another excuse to use this color scheme again! Add some photos of you at school, as a toddler, and throughout high school to the setting for the perfect personal touch. This party should be all about you, but you don’t want to appear too self-absorbed — that’s for your family and friends to inflict on you by making sure you’re the center of attention for the entire party.

Your proud parents, family members, and friends will all be thrilled to celebrate your graduation, but they’ll be less thrilled if the food and drinks run out after 30 minutes. Make sure you over-budget on this part of your party: We guarantee that you won’t end up with too many leftovers.


Don your cap and gown, reminisce about all the fun times at college, and dream about your future plans. It’s time to see yourself off on your next journey with a flawless graduation party, and this guide is here to help you through.