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18 Unique High School Graduation Party Themes

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With graduation celebrations happening in every season of life, it is good to be ready for one of the biggest. A high school graduation party can be the first ceremonial event to usher your student into a new life journey. Making this a grand event doesn’t have to be hard. Let me help you narrow down the possibilities with these excellent theme party ideas. 

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Career Based Theme

  • If your honoree has made their mind up on their specific career, celebrate that decision.
  • There are plenty of themed items for doctors, nurses, firefighter, policeman, and various others. 
  • I love the cupcake toppers that are indicative of a future career. 
  • Find the right career choice for your high school graduation party. 

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Future School Colors

Did your graduate already get accepted to the school of their dreams? Then celebrate that achievement with bold university colors. 

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  • The stores on this list make it very easy to pick up party basics in the colors you want. 
  • Think about the different ways that you can layer colored decorations to push that school pride.

Current School Colors

Celebrating the current school is a great option as well. Most schools incorporate gold or silver that give you a chance to glitz it up. 

  • I love a garland or bunting that has tassels because they feel like graduation caps.
  • Find these garlands in all styles and shapes for your personal desire. 
  • Find a set that has your school colors and place them in focal point areas.

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Sport Involvement Theme

Are you excited that your athlete is moving forward in their sporting career? Then show off their achievement with a high school graduation party that celebrates their commitment to the sport. 

  • Find memorabilia that adds to the aesthetic of their sport
  • If they play baseball, decorate the areas with personalized miniature baseball bats.
  • Do you have a football player? Then add some tablecloths that are field related.
  • No matter the sport, you can easily find decorations to suit.

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Classic Black and Gold 

Black tie high school graduation party

Your graduate may prefer a theme that is classic and elegant. You can make this happen with a decadent black and gold event.

    • Black and gold decorations are effortless to attain. And, you can use these decorations again for other events that may come up.
    • I love the glitzy and glamorous style that a black and gold party provides. 
    • You may want to throw a Hollywood theme party with this color scheme. 
    • By making your celebration a black-tie style event, you will guarantee this memory lasts a lifetime.  

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Fandom Themed Party

Harry Potter Party

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If your high school graduate loves a series or show that has seemed to define them, you can look into a fandom party. I am a huge Harry Potter lover, and I enjoy throwing the ultimate Harry Potter themed party. I think it is a beautiful theme for this style of celebration too! Maybe we’d all love to go to Hogwarts instead of traditional college. 

  • Gather items that represent your graduate’s favorite house
  • Incorporate acceptance letters with waxed stamps
  • Add in your favorite magical elements
  • Enjoy a delicious butterbeer recipe

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Doctor Who Theme

One of the longest-running shows in syndication, Dr. Who has captivated people around the world. If your graduate is a fan of the Doctor, then this might be a fun choice for your high school graduation party. Choose from a fantastic selection of decorations to show your support. 
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Comic Book Series

Between Marvel, DC, and your outliers like Dark Horse, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your graduate’s love of all things comic book related. Throw a high school graduation party for guys and girls that has all the elements of their favorite heroes and villains. 
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Tim Burton Themes

Off the beaten path, maybe a little more your graduate’s style. I know that I love the stylings of the different Tim Burton movies. With a bit of inspiration, you can throw a party that is based on one of his famous films. The whimsy and ethereal nature of his cinematography make it a captivating decoration choice. 

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Nightmare before Christmas
  • Beetlejuice

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Armed Services

We salute you graduates that are deciding to join one of the prestigious branches of the military. It is a noble and honorable choice to serve your country. This move is a very prolific decision and should be celebrated with a fantastic high school graduation party. Whichever branch they are in, there is a decoration theme to suit.

This party is a great time to make bunting with my easy no-sew bunting template!

camouflage army style bunting

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Dr. Seuss Theme

I love Dr. Seuss, from my Grinch inspired Christmas tree, to the books I get for my kids, I always have a special place in my heart for this classic author. One of the popular books is “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” and I find it a perfect high school graduation party idea.

Bring this loveable look into your party with delightful decorations that will capture everyone’s heart. 
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High School Graduation Party Venues


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Depending on the size of your group for the celebration, you may need to find a location that has the right amount of space. There are extravagant and frugal options across the board that will fit with your needs. Here are some of my favorite high school graduation party venues.

Picnic Shelter at a Park

These shelters are very affordable to rent. Being that most graduations take place in the summer, the weather can be outstanding and enjoyable. Throwing a bar-b-cue is a thrifty way to celebrate the day and feed a mass of people. These will get picked up quickly, so book with your park in advance.

Rustic Farm/Barn

Rural areas across the nation are renovating barns to make lovely hosting locations. The building is for huge crowds that are there to celebrate. A graduation party is no different than the style of parties these locations facilitate regularly. 

Rented Tent

You maybe like me and have a smaller living and kitchen area, but a large yard. By renting a tent, you give you and your guests a large area to hang out. The shelter offers the benefits of being protected from the elements. Tent rentals can be bundled with tables and chair rentals as well!  There are 7 Things to Consider Before You Book Party Tent Rentals, but I do like this option.

Church or Community Center Annex

Annex buildings are set up most of the time with a kitchenette for events. These fabulous spaces will have tables and chairs available. I enjoy using these spaces when I want to have entertainment or activities in addition to eating and gathering. The rental prices are reasonably affordable, and they are easy to book.

Hotel Conference Rooms

Do you have family members that will be traveling from out of town? I have just enough space to let one couple stay at my house; otherwise, we need rooms. By planning, you can book rooms for guests and bundle a conference space to throw the high school graduation party.

There are plenty of fun perks, like a pool in some cases. What excitement that will add to the celebration!

How to Decide

Yellow and white school colors high school graduation party

Here are the things that I consider when I am deciding if I throw a party at my house, or look for an outside venue to host.

  • What is my budget?
  • How many guests in total?
  • What is the weather during this season?
  • Will I have catered food, finger foods, or light refreshments?
  • Based on the food, will I need seating at tables, cocktail standing areas, or basic furniture?
  • If you are renting tables and chairs, have I reviewed the Party Table and Chair Rentals Ultimate Guide

Throwing a great high school graduation party can be straightforward with a little planning. If you need a tool, I love using my Thrifty Party Planning Tips & Tricks + Free Printable Planner. It helps me see on paper what steps I need to take to make this the best party yet!

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