Paid-Post-Icon-55pxGrad parties galore will soon be here — stand out from the rest of the class with these A+ ideas for personalizing your graduation party, brought to you by Evite in partnership with Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Graduation Party Selfie Station

Top 5 Ways to Customize Your Graduation Party by Evite

“We should really stop taking so many selfies!” said no one ever — especially at graduation. Make one of the biggest milestones in your grad’s life even more memorable by setting up a selfie station. Put up a basic backdrop — you can use a tassel garland and/or black-and-white striped wrapping paper, then add whatever message you want with our free alphabet printable banner (we included every letter so you can spell out “Congrats,” as we did, or customize with the grad’s name or catch phrase). Download our free printable photo props and hot-glue or tape them to wooden dowels (available at craft stores), then encourage family and friends to strike a pose and “Say cheese!” Be sure to get shots with everyone so you can send a photo to each guest in a personalized thank-you card.


Graduation Party Playlist

Top 5 Ways to Customize Your Graduation Party by Evite

Went through a lot of hassle for the tassel? Shake it off with celebratory jams! Make a playlist of the grad’s favorite tunes (or follow “eviteparty” on Spotify and use our graduation party playlist) and play it as background music — or clear an area for dancing. 


Graduation Party Best Wishes Jar

Top 5 Ways to Customize Your Graduation Party by Evite

Give guests the option to share well wishes or words of advice by collecting notes in a mason jar — just set out slips of paper and a couple of pens with instructions. As an alternative, set out a guest book, have guests take pics on an instant camera, then have them write a quick note on the photo and paste it in the book.


Graduation Party Photo Wall

Top 5 Ways to Customize Your Graduation Party by Evite

This is a celebration for the grad, so shine a spotlight on favorite memories and accomplishments with a photo wall hanging. Include baby pictures, family pictures and photos from school with friends. To create your own photo wall hanging, tie fishing line to a wooden dowel and tape pictures to it. Then tie a piece of twine to either side of your wooden dowel, attach a removable adhesive hook to the wall (available at craft and hardware stores) and hang.


Graduation Party Catering

Top 5 Ways to Customize Your Graduation Party by Evite

Cater food from the grad’s favorite restaurant (like eats from Moe’s Southwest Grill, shown here). Offer a variety of options for meat-lovers and vegetarians (we chose a taco salad bar) so guests can customize their own plates.


Before you toast the tassel, start inviting friends and family to your graduation celebration with the free Evite invitation below — or another one from our graduation invitation gallery. 

free Evite graduation invitation



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