Celebrate your graduate in style with these picture perfect graduation decorations. From adding photos to food to creating personalized party favors, using photos in graduation party decorations allow you to celebrate your graduate’s achievements through the years.
Whether you’re hosting a high school graduation party, college graduation celebration, or even just a fun kindergarten graduation playdate (hello water games!), you can use any of these great graduation party decorations to celebrate your grad in style!
I’ve got everything from DIY graduation decorations to ones you can order online and just put up when they show up!
Personalized Graduation Decorations
One of my favorite things to do is to use photos in the party decorations simply because this party is all about your graduate and you want people to know that! Use photos of them growing up, senior photos, or really anything as a way to personalize decorations!
Here are just a few fun ways to use photos in your decor!
Decorate Your Walkway
Use pictures of your graduate from when they started school until they graduated along the walkway for when people show up to the party! Love this idea from DoHappy!
Feature your graduate on the food.
There are so many different ways you could do this. Order personalized custom cupcake picks with photos of the graduates. Order a cake with a photo of the graduate. Or even some swirl lollipops with photos!
Create Hanging Photo Walls
We made these pallet photo walls for my sister’s bohemian wedding but you could easily do the same thing for graduation as well! Hang photos, lights, and other decor to give a chic look!
Incorporate photos into your tables.
Whether it’s adding simple photos in frames like I did for this Bohemian wedding or printing an actual customized tablecloth with a photo of the graduate, it’s easy to use photos to celebrate your guest of honor.
I used this customized photo Table Top-It from Shindigz to double as a table covering and a place for guests to write advice to the graduate.
Use photo Collages to Share Memories
Set Up A Polaroid Guest Book
Put out polaroids or Instax cameras and let people put their photo and a note in a guest book for the graduate to read later! It’ll give them something fun to look at PLUS it’ll give them a reminder (with photos) of who showed up for their graduation celebration!
Make sure to leave a sign explaining what to do like this one!
When I was looking for 50th birthday party ideas, I found the idea of using photos to write the number 50 on the wall. You could do it this way or make it a lot easier and just order these custom photo letters or numbers from Shindigz instead.
You upload the photos and Shindigz does all the work for you. These letters make an amazing statement piece at any party. I did it for my sister’s graduation party in 2017 (same year I made this DIY advice tree) but you can use the generator for any year!
Have a candy buffet with personalized treats
Either personalize candy with something like these lollipops, or use customized candy tubes or personalized candy jars. We used cute jars with a personalized topper, jelly beans inside, and a sticker on the inside that said, “Thanks for ‘be-an’ here.”
Create a Photo Collage to Share Memories
Put a bunch of photos together of the graduate through the years to create a collage! Family members and friends will love looking through to see everything the graduate has done and enjoyed as they grew up! Ad a few little momentos like this one from Sophia Lee for the perfect focal point!
Make a personalized photo box
Ever played two truths and one lie? Order one of these customized personalized boxes and include instructions on the box to have people write down three stories of memories of the graduate. Pull them out of the box and read the stories and have people guess which one is accurate. It’s one of my favorite graduation games!
If your group isn’t really into games, just have people write down things they wish they’d known or advice to the graduate instead.
Or use the box to hold cards or other small graduation gifts.
Give Guests a Reminder to Take Home
Pick out one of these personalized favors and personalize it with photos and something your graduate loves. We did bags with these personalized photo stickers and candy sushi to represent my sister’s love of sushi.
*This post was originally sponsored by Shindigz in 2017. It has been updated with additional ideas and details since then.