A+ Graduation Celebrations

 June 6, 2013
Posted by jenn

 – Graduation Party – Cliffs Notes Version

Last minute cramming. Feels like finals.

In case you’ve planned a party for this weekend but need just a few extra ideas here are some of our favorites:

1.  Treats:grad pop


Chocolate fudge-covered square graham crackers or Ghiradelli chocolate squares

Reese’s mini chocolate peanut butter cups

Peanut butter or chocolate frosting

Tube frosting in school or favorite colors (we used Wilton brand)


Place the flat side down on the graham crackers or chocolate squares. Dab a little peanut butter or chocolate frosting on the small end of the peanut butter cup. Adhere to the middle of the graham cracker or chocolate square. Place a Wilton’s Cookie Stick (20 for $2.29)

2. Party Game:

lawn twister

Lawn Twister! Easy Peasy!  Trace or draw with a protractor a 10 inch circle on the bottom of a file box.  Cut the circle with an exact o knife.  Buy 4 cans of spray paint, we used Krylon, to paint 4 rows of 6 circles as in picture.  Place the box with hole side down and spray approx. 6 – 8 inches above the cutout.  Keep can inside the box to avoid wind.  Space dots approx 6 inches apart on all sides.  Leave approx 2 hours to dry.  Longer is better.



 Copy, paste, print and cut out the above spinner image, glue to a piece of cardboard.  Use a spinner from another game, or make your own using a paperclick and cardboard arrow.  I found this YouTube instructional video very helpful.


3. Decorations:graduation bottle caps

A simple addition to an already party staple goes a long way to impress.  Simply cute 2 inch, black squares and attached to bottle tops with a glue stick. Add a a dot of glue to the center and use a crocheting thread, single piece or many for a tassel.  add another drop of glue and let it dry. Take a market in the color of the thread and color the glue to match.



Wrap printable labels on water bottles, mason jars or glasses secure with a few dabs of glue.

Here’s a freebie design just for you.

Congrats Graduate bottle wrap - freebie


Run twine around a tree or hang on a wall with clothes pins.  Place photos of the graduate from years past and invite friends to bring any photos of your graduate that they would like to share.

twine around a tree


4. Music:

Forget Pomp and Circumstance. Been there marched to that.  Let’s dance!

Here’s a list of some our favorite graduation and party tunes commemorating the big day.  Some will make you feel nostalgic. Some will inspire. And some will simply get your groove on!

  • Best Days – Here Right Now (Bonus Track Version)
  • Celebration (Single Version) – Celebrate!
  • Count On Me – Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Deluxe Version)
  • Dynamite – Rokstarr
  • For Good – Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
  • Forever Young – Lisbeth Scott
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Breakout
  • Glad You Came – Glad You Came – Single
  • Gold – Owl City
  • Good Life – Waking Up (Deluxe Version)
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day
  • Graduation (Friends Forever) – Vitamin C
  • Here Comes the Sun – Abbey Road
  • I Gotta Feeling – The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney
  • It’s Our Time – Marty Casey
  • Just Dance – The Fame
  • Just the Way You Are – Just the Way You Are – Single
  • Let Them Be Little – Let Them Be Little
  • Let’s Get Loud – On the 6
  • Little Wonders – Meet the Robinsons (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • Never Grow Up – Speak Now
  • On the Floor (CCW Radio Mix) – On the Floor (Remixes) [feat. Pitbull]
  • Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock) – Sorry for Party Rocking (Deluxe Version)
  • Run the World (Girls) – 4
  • Shooting Star – Owl City
  • Smile – Happy Hour (Deluxe Version)
  • So Long – Winnie the Pooh (Original Soundtrack)
  • Something to Dance For – Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance (Deluxe Edition) [Soundtrack]
  • Sunrise Sunset – Sex and the City 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The One Who Knows – The Beauty of the Rain
  • The Time (Dirty Bit) – The Beginning (Deluxe Version)
  • The Time of My Life – David Cook
  • This Is the Time – The Bridge
  • Time of Our Lives – Tyrone Wells
  • Tiny Dancer – The Greatest Hits 1970-2002
  • We Are Family – Rhino Hi-Five: Sister Sledge – EP
  • We Are Family (Single Version) – We Are Family – Single
  • We Go Together – Grease (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
  • We Will Not Grow Old – Lenka
  • What A Wonderful World – Wonderful World
  • You’ve Got a Friend – James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1


We wish you a wonderful day with you graduate! Take pictures! Cry a little! And smile a lot!             dr seuss