school pictures for each year of the graduation (as far back
as you have pictures). You can either put them in order on
poster board or banner paper for your guests to see OR you
can create a game out of it by MIXING UP the order of the
pictures and see who can put the pictures in the correct chronological
up your own Graduation themed scavenger hunt - or download
one from the Internet - CLICK
some school teachers (ones who had the most influence on the
graduate over the years) and have them write short notes for
the graduate. These can be fun to either read to the crowd
at the party or can be given intimately to the graduate after
your hands on some old report cards and share them with the
party guests (good AND bad - hey, they graduated!) Sometime's,
too, you can find some gem comments to read from the teachers
(especially in the younger years) that could prove to be quite
funny to share!
a Book of Life for the graduate. Provide an index card for
each party guest to write a piece of advice that they'd like
to share with the graduate before they 'go out into the big
world.' Topics might include living on your own, getting a
job, relationships, and life itself. These can prove to be
not only touching, but invaluable to the graduate!
textbooks make great centerpieces! Check your local used book
stores to find cheap ones.
a fake Christmas tree in the garage? Drag it out and create
a Memory Tree. Have different die-cuts available for the guests
to write fond memories of the graduate. Have ornament hangers
available for the guests to put their 'memory ornaments' on
the tree. These are great for the other guests to read - and
the graduate gets to keep them at the end of the party!
make for great table centerpieces. If your grad no longer
has their books, ask around to friends or neighbors if you
can borrow books from those still taking classes.
decorating, the traditional colors of black and gold can be
but sometimes you want a little more color. If you
are opting to break away from the black and gold, consider
decorating in the graduates school colors.
as many yearbooks as you can find (going back as many years
as you can) and display them on a table for your guests to
look at. Lay them out in chronological order and, whenever
possible, ahead of time bookmark the pages that one can see
pictures of the graduate.
writing the invitation party information on parchment paper
and rolling them up like scrolls. Tie them off with red ribbon
and theyll look just like diplomas!
youve collected school pictures from all of the years
of the graduate, make a photocopy of each year. Allow your
guests to try and put the pictures in chronological order.
Its best to photocopy the image because sometimes the
colors on the pages will give away too many clues.
of time ask the graduate different questions about their experience
in school. The juicier the story, the better. Create a trivia
questions based on these stories. For a game, ask your party
guests the questions and see who can answer the most correctly.
With these types of questions, its often best to provide
the guests will several different answers to choose from for
each question, though you may choose not to. This can also
be done in a TRUE/FALSE format.
a Book of Life Advice for the graduate. Provide your party
guests with index cards on which they each can write ONE specific
piece of advice that they feel will help the graduate as they
undertake this new chapter in their life. At the conclusion
to the party, collect the cards at which time you can either
hand them to the graduate or create a memory book for them
with each piece of advice on a different page.