Must-Have Decorations For an Easy and Inexpensive Graduation Party 2024

We are gearing up to celebrate my son and his high school graduation. His father will be hosting a small outdoor party after his commencement ceremony in his backyard, and we wanted to make it as memorable as possible. After all, graduation represents years of hard work, and we want our graduation celebration with friends and family members to honor our son in a fun and intimate way.

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We chose to have a graduation party for my son that was not very expensive. (Twenty20)

Of course, I headed right to Amazon because I knew they’d have most of the grad party decor that we needed, I wouldn’t be spending a ton of money, and the packages of graduation party supplies would be available for a great price and would arrive on time. As a Prime member, all these things qualify for free shipping, too!

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For one-stop shopping, check out the G&F Graduation Party Shop on Amazon.

One tip I have if you are a parent planning a party for your graduate: Pick a party theme before you head out to shop, or snuggle under your favorite blanket to hit “Add to Cart.” 

Graduation party themes don’t have to be elaborate – I chose two colors – black and gold – which I’m using for all the party decor. You can use neutral colors so the graduation decorations go with anything. You can also choose your graduate’s school colors or ask your senior to pick different colors. With all the choices, this little bit of planning with a color theme will make things so much easier.

High school graduation party decorations


First, I knew I wanted to showcase the year he graduated, and I love these oversized mylar balloons, so I got four of them in gold to spell out his graduation year, “2024.” I’ve purchased them in the past, and they last forever. For example, I got some for my son’s 16th birthday (almost two years ago), and he still has them in his room. You can use them repeatedly, and the best part is you can blow them up ahead of time and not worry about them shriveling when the big day arrives.


I wanted to set up and clean up as quickly as possible — I don’t want to be too tired to have quality time with my graduate — enjoying the day with him is the most important thing. This set of napkins, cups, dishes, forks, knives, and spoons will make that a reality.

For under $50, you will have a pack with enough supplies for fifty guests to eat and drink and no dishes to worry about afterward. Available in nine different color combinations.

Party Favors

I couldn’t resist this set of little graduation cap gift boxes. They make the perfect party favor. To add a personal touch, you can add a label with each graduate’s name for a little keepsake gift for your teen’s classmates. They can also be used for easy table centerpieces.

Party Decorations

This custom banner will make a festive entrance as our guests arrive for the festivities. Add a few other decorations like flowers, confetti, and graduation balloons in your color scheme for easy décor.


Creating a space with an exciting backdrop will give your “guest of honor” and their friends a unique place for photos. You can add a few props (included with this backdrop) as a fun way to remember this celebration.

Drink Tubs

This drink tub is excellent for filling with ice and storing drinks. My ex-husband and I don’t want to wait on people all afternoon and evening. We want to enjoy the party as well. Also, I always think going to a party where it’s understood you can help yourself is a lot more relaxing and enjoyable.

It’s hard for people to ask for something because they don’t want to be a bother. The more comfortable they are, the more fun they will have, which is what we want for our friends and family attending.

Serving Trays

These serving trays (3 in the set) will serve food perfectly. They are plastic, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking, and they look nice and sleek. These can also be reused for other gatherings or a night when you grill with your family.


I have ordered sandwich trays from a local deli which I’ll put on the serving table along with chips and guacamole. I also plan to set out sweet treats with cupcakes and my son’s favorite cookies at a dessert table. If you make or order a sheet cake, here is a cute cake topper. There are also cupcake toppers which would be equally festive.

Games: Outdoor Bowling and Ladder Ball

It’s always nice to offer something for your guests to do. We love to bowl as a family, and I couldn’t pass on this outdoor bowling set.

We will set it up near this ladder ball set I also got (but far away from the food!) and let those who like to start a friendly competition, while others like to mix, mingle, and relax, do their thing. Lawn games are so much fun for anyone to play.

Wireless Speaker

Background music sets a great mood and is always a good idea to liven up any party. I will let my son make a few playlists, which take care of the music. This portable speaker has twenty hours of playing time and is under $50.

Now, all we have to worry about is putting out the food, and we are ready to party and celebrate our new grad and all his hard work. And let’s face it, it takes a lot for the parents to get to this point, too, so we deserve some celebrating. Hopefully, this list will make your planning more accessible, and graduation day will be less work and more enjoyable for everyone.

More to Read:

For more info about graduation parties, including our thoughts on graduation invitations and announcements, read Best Tips for Graduation Party Decorations, Food, and More 2024 plus, here are 10 Best Graduation Party Ideas NOT to Forget

About Katie BinghamSmith

Katie Bingham-Smith lives in Maine with her three kids. She is a Staff Writer at Scary Mommy, shoe addict and pays her kids to rub her feet. You can see more of her on Facebook and Instagram .

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