7 Graduation Party Decoration Ideas

An outdoor graduation party is a perfect way to celebrate a key milestone in your life. San Diego weather is perfect year round, but especially in May and June. Whether you choose to host the party at the park, beach, or your backyard, here are a few decorating ideas to bring your party to life visually.

1. Outdoor String Lighting

Warm glowing string lighting can be hung in a tree, along fences, or on deck structures to create a magical space. Guests will feel the festive spirit as soon as they walk in! (Or rather, out!)

2. Grad Party Tablecloths

Cover your tables with grad caps and tassels and don’t forget the table runners! 

3. Table Centerpieces

Depending on your style, you can craft centerpieces with summer flowers, photos of the grad, mason jars, decorative champagne bottles, candles, vases, floral hoops, and so much more! Check out a few ideas here.

4. DIY Drink Station

The drink station could be placed anywhere in the backyard and you don’t even need to use a table! Grab a few wooden crates and drink buckets, stack them in a creative way, and fill them with ice and drinks.

5. Inflatable Serving Bar

If you want to go the luxurious route, purchase an inflatable serving bar and place outdoor pillows around it for comfortable seating. Friends will gravitate towards it and enjoy great conversations late into the night.

6. Balloon Garlands

You can’t have a graduation party without a balloon garland. These garlands are a party trend that isn’t losing any steam. You could set one up around a photo backdrop and use a polaroid camera to snap photos.

7. Signs and Banners

Welcome guests with festive banners and signs at your front door. You could also place signs around the backyard for easy navigation to the dessert table, appetizers, drinks, and presents.

One Last Thing . . .

A graduation party isn’t complete without mouthwatering food! After you’ve put so much energy into decorating, you deserve a break. Hire Picnic People to take care of the food so you can focus on enjoying the party. Check out our menus and give us a call!

Related Event Planning Tips


10 Easy Grad Party Dessert Ideas


Fun Grad Party Games Everyone Will Enjoy

Sun graphic

Let the Planning Begin!

It's never too early to start. Give us a shout to find out how we can deliver the most scrumptious picnic catering in town and help you throw an epic event from start to finish.