25 Graduation Party Ideas for High School or College Grads

RedWater Events
February 17, 2022

Congratulations—on beginning the planning process, that is. Whether you are organizing your own graduation party, or you’re in charge of designing an awesome shindig for your soon-to-be high school or college graduate, we are excited to guide you through the process. There are many decisions to make between venues, food, decorations, and party favors, and we have ideas to take your party to the next level.

10+ Great Graduation Party Location Ideas

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Before you determine the day-of specifics, you’ll need to find a venue that suits the amount of guests in attendance, as well as ensuring the space is large enough for whatever activities and decor your grad has in mind. Pick a place your grad will be excited to show off and, of course, feel special—this day is all about celebrating them! 

While some choose to host their party at home, this can add an enormous amount of stress to what is supposed to be a fun, exciting endeavor. Skip the added work of cleaning and perfecting your home, and find a venue that can take care of the heavy lifting. 

High School Grad Party Location Ideas

College Graduation Venue Ideas

We can help you in finding the perfect location for your event. With elegant indoor and stunning outdoor venues all over West Michigan, from Muskegon to Cascade to Saugatuck, our spaces suit your party needs, no matter the size of your guest list. 

As grad party season is always busy, reach out early to inquire about the beautiful venue you’re interested in booking.

Top 5 Graduation Party Food Ideas

Now that you’ve found your venue, it is time to determine what you’re serving your guests. Let’s be honest: while everyone is there to celebrate the graduate, food is always one of the most anticipated parts of grad party season. Aim for flavorful, easy to serve appetizers, dishes, and sweets—bonus points if your grad’s favorites are on the menu!

When you choose an inclusive event space like ours at RedWater, the food is completely taken care of by our in-house caterers, making your planning responsibilities much easier.

Between dietary friendly starters like veggie spring rolls, delicious buffet meals, tons of yummy sliders, and top-notch doughnuts, cookies, and cupcakes, our open-house menu has a wide variety of flavors to impress every grad and their guests. 

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7 Graduation Party Decoration Ideas

Deck out the space so it is unique to your grad, allowing their personality to shine through. Highlight school spirit with related decor, and provide incredible photo opportunities that will last a lifetime. 

At RedWater, we love to create special memory-making spaces that allow your grad to be celebrated for all their accomplishments. Our talented event coordinators are ready to help plan and execute decorations that your graduate and guests will swoon over. 

3 Fun Graduation Party Favor Ideas

While not always expected, offering party favors for your guests is a fun way to thank them for supporting your grad. 

Planning Your Graduation Party

High school and college graduations are exciting life events that deserve to be celebrated in a way that will be cherished forever. Our team at RedWater is ready to help create the perfect place for yours! Reach out today to book a venue, learn more about our catering options, and begin planning the party of the year.