Do It Yourself: Graduation Party Favors

Whether you're hosting a graduation party at your home or at a nearby venue, be sure to try these do-it-yourself ideas for graduation party favors to add a personal touch.

  • Graduation party favor ideas for little kids:  If you're catering to a younger crowd, whip up a batch of homemade granola (store-bought is good too!), scoop into brown paper bags and personalize each with a name tag and few party-themed stickers. A homemade graduation party favor idea that doubles as a table decoration and a favor is soup can flower holders. Collect soup cans, remove the labels and apply two layers of brightly-colored acrylic paint. Then, paint a square section with blackboard paint. Punch a hold at the top of the can with a metal hole-punch. Take a piece of chalk and tie some twine around one end. Thread the other end of twine through the hole and knot. Write a fun little note, fill with fresh wildflowers and place a few on each table. The kids can take these with them to use as pencil holders and have fun writing silly phrases.
  • Graduation party favors for older kids:  For an older crowd, create a popcorn bar with freshly popped corn and a variety of seasonings displayed in apothocary jars. Buy old-fashioned popcorn bags from your local craft store and let the kids take home a salty snack. Keep the kids busy during the summer with a survival kit - purchase some sturdy gift bags and fill them with goodies like a box of colored chalk, Mad Libs, stickers, coloring books, etc.
  • High school graduation party favors:  Ask the graduate to make a playlist of memorable songs from their high school career and burn the playlist onto CDs for the guests. Print out CD labels for each friend with a personal note from the graduate and play the music as they all reminisce about  their high school memories. Wish all the graduates good fortune with a personalized Malabar chestnut tree (commonly known as a money tree). They can be purchased at most chain hardware stores for under $20 each. Buy a package of parchment bags at your grocery store and slip each plant into the bags. Wrap school-colored ribbons around the body of the bag and attach a handwritten note to the graduate.
  • Personalized graduation party favors for college graduates:  Take a variety of pictures of the graduate through the years to your local printing store. They will be able to digitally arrange the photos into a collage and print on cardstock. Arrange to have guests arrive early to sign the collage with encouraging words and then present the gift to the graduate during their toast. 

No matter what you give out as party favors at the graduate's party, keep the focus on the fantastic achievement he/she has just made and you're sure to make memories for all guests to cherish.

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