Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Graduation Party Ideas

Looking for fun graduation party ideas? Check out this colorful Oh, the Places You’ll Go themed party for a high school graduation.

What a whirlwind weekend! I’m exhausted! But I would definitely say that my sister’s graduation party was a big success. Everyone kept telling me how lovely all the decorations were and my sister had a good time, which is the most important thing! I got some great pictures of the decorations, but of course I’m missing a few because my mom showed up with all the food before I could finish. Doesn’t she realize I have a blog to run?

Completely on accident the party ended up being inspired by the cover of Dr. Suess’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! which is my go-to graduation gift.oh the places you'll goThis was completely unintentional, especially since my sister wanted her theme to be cats. Oh well. The biggest reason I felt like the party was Dr. Seuss themed was because of the bright pink, orange and yellow, which my sister requested, decorations. I wrapped every surface of my house in these colors. front yard party decor(Also the balloon path was a fail. More on that on Wednesday)front porch party decorgraduation party decorationsgraduation party decorWrapping all of the streamers around the banisters and porches made me really anxious to decorate for Christmas, only 6 months to go! living room party decorationstissue paper garland decorationstissue paper pom pom decorationsAll of the colors were so happy and cheerful and I really feel like using the same colors, streamers and pom poms in each party space made everything look cohesive. But I was most proud of the outdoor setup. Our patio is small, but I had tables and chairs in the yard and it worked. It actually has made Jesse and I reconsider our vision for the backyard. (More on that next week, I know I’m a tease.)graduation partyThe outdoors pictures are the ones that I didn’t get enough of, but you can see here that I had 3 tables set up with matching table runners and centerpieces to keep things cohesive (new favorite word) even though every chair and table were different. I also hung more streamers, tissue paper pom poms and a few paper lanterns in the trees and on the outside of the house.gold centerpiecesThe centerpieces were simply Dollar Tree vases that I sprayed with my favorite metallic gold spray paint paired with gold mason jars or bottles. Chelsea, sorry I copycatted you, thanks for being an inspiration! 😉graduation party centerpiecesI also put Jesse’s beer pong table to more appropriate use and set it up to be the present/utensil station. back yard graduation party The straws are something I picked up at IKEA months ago and fit the theme perfectly. I even used the washi tape from the invitations to wrap the flower pot that the straws are in and to tape up the garland. Look at me tying things together. backyard graduation party The plates were just bright yellow plates from Target and the napkins were pink, yellow and orange tie-dye, also from Target. Sorry these pictures are kind of wonky, we have a giant dog wood tree that totally covers the patio, and where our guests were sitting that cast some crazy shadows. Perfect for an outdoor party on a hot summer day, but no bueno for pictures of said party. graduation pictureThere’s that washi tape again and a picture of my gorgeous graduating sister! They grow up so fast!graduation party foodOf course it wouldn’t be a party without the food. We had a ton of sides like pasta salad, potato salad, fresh fruit, 7-layer dip and my buffalo chicken dip. Plus my mom ordered a few pounds (yes pounds) of BBQ, cole slaw and baked beans from our local BBQ joint. And of course there was a cake.graduation cakeThe party was an excellent success, and everyone had a wonderful time. It was nice to have most of my family over for the first time and give them tours of my house and everything. Plus giving a tour always helps me put my thoughts together on what room or project I need to work on next. 😉 And my sisters and I got to snag some time for pictures with our aunts, mom and each other. sister picture

After the party was over Jesse and cleaned the house, which only took 2 hours, and headed to another party. Then on Sunday my best friend and her husband came to stay with us. They’ve been living in Florida since I met her in college but they moved to Pennsylvania this weekend! I’m beyond thrilled to have her a mere 4 hours away and to be able to see her more often than once every couple of years. Plus she’s moving near Melanie and Bekah, so I’m seeing some blog hangouts in my future too! 🙂

How was your weekend? Do anything fun? Anyone else have a long distance BFF?

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16 Comments

  1. I’ve been waiting for this post all morning! Everything looks so great and I can’t wait to hear more details about the patio re-vision.

    I can’t believe your friend is moving mere miles from Bekah & I, of all places in the world! So excited! Kind of crazy that I have yet to meet Bekah though!

  2. It came together so great! You are such a great sister for hosting 🙂

    Everything is definitely cohesive.haha. but really, it all looks very put together without being way over the top!

    I’m excited to hear about your new backyard ideas!

  3. Love all the decorations!! It looks like a great party. Can’t wait to hear your plans for the backyard.
    One of my best friends moved back home after 7 years of living across the country so I’m thrilled! We had a welcome back dinner last Friday for her 🙂

  4. I love the decorations! You did such a great job! I’m sure your sister loved it!

    Can’t wait to hear about your backyard!

  5. It turned out great and I can tell you out a lot of work into it. I’m sure she appreciates all the hard work you did.

  6. I still love that color combo! I’m glad all went well. And mmmmmm pasta salad. This pregnant lady caves Italian dressing like every other minute. I need some now, actually.

  7. I’m so glad to hear the party was a success! Everything looks lovely! You did a great job =)

  8. Ok, I see you’ve made a few tissue paper poms too :). They looked great. You really did decorate everything. Your house looked so festive and fun. What a wonderful celebration. And…now I can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas 🙂

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