Category Archives: Graduation

Over-the-Top Graduation Celebration Tips

Your graduate has reached a major milestone and now it’s time to celebrate!  It’s easy to design a party that will wow everyone and let that graduate know how proud you are of their accomplishments.  

Let your guests know about the event by sending custom graduation invitations.  Choose the colors and font, insert a picture and have the best invitation around.

As people arrive to your party, personalized yard signs will help direct them where to go and will announce that they have arrived in the right place.  A personalized door decoration will direct people inside to the party.

Be sure to hang a large multi-photo banner near the entrance. This vinyl banner will show pictures of several special moments in your grad’s life and let the guests share in those moments.   Other banners congratulating your graduate can be hung elsewhere.

This will be a busy day for your graduate.  A life-sized standee can help greet the guests!   Fill the party location with graduation balloons, while adding a little shimmer by using liquid metallic fabric to decorate for this special event.  Choose a solid color table cover in a school color, and then choose either a matching table skirt or one in a contrasting school color. Sprinkle black confetti on the table, especially around the graduation centerpiece.

Send your guests home in style with an imprinted favor sack filled with graduation related candies like graduation candy bars and lollipops, and beads in the school colors.

After this amazing day has come and gone, make sure that your grad has a memento of the occasion. A signature graduation cap is a wonderful way to have guests record that they were a part of this day.

Congratulations, Soon-to-Be Graduate!

Step One: Pick Your Party

You’re on your way to having your diploma, so it’s time to play your graduation party!  Now, where do you start?  Definitely get help from your parents.  This could be their last chance to do something fun with their soon-to-be graduate before sending you off into the big, wide world.  The first step is to pick what kind of graduation party you want.  A couple options are a backyard barbecue, a bowling party, a card party (or game night), or just have your friends and family come to your house and hang out.  After you’ve decided on a type of party, you can pick your invitations and start sending them out.  Be the first to get them out so everyone knows when your party will be and you can minimize party overlaps.  You don’t want to have a graduation party the same day as your best friend’s graduation party, do you?

Step Two: Decorate Your Location

There’s always the question of how to go about decorating for a graduation party.  This is where your mom comes in handy—let her go crazy with the decorations!  She’ll have fun with this part.  Don’t hesitate to help her or give your input, because this could be one of those bonding moments that moms love with their kids.  Remember, though, to concede a bit—if she wants to hang a graduation banner, let her.  Have fun with it and help choose one to hang over the entrance of your graduation party.  After you decide on a banner, another good idea (especially if your family is coming to your graduation party) is having a graduation card box.  This way, your friends and family have a secure place to put cards for you and you won’t have to worry about losing the cards.  Whether your party is indoors or outdoors, you can hang dangling swirls from either the ceiling or from trees.  You can also hang graduation cap cut-outs along the wall, fence, or even on trees!  Of course, you’re also going to have balloons decorating your graduation party.  Combine latex balloons in your school colors with various Mylar balloons—such as a graduation cap-shaped Mylar balloon and the classic “Congratulations, Grad!” Mylar balloon. 

Step Three: Food!

It’s a party; you’re going to have food.  Whether you get a party platter from a local sandwich shop or your mom and dad decide to cook, you’ll have to decorate the tables.  Pick table covers in one of your school colors and plates in your other school color.  Finish the table decorations off with personalized napkins, a staple at every graduation party.  It’s a good idea to have a centerpiece, also, to give the tables that final touch.   Every graduation party has a cake, too, and many times moms like to be the one to bake the cake.  She could bake one in the shape of a graduation cap.

Step Four: Favors

Many people take personalized napkins home from graduation parties as favors.   Make your graduation party more memorable by creating personalized favors other than a napkin for them to take home.  For example, not everyone has lemonade mix as a graduation favor.  You could also look into hand lotion, lip balm, mini notepads in addition to more commonplace favors like mint tins and picture frames.  Whatever favors and decorations you end up choosing, the most important factor to any graduation party is fun.  Have fun celebrating the fact that you’re headed toward the next great step in your life, you’re done with high school and moving on.  So congratulations, graduate!

Party Ideas for Graduation 2012

If you have senioritis, graduation might seem ages away, but if you have a party to plan it’s not too early to start making arrangements. Stumps Prom offers a wide selection of event decorations, tableware and supplies to help you host a 2012 graduation party worthy of your achievements.

Invites and Graduation Announcements

Stumps Prom is your first-stop for event printing. We can custom print your  announcements and graduation invitations with your graduation info, accolades, and any other details.

Choose a quotation for your invites or announcements to add a touch of wisdom or humor your friends and family will love. For example, try:

The tassel’s worth the hassle!”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

Once you’ve ordered your announcements and/or invites, you’re ready to plan your graduation decorations.

Decorate with Color

Decorate the whole party in your high school colors or your new college’s colors. Shop our decorations by color to find all the tableware, streamers, balloons, and big items such as arches and columns that you need. Centering your event theme on a color scheme helps you coordinate your party simply but effectively. Plus, the event will look amazing in pictures for years to come. We also offer plenty of decorating accents such as wall decals, vinyl banners, and graduation yard signs that can be personalized with your school mascot.

To make the most of the beauty of a spring 2012 graduation, incorporate silk flowers and paper lanterns into your décor. Use floral garland to accent your patio or railings. If your party is set for the patio, our paper lanterns make a lovely, festive accent. The lanterns add a soft glow to your event and they can be reused too. Plus, if weather forces you to take the party inside they can come with you easily.

Inflatable Decorations Make a Big Impression

Use inflatable decorations to create stunning focal points or entrances to your graduation party. Our inflatable decorations are reusable and unique. Use inflatable arches to create a gorgeous entrance to your party or use the 2012 inflatable numbers (pictured) as a focal point guests can take their pictures with. Inflatable decorations look awesome on their own or as part of one of our theme decorating kits. You can accent your inflatable decorations with gossamer, garland, or other decorating materials to match your event colors.

Hand out Memorable Favors

Party favors are a great way to thank guests for coming to your party, especially if they are bringing gifts or coming from out of town for the event. Choose from our selection of graduation favors you can personalize with your mascot or cap and gown photo. Mint tins make great, practical keepsakes. Your friends will also love personalized graduation frames to display their favorite photo from high school.

Check out all of our graduation supplies and other ideas at Stumps Prom!

The Planner’s Guide to Milestone Graduation Events

Planning an upscale graduation event is a snap with a myriad of stylish graduation decorations and graduation supplies.  No event is too big or too small to have the best graduation party supplies available to the savvy party planner.  Wow the crowd with these guide ideas for a phenomenal milestone graduation event:

Graduation Invitations
The graduate is the star, make the celebration special from beginning to end, starting with an impressive graduation invitation like the star lite invitation.  This classic black and white invitation has texture and depth with a unique star design.  Personalize the invitation with all the pertinent party details for the star graduate.

Not Your Ordinary Banner
If you can’t decide which picture to put on a graduation banner, then this personalized multi-photo banner is the answer.  The saying goes that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and if that is true, then this banner is definitely well worth ordering!  Proudly display this attractive banner at the graduate’s event space.

Graduation Decorations

  • Light up the graduation event with the time stands still kit.  The 2011 lighted wire column adds a spectacular accent to your graduation décor. Tie gold and black balloons to the metal arch, as well as a few graduation cap mylar balloons.
  • Frame out the front door entrance with the graduation door decoration.  Create an accent by flanking the diploma decorations with black pedestal & columns to bring the décor to a new level.
  • Another fantastic way to honor the graduate is with the personalized graduation arch.  Upload their senior picture and add your own wording to the arch.
  • Display all of the graduate’s achievements and memories in one place for the guests to enjoy and place a personalized memory board grad standee near the entrance of the party space.  Select several photos of the graduate and upload pictures of academic achievement, extra curricular activities, and special memories too!
  • Use graduation fabrics like gossamer, shimmera, and glimmering mesh rolls to design a glamorous graduation event.  Drape the fabrics as backdrops for ceilings and walls, or use them to cover tables.

Graduation Event Tableware
Simplify your planning by using the elegant starry gossamer table setting.  This beautiful table setting incorporates a variety of materials and items to cast a warm pretty glow over the guests.  Check out the graduation cake supplies available to make the dessert more fun and inviting!

This day is all about the graduate and celebrating all that they have accomplished, a successful event party leaves no detail unfinished.  Let Stumps Party help you achieve greatness in your party planning with all the graduation supplies you need.

Commencement Celebration Ideas

Graduation Wind Spinner

Graduation from high school or college is one of the most important rites of passage for your student. Celebrate that special grad in your life with a party, banquet or graduation open house. Here are some decorating ideas to get you started:

Honor your graduate with the finito graduation banner to celebrate his/her high school or college commencement.

For guests who will be giving monetary gifts to your grad, make the process fun, simple and secure with the brightly-colored graduation card box. This 12 by 12-inch box says “Congrats Grad” on the sides and has a slot in the top for guests’ cards.

Order graduation hats personalized coasters as a practical way to hold drinks. These customized coasters also serve as fun take-home favors after your event.

For an outdoor graduation celebration or open house, hang the unique rainbow-colored graduation wind spinner on your front or back porch, or hang it from a tree branch to let it catch the wind.

Senior Gifts for the Class of 2010

2009-frame-senior-giftSenior gifts are a great way to show your students how much you’ve appreciated all their hard work. Stumps Prom has many great options for handing out senior gifts to your students at Senior Week activities or Commencement.

Custom Graduation Mint Tins are a fun item for adding to senior packets. Include a class photo or mascot logo on the mint tin lid and add your custom wording. The tins hold ¼ oz of peppermints.

A 2010 Frame is a fantastic senior gift, which students can add their own favorite photos to. The frame holds a 5×7 photo and has a fun 2010 and star print in silver on black acrylic.

Our Graduation Jar Candles are an elegant gift for graduating seniors. The jar candle can be personalized with your own logo and custom wording. Students can burn the candle and remember their good times together.

Create a mix of the hit songs of their graduating year, or record speeches and burn them on a commemorative CD using our Personalized Graduation CDs. We’ll imprint the blank CDs with your own custom wording for a professional looking product.

Our Photo Travel Mug is a really cool senior gift that students can use as they move on to new pursuits. There’s an opening for their own photos and space for you to have your own personalized wording imprinted on each mug. They hold 12 oz and are available in clear, red, blue, and black.

The Imprinted Cookie is a fun dessert for senior banquets. Have them printed with food coloring to display your school mascot or a Class of 2011 logo.

Check out all of our graduation favors for more ideas.

Decorate Graduation Events for a Polished Look

graduation-station-commencement-decorationsStumps Prom & Party doesn’t just have decorations for your prom, we also have supplies for making your graduation events look classy and memorable.

Graduation decorations should be clean and centered around your school colors and mascot. Using the year in your decorations wherever possible is another great idea.

Our Graduation Station custom wall graphics are a wonderful way to use your school mascot or crest in your decorations. Choose a design or send us your own and we will create the custom wall graphic. They work great for decorations around your school too!

Hang a Personalized 2010 Vinyl Banner over the entrances to your graduation event or to announce important information in the days leading up to graduation. Add your own personalized wording to the Class of 2010 design. Our banners are each printed on heavy-duty, weather-resistant vinyl and are available with or without grommets for easy hanging.

Our Graduation Station decorations are perfect for creating a simple and effective display at your senior banquet, honors ceremony, or commencement ceremony. The Graduation Station includes our classic columns for creating a classic, professional setup, plus a personalized vinyl banner and a custom wall graphic.

Dress up the entrances to your event with Graduation Door Décor. The set is comprised of two diploma scroll columns and a graduation cap for the top. They’re made of corex and are attached easily to door frames with the included tape.

Check out all of our graduation decorations for more ideas on how to dress up your senior year events and graduation!