Entertaining Series – Graduation Party Ideas


 If you need Graduation Party ideas, look no further! This shabby chic style “Keys to Success” graduation party has everything you need to celebrate the scholar. Just click on the images below to see all the ideas and inspiration to entertain your guests in style.


Anthropologie Style Tablescape

Dessert Table

“Keys to Success” Decor

Chocolate “Diploma” Rolls

DIY Favor Tags



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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. I love those Chocolate Diploma Rolls, really unique idea

  2. The keys to success idea is perfect, and different from anything I’ve seen. Love the chocolate rolled diplomas too!

  3. Great ideas for graduation season

  4. What a great theme idea for a more “grown-up” grad party! I also have to agree with many of the commenters here – love the chocolate diploma rolls!

  5. Thank you all for such sweet comments. So glad you like it!

    • Hi,
      I love this idea … trying to follow this theme for my daughter’s graduation party. I am having a heck of a time finding a white 2-tier cake stand for the dessert table. Can you tell me where you got yours?

      • Kelly, that is 2 cake stands – the smaller one sitting on top of the larger one. I think Target has them in 2 sizes you could use. Also, World Market, or other stores with a housewares department should have them.
        Good luck!

        • We had the grad party this past weekend and everything was such a hit!! Everyone LOVED the theme and decorations. I had a blast making everything and putting it all together. All of our guests went on and on about it and I was happy to give you all the credit. I told everyone, I am definitely not very creative but I am a pretty good copy-cat. :-) You made this very special occasion work so perfectly. Thank you so much! I have some pictures of the party I would love to share with you…can I tag you on FB or email them to you? :-)


  6. I love tea parties.

  7. Pamela says:

    Love the idea of “keys to success” advice from loved ones. I’m getting it together now-thanks-I think it will be interesting to see what people write down.


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