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Keys To Success Graduation Party Decor

This Keys to Success graduation party decor will blow you away with its unique creativity! This fantastic welcome table with party favors will give your party that WOW factor with its key display. Introduce inspirational words for success as the cornerstone to this graduation party theme. This party has an Anthropologie-style and coordinates with these graduation party ideas for Keys to Success theme tablescape.  

Keys To Success graduation party decor

This welcome table for my Keys To Success graduation party is totally themed-out! It reinforces our key theme more than anything else. I set up this welcome table so guests can write notes to the graduate, and pick up party favors. It all comes together with the addition of a framed Key display that’s placed prominently to welcome guests.  

Don’t miss this Keys to Success dessert table that coordinates with this party!

Remember, auxiliary tables like this are a place where all guests will gather at some point. It’s important to make sure it matches the rest of the decorated space.

This can be set up near the entrance/exit of the party, or off to the side where there’s plenty of room to move around. This was a lot of fun to create and there are a lot of little DIY details.

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Keys To Success Graduation Party Decor

  • When I first came up with the concept of “keys to success” I knew I wanted to do some sort of display using all those antique-style keys I’ve been collecting. I decided on a display of inspirational words that describe successful business qualities. You can download & print the inspirational words here. Then I created a framed board filled with decorative knobs, locks, and hanging keys
  • I made the board by cutting foam core to fit the frame, covering the foam core with craft paper, then pushing the knobs through {with a screw driver} and securing them. The knobs have been collected over time. You can find them at Hobby Lobby or other home decor stores.  Download & print the “KEYS TO SUCCESS” BANNER.
  • Guests can write notes to the graduate sharing their own keys to success. Notes are placed in a small “drawer” that’s been jazzed up with a metal frame/bookplate and a decorative drawer pull. Gold scrapbook paper is fitted to finish off the look.
  • Favors are housed in a small garden tote box that has yet another metal frame attached to the front {using Glue Dots}.
  • The favors themselves are placed inside of brown glassine envelopes, and dressed up with a ‘thank you’ tag.  See the DIY favor bag instructions here.

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I certainly hope this Keys to Success graduation party decor inspires you. The entire party is coordinated using recurring elements like small metal frames, antique-style keys, flower arrangements, patterned fabric, and printed pennants. With a few DIY details you can add style to any celebration!

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33 Comments

  1. Absolutely love! Do you have the template for the sign Share your KEYS to success for the graduate? Thank you so much!!!

    1. Hi Terri,
      I don’t. That was made on an old site that doesn’t exist anymore. You cold make something similar using PicMonkey.com.

  2. I am in love with all of this decor!! Fabulous idea!!
    Done very tastefully too:). Could you please tell me
    What you put in the favor bags? Doing this in May:)
    Thanks so much.

  3. HI:

    JUST LOVE YOUR IDEAS. I’M DOING A COLLEGE GRAUATION PARTY FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTER, SHE LOST BOTH HER PARENTS & I’D LIKE TO IT REALLY NICE & DIFFERENT. THIS IS HER STYLE, THE ONLY REAL QUESTION I HAVE IS, “WHAT SIZE IS THE FRAME HOLDING THE KEYS & KNOBS”.

    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME & CONSIDERATION

    CAROLE

  4. Chris–trying to recreate! HELP! can you email me with details of small sign, banner, and tag ideas???
    Any help would be appreciated!!! would like to know what font too!!
    Thanks for your wonderful ideas that you so willingly share!! You are awesome!

    1. Hi Kim, the “keys to success” banner can be downloaded via the link in the post. The sign was made using an old site that isn’t available anymore, but I use PicMonkey for all the same projects – they just have different fonts now.

    1. Thanks Brenda. I got all the keys from the $1 section of Michael’s. They are actually there now (at mine, so hopefully yours too). They also have some in the crafting/scrapbooking section.

  5. Very fun idea!! love it for a graduation party theme…i am so curious as to what you put inside the favor bags? i love to have favors for guests.
    Thank you for such a wonderful idea,
    Robin

  6. Is there anyway you could e-mail me the text/font or actual document of the “Share your keys of success with the graduate”?
    Thanks!
    Chloe M.

  7. Hi Chris,

    How was the banner above the mirror “Key’s to Success” created? Was it stamped or printed?

    Thanks
    Vicki

      1. I am trying to duplicate that..and can’t get it work…no one knows how to print it… How did you get it done?

          1. I am working on this for my daughter’s graduation party 6/1. Can you help me out with how you did the banner?

    1. Thank you Angela. I actually collected mine over a couple of years, from Michael’s for $1 each {in the dollar aisle}. I was just there a few days ago and found a packet of 6 for $4 in the scrapbook section {where they have lots of metal embellishments}. Hope that helps.
      BTW, you can also do a search online for “vintage style keys” and find some retailers. Good luck!

  8. Chris- Would you please share where you found the vintage note cards? Thank you.

  9. Hi Charmaine,
    I got those at either Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, in the same section as the adhesive “locks” you see here.

  10. Hi Chris – this is simply stunning. I have been searching for an ornate oval mirror just like the one you used – any tips where to find one like this?

    1. Hi Vickie,
      I don’t know where you could find a mirror, except at antique malls and thrift stores. This frame is from IKEA (not a mirror though).

  11. Such a clever and fun idea! Love the “Keys to Success” – it’s so inspirational!! 🙂 -Dani

  12. Simply love the styling and the key’s board with inspiring words. Gonna do this for my daughters graduation party!

  13. This is such a sweet idea! Especially because I love hoarding old keys! I’ll have to bookmark this.

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