Yesterday I did some decorating for a graduation party so I'd like to share some ideas with you, since it is the season after all.

The party was fun and festive and full of color.....

.....and such a wonderful reason to celebrate.

We celebrated the ending of a chapter and celebrated the next step in the journey.

A brand new chapter.

A chapter that should be honored with festivities and laughter and joy.

So if you are celebrating graduation.....'s a few ideas for planning a graduation party (starting with this fun row of patterned flags from Eddie Ross).


1.  Start Small

A graduation party doesn't always have to be large and overwhelming.

Sometimes the best celebrations are a small, intimate gathering for family and friends like this beautiful tablesetting from Architectural Digest.

Set an outdoor table with crisp linens and simple party fare and let the conversation be the centerpiece.


2.  Keep it Simple

On a porch or deck, place an outdoor rug and set a table close to the ground like this festive table setting from Better Homes and Gardens.

Then toss colorful pillows and throws to create a retreat right at home.

Next, ask guests to bring their favorite piece of advice for the graduate and take turns reading.

3.  Creative Displays

Make your party displays part of the fun.

Ask guest to bring a photograph or quote for the graduate and then create a hanging display like this one from Better Homes and Gardens.

After the party you can combine all the photos into an album for the perfect graduation gift.

Graduation is a time for celebration. It's a time to remember and look to the future.

And here's to the perfect party for the next chapter....

Photo credits: Eddie Ross, Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens