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Graduation Centerpieces

Updated on February 2, 2015

Graduation Centerpieces that Work

Graduation parties are all about saying congratulations. Table graduation centerpieces really add the festive atmosphere.

The design of your centerpiece will depend upon the type of party you are having. Many new graduates select a theme like beach, rock and roll, sports and any other special interest or hobby. Centerpieces can support your theme or just dress up the tables. This lens will give you some ideas about making or buying unique, personalized, handmade, and inexpensive centerpieces.

Some of the most popular types of centerpieces, that can be used for any theme, are photo centerpieces. Incorporating photos in a frame, pot, or collage really make the event a personal one by celebrating the new graduate. Ideas include posting current as well as past photos, even baby pictures.

Photo Graduation Centerpiece

Jessica, owner of Starr Design, created a series of theme centerpieces for her sister, who has an interest in film. She created photo holders out of wire and displayed a variety of photos of her sister shooting film.

Just about everything was home made. She purchased and painted wood stars from Michaels, made button flowers, and designed round personalized tags. Another unique touch was the use of actual film as ribbon that was placed around the pot. Purchase some 20 gauge wire, as Jessica recommended, and twist it as shown. Place photos of the graduation within the twisted top part.

Here is more detailed, specific information about what she used for these fun and personal centerpieces.

If you would like to try a simpler version, simply purchase a clay pot with inexpensive planted flowers. Twist some 20 gauge wire as shown and place photos within the wire.

Graduation Party Supplies

You can also use your food, favors and cake as centerpieces. Here are some graduation party supplies that will help you to do so.

Graduation Cookie Centerpiece

The nice thing about a graduation cookie centerpiece is that your guests get to eat it. If each cookie is nicely wrapped in a clear cellophane bag and tied with ribbon, guest can take one home as a favor.

Here is how to make this:

1. Start with a good sugar cookie recipe that works well for treats used with a cookie cutter.

2. Decorate each cookie and let the dry.

3. Place each cookie in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.

4. Attach a plastic hook on the back of the cookie.

5 Purchase an ornament holder and use it as the base.

6. Place one cookie on each hook.

You can also bake cookies with a stick inside and place each cookie into a vase.

Graduation Decorations with School Colors - Designs by Jennifer Stonebarger

These very personal and elegant graduation decorations were created by Jennifer Stonebarger. Each one shows a different photo of Ryan, the new graduate. The style of each centerpiece is varied, yet the school colors are incorporated into all of them.

Some of my favorite features:

*Apples in glass bowls used to hold the sticks in place

*A chalkboard with a personal message

*The photo of Ryan in his football uniform, so you know what interested him during school

*The stylized photo on the top, right centerpiece

*Glass plate with sand and shells

*Candle holders and clear glass "gems" sprinkled around the table

*The masculine, fun feel of the graduation decorations

For more details about these centerpieces and more great ideas, visit Jenifer Stonebarger Designs.

Favor Centerpieces

Why not save money and combine your favors and centerpieces. Here are some ideas:

1. Candy Jar - These jars have custom labels. Fill them with candy and tie colorful helium balloons to them

2. Favor Bags - Place a simple tall plant or candle in the center and surround it with decorative, personalized favor bags.

3. Grad Photo Frames - Place a thank you card inside of each frame and place them around a large photo of the graduate.

4. Personalized Candle Tins and Glass Candle Holders - Place a large candle in the center and surround it with candles

5. Chocolate Graduation Pops - Fill an inexpensive clear vase with coffee beans or colorful candy. Place chocolate candy lollipops inside.

Graduation Flowers

This photo shows a simple, inexpensive way to create graduation flowers centerpieces.

1. Take a standard, roundish, drinking glass or vase and fill it with clear, or colored decorative glass stones.

2. Fill container with water. You can add a bit of food coloring to the water if you wish.

3. Insert one or two flowers per container.

4. Sprinkle graduation confetti around the table.

You will find the confetti and gems shown below.

Photo Credit: Dave Parker

Graduation Centerpiece Ideas

Probably one of the most unique graduation centerpiece ideas I have seen, Emily Abad of Unique Craft Designs created this beauty. You must be logged into Facebook to view her page.

Candle Graduation Centerpiece

This wonderful idea is from the blog: DIYing to be Domestic

This creation was made with upside down dollar-store vases, garland that looks glittery, and candles. This particular party was for a University of Utah graduate, so the candles were wrapped with the school wrapping paper.

You will find more graduation party ideas as well as other creative and simple party planning ideas on DIYing to be Domestic.

Cupcake Centerpiece

Graduation cupcakes make the perfect edible centerpiece. A very talented woman, Jennie, decorated these cupcakes with some great classic candy like: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, Twizzler's and more. Here complete set of very simple directions.

Simply place these cupcakes on a white plate, in the middle of each table, and they will be the most popular centerpieces at ANY graduation party.

Handmade Graduation Centepiece

There are so many elegant, great ideas on Etello's photo stream. This centerpiece is one of my favorites because it is so simple and are probably starting to see a pattern.

Peanuts are the perfect filler to use when inserting decorative personalized signs, flags, or decorations.

Sports Centerpieces

One of the most popular graduation party themes is sports. Many party hosts use actual sports balls as centerpieces. They can be propped up on stands or placed in a large bowl with sand. Party guests are encouraged to sign the balls.

Another fun way to create a sports centerpiece is to:

1. Find a clear cylinder vase

2. Fill it with water

3. Add one or more mini plastic sports balls, which you can find at the Dollar store

The one shown in this picture also shows a basketball hoop which adds a fun touch.

Graduation Table Centerpiece Ideas

The very talented Tia Yvette from the blog A ScrapN Tia N Tx created these beauties.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love the cupcake, going to use that idea

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Lots of good idea here

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      windowtintinghelp 5 years ago

      I like the cupcake Centerpiece :)

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      Joycevoice 5 years ago

      Hi Gigi,

      You could take chocolate Lacrosse sticks: into a glass vase filled with coffee beans. They will keep the pops in place.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      any ideas out there for lacrosse graduate decorations?

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I really like the photo centerpiece until I got to the chocolate cupcake one. Had to change my choice then. Really good ideas that could carry into other events also.

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      TANITU LM 6 years ago

      Sets the theme for a Festive Party ! * Congrats All GRADS *

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      Joycevoice 7 years ago

      @Linda Pogue: That is a nice idea. Thanks for sharing!

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      I have seen money trees used as centerpieces. A nicely formed dry branch with many small branches is spray painted white. Small clothes pins are clipped to the branches. Guests attach paper money in any denomination of their choice to the trees with the clothes pins. It goes over well with guests and gives an extra gift to the graduate.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh these are wonderful decorative centerpieces for a party.