Surprise your 2014 graduate with a party that they’ll never forget! One way to impress your guests is by personalizing your venue with photos of the grad and their friends along with their school colors, initials, and more! Check out these ten different ways to incorporate photographs into your party, and make sure to take a look at our other 2014 Graduation Party Ideas for more decorating inspiration, too!
- Hanging Photo Balloons: Make sure to save a lot of ceiling space for this dramatic decoration! Fill balloons in the grad’s school colors, and attach a 3-4 foot long ribbon. Then, hole punch a collection of photos of the grad. (Don’t forget to include some adorable and embarrassing baby pictures!) Attach one photo to each balloon, and let the balloons float behind a buffet, grouped in corners, or above the gift table.
- K-12 Photo Display: Put those yearly school pictures to good use with a K-12 picture display! Buy a photo collage frame with 13 slots, and place a school picture of the grad from each year (kindergarten through twelfth grade). Display this nostalgic (and hopefully slightly embarrassing) collage on the sign in table. If you like, have guests leave well wishes on the matte with permanent marker, and present it to the guest of honor as a gift!
- Graduation Color Choice Theme Banner: At your venue’s entrance, hang a personalized photo sign of the grad along with congratulations! Customize this fun sign with not only the grad’s picture but your choice of color, too.
- 2014 Photo Collage: If you have photo albums full of pictures of the grad, try putting them on display by creating a photo collage shaped in the guest of honor’s graduation year. Use sticky tack or masking tape so you don’t damage the photographs. You can also arrange a collage in the grad's school initials as a variation, too.
- Photo Album Sign In Book: If you have digital photos of the graduate, try making an online photo book which can be printed and used as a sign in book at the party. Shutterfly and Snapfish have easy to design books you can try, and guests will absolutely love leaving well wishes to the grad next to their favorite photos.
- Photo Centerpieces: Purchase photo centerpieces (like this one), and fill it with photos of the grad on their big day or even with photos of the grad hanging out with their best friends. Attach balloons in the grad’s school colors to each centerpiece for an easy and cheap decoration!
- Picture Clothesline (see above): Hang twine above the sign in table and gift table, and attach pictures of the graduate to the line with clothespins. This easy photo display works well for an outdoor barbeque or picnic.
- 2014 Graduation Photobooth: Don’t forget to take pictures at the event as well as including them as decorations! Set up a DIY photobooth with a camera and tripod. Provide guests with fun graduation theme props (caps, robes, college gear from the grad’s chosen school, etc). Ask a trusted friend or relative to run the camera, and attach a photo printer to the camera in order to print the pictures immediately. Have guests take their photos home as favors, and don’t forget to assemble the best ones into an album for the guest of honor.
- Vertical Photo Ribbons: Attach photos of the guest of honor to 1-inch wide ribbon in the grad’s school colors. Hang the ribbons from the ceiling behind the sign in table or buffet for a photo display that not only adds height to your décor but also draws the eye. (Try to hang 15-20 ribbons to make a big impact!)
- Personalized Photo Favors: Make sure to send your guests home with favors that are sure to be a hit! These graduation color choice invitations and favors, including mint tins, lollipops, favor bags, and cookies, can all be personalized with the grad’s photo.
Good luck planning your 2014 graduation party, and congratulations to the grad from everyone here at Party411.com!