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Planning Your Outdoor Graduation Party this Year!

Outdoor graduation parties are fantastic! Start planning yours now!

Anytime a student, it’s worth celebrating. For the past two years, many graduation parties have been either canceled or done virtually, but we expect many people to schedule a backyard graduation party this year. Since this is such an important milestone at any level, you should make the party the very best it can be. To get you started, we’ve put together some of our favorite outdoor graduation party ideas that will take your event to the next level.


Graduation Decorations

The most obvious of all the outdoor graduation party ideas listed here is the need for decorations. If this concerns a high school graduation, then you can typically include the colors from the school and possibly the school’s mascot. College graduates may want to steer clear of typical graduation party decorations such as balloons and whatnot, so if you’re in doubt, ask the graduate what they’re prefer.



Holding a graduation celebration outside is a wonderful idea, but you’ll want to protect guests from the elements. The best solution is to rent an outdoor tent or two. There are a few different available and many sizes to choose from. If needed, you can also use tent accessories such as sidewalls and fans so that you can be prepared for inclement weather and to provide more privacy.


Garden Party 

Unless you’re having a graduation party for a minor, then you may want to consider making the celebration a bit fancy. You can start by serving hors d’oeuvres and champagne to the guests. You may also want to hire a professional photographer who can snap pictures of people celebrating with the man or woman of honor with their graduation cap in hand. This is a wonderful way to celebrate their achievement in serious fashion.


Hawaiian Luau

Flying everyone to Hawaii is probably out of the question, so why not bring some of that flair to the party instead? If you don’t have a swimming pool yourself, you may want to host the party at someone’s home who does have one. Don’t forget about supplying some leis and ask people to wear their Hawaiian shirts and sandals. This type of party will actually work well even if you don’t have a pool.


Ice Cream Truck

Out of all the outdoor graduation party ideas our team could come up with, this one is definitely one of the most unique. No matter the age of your graduate, there’s a good chance that he or she and your guests will be a fan of ice cream. Instead of picking up several gallons from the local store, though, you should consider inviting an ice cream truck to visit the party. Provide one free treat per person, if possible, with the option of them purchasing more on their own.


College Fiesta

Most cities have a local Mexican food restaurant that people go on and on about. These restaurants will often have large platters where you can save money on food because you’re buying in bulk. If this is a college graduation and everyone will be at least 21 years old, you may also want to consider adding margaritas to the party. Another option, of course, is to have friends and family make their own Mexican dishes.


Dance Party

Whether you’re celebrating a high school or college graduation, making the whole thing into a dance party will definitely keep things lively. You can rent dance floors for a small fee and either hire a DJ or go the cheaper route and rent a sound system that’s compatible with your iPod or computer. Just keep in mind that you may not like the music of today, so you may need to prepare yourself.


Photo Booth

Young people love to take pictures of themselves, which is why adding a photo booth is one of the best outdoor graduation party ideas on this list. Photo booths don’t cost too much to rent and will give everyone at the party a memory to keep for themselves or post online. They also typically come with many different types of fun, silly props that will make the pictures really special.



Even if you’re planning a large feast for your guests, they’ll absolutely love having two or three concession stands available. You can treat this like a summer party and rent a hot dog rotisserie, nacho cheese dispenser, and popcorn cart or appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth with cotton candy, snow cones, and ice cream. Mix and match a few of these and your guests will really be in for a treat!


Contact Elite Events & Rentals for More Outdoor Graduation Party Ideas and Equipment Rentals

Elite Events & Rentals has many different items for rent such as tables, chairs, tents, flatware, concessions, kids’ games, catering equipment, and more. If you’d like more outdoor graduation party ideas or have questions about party rentals in Tampa and the surrounding areas, reach out by calling (727) 791-7082 today.