How to Throw a Rad Philadelphia Graduation Party

Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.


Do you have a child graduating this year in Philadelphia? It doesn’t matter if it is kindergarten, grade school, high school or college, it is an important rite of passage for you and your child and should be celebrated. Want to throw the coolest party ever? Here are some tips on how to throw a rad Philadelphia graduation party.

If you are throwing the party at home or a hall, then you will need to fun decorating and food ideas to wow all your guests. Here are some rad suggestions for your Philadelphia graduation party.

Floating Thank You’s

Showcase all the important milestones of your recent graduate with a shadow box, but one that does double duty as thank you cards for your guests. Simply print out 4×6 photos of your child and attach them to helium-filled balloons for your guests to take home.

Tissue Paper Decorations

Adds some fun texture to your party decorations by making your decorations out of tissue paper in the school colors of your grad. You can even make foam numbers covered in tissue paper to display.

A Memory Jar

Another cool thing to display at the party that everyone will love looking at is a memory jar of all the fun memories from your graduate’s years at school. Get your child to help you put it together and you it could an extra bonding activity between the two of you as he or she gets ready to transition into a new phase of their life.

Graduation Cap Cupcakes

Delicious desserts are always part of a good party, right? Make these Graduation Cap Cupcakes by Lil Luna and everyone will be raving about them for years to come. These yummy chocolate cupcakes have chocolate graham crackers on top and the tassel is made of licorice.

Graduation Cap Soft Pretzels

What is more Philly than soft pretzels? A staple at all parties in Philly, give yours a special twist by forming them into graduation caps. You can also add fun dips like cheese, mustard and even chocolate for dipping. Get more information from Hungry Happenings.

Graduation Candy Class Rings

Candy rings are popular among the little ones, but even your older kids will get a kick out of Graduation Candy Class Rings as a favor for your guests or as an extra treat on the dessert table.

Fruity Diplomas

If you are throwing a little party for your kindergarten graduate, then try these fruity diplomas. Simply roll the fruity roll up like a diploma and then tie up with either a black ribbon or a piece of licorice if you want the whole thing to be edible.

Graduation Cap Treats

Get real creative with these special Graduation Cap Treats. Simply fill plastic champagne flutes with candy and then cover them with little graduation caps made out of cardboard.

Twinkling Lights

Nothing is more festive than strands of twinkling lights adding some soft ambiance to your party. String them up inside and outside to make everything feel extra special.

Graduation Cap Tassel Garland

Instead of just going to a party store for decorations for the graduation party, make your own decorations like this graduation cap tassel garland by Pizzazzerie in the school colors of your graduate.

Top Philadelphia Party Venues

If you don’t want to do a home party or rent a hall, why not take everyone out for a special meal at a popular Philadelphia restaurant. Here are just a few options:

  • The White Dog Café located in University City has fin dog décor throughout and plenty of room to accommodate different size parties. Located at 3420 Sansom St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Amada is a Spanish restaurant in Old City that is Jose Garces first restaurant. Impress family and friends with Garces’ mouthwatering cuisine. Located at 217 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106.
  • More in the mood for Greek cuisine? Then make reservations at Estia also in Center City. Located at 1405 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19102.
  • Giorgio on Pine is perfect for a good classic Italian meal. There is bound to be something everyone will like at this family-friendly restaurant. Located at 1328 Pine St. Philadelphia, PA 19107.
  • Fuji Mountain is a Japanese restaurant in Philly that is sure to please. Why not do something extra special for your child’s graduation? Located at 2030 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA.

A Bowling Graduation Party

If you want to do something really different, then host a bowling graduation party at one of the top bowling hot spots in Philly like North Bowl, South Bowl and Lucky Strike. Bowling, pizza and fun music, what more could you ask for?

An Outdoor Celebration

Another outside the box idea for a celebration is to do it outside in a local park or in your backyard. You can barbecue or make it a picnic, keeping it low key and nonstressful for everyone involved, but especially you.

There are plenty of beautiful parks in the Philadelphia area including Center City Philadelphia that are open for parties. Find out more at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise

The famous Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise is also a hot spot for a Philadelphia graduation party and dinners. You and your guests will get to see the city in a whole new way on this special trip. Learn more here.

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