Choosing Your Graduation Party Colors


One of the most important events in the life of every young person is high school graduation. The second most-important event is the graduation party that follows. It can be an intimate family dinner at a special restaurant or a huge blow-out weekend at a fancy resort, but the most common and colorful celebrations are often held right in the family's home or backyard.

Wherever you choose to celebrate this milestone, the first step is to pick a theme and the appropriate graduation party colors. If you want to use your graduate's high school colors, check with local party stores that normally stock those combinations. Bunches of balloons are inexpensive. They add energy and excitement to any celebration. Tie them in key locations, or build an entire wall for a dramatic backdrop.

However, if you have limited access to shopping or the local store's color choices are meager, consider purchasing online. At, shoppers can use a special color finder to locate the nearest store that carries their personal color preferences, or they can order directly and have the items delivered to the nearest store at no extra charge. With 18 specialty colors to pick from, you're sure to find the right combination for your graduation party.

If you want to choose a theme other than the local high school colors, consider decorating with those of the college or university your graduate will be attending in the fall. This act of celebrating the future will be a popular 2014 trend and offers you the chance to do a little bragging at the same time. Research the school's colors online, and then build your graduation party around them.

A third decorating option is to simply decorate in your graduate's favorite color. After all, the party is a celebration of your son or daughter. Why not go all out with his or her favorite shade? Find an appropriate graduation banner that has at least touches of that color, or create your own. Then customize the party with balloons, paper plates, napkins, tablecloths and other accessories that repeat that color. You might also offer matching hats, sun glasses or other fun personal decorations to draw each guest into the party mood.

If your graduate does not have a favorite color, is not ready to celebrate college and is not thrilled with his or her high school colors, you can still have an amazing graduation party. Party City carries multicolored decorations in combinations of black, silver and gold. Add some matching accessories and you will easily create a glitzy, celebratory theme. This store also offers pink, white and black "zebra" graduation decorations that are definitely feminine and fun. Other graduation party colors include berry, red, royal blue, green, yellow, purple and white. Banners can be personalized with the graduate's name.

Party Cheap suggests covering a solid-color table cover with a clear printed "Congratulations" cover that has been customized for your graduate. Solid color choices include blue, orange, green, red, purple, yellow, white and burgundy. Repeat the main color choice in balloons, streamers, tableware and the centerpiece. A sprinkle of confetti on the table will produce a fun, festive effect.

Throwing the perfect celebration party for your graduate does not need to be an expensive project. Choose your theme, coordinate your graduation colors, and use them liberally. Your colorful party decor will practically shout, "We are so proud of you!" Your loving message will come across loud and clear.


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