Graduation is an important milestone in anyone’s life. Whether you’re graduating from high school or completing your college degree and entering the workforce for the first time, celebrating is a must. Scroll through these ideas to throw the perfect graduation party that the scholars will be reminiscing about at the 10 and 20 year reunion!
All the Sweets
Who doesn’t love desserts? Ditch the boring chocolate chip cookies and turn your sweets table into goodies that fit into your party theme. Borrow some or all of these grad party dessert ideas:
Who can forget the classic Ring Pop candies? Your colleagues will be feeling ALL the feels sporting a tasty “class ring” that’s fun and totally Instagram-worthy.
Transform Pirouette wafers into adorable diploma cookies by simply adding a ribbon. These would be perfect for dipping in coffee, tea, or just snacking on them plain!
So Long Suckers
Another retro candy from your childhood: Tootsie pops. If you and your classmates are parting ways after graduating, these “so long suckers” will drop the hint that you’re moving away (and not looking back!).
These graduation cap desserts are a cinch. All you need is Rolo’s, a hot glue gun, construction paper, and ribbon.
To make your party even more memorable, customize your desserts with personalized labels! Whether you choose to mark your candies with your graduating year or the name of your school, your guests will love the added personal touch.
Some schools still do the “most likely” awards in their yearbooks, but if your class didn’t get to partake, why not recreate a yearbook party theme? Place props around the house or venue and set up photo booths with polaroid cameras. Create signs for:
- Most likely to become famous
- Most likely to succeed
- Most likely to win The Voice
- Most likely to win an Oscar
- Most athletic
- Most likely to invent something
- And more!
Graduating can be an exciting time but also a scary one. You and your classmates may be looking for some good luck wishes whether it’s for getting into their preferred college or landing their dream job. Host a “good luck” party with decor items that instill feelings of hope like rainbows, a pot of gold, horseshoes, shamrocks, and Lucky Charms cereal!
Looking for a low key graduation party theme? Gather your best classmates and host a movie and popcorn night. Hand out custom popcorn bags and watch graduation/prom-focused movies like The Graduate, Superbad, and Dazed and Confused.
Then & Now
Have your classmates changed their look since you first met? Host a then & now party and have everyone wear an outfit they would have worn 10 years ago. Gather up as many childhood pics of your friends and play guessing games to see who can be identified!
Pull up the anchor and say “bon voyage!” to your colleagues with a sail away party. Theme your decor with the typical sailing items:
- Lifesavers (real and edible!)
- A photo booth complete with:
- Pirate eye patches
- Sailor hats`
- Fake telescopes
Wine & Cheese
Maybe your classmates are a little more lowkey. Buy a variety of wines and put custom labels on them so no one knows the brand. Have your guests try and guess which types of wines they’re tasting. And don’t forget to pair them with cheese!
Share Your “Keys to Success”
Celebrate with your fellow classmates and their accomplishments by encouraging them to share their secrets to success. Set up a table with a bulletin board, keys, and tags for your guests to write down their tips. Carry the theme over to the rest of your decor with custom “keys to success” bottles and invitations.
Unlike birthday parties, graduation parties are often a one-time event that your guests will want to remember forever. For some great additions to your party theme, check out iCustom Label’s graduation collection page. We’ll help you add that personal touch to your party that will send off your colleagues feeling grateful for creating such special relationships!
Wedding season is right around the corner which means bridal party season is in full swing right now! If you feel like you’ve sat through one too many afternoons of tea, finger sandwiches, and yawn-inducing games, get started planning your bride-to-be’s shower with these fun themes in mind.
Couples are moving away from women-only bridal showers and including the groom, too. Why not host or plan a coed backyard barbecue? Send out BBQ-themed invitations to your guests to get them excited and show your bride bestie that you’re throwing her and her future husband a killer party! Let the men focus on grilling while the women sip cocktails and talk final wedding details. Give your guests a jar of spice rub to take home as a party favor! And don’t forget the s’more station!
Host a classy Parisian party for your bride to be and she’ll be feeling oh so fancy! And don’t worry, if you can’t find the means to give out puppies as party favors or an 8 foot chocolate fountain guests will still enjoy macarons, red wine with custom labels for your bride, a cheese platter, and a French manicure station!
Grown Up Disney Princess
Is it just us or has the comeback of Beauty and the Beast got you feeling all sorts of Disney nostalgia, too? Which got us thinking: who said Disney princess parties need to be just for kids? Make your bride-to-be feel royal with a bridal party themed around all things Disney princess. Serve crown-topped Cinderella cupcakes, invite a makeup artist to do Ariel-inspired makeup, and sip Belle of the Ball mudslides (banana liqueur with chocolate milk!).
Remember the 90s
Speaking of the 90s…if your bride grew up during this decade, she’ll love a flashback theme to enjoy spiked cherry colas, a Polaroid photo booth, and playing Twister while listening to Ace of Base.
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Arts and Crafts
Hosting an arts and crafts party can help calm your bride’s nerves amongst last minute planning, but also help with DIY wedding decor! Source the materials she needs for homemade party favors, centerpieces, or other decor and turn the bridal shower into a crafting night!
If your bride isn’t doing any DIY wedding decor, she’ll love a wine and paint night to blow off some steam and paint away her stress. These events are hosted all over so search for an event near you.
Is there anything more feminine yet glam than rose gold? Your bride will be feeling beautiful and special surrounded by all things rose gold: Rosé champagne with custom tags, moscow mules, and Ferrero Rochers.
Move over wedding cake tasting–enter donut tasting. Boutique donut shops have been popping up all over the place and create the perfect opportunity for your bride-to-be to sample some yummy donuts and take some fun picture for Instagram. Scope out some bakeries and donut shops and hit them up as soon as they open to get the freshest drool-worthy donuts you can find.
Host a wanderlust bridal shower for the travel-loving bride-to-be. If a getaway isn’t feasible for your group, no problem! Incorporate wanderlust decor like vintage suitcases, maps, paper airplanes, and fun geography game (turned into a drinking game, of course!).
Vegas is a popular destination for bachelorette parties but if it’s not in the cards for your bride, it can be a fun theme for the bridal shower. Get dressed up, set up mini poker tables, and serve black and red snacks. We’re thinking black and red licorice and black forest cake.
Whether your bride-to-be has ever traveled to Hawaii or not, it’s a crowd pleasing theme she just can’t say no to. Grab your grass skirt, pina colada recipe, and pass the time with a hula competition! Check out these super cute customizable luau invitations!
Throw your bestie a good old fashioned slumber party complete with sleeping bags, popcorn, movies, face masks, nail polish, and Dream Phone.
Feeling really ambitious? Turn your slumber party into a camp out! Borrow some ideas from this campfire birthday party theme to help your bride-to-be get away from it all and forget about wedding planning for a night. Don’t forget the s’mores!
Whichever party theme you choose, your bride will love it! Just be sure to add some additional customized elements to make her really feel special.
Bachelorette parties are an opportunity for a bride-to-be to celebrate one last time as a single lady before walking down the aisle. Tasked with planning the party can be a stressful activity, but also exciting! The bridal party has an opportunity to put together an event that trumps any other bachelorette event. You want your bride-to-be bestie to have the time of her life at her bachelorette party, but how can you make sure it’s unique? Whether you’re leading the party planning or hoping to contribute to the theme idea pool, use these tips to choose a memorable bachelorette party theme:
Make your guest list
The bachelorette party is a day or weekend to celebrate your friend, but the theme should be appropriate for the rest of the guests, too. Before booking the venue and choosing a theme, it’s important to get a pulse on the type of crowd you’ll be inviting. Consider the invitee’s:
- Relationship to the bride (a soon-to-be-Mother-in-law might not be on board with a risqué theme!)
Check the calendar
The season and time of year can be an excellent place to start planning your party theme. Here is a list of holidays and occurrences that might spark your imagination for a bachelorette party theme:
- New Year’s Eve
- Groundhog Day
- Valentine’s Day
- St. Patrick’s Day
- National Wine Day (May 25th)
- April Fool’s
- 4th of July
- International Beer Day (1st Friday in August)
Choose the venue
Your theme should complement the venue seamlessly so sometimes it’s best to choose the venue first–especially if you need to book it in advance. You don’t want it to get nabbed up! Choose a venue that’s easily accessible, affordable, and has adequate space to fit all the guests. Sometimes it’s best to choose a “blank slate” customizable venue where you can add your own personalized decor and props.
Determine the party budget
There’s nothing worse than finding out that the party decor, supplies, and other expenses are going to cost you an arm and a leg when you’re well into planning mode. You can save quite a bit of money by DIY-ing many of the items but knowing up front how much you can afford to dedicate to the party will help you from going overboard.
Creep social media
You’re going to great lengths to plan a party that makes your friend feel special and show her that you’ve put thought into her special day, so it’s important to ensure it’s unique! To make sure she hasn’t been to a party with a similar theme, head over to social media to find photo evidence of the various bachelorette parties she’s attended that were outside of your friends’ circle. Pro tip: Dig in deeper by exploring her tagged photos!
What are her favorite things?
To make your bride-to-be friend truly feel special, plan a party that was planned with her favorite things in mind. Fill out the answers to these questions to help uncover an ideal theme she’ll love:
What is her favorite…
- TV show
- Place to travel to
- Board game
- Cuisine, meals, desserts
- Music and band
- Sports team
Don’t have the answers to some? You may need to subtly ask these questions over the course of your planning process.
Determine how you’ll personalize the party
To tie the theme together, personalized items have the ability to set the tone and ensure the theme is immediately clear to the guests.
Get personalized wine labels for the party component and personalized water bottle labels for the morning after. Your friend will be proud to tote her branded H20 bottle around while heading out to brunch.
Personalized ‘pillow’ chocolates
Don’t you love when hotel staff leaves a little chocolate on your pillow? Treat your bachelorette party guests to the same royal treatment with personalized candies! Perfect for a late night snack.
What better way to welcome your guests with personalized party kits? Inside you can include an itinerary, mini bottles, snacks, and party favors.
Bachelorette parties are a celebration for the bride-to-be to spend one last night with her best girlfriends; one that she’ll want to remember forever. Whichever theme you choose for the bachelorette party, just be sure to include personalized decor that each guest can take home as a keepsake!
Have you ever wondered what the term ‘housewarming’ really means? Before there was central heating, guests would bring firewood as a gift to their friend’s new home. Unless you’re attending an early 20th century themed party, your hosts may not see the connection (but feel free to wow your friends with this story around the dinner table!). So if you’re looking to give a thoughtful present, pick one (or a few!) of these standout gift ideas and you’ll be sure to score yourself an invite back:
Your best friend is tying the knot and it’s up to you to throw the bachelorette party of the year. You have come up with the perfect venue (or maybe venues!) and a selection of exciting activities. But you’re still puzzling over what to give out as party favors. You hope to create a memorable last-night-single event for your best friend. And that means paying attention to every detail of the party.
You don’t want the party favors to be run-of-the-mill or too boring. But you also don’t necessarily want them to be too off-color or silly. You’re looking for fun with a big hint of classy. You also want to make sure they’re customized just for the event. No cheap trinkets or knick-knacks for this party. And you might be looking to create party favors that seem high-end without breaking your budget.
It’s a tall order, but very doable. You can easily put together amazing packages to give to each guest at the end of the night. These gifts can be focused on self-care and pampering, or they can have a fun party twist.
Your best friend calls you to announce that she’s pregnant. You excitedly congratulate her and tell her what a great mother she’ll be. Then she delivers the news: she doesn’t want to find out the baby’s gender until the little one is born. You immediately think of the baby shower you’re going to be throwing in a few months. How will you plan the shower of the year without knowing the gender?
Today, it is not uncommon to find yourself faced with planning a gender-neutral baby shower. Some parents want the thrilling surprise of finding out the gender at birth. Other parents might instead want the fun of a gender-reveal party. Others still might be expecting both a boy and a girl. Twins! And some parents might just want to get away from the gender-focus and instead have a party that’s perfect for a baby boy or girl.
Planning a gender-neutral party doesn’t have to mean cramping your creative style and it certainly does not have to be boring. There are plenty of great ways to make your baby shower the event that’s talked about for years. Here are a few ideas to help you start brainstorming:
A christening is a momentous day in a young child’s life, and in the lives of his or her entire family. This new chapter in life brings friends and family together to welcome the child into God’s family.
Creating the perfect Christening card is important, as this is sure to be a day the family will remember forever. Below are our top tips for making a Christening invitation the perfect introduction to an unforgettable celebration.
TIP #1: Proper Notification
It is a good idea to send out Christening invitations at least three to four weeks in advance to ensure the best turnout. If you are opting to have the Christening near a holiday or you have a lot of out-of-town guests, give even more of a heads-up by sending out the invitations five or six weeks in advance.
TIP #2: Format
The format of a Christening invitation is not much different from any other type of invitation. You will want to be sure to include a header, which is oftentimes a bible verse relevant to the occasion. Also on the invitation should be the following:
- Parent’s names
- Baby’s first and middle name
- Date of Christening
- Time and location of Christening
- Reception date, time and location (if applicable)
Nothing elicits a groan quite like a baby shower invitation. The excitement of celebrating a new baby is worth showing up for. But we all know how awful those old standby baby shower games can be. The cringe-worthy mashed candy bar in a diaper game steers you away from your favorite Snickers bar for a week. So when it comes to throwing a classy baby shower, selecting the right games is crucial.
Thankfully, you don’t have to rush out to buy candy bars and diapers. (Unless you plan to keep them separate, that is.) There are plenty of fun games out there that will have your party attendees talking for weeks after. Here are a few selections to inspire your party planning.
Baby Shower Games
1. Ice Cube Baby
Set up: Before the shower, purchase those little plastic babies you can find at party stores. Then freeze them in an ice cube tray. As you hand out drinks for your guests, put one ice cube in each drink.
How to play: As guests are mingling and sharing excitement about the new baby, they may not be staring at their melting ice cube. The first person to notice that theirs has melted calls out “My water broke!” This game can get pretty silly, especially if it’s a guys and gals type of baby shower.