Want your graduation party to stand out? Skip the generic black mortarboard and be bold with color. Decorating with school colors stays within the graduation theme, while allowing plenty of room to be creative and personalize the event.
Use the Class Colors
Match flowers with the class colors. There are many flowers that come in a wide variety of colors including Gerbera daisies, carnations, aster and roses to name a few. Add school pennants or flags with the year in vases and use books as risers to complete the look.
Coordinate the tablecloths and flowers to create a graduation color scheme that’s filled with school spirit.
Graduation Table Centerpieces
These fun floral spheres are a versatile way to decorate with your school colors. We love the lush look of these frilly carnations, however any flower that matches your color scheme will work. Rest them in a vase, on a candlestick for a tall centerpiece, or hang them from the ceiling like disco balls. High or low, these decorations will bring a burst of color to a graduation party.
No room for a large centerpiece? You can still decorate with flowers. Votive candleholders transform easily into bud vases for an elegant way to distribute pops of color across the room.
Decorate With Flower Garlands
All over the world flower garlands are used to decorate for special events—from the simple leis of Polynesia to the elaborate garlands of India. Instead of streamers, make a long flower garland with carnations coordinated to match your school colors.
Asters also make an impressive display for garlands. Larger than carnations, these flowers are better suited for shorter applications like the backs of chairs or the top of a doorway.
Graduation Lei for the Guest of Honor
Floral leis are a beautiful way to mark a special occasion. Graduation leis are made using everything from money to candy, but we still love the celebratory look of traditional tropical leis made with fresh flowers. Stringing the blooms together is easier than making a daisy chain, and it will keep fresh in the fridge for several days before the event.
Now that you understand the basics, try making a lei from fresh dendrobium orchids. Graduation leis are festive and they smell amazing!
More Wearable Decorations
A lovely wreath can easily go from graduation day to party decoration. Use a selection of fresh flowers in your school colors to decorate a mortarboard. Display it on the table as a centerpiece or wear it to graduation if your school allows.
Greet guests with a fresh flower they can wear. A modern spin on a traditional corsage, flower pins will add color that swirls throughout the room as guests mingle and dance.
Celebrate the Graduate With Photos
Take a walk down memory lane by digging out yearbooks and class photos from kindergarten through graduation. Simply photocopy pages of the yearbook and wrap them around a vase of flowers.
Use a bouquet of flowers in school colors as another way to show off student photos. Mount images on card stock and a wooden dowel. Then, arrange a group of pictures among the blooms.
Personalize a graduation photo frame with your student’s image and name to place near the guest book.
Make a set of floral numbers or letters like this one to commemorate the graduation date or school initials. A large mixed bouquet, cardboard and a glue gun are all you need for this creative display of colorful flowers. Hang them on the wall for a pretty decoration or let guests use them as props when taking photos.
Turn individual flowers into floral photo booth props by wrapping the stems in wire and floral tape. Choose a variety of blooms all in the same color. As a bonus, the “props” will look great in a vase in between photo shoots.
Flowers Match Any Color Scheme
There are so many different types of blooms to choose from that no matter what your theme or color scheme, there are sure to be flowers that match. Check out our Pinterest account to find more ideas for decorating with flowers.