My sweet niece, Hayden, is graduating from high school this year- and while I am so excited for her about the thrills of college and setting out on her own…I also get a little sentimental about the fact that she is going to college and setting out on her own!  She’s a keeper, and it’s hard to let her go.  So I decided that to keep from getting too sentimental, I would just do what we all should do and celebrate!  After all, it is a very important milestone in life- one that makes her quite happy!  So… let’s celebrate!  I wanted to share this great idea board from Pizzazzerie with hopes that, whether you have a senior, a kindergartner, or a graduate somewhere in-between, you can find some inspiration for your graduation party!  I know I am going with the mortar board candy pops for Hayden’s party!

7 graduation party ideas

  In Courtney’s words…

1. MORTAR BOARD CUPCAKES: Simple top your favorite cupcake recipe with upside down Reeses Peanut Butter Cups + chocolate covered graham cracker cookies for a clever Mortar Board cupcake!

2. {FREEBIE} Graduation Printables: Simple print, cut, and party with these cute free printables from Living Locurto!

3. PARTY SEALS: We love using gold medallion seals as party decorations for envelopes, candy jars, favor bags, soda bottles + more! Read more via Martha Stewart!

4. CANDY CUP CAPS: My friend Angie of Bakerella made these Easy + Cute CANDY CUP CAPS that you can make too! For the full how-to, visit her site here!

5. TASSLE DECORATIONS: Use simple tassels (check your fabric + craft stores) as decorations on favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite candy! Hang tassles on the table corners as well. Read more via
Martha Stewart!

6.Graduation Invitations + Announcements: Set the mood for your celebration with graduation invitations + announcements!

7. Scrolled Tuile Cookies RECIPE: Simple tuile cookies can be formed and shaped to look like diploma scrolls!

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 sour candy belts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Mix in flour and salt. Add butter, cream, and vanilla; mix until just combined.
  2. Spoon 4 teaspoons batter onto a baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat. Thinly spread into a 5-by-5 1/2-inch rectangle. Repeat. Bake until pale golden around edges, about 6 minutes.
  3. Transfer sheet to a wire rack. Immediately loosen cookies with a spatula; flip. Starting at 1 short side, quickly roll cookie to the halfway point using the handle of a small wooden spoon. Repeat on opposite side. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool.
  4. Cut candy belts in half lengthwise, about 3/8 inch wide. Wrap 1 candy strip around each scroll, and knot.
    Recipe via Martha Stewart