5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Backyard Graduation Party

Graduation season is upon us! There are so many perks to having a backyard graduation party. It’s a big money saver to avoid having a location fee, and it is also a cozy, more personal event space. A backyard party means less hauling and planning, and everything you need is right there. As an added bonus, you have access to your own kitchen and backyard grill which can also help with the savings. Whether you are throwing an intimate family gathering, or a big celebration with extended family and friends, we’ve got some tips to make your backyard graduation party a success.


We all know that food is key to any party. While you can go with almost any food, you can go the extra step for some cute, graduation party-themed food. Serve your guest of honor’s favorites! Favorite snack, dessert, or both. It’s a great way to make them feel important on their special day!

A good buffet/station that’s easy never disappoints. A walking taco bar, a burger or hot dog bar, a sandwich bar, even a nacho bar! Any bar!

Diploma cookies for dessert are gaining popularity. Grab a canister of pirouettes and put a ribbon in the color of your school around it – they look just like diplomas! Perfect on the dessert table.

Color Consistency

Decide if you are going to choose high school colors or college colors and run with the school spirit color scheme! The classic metallic gold and silver is always one way to go to. Make sure the graduation party theme color shines in the graduation banners, some of the food you serve, party favors, table centerpieces, and more.

Capture the Memories

Take the DIY route and set up a photo booth area with the graduation year and balloon decorations. It’s an easy way to capture fond memories of close friends and family. You can use inflatable arches decorated with the school mascot and colors or graduation cup-shaped blowups to create the ideal graduation party photo background. These decorations will create a stunning backdrop and inspire even the most introverted guests to come out and snap pictures. If you want to skip all of that and splurge a little in one area, check out Triangle Twirl’s 360 Photo Booth!

Seating and Setup

Take into consideration the layout of your backyard. If you have a patio with outdoor seating, maybe you can add a few chairs and tables, or swap out your furniture for a consistent look with rentals. Have a fire pit? Take advantage and use as a lounge area. Utilize that flat outdoor space of your backyard or even side yard and have J&J put up a tent with some tables and chairs – even lights if it’s an evening affair. You can create zones for food, hanging out, photos, games, etc. Make it your own and bring your backyard to life!

Best Wishes

Give your guests the opportunity to write a simple note of encouragement for the grad before they leave. This is small but memorable gesture that will go a long way. This can be conveniently locate at or near the gift table.

J&J is here to help with your Graduation Party Needs!

Need a hand? Consider renting from J&J Tent and Party Rentals. Our custom tents are a great touch (rain or shine) along with our tables and chairs. Maybe even throw in a block rocker to get the party started!

No matter the size, budget, or individual needs, we are here to help. Contact us today at (919) 977-3691.

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