Featured Party: Med School Graduation Party

While med school or nursing graduations are more formal, mature milestones compared to high school or even college graduations, there's even more reason to have an all-out party to celebrate such an achievement!

We've been a fan of Michelle Burt and her blog, Maddycakes Muse, for quite a few years now and have even featured a couple of her fun kids parties here on Celebrations. (Check out the bubble theme she did and this Max & Ruby theme party, too.) This time around, though, we're featuring a more grown up party of hers that we found when thinking about ways to celebrate a friend of ours who just graduated from nursing school.

Although there were other med school graduation parties we came across in our search, Michelle's stands out thanks to it's incredibly clever use of dollar store finds and seemingly ordinary med supplies. Michelle takes basic materials and transforms them into fun graduation party ideas and does it on a budget to boot! All of Michelle's med school graduation party ideas featured here would work perfectly for any med student's big milestone celebration, so check them out and get inspired like we did!


  • Look closely at all the details Michelle used to enhance that med school feel in her party's table display! That's gauze from the 99 cent store hanging as a backdrop and copies of actual x-rays around Fred, the skeleton. Without spending a ton on decorations, Michelle created a real feel by just thinking outside of the box and using everyday medical supplies in a new way.

  • Michelle missed no opportunity to highlight this graduation party's theme. How clever is Michelle's idea to decorate plain red and white treat holders with actual band-aids?! She even customized the look of her cupcake stand by just decorating with a stethoscope. Believe it or not, Michelle bought all of her food - nothing was homemade! - and yet, it looks fantastic with creative dollar store finds.

  • Michelle was able to get her hands on actual CVS pill bottles, but you can find generic unlabeled ones even more easily online. They make for the perfect container for any little treat. She dipped her Oreos in white almond bark and made Red Cross shapes using fruit rolls, but you can even recreate with white candy melts and a red edible marker.

  • This med school graduation party kept things casual, which we love. And Michelle proves you can create a themed tablescape without breaking bank by again, using ordinary elements in fun, new ways - just check out those utensil kits for guests in latex gloves!

  • Lunch was served cafeteria-style in plain white take out boxes. To dress up for this med school graduation party, Michelle just slapped on a label she made on her computer!

  • To bring the pieces of Fred that were missing in her main display to the table, Michelle found these organ stickers online and challenged guests to a real med school graduation party game! Everyone had to place the organs where they thought they should go - this one is from an 8-year-old guest!

  • Guests took home cleverly named graduation party favors. Shopping in bulk and at WalMart, Michelle scored hand sanitizer for a mere 88 cents, removed the label and wrote her own name in sticker letters. Younger guests especially appreciated her test tube bubbles!

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