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2012 High School Graduation Tips

Graduating from high school is probably one of the most important times of a young person’s life. The feeling of new beginnings and nostalgia make for quite an emotional time period.

If you know of something graduating from high school this June, celebrate their high school accomplishments by with a graduation party. Plan something low-key at home and invite all their friends before they take off on their separate roads, rather it be college, work, new cities and life experiences.

With a few DIY tips and tricks, you can easily create a nice graduation theme without going crazy at the party store and spending more than you originally planned. Here's a few quick and easy ideas you should add to your planning.

Say Cheese! Display Photos from Birth through the Teenage Years

If you’re setting up a dinner table, display photos of the grad from the time they were born through their high school years.


Hopefully the honored guest won’t feel embarrassed by seeing those diaper pics and their awkward 9th grade class photo equipped with aquamarine metal braces. And as a loved one who's hosting the party, it'll be nice to see how much they've grown and achieved since those diaper days.

Create Easy DIY Cupcake Toppers

One of this year's biggest trends is using paper embellishments to decorate cupcakes, cookies and other dessert items. Cupcakes are our go-to sweet treat and have been receiving special treatment in terms of paper toppers. For your Class of 2012 grad, decorate your dessert item with a topper that we step-by-step show you how to make. Follow our how-to instructions for making these fun toppers to place on your cupcakes.


Bake a batch of the graduate’s favorite flavor cupcakes and create these toppers with a graduation cap for a cute added visual.

Music the Class of 2012 Can Rock To

This year is full of songs that have inspiring double meanings for you to incorporate into your graduation party playlist. We rounded up some of this year’s biggest pop hits to inspire all the ex high schoolers to blast in your backyard.


Don't forget to incorporate the grad's high school in your party. Even though their high school days are over, they love to see their school colors or mascot in the party.

With thoughtful DIY touches, you can easily plan your Class of 2012 high school grad party.


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