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Graduation Party Ideas for the Class of 2012

If someone close to you will be graduating this year in the Class of 2012, here are some must-have graduation party ideas and tips you’ll want to keep in mind.

2012 Theme Décor for Your Party

With 2012 being such an epic year so far, you’ll want to incorporate some of the big trends at your graduation party. The biggest so far is the Mayan calendar apocalypse prediction.

Create your own DIY graduation banner customized with a Mayan mention for any kind of graduation whether it's pre-school, kindergarten, high school or college.


Some funny quotes you can incorporate include:

• The world isn’t ending, we’re just taking over.
• Even the Mayans didn’t see us coming!
• We’re so awesome; they made us 1st and 2nd.
• Class of 2012, don’t you wish you were one two?!

Tip: Find more DIY graduation decor ideas here.

Using paper cut outs and felt letters, you can easily make your own banner. Even if it simply says “Congrats”.

A Low-Key and Relaxing Graduation Party Theme

A graduation party theme is more fun when it’s low-key and relaxed. Skip the stuffy party in a hall or hotel. Plan a more easy going party by hosting a backyard BBQ party, outdoor summer picnic or a outdoor spring brunch.


These 3 ideas are simple to organize and are perfect for your celebration.

Graduation Mocktails and Cupcakes

Be sure to mix up some non-alcoholic drinks for guests of all ages to sip on and enjoy. The underage guests will love these refreshing springtime drinks and so will the adults. They won’t even notice there’s no alcohol in it!

Cupcakes are our go-to dessert for graduation parties. With some icing, you can easily write up “Class of 2012”, “12” or “2012” on the cupcakes and you’ve got yourself a customized sweet treat. Baking a box cake mix with some creative icing will save you time as organize the party.

You can also wrap simple cupcakes in a wrapper that mentioned 2012 like these from Bella Cupcake Couture.


Find ways to include the "2012" theme and celebrate the honored graduate and their accomplishments and achievements so far in life.

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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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