Graduating from high school or college is a significant achievement that deserves to be celebrated. However, planning a graduation party can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. To help you out, we’ve created the ultimate graduation party checklist to ensure that you have everything you need for a successful event.

Choose a Venue and Set a Date

The first step in planning any party is choosing a venue and setting a date. Choosing the perfect graduation party venue is one of the most important decisions in planning your event. Consider the number of guests you’ll be inviting, the location and accessibility of the venue, and the amenities and services provided. Look for a venue that matches your style and theme, and fits within your budget. It’s also a good idea to schedule a tour of the venue before making a final decision to ensure it meets all of your needs. Once you’ve chosen a location, set the date and time and send out invitations.


Set the tone for your graduation party by creating a festive atmosphere with decorations. Balloons, streamers, and banners are classic party decorations that never go out of style. Add a personal touch by creating a photo wall with pictures of the graduate throughout the years.

Food and Drinks

The food and drinks you serve at your graduation party will depend on your budget, guest list, and personal preferences. Consider serving easy-to-eat finger foods like sandwiches, chips, and dip, and a variety of beverages. 


No party is complete without entertainment. Consider hiring a DJ or creating a playlist of the graduate’s favorite songs. Set up games like cornhole, giant Jenga, or a photo booth with props. You could also consider hiring a caricature artist or a magician for some unique entertainment.

Graduation Party Favors

Thank your guests for attending your graduation party by giving them a party favor to take home. Personalized mugs, keychains, and candy jars are all popular graduation party favor options. You can also give out party favors that reflect the graduate’s interests or future career path.

If you’re looking for a beautiful outdoor venue to host your graduation party, Chartwell Gardens is the perfect place to make it happen. With its beautiful gardens, swimming pools, sporting fields, and stunning event spaces, Chartwell Gardens is sure to create a memorable and unforgettable celebration for your graduate. 

In addition to the beautiful event spaces, Chartwell Gardens also has an excellent on-site caterer with flexible options and packages available to suit your party needs. From casual barbecues and luau-themed parties to elegant dining experiences, the on-site caterer can create a menu that will satisfy all of your guests’ taste buds. So why wait? Contact Chartwell Gardens today to start planning your perfect graduation party!