Graduation Party Inspiration


Graduation Celebrations

Have you seen the movie Inside Out? Oh, who am I kidding. . . . if you read North Phoenix Moms Blog, then I am 90 percent certain you have seen the movie. If you haven’t, run out right this minute and rent it, because it’s a darling movie. . . just be sure you have tissues handy.

This masterful Disney movie depicts how we carry around core memories in our brain, in a sweet kid friendly way (of course). After watching the movie, it really got me thinking about what some of my core memories are. Celebrations of life milestones with my family are definitely on the list; of course birthday parties and holidays, but also achievements like graduation parties. I remember all 4 of my graduation parties: kindergarten, 6th grade, high school, and college. They all encompass heartfelt core memories that bring a smile to my face when I think about them.

Graduation parties don’t have to be big and fancy. After all, the party should really be about celebrating the achievements of the graduate. But I guarantee you, no matter how old the graduate, a celebration of scholastic achievement will become a core memory for the rest of the graduate’s life.

Below you will find some graduation party inspiration appropriate for all kinds of celebrations, kindergarten through college!

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Mindy is passionate about two things: kids and parties. She is a transplant from Northern California, but has called Phoenix her home for the last 4.5 years. Before moving to Phoenix, she taught elementary school for 8 years, and misses being in the classroom all the time. She is married to a man she fell in love with over blueberry pie, and mama to one little man named Grayson. He is the reason she gets up in the morning, and she can’t imagine life without him. She spends most of her time chasing after her 2.5 year old Tasmanian Devil, but daydreams about everything party. You can check out her blog, Mindy Alyse Celebrations for party inspiration and DIY tutorials. In her off duty time, she loves cooking, crafting, and watching BRAVO with a glass of wine in hand. Party on!


  1. Hi Mindy,

    Need some decorating advice for my daughter’s college graduation for University of Michigan. I want it to be a nice outdoor dinner. Was thinking white cloths and napkins maybe some burlap overlays but some college colors thrown in somewhere, what would you suggest? Don’t want to be cheesy or too much. Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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