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Graduation Party Centerpiece Ideas with JOANN

Collaboration | April 18, 2023

These graduation party centerpiece ideas are uniquely perfect for that high school or college graduate in your life. The personalized details and thoughtfully curated decor create a memorable time for your party guests. Scroll down to check them out, including my complete supplies list.

graduation party centerpiece ideas


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Graduation Party Centerpiece Ideas with JOANN

Are you celebrating a particular person graduating this year? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Here, you’ll find ideas to create beautiful centerpieces for their graduation party. These decorations are perfect for your high schooler or college graduate!

My oldest daughter is graduating from high school this year, so you can imagine the excitement I felt to create this particular moment in our family’s lives. And, I want you to be able to do the same.

Graduation Tablescape

By adding personalization details and using thoughtfully created decor tips I am sharing, you will create a memorable time for your party guests, and your graduate will feel loved too.

Let’s get started!

JOANN is my go-to for events like this; not only do they carry crafting items but supplies for parties too. I recently received a Cricut machine from JOANN (my exact one HERE), and I couldn’t wait to try it out for this centerpiece. I also found at JOANN a wide range of greenery, craft paper, markers/pens, mason jars, paper straws, and string lights.

table setting with paper grad hats that is part of the graduation party centerpiece ideas

Personalized name graduation caps

Supply List for Graduation Party Centerpiece Ideas:

Graduation Party Centerpiece Ideas

Table Runner

Table Runner

I used brown Kraft paper as a wide table runner.  Then, I draped a linen curtain across the top of it for added dimension and a soft texture.

I then weaved and tucked the spring garland through the linen fabric. To top it off, I added battery-powered string lights.

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Table Setting

Graduation cap with name

For the place settings, I just layered ceramic dinner plates and salad plates and topped them off with linen cloth napkins.  I used seagrass napkin rings I had on hand to hold the napkins.

A cute way to spread greenery to your table setting? Add a sprig of the garland on top of the cloth napkin.

Add greenery to the napkin ring

For the cutlery, I used some rose gold pieces I already had on hand. You could use whatever your everyday silverware is easy with this look.

Mason jars are a casual vessel to use for tablescapes and I loved the way they looked for this graduation table.

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Personalization Graduate-Specific Elements

Using a graduate cap for table seating

Using my new Cricut, I made two different-sized graduation caps.

First, I created the small-sized caps, and just placed them randomly all over the table.

Cricut graduation caps

Second, I created larger-sized caps and tucked them into the individual table settings. Each attendee’s name was written with a sharpie across the middle.

I love how they turned out!

Tabletop Globe

a globe as the main focus of the graduation party centerpiece idea

Globe for graduation centerpiece

“Oh, the places you’ll go”…we are all familiar with this quote! As a graduate, a globe symbolizes this mantra for them.

To create a color-coded look, you can always spray paint your tabletop globe.


Graduate tablescape with candles

For added ambient lighting, I simply placed two taper candles in glass candlesticks I had on hand.

Candles create a warm and welcoming feel while elevating a table setting too.

Creating a unique graduation party centerpiece is easy to do with these supplies and decor ideas. I couldn’t be more excited about how it turned out; let me know what you think in the comments below.


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