Spring is in the air! Time to start planning that graduation party. Here are our top 5 graduation party ideas for 2016 to get you started. This year it’s all about shine and sparkle, from foil-stamped invitations to decorative lights on the walls.

photos in lights1. Light up the room. This fun graduation photo display idea lets you hang as many photos as you like, but also adds sparkle to the room with twinkling lights. Create your backdrop by hanging the lights on the wall in any pattern, then attach your photos with mini clothespins from a craft store.

2. It’s the little things. Cupcake flags, colored straws, personalized stickers – they all add personality and color to your party. Guests will be amazed at how coordinated you are. Of course, it all starts with the graduation invitations. Once you choose those, you can find all of these graduation party decorations to match.

comment cards3. Comment cards. We love this graduation party idea! Have your guests leave advice for the grad on these personalized comment cards. They will be so fun to read after the party – and years from now they’ll be even more precious. You can edit the text to ask for advice, a fun memory, words of inspiration or anything you like.

Graduation party ideas
4. Black & gold. It’s everywhere, and one of our top pins! Here are a few ideas for incorporating this shining color trend into your grad party decorations, from cake pops to party favor boxes decorated with personalized stickers.

guest book prints
5. The new guest book. Instead of having your guests sign a stuffy guest book, have them sign a guest book print. You can personalize it to match your party decorations, and lay it or hang it somewhere for guests to sign with fun metallic or paint markers. You might even want to frame it when the party’s over.

Are you ready to start planning your own graduation party now? We thought so! You can’t go wrong with any of these top graduation party ideas. See the top ideas from 2015 for more inspiration.