How to Make Graduation Party Favors

Making decorations for a graduation party is easy and fun. Here are some inexpensive ideas to make your graduation party a great event while recognizing your special graduate's accomplishment. What follows are directions for mortarboard place cards, table favors and an easy homemade pinata. Adding tableware in school colors makes it easy to finish up on your own.

Mortarboard Place Cards

Bowls can be used as is; tall cups can be cut down to cap proportions with scissors. Cut posterboard or cardstock into squares a little larger than the diameter of the bowls or cups.

Place bowls or cups upside down on a flat surface and use rubber cement to attach the mortarboard squares on top. Leave to dry for an hour or more.

Attach a few narrow strips of crepe paper or a fabric tassel to the mortarboard top with a small amount of rubber cement. Let dry.

Write each guest's name on a mortarboard.

Diploma Table Favors

Use a full sheet of white paper for each guest. Using your calligraphy pen or marker, write a congratulatory message to each graduating guest. Add the graduation date. Roll each paper in a scroll and tie with ribbon in school colors.

Put a different greeting in each "diploma" if only your honored guest is graduating. You might congratulate your other guests on graduating from a school created to recognize an interest or hobby: the Blue Bird Academy of Home Building for a birdhouse builder, the Dessert Academy for a great cook.

Use your diploma table favors for a truth-or-dare game. Each guest must answer the question written in his scroll or pay a forfeit. Forfeits can include school-related items, such as the name of his high school principal and a story about her, a cheer or song from a school he attended, or recitation of a poem or a multiplication table. Use your imagination to assign forfeits, and don't make your questions too embarrassing.

Simple Pinata

Make this a day or two before your party. If you have two bowls the same size, you can make both halves of the pinata at the same time. Spread newspapers to protect your work surface from glue, and wrap bowls in plastic wrap. Tear more newspapers and crepe paper or tissue paper into strips.

Invert plastic-wrapped bowl(s) on protected surface. Drape with glue-covered newspaper strips to cover surface; two to three layers are enough. Let dry completely, which will take at least 4 hours.

Spread a thin coat of glue on dry pinata halves. Press torn scraps of crepe paper or tissue all over pinata halves. Let dry. When work is completely dry, gently pull pinata halves off bowls. Discard plastic wrap.

Finish your pinata the day of the party. Fill one half with candy, fresh carnations with their stems cut short, or other favors. Lay a loop of ribbon or string across the filled half; this will give you a hanger for your pinata. Secure ribbon or string loop to the inside of the filled half with masking tape. Join filled and unfilled halves with masking tape; cover tape with a strip of crepe paper or tissue, lightly dabbed with glue or rubber cement.

Hang pinata and let the fun begin!