Party Ideas for a Elementary School Graduation

by Emma W.R. on August 5, 2015

Graduating from elementary school is a benchmark in your child’s life. I don’t know if you’ve seen the work they do in elementary school today, but it is a lot harder than when I was in school. I tried to help my 5th grader with her math homework and felt like I needed to go back to school. So when graduation comes around, throw a party worthy of your child’s accomplishment!

Kids this age don’t ask for much. They just want to have fun so keep it simple. The idea of doing game stations is an awesome way to keep the kids from getting board.

Water Balloons are always successful. What kid doesn’t like throwing something at their friend and watching them get soaked?
3 Legged and Potato Sack Races will make your event the talk of the party scene.   Many kids have never participated in these types of party games. They are easy to set up and provide lots of laughter for the participants.


Hula Hoop and Limbo Contests are simple to organize. Just set up the stereo and pop in a Kids Bop CD. Everyone up and moving to the music.
Face Painting may be a little more challenging for you. I usually try to get a high school kid from the art department to come in and help out with this one. You can also buy a selection of body paints and let the children color themselves.

Food is the next important part of the festivities. Like I said before, kids are easy to satisfy. In order to keep it simple, I order pizza (enough for two slices per child). I keep baskets of chips and cheese curls around. Something unique I found was to make fruit and marshmallow kabobs. I skewer a variety of fruits mixed with the white puffs. Hydration is important when hosting an outdoor party. Make sure you have plenty of water bottles and juice boxes. Helpful hint: keep a marker next to the drink area so the kids can label their drinks as they take them. As for dessert, set up a cupcake tree, brownie stand and a cooler with ice pops. Don’t bother with the hassle of cake. 

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Every party should end with a take home party favor. Did you say dollar store? I try to pick up little beach totes and fill with a selection of summer toys ie. Chalk, pool toys, water balloons. By going to the dollar store, you can save money but still give items the kids will use. With a favor like this, your child’s party will be remembered each time the kids dig through their tote.

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Mickie M. September 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

We have a trampoline in the backyard so we just place the sprinkler right under the center and “Viola!” hours of fun. Of course we tell the parents in advance to have the kids bring a swimsuit and towel for their child. It goes without saying to limit the number of kids on the trampoline at any one time and grandma volunteers to ensure there’s no roughhousing.


Cynthia August 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I always hit up the dollar store or Five Below for my party favors. You can get decent stuff at reasonable prices.


Candy L August 18, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Great ideas, however I have noticed that withing the past 10 years there is no such thing as an inexpensive kids birthday party. Seems all the parents are competing with each other to make it the biggest and best party ever. Renting out halls and throwing elaborate birthday parties for 5 and 6 year olds is a little much as far as I’m concerned.


Janice August 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

My kids would run around with water balloons all day. Only problem is that they can’t tie them! Nice, cheap way to keep them busy and entertained though.


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