Thursday, May 19, 2016

Host a Kindergarten Graduation Playdate!

Simple and kid-approved kindergarten graduation party ideas!

In ten short days, I will have a Kindergarten graduate! It's hard to believe that the school year is nearly over for Stella, as well as her sister Hazel, who is finishing up preschool. We recently invited a few friends over to celebrate the end of the school year and their upcoming milestones with a preschool and kindergarten graduation playdate! I partnered with Oriental Trading to decorate a kid-friendly graduation party with their Peanuts® decor. Read on for all the details!


To keep the party prep easy, I limited the decorating to our kitchen table area by hanging a few colorful party fans and using Peanuts table decor to decorate the table.

Such a fun kindergarten graduation playdate using Peanuts-themed decor!

I also moved the girls' two play tables to the kitchen as well for the kids to have a spot to eat and craft together.

Kindergarten and preschool graduation playdate!

The star of the party was the cupcake tower brimming with chocolate chip cupcakes with a surprise filling - it didn't take long for these to disappear! I kept the rest of the snacks easy with juice boxes and make-your-own trail mix.

DIY cupcake tower with chocolate chip surprise cupcakes!

Find the surprise chocolate chip cupcake recipe here.

Chocolate chip surprise cupcake recipe - yum!

The kids got to get messy with glitter to create sparkly glittered picture frames! Crafting trays at each seat and a plastic tablecloth that I could roll up afterwards helped contain the glitter.

DIY glittered picture frames - a fun kids craft!

What kids don't love the opportunity to go nuts with glitter and confetti?!


It was fun to see each child add their own creative touch to their frames. Find the step-by-step tutorial for these glitter picture frames here.

DIY glittered picture frames for kindergarten graduation party

After the party I sealed the frames with Mod Podge and added a photo of each child posing in front of our graduation photo backdrop to give to them as a party favor.

Preschool graduation ideas - DIY glittered picture frames!

I converted a wall in our foyer for a graduation photo backdrop using more party fans and a 2016 banner. The kids had fun posing together and trying out a graduation cap for the first time. Between the crafting, cupcake eating, and photo ops the graduation playdate was a big success and a special way to celebrate the end of the school year!

Kindergarten graduation photo backdrop idea

Head to Oriental Trading's blog for all the party details, including a tutorial for the photo backdrop, glittered picture frames, and surprise chocolate cupcake recipe!

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