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Get Crafty with DIY Graduation Party Favors

13 Jun 2014

Let’s face it, there are a lot of graduation parties. Comes with the territory. Chances are, your party guests are either coming from or are on their way to another party. The food is likely different. The decorations are too. But one of the best ways to really make your party stand out is by sending guests home with these unique—and affordable!—party favors. The greatest part of all: They’re all DIY.

Personalized Party Bag

Don’t let party guests walk away with a boring brown sack—it just wouldn’t do your party justice. Browse a variety of Personalized Party Bags, Tote Bags and Boxes we offer. Our interactive editor allows you to experiment with a wide range of colors, fonts and designs so that you may build the perfect goodie bag for all of your DIY party favors.

DIY Cookie Favor

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Take-Home Cookies

For anyone with a killer cookie recipe, this one’s a no-brainer. Being the kitchen whiz that you are, you could probably whip out a couple dozen cookies in under an hour. After they cool, wrap each one individually to send home with party guests. It’s quick. It’s easy. And who the heck doesn’t love cookies!? Seal your cookie envelope with a monogram sticker or tie it off with Personalized Ribbon.
Tip: Line the wrap with wax paper to prevent butter from bleeding through.

DIY Candy Mason Jars

Candy-Filled Mason Jars

Does the graduate have a sweet tooth? Fill mason jars (about $10 for a 12-pack) with his or her favorite candy. For a more personal touch, wrap each jar in personalized ribbon with a congratulatory message.

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Graduation Cap Pops

Here’s one graduation cap you won’t want to toss in the air. All you need are Mini M&Ms, Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Candy coating, Candy Writer, square chocolate candy mold and 4-inch sucker sticks. Once you gather all of these components, creating these sweet little treats is simple. Hat tip (or cap tip!) to SkipToMyLou for providing these step-by-step Grad Pop instructions.
Tip: Wrap pops in cellophane if you plan on putting them in a gift bag.

The Future is Bright

Surprise your party guests with funky sunglasses (especially appropriate for an outdoor bash) and a personalized message. Try something like “Here’s to a bright future!” or “Our Grad is so bright we need sunglasses!” Go ahead and check out our Personalized Gift Tags and experiment with different shapes, fonts, colors and wording of your own. A quick Google search for “cheap sunglasses” turns up several options at $1 a pair. Who doesn’t need a pair of cheap-o sunglasses in time for some summer fun?

Custom Koozies

Here’s another summer necessity—especially for the college crowd! Send guests home with a personalized can cooler or stack ’em high near the cooler for immediate use. How cool would it be to see everyone at the party holding a themed koozie-clad beverage!? ForYourParty’s Custom Koozies come in round and flat. Our interactive editor allows you to pick the perfect color, font and design for the ultimate can cooler.

Graduation Straw Flags

Crazy Straws

No matter how many degrees one may hold, nobody is too grown up for crazy straws. You can find packs online for pretty cheap, but don’t stop there. Adorn each straw with a Personalized Straw Tag—think of them as mini party flags! Not feeling quite “crazy” enough? Browse our selection of striped straws.


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