Did your graduate study Spanish? Did he go to Mexico? Decorating is easy for a Mexican theme, and who can resist a taco bar? Borrow a sombrero, rugs and wall hangings and display your memorabilia with it. Consider inviting your student’s language teachers.
Did your graduate study French? Oui? Ooh la la, build on that theme. French bread, exotic cheeses, French pastries can be set-up around the French flag or a miniature Eiffel Tower.
Is your graduate going to back pack through Europe this summer? Decorate with travel posters, and your invitation could be a passport.
If you can’t get to a real beach or lake, fill up a plastic kiddie pool with ice and arrange your salads and other perishable food to keep them cool throughout the party. Serve beverages with cute straws and little umbrellas. Have plenty of beach balls, yard games, patio umbrellas, lawn chairs and beach towels.
Is your graduate heading to Broadway? Decorate with signs that look like movie theatre signs and lights. Make your invitation in the form of a theatre ticket.
Was your graduate involved in the school plays? Maybe you could borrow props from the school and invite a few friends to dress up and perform