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A Guide to Graduation Party Planning in Columbus, Ohio

Are you ready to plan a graduation party near Westerville? Can you believe it’s already time to plan a celebration for their biggest accomplishment yet?! It’s finally time to truly acknowledge the years of homework, tests, packing lunches, late nights studying and early morning wake-ups to head off to school. So what do you do first? We have the complete list of step-by-step planning for your senior's graduation celebration, INCLUDING vendors!

Read on to find information and links to:

  • Graduation party venues

  • Tent, table and chair rental

  • Grad Party Invites

  • Graduation cakes

  • Graduation cookies

  • How to use senior pictures

  • Graduation signs and yard banners

  • Flowers for celebrating or decorating

Graduation Party Venues near Westerville, Gahanna, Powell, and Lewis Center:

If you haven’t booked a venue, this should be priority #1 as many locations do book up early. If you plan to host at your home, it is time to begin any household jobs that you want complete before the big day. Hotels and major event spaces that also host corporate events and weddings and large events are available everywhere. Some lower-cost popular graduation party venues in the area include:

Tent, Table and Chair Rental near Westerville for Graduation Parties:

If you are hosting a graduation party in your home, you may be in need of additional tables and chairs to accommodate your company! Plan early and account for extra people. This gives your party guests the flexibility of moving seats as they join conversations throughout the celebration.

Samantha Lozano in Sunbury, has a large supply that she rents out regularly this time of year. Her stash includes 10 6-foot tables, 50 chairs, and 4 10x10 tents. The best party? You are supporting a local mom AND saving a ton of money and hassle. As of this writing, the cost of all of the above is only a hundred bucks. She does book early, though, so make sure to reach out as soon as your date is finalized. Samantha can be reached at 614-746-3421.

O'Neil Tents has a ton of tent options in the area.

Graduation Party Invitations

Most families will send graduation announcements that include an invitation to the party in the card details. See this detailed post with the 10 things you should include in your graduation announcements! Debating on whether or not to send grad announcements? Check out this blog post!

Cake Pops, Cookies, & More for Grad Parties

Gifts by the Bunch has a variety of cookies, cake pops, and more for graduation parties! You can customize your order with your graduate's high school colors and text to make them just perfect for your party theme!

Graduation Party Cakes near Westerville:

Catering should be a close second decision so you are sure to have your top choice for guest refreshments. If you are looking for a cake to mark this occasion, Fate Cakes is a fantastic choice! Their amazing cakes can be fully customized to honor your graduate and add something special to your party décor! Or, choose something completely unexpected and different for your celebration!

Graduation Party Cookies near Westerville, Custom Sugar Cookies

If you are dreaming of the cutest sugar cookies with custom writing or drawing, look no further than Edible Creations by Amy . She has many cute designs and options to choose from, and can actually accommodate a tree nut allergy which is super rare!

Professional Graduation Party Photo Prints and Albums:

Speaking of décor, it’s time to think about how to display images of your senior. If you haven’t ordered professional prints from their senior session, contact your photographer to do so now. Our senior families have usually already purchased an album and in some cases a slideshow to show off their favorite images from their senior session. The first step, of course, is to send a graduation announcement!

Graduation Signs and Banners near Westerville:

Congratulate your senior in a big way with a photo banner specially designed just for them. Don’t want to display a photo? Card My Yard is a yard sign company that will set up a celebratory display in your yard overnight to surprise your graduate in the morning! These franchised locations are owned by local families, so not only are you getting a great way to display this accomplishment, but you are supporting local as well! Card My Yard Galena serves Galena, Lewis Center, Sunbury, Delaware including zip codes 43015, 43031, 43082, 43021, 43074 and 43035 or Card My Yard New Albany serves 43081, New Albany, Gahanna, Blacklick, Pataskala, Johnstown. Give your senior a surprise with a personalized phrase right in your front yard.

Looking for a celebratory yard banner? Maybe one that announces their college choice or the high school where they are receiving their diploma? You have the option to purchase yard stakes to put this banner in your yard, or you can use zip ties to hang it in other places such as indoors, over the garage, or on the porch. 5' x 3' is the most popular size, although you may choose to go smaller or larger depending on your needs.

Located in Lewis Center, Skip Rock Inc. is a family-owned business that produces customized graduation banners you can easily order online. Regular pricing for the banner for 2024 with your choice of text and photo(s) is $59 for the banner only, or $75 for the banner with stakes so you have the complete kit ready to go for the yard! They have a variety of templates online to choose from, and you can place your order right there and email your professional senior photo to the owner, Cristie, as indicated on the ordering screen. They will send you an email proof typically within 1-2 days and it will be printed once approval is given. If you want something you don't see in the online templates, simply reach out to them to bring your idea to life. Did you know - you can place your order anytime for Spring pickup if you don't want to hold it for months until your party? Go ahead and check this item off your list!

Skip Rock also offers Olentangy school district students the option of adding delivery & setup of their banner! Talk about making this easy!!

YesPress Graphics LLC is the place to go in Westerville for your banner needs. With excellent customer service, YesPress can help you customize something for graduation from one of their unique design templates using your school logo and their senior photo(s). As of this writing in early 2024, banners are $84.88 if you have your own design, or with an additional $30 if you use one of their templates. They are located right in the heart of Westerville, so picking up your graduation banner is easy and quick! Please note that they do not sell the yard stakes, so you will need to purchase those separately elsewhere.

Westerville North students - the athletics department has an annual fundraiser for graduation yard banners. Information usually comes out in early Spring and a portion of the money goes right back to the WNHS athletics programs!

Graduation Flower Bouquets of Congratulations!

Looking to surprise your senior with a bouquet of fresh flowers to celebrate their accomplishment? Westerville Florist is the perfect place to pick up a locally-sourced bouquet of blooms! With a wide variety of unique arrangements and colors available, you can find something to match their school colors of simply a colorful arrangement to celebrate. Conveniently located in Uptown Westerville right on State St., they have a dedicated parking lot in the back. They also deliver in the area, if you prefer to do one less errand!

Flower shop in Westerville florist for graduation flowers

Westerville flowers florist shop in uptown

Graduation flowers in westerville on state st parking sign for Westerville Florist

Graduating from Big Walnut or other school near Sunbury? Check out Sunbury Florist for the same great service!

Enjoy your celebration; you BOTH deserve it!

Were you too busy for senior photos this year? It's not too late to make it happen! Annually we also host our popular Cap & Gown Minis for seniors to show off their cap and gown for professional photos in advance of graduation day. Get in touch if you want to grab a spot for those in the Spring!


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