Whether it’s high school or college, graduation is a moment not only your child, but your family will remember for the rest of their lives. Whether you have family and friends driving up the road or flying in from out of state, make sure you throw a party your graduating senior will never forget!

An event this large requires a lot of planning. With so many options to choose and pinterest boards to browse, we help you narrow down your graduation party ideas so you can throw the ultimate backyard grad party!


Don’t get overwhelmed with all the details. Instead, focus on these 5 simple tips:

  1. Plan The Menu
    When it comes to food, it’s really hard to go wrong. Once you’ve decided on your party theme, set up the menu accordingly. If you need help for ideas, here are some tips:

    • The party is about your senior, so make the food about him or her, too! Base your menu on their most favorite dishes. (If you’re the one throwing their party, you’re also probably the one who knows them best!)
    • Summer temperatures make the perfect weather for cool and refreshing snacks like guacamole, chips and dip, pasta salad, fruit and vegetable trays. Including a variety of snacks makes it easy for everyone to find something they enjoy!
    • Dessert is always a plus at any kind of party! Add fun paper graduation caps to toothpicks and insert into cupcakes, cookies, pastries, or other desserts. This quick little trick will make an Instagram-worthy photo session!
  2. Set The Stage
    Your food may be tasty, but you’ll need more to really wow your guests. For the ultimate outdoor graduation party, you may want to install a backyard pond. A local company like Universal Aquatics has a variety of options such as koi ponds, waterfalls, and pond & waterfall combos to choose from. You’ll be able to select your choice of stones, plants, flowers and more to design a beautiful backyard, or “stage” for your graduating senior to shine!
  3. Pick A Playlist
    When you create a playlist ahead of time, it really pays off. Base your tunes off of your senior’s favorite hits and build a playlist that will go through the night. Spotify and YouTube are also helpful if you’re in a last-minute bind.
  4. Roll Out The Decorations!
    Be sure to include school colors! Picking decorations for a graduation celebration shouldn’t be overwhelming. Again, the focus of your party is your senior. Were they involved in sports or clubs in school? What are some of their favorite TV shows or extracurricular activities? You can get really creative without breaking the bank by adding some personalized touches to your memorable backyard graduation party.
  5. Keep It Lit!
    If the party goes well, it’ll last well into the night. Do you want to spend money on bulky lights that you’ll have to take down the next day? Didn’t think so. Universal Aquatics will transform your pond and backyard into a whole new world at night with specialized pond lighting services. Your party will be tastefully lit, your guests will be able to see, and you’ll be enjoying some beautiful nights for years to come. It’s the perfect close to the best outdoor grad party you could have.

Universal Aquatics is here for you year-round. A backyard pond is the perfect accent to any outdoor event you have planned. Backyard barbecues, family reunions, wedding parties, or other events– we have what you need! Get the pond or waterfall of your dreams to make your yard much more enjoyable.

Call us for a free consultation today!

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