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Good friends, good food, sharing memories and sharing future plans; these are classic ingredients for a successful graduation party. But no party would be complete without a few games to get everyone in a festive mood. Here a few graduation party games that will entertain everyone at your child’s party, giving her even more memories as she sets off on her own:
1. “Guess the Mystery Artists” - Art Gallery Walk
Teenagers may think they know everything about their friends, but this game will put that knowledge to the test. Create your own Art Gallery in the middle of your party and your guests will not only learn something interesting about each other, but they’ll also get to admire the cool work their friends have completed over the years. The object of this game is to look at the anonymous pieces of art on the walls and guess who, in the room, is the artist of each piece. It just requires the guests to supply the art work while you supply the wall space and before you know it, you’ll have an elegant art gallery and fun game that everyone will enjoy.
- On the invitation to your party, ask your guests to please bring their favorite piece of art work that they created from the previous year. It can be anything creative – a painting, drawing, a sketch done in class, even three dimensional creations.
- Collect the pieces on arrival and make sure the artist’s name is on the back.
- Label each art work on the front with a number in the bottom right corner.
- As the party begins, place the pieces of art around the room. Use a non-peeling tack to hang them on your walls so it won’t peel your paint.
- When you’re ready to start, hand out a small tablet or piece of paper and pen to all your guests. Clink a glass and announce that the Art Gallery is now open.
- The guests are to peruse the collection of art and guess who is the artist of each work. Ask them to write the name of the artist next to the number on their tablet.
- Collect the papers toward the end of the party and tabulate who has the most correct answers. The winner gets a prize!
- Some prize ideas could be a nice set of paints, or artist pencils, or a special print in a nice frame.
This game is a hit because it allows all the guests to see and admire the work of their fellow friends and students. Hopefully, in the process, they’ll learn a little more about each other and have fun at the same time.
2. “My, How You’ve Grown” or “From Yesterday to Today” - Photo Game
Asking your friends to identify you from a baby picture is a lot of fun. This game is great for a high school party because everyone loves to see what people looked like a long time ago. All you need is to ask your friends to bring their favorite childhood picture, and let the guessing game begin!
- On your invitation, ask your guests to bring a baby photo of the graduate to the party.
- If you are inclined to plan ahead, you can ask your guests to send you the picture a week in advance. If you have them in advance, you can even take the pictures to a local photo shop and have them blown up to at least an 8x10 size.
- Place the photos around the room on the wall, or set up a display table with the pictures flat on the table.
- Be sure each teen’s name is on the back of the photo!
- Put a number on each picture, somewhere visible.
- Provide sheets of paper with the numbers listed, and ask the guests to fill in who they think is in every picture.
- The winner gets a prize – some ideas: a free photo book from Shutterfly, a nice photo album, etc.