Graduation Party: "Art Exhibit" Theme

My oldest daughter is graduating from HS and going to art school. I want to do her graduation party as an "Art Exhibit" theme. Need ideas for decorations on the tables and menu suggestions.

LK from Syracuse, NY

February 25, 20080 found this helpful

you could use a clear table liner and pour paint on it allowing it to run down in one direction. Add a second color of paint and do the same. From the other end you can continue the flow as the paint works its way toward the middle and down. You can add more colors to it and use acrylic paint as it dries quickly and then turn it over so you can see the paint colors show through. I would first lay a solid white under this so the colors are seen better with no table pattern peeking through open spaces where there's no paint, but only white. If you choose colors of paint that go with a sunset that would be pretty as the colors mix and drizzle over each other. Just lay flat to dry and don't overhandle the plastic liner.

Perhaps a large paint can filled with brushes, art supplies or a smaller paint can or two and then fill them with paint supplies or you could use miniature metal pails found at craft stores and fix them up to look like dried up paint cans and add colorful candles to each one to create some pizazz or fill with colorful candies at each person's place setting.

Also, you could use an easle that holds a saucer for show and place a small painting in it and a small brush layed on the easle would be another decorative theme. You could use a paint palette and place colors of paint around it and a small brush.

You could use picture frames to fit the theme and put art work in them taken from magazines or photo or use old calendars and modify the size to fit the frame.

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February 26, 20080 found this helpful

Why not decorate the tables in different art genres; impressionism, realist, cubist, etc. Get post cards, etc.

Have fun.

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

Use tiny picture frames at each place setting with their name as the picture. In the center of the table, have the menu in a frame set on a small easel. You could name your menu items things like...Monet sorbet, da Vinci salad, van Gogh style potatoes (since he did a famous painting called The Potatoe Eaters) get the idea. It doesn't have to really be anything different than what you decided it's name should be. Just for fun. A fun game would be something like can you name the artist.....Have it be 10 questions relating to the art world - i.e. What famous artist cut off his ear?______ Here is a site that tells you information on different artists all in alphabetical order. Hope this helps and have fun with it.

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February 29, 20080 found this helpful

But some vintage art books, garage sales ebay etc. Butcher paper on tables and markers. Have fun.

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

You could gather some of your daughter's art work she's created throughout the years and frame them on a wall or divider covered w/ a black sheet. You could also copy some of them and use for menus or the invitations, etc.

The artwork might be in different types of mediums and also might have been done at different ages of her life. You could have table dedicated to this variety and also include framed pictures of her at the various ages she created the artwork.

This could be displayed on cloth covered table(s). Fresh bouquets of flowers (obtained from your local Aldi Grocery store for 3.99 a bunch or less) can be the simple centerpieces.


Pasta spirals tossed in marinara or alfredo sauces, Italian meatballs, mini breadsticks, cantalope w/ prosciotto wraps and sparkling grape juices or a punch fountain w/ plastic champagne glasses, or use a punch bowl and have someone serve for you. And the graduation cake could be one from a local bakery w/your daughter's graduation photo transferred onto the cake.... or you could transfer art she's drawn onto the cake.


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