Graduation Basketball Theme Party

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Go graduates! Hoop it up at a basketball graduation party.

Sports graduation party ideas can be the best fun and do truly celebrate the graduates' achievements. 

A basketball party can be a simple party and fun to do. Lots of fun and enthusiasm can make it amazing.

The venue could be simply at home, which is great for relatives and friends who will be comfortable and relaxed. Great if you have a basketball arena, school gym, YMCA or a basketball court at a local park. 

I hope to give you lots of graduation party ideas, including:

  • Invitation ideas and wording

  • Costumes

  • Food

  • Games

  • Favors

  • Lots more ideas.

Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Invitations

There are lots of great basketball images to use to give graduation invitations, and the graduation party, a brilliant basketball feel.
You can put together homemade graduation invitations, use clip art, photo graduation invitations and brilliant free printables. 


Regular white printer paper is just fine. You may be able to find stationery from a basketball team, an arena or even a basketball star, just customize with your own wording to make exciting invitations. Some Stadiums even have their own postcards which you could use.

You can also use construction paper cut out in the shape of basketballs, hoops, or a basketball court. Personalize the invites with school colors and name. Write the graduation party details on the back.

Also you can print simple, effective, invitations and add basketball stickers, and some confetti, for effect. Similarly, the envelopes can be decorated with basketball stickers. 

Homemade Graduation Invitations

Once you have the paper organised you can move on to writing the invites. 

Use lots of phrases like:

  • Hoop it up

  • Go graduates

  • MVP

  • Season's end

  • Tip off

  • Have a ball

Brilliant ways to word the graduation party invitations are:


Hoop it up at the end of season basketball graduation party.
Wear you favorite team colors and show off your moves.
Arena (venue details)
Tip Off (details)
RSVP to (details)

Have a ball at the school (name) basketball graduation party.
Wear you team clothing and shoot some hoops
Tip off (details)
RSVP to (details)

Admit One to the school (name) graduation basketball theme party.
Tip off at (time) for the big game.
Post game reception at arena (venue)
Basketball clothing required
RSVP to (details)

The Graduation Party is at (name) Arena
Tip off (time/Date) Post game reception
RSVP to coaches (details)
Have a slam dunking good time

Are You Ready?
Please join us at the center court (details)as we celebrate the graduation season
This will be an exciting opener
Tip off (time/date)
RSVP (details)

Come to the basketball court (venue) in full kit for amazing basketball games at the school graduation party.
Tip Off at (details)
RSVP to (details)

For youngsters you could use a well known basketball kids character. (Kids Character) invites you to the kindergarten (name) basketball graduation party.
Wear a basketball jersey and shoot some hoops.
Tip off time (details) 
RSVP (details) 

Clip Art Graduation Invitations

The simplest way to complete the graduation basketball theme party invitations is to use basketball clip art. 

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  • Copy and Paste the basketball graduation clip art image that you would like to use into your word document. Before you paste make sure your cursor is in the location where you want the clip art placed

  • Click on the image and arrows will appear on the corners. Use these arrows to stretch the image to the desired size.

  • Then I simply added wordart at the top of the page for a great title and added the party details in plain text underneath the graduation clip art.

Lots more detailed instructions on my graduation clip art page.

Photo Basketball Party Invitations

Also, simply arrange a good quality basketball photograph. Photograph of the young graduates dressed in basketball jerseys would be perfect. Just set the scene for the basketball theme party.

Scan it onto your computer.

Using photo editing software, change the picture dimensions to the size you need.

Then simply print onto your choice of paper.

Free Printable Graduation Invitations 

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Graduation Basketball Party - Costumes

  • High School Musical Troy Championship Game- Child Costume 

  • Basketball jersey and sweats

  • Referee shirt

  • Cheerleader outfit

  • Sneakers

  • Basketballs

  • Beads

  • Basketball clappers

  • Basketball Funtoos

  • Sweat bands

  • Whistles

You can just ask your guests to find any basketball clothing and accessories they can. If they can wear NBA clothing that would be fantastic.

Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Decorations

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A basketball party is a great chance to look out lots of the graduate's basketball memorabilia. 

  • Create an entrance to the graduation that will allow photographs to be taken. A sign saying Graduates Arena with Basketball Stand-in  would provide a great entrance. Light the sign with Xmas tree lights.

  • At the entrance have lots of basketball decorations. A banner with graduates arena, a line of stars made from card, basketballs, balloons tied in bunches to the fence.

  • The driveway can be marked out in chalk as a basketball court and have a hoop erected.

  • Erect a scoreboard if you can borrow one.

  • Have lots of basketball around the venue

  • Hang up lots of basketball photos of famous games, famous players, the graduate playing basketball and the school or college team.

  • Use posters of basketball games, arenas, players and of course the school team.

  • Erect a sign with graduation center court.

  • Create murals with lots of basketball players and a crowd scene. If you can you might like to put some guests photos on the mural. Guests can leave messages and autograph the mural

  • Old photos of early basketball players in black and white can be good

  • Balloons shaped as basketballs, and stars. Fill the ceiling with helium balloons.

  • Streamers in team colors, or the graduate's favorite team colors, tied in bunches and hung from light fittings and on pictures

  • Basketball pinata

  • Graduate's basketball memorabilia all set out in an area of the party venue.

  • Basketball pennants

  • Trophies, including any real ones you can borrow.

  • Pom Poms

  • Film posters from films like Space Jams

  • Bunting with basketball shapes

  • Signs with Go Graduate and MVP Graduate. Also make banners with Go Grads and basketballs on them

  • Door signs

  • Have televisions with live games or DVDs of outstanding games on them. You can also show DVDs of famous moments and trophy winning displays.

  • Display basketball magazines and newspapers with NBA commentary and reports.

  • Dedicate an area to the world‘s greatest players. You can have their photos, books, magazines, and a story board for each player. You may even do the same thing for the best teams in certain eras.

  • Set out some life size celebrity cutouts if you can.

  • If you have any autographs, display them in a memorabilia area.

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For the Table there are lots of great options. Try this All-Star Basketball Deluxe Party Kit. Make a court on the tablecloth, add a basketball, trophy and basketball place cards and place mats. Use pennant shaped menus. You can easily put together napkins, plates and cutlery. 

Decorate your guests, this is a brilliant way to add to the graduation party, and getting your guests in the graduation party mood!

  • Face paints, painting basketballs on your guests cheeks.

  • Basketball bats

  • Basketball jerseys

  • Basketball and Graduation Funtoos

  • Basketball and 2018 Glasses

  • Basketball Beads

  • Graduation caps

  • Cap Medallions

  • Lots of glow sticks and bracelets

A great idea is to have a box of guest decorations at the basketball party entrance and hand them out liberally! 

Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Food and Drink

Basketball party food and drink can closely follow traditional arena. The graduation party may even be at an Arena!

  • All kinds of sandwiches

  • Burgers and hot dogs

  • French Fries

  • Popcorn

  • Pretzels

  • Fruit Bowls

  • Tortillas

  • Pizza

  • Vegetable dips like carrots and cucumber

  • Ice Cream

  • Snacks like roasted nuts

  • Chocolate bars

  • Drinks can be Gatorade, Powerade, water, fruit juice and fruit smoothies.

Graduation Cake

The graduation basketball theme party cake is very easy to make as all the ingredients are mixed together in the same bowl.

The Graduation Cake page gives all the details you need on the recipe, cooking tools and ingredients. Also great ideas on cake decorating, cake designs, cup cakes and graduation cap cakes plus lots more. 

Simple Decorating Idea for Your Graduation Basketball Theme Party Cake

1) Decorate the cake with white frosting and add yellow coconut for the court. Use black frosting and mark out the lines of the court. Then using colored frosting of your choice add the graduates name and congratulations.

2) Alternatively cut the cake into a ball shape and frost in orange. Mark the lines of the ball in black frosting, then add congratulations to the graduate.

3) Alternatively decorate the cake with white frosting. Then add silver or grey frosting in the shape of a trophy. Then add congratulations to the graduate.

Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Games

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A basketball party offers the chance to have fantastic games.

  • Give everyone construction paper. Each guest is to make their own trophy.

  • For younger kids have a table with basketball coloring in books, ball and trophy shaped card and have them color in or make up their own balls and trophies.

  • Have an autograph area for everyone to leave their message and autograph.

  • Have a free throw contest. Change this slightly and blindfold everyone

  • Split everyone into teams and have a basketball relay. Each person starts say 50 feet away, runs, picks up the ball and throws, putting the ball back in place and returns to tag the next person in their team. Most baskets wins but then fastest time decides a tie.

  • Play some one on one, or even have a full game.

  • Have a basketball trivia competition.

  • Play games like dribbling around cones and farthest shot.

  • Using a karaoke machine and have an MC commentate on the games. Give them lots of information on the graduate and guests.

  • Basketball Pinatta 

  • Treasure Hunt, first make card basketballs with orange card construction paper. Next cut them up into identical pieces which are hidden around the venue. Teams must find the pieces and assemble their basketball. First team to complete wins the prize.

  • Play pin the ball on the player. Have a picture of a famous player and a card basketball. Blindfold guests and spin them around, then they can pin the ball on the picture.

  • Have a fitness exercise. Ask a qualified fitness instructor to put volunteer guests through a genuine basketball warm up and fitness routine. That could be jumping jacks, push ups and sit ups. Similarly ask a basketball coach to put everyone through basketball drills.

  • Observation test - discretely display 6 to 10 pictures of basketball stars, or basketballs with names on them, around the venue. Near the end ask guests to complete a sheet on what they observed. Ask for the people in the pictures and location of the pictures. Have prizes for those getting all answers correct.

  • What Happened Next. Line up a series of videos with the most amazing and amusing moments in basketball. The idea is to show guests the footage in the short period leading up to the amazing event. Then they guess what happened next. Lastly you run the video on showing them what happened. Try and have incidents such as where the player completely smashed the hoop or knocked out the umpire. You should be able to get amazing incidents. Perhaps there is time to show 3 or 4 of these.

  • Guess the Star, cover large photos of well known basketball stars almost completely except for say a distinguishing nose, their eyes or even a tattoo. Guests must guess who they are, and again prizes for getting them all right.

  • Disguise a guest with say a wig, beard and sports glasses. Video them playing basketball for 2 minutes. Show the video at the party. Guests must guess who they are. First to guess wins the prize.

For some traditional graduation party games to help the basketball theme party try:

  • Balloon Bang 
    If you have a suitable space with room to run around, or even better outdoors this is a very active game. Brief the teams not to stamp on the person, just the balloons. Split everyone into 2 teams. One team has balloons tied to their ankles with ribbon. The second team have to burst all the balloons.

  • Pass the Orange
    Split the guests into 2 teams, lined up behind each other. The first person in each team has an orange placed between their chin and shoulder. The must pass the orange to the next person in line without using any hands.

Click here for an amazing free collection of graduation party games.

A basketball party needs great music to make it come alive.
The graduate's favorite, bearing in mind the audience, will be fine. Think of adding in the play list from an arena and the Space Jams soundtrack. 

Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Scavenger Hunt

A basketball themed scavenger hunt might just work as part of your basketball theme party activities. You will know if you have the time at the party and guests who would love to take part. An example of a simple set up cold be:

  • Picture of a famous basketball team.

  • Pennant for a basketball team

  • Basketball

  • Hat

  • Photo of the team throwing hoops, no need to print it off just show it to the judges.

  • Jersey

  • Famous basketball player‘s autograph

  • Basketball finger

  • Whistle

  • Umpire‘s jersey

  • Set some rules upfront and give the list to each team. That would include the time limit, keeping everything legal and where the game starts and ends. They should also know how far the hunt extends. Also, say, 10 points for each item collected.

  • If you involve your neighbors then be sure they are ready to receive the teams

  • In advance of the game arrange basketball themed prizes for the winning team.

  • Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Favors

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    basketball theme party

    Leave your guests with a great reminder of the basketball party:

    • Basketball Favor Pack

    • Imprinted Soft Basketball

    • Basketball jerseys, or T-shirts with a basketball team, and the graduate's name (or the guests name)

    • Basketball stickers

    • Favorite basketball team brand water bottles or coffee mugs.

    • Basketballs

    • Basketball hats

    • Basketball beads

    • Bag tags

    • Fun stuff like glow bracelets and glow necklaces

    • Clappers

    • Tambourines

    • Rockets

    • Basketball bling

    • Whistles

    • Cheerleader sticks

    • Trading cards

    • Pom Poms

    • Trophies

    • Pennants

    • Tickets for a basketball game

    • Photos of famous players

    • Balloons

    • Photo taken at the basketball theme party

    • Chocolate bar and cake

    • Stopwatch

    • Sweat bands

    • Basketball joke books

    • Basketball history books

    • Basketball DVDs and funniest moments DVDs

    • For the graduate‘s favorite team give out signed photos, autographs, team photos, jerseys and hats.

    • If you have a special jersey or ball signed by a special player such as Michael Jordan then have a prize draw for it.

    • Basketball coloring in books and pens for younger guests.

    Graduation Basketball Theme Party - Ideas

    More ideas to make the graduation basketball party just brilliant:

    • Make sure everyone has their photo taken, especially if you have a great arena entrance. A team photo with everyone included can be great at a basketball theme party. If you are able to print a blown up version of the team photo then everyone can sign it on the back.

    • Video the basketball theme party

    • Publish a game program with photos and the results of the games.

    • A great party game can be to try and re-enact some famous shots or indeed game winning shots. Line up some guests as the other players and have the graduate recreate the event at your basketball theme party.

    • Balance the graduation aspects of the celebrations with the basketball theme party. The party can honor the graduate and also honor their achievements. You could create a Hall of Fame like area with the graduate‘s photos at various ages with their basketballs and jerseys at various ages up to the present time.

    • Give a basketball themed jigsaw as a part favor. The picture could even be of the graduate playing basketball.

    • If you are watching a live professional game have a congratulations message to the graduate shown on screen.

    • Ask the best person to commentate on any games you play. They can add a lot of humor and help everyone notice some fun details about the game and the players.

    • Save money and have a joint basketball theme party with other graduates.
      This can give excellent cost sharing, lots of people to do the work and help find items at cheaper costs.

    • Save money and book basketball theme party venues for the cheaper weeknights, perhaps giving more money to decorate your graduation basketball theme party.

    • Hire a local basketball star to appear at the basketball theme party.

    • Arrange a proper basketball game and have the basketball theme party afterwards.

    Share Your Graduation Basketball Theme Party

    If you would like to share your complete basketball theme party with us send us your graduation party story and photos and we will create your own party page and photo gallery hosted on our site. (Family and friends will be able to find inspiration from your graduation party and comment on your ideas.) If you share your complete basketball theme party details you will be automatically entered into our next contest. This year we are having a bumper $100 prize fund. There will be an overall winner and runners up prizes. The winner will be the best overall graduation party story and photos. 

    Good luck with your graduation basketball theme party. A basketball theme party can be very exciting.

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