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DIY Virtual Graduation

During these pressing times it’s important to try and enjoy the special moments. Although it’s not going to be the same, I’m making the best out of a bad situation. My youngest sister Thea was supposed to be graduating nursery on Friday, and sadly because the nurseries are closed, she won’t get the opportunity to go on stage and have a graduation ceremony.. SO, my mum decided why not have one at home?

I thought I would share some tips and tricks so you can have an amazing graduation party for a Nursery, School or University at home.

The stage: 

I know what you’re thinking, you’ve build a stage? I didn’t personally but I know a guy. It’s literally made from some spare wood that we have in the shed and it’s mad what some paper and hot glue gun can do. This created a 700x900m stage. for this you need:

  • 4x 250x250mm for the bottom of the stage 
  • 6x 25x25mm for the back of the stage 
  • Crepe paper
  • Black sugar poster paper

The stage was very secure and could hold two adults and two children at one time. If you are making this at home, please be careful!! 

The food:

My mum knows how to put a buffet on and I think I left 2 stone heavier. I’ve listed everything that was made for under 50 pounds. All food was purchased from Asda. 

  • Sausage rolls
  • Wraps (Chorizo, Egg Mayo, Tuna mayo, chicken tikka)
  • Cocktail sausages, cheese and pickle – if you don’t have these at a buffet, it’s not a buffet.
  • Onion bhaji, Pakora and vegetable gyozas 
  • Duck and vegetable spring rolls
  • Pigs in blankets 
  • Cupcakes
  • breadsticks
  • Crisps
  • Dips – of course for the crisps

The ceremony: 

The nursery prepared a power point presentation for the kids to watch at home. It was beautiful! All the teachers prepared a short video clip to congratulate the children. My mum also made a graduation cap and a scroll, which she presented to Thea on stage (very emotional)

Everyone also got Thea cards and gifts. After the ceremony, she got to open them – you’d think it was Christmas the amount of effort everyone went to, but it was very special. 


All decorations were purchased on Ebay and in Asda. The decorations were stunning and well thought out. I’ve listed below everything that was purchased which totalled 60 pounds. 

  • Confetti 
  • Confetti balloons 
  • Banners 
  • Black cap and door hanging 
  • Helium balloons 
  • Wall hangings (these were on the ceiling) 
  • “Thea’s Graduation 2020”
  • Printed pictures of Thea at Nursery (I think this gives the party a personal touch)

My mum did an amazing job and I’m certain Thea will remember it forever. 

One Comment

  • Remonia

    The DIY graduation was such a great Idea. So many children are sad they won’t get the opportunity to have a graduation where they can be around their friends and teachers. This was very thoughtful of your mom and I’m sure your sister will remember this graduation for years to come.

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