Geeky Graduation Party

My youngest brother graduated from ASU this month. My mom hosted his graduation party and asked me to help out by providing a few decorations. She wasn’t sure what theme to do, particularly since my brother wasn’t a big school fan, so the typical gold and burgundy didn’t seem to fit. I was racking my brain for graduation-themed ideas, but then I remembered how much Aaron adored these computer circuit board cufflinks I’d given him for Christmas a couple years back. Since his degree is in Computer Science I decided a geeky theme was a must!

Binary Banner and CD Garland

Once I got started with the computer theme, I had lots of party decor ideas come to mind. First up, was to make a Binary Code Banner spelling out “Class of 2011.” I knew my brother would think it was cool since he and his wife had binary code ones and zeros as the frosting pattern on their wedding cake (super geeky, right?). Then I realized that in binary code each letter is spelled out using an 8-digit, one and zero combination. Which would have made my “Class of 2011″ banner 88 characters long. I quickly decided to go with the shorter 32-character banner you see in the photo that spelled out just “2011″ in binary code.

2011 Binary Code Banner Party Decoration

I created a stencil of the computer power button symbol — using a spare piece of chipboard and craft knife — to help frost the top of these Power Button Cupcakes.

Power Button Cupcakes

Who hasn’t admired the pretty rainbow shine on the back of a CD? They’re practically begging to be made into party decorations, and nothing could be more fitting for this party. I ordered a big pack of CDs then tied them together with fishing line and a square knot. I varied the lengths of the CD garlands — some were three disks and others were six long — then I tied them in groupings onto the light fixtures in the room. The effect was mesmerizing!

Geeky Graduation Party Details

Using a thick permanent marker, I wrote some fun code onto the helium-filled balloons. In HTML the code is marked with tags set off by carrot symbols. The opening tag is enclosed with “< >” and the closing tag is the same but with a backslash symbol added. So essentially this balloon is heralding the end of homework or more directly translated: “close homework.”

End of Homework

End of School

I also used the code markups to create fun labels to help guests keep track of their cups.

Geeky Green Cups

For my brother’s graduation gift, I made him a set of Geek Poetry Magnets for the side of his file cabinet at his new, geeky job.

Geek Poetry Magnets

Not going for geeky? Here are some more fun graduation party theme ideas.

About Bettijo

Bettijo is a co-founder and designer here at Paging Supermom. More importantly, she is a mother of four -- three girls and a boy. During quieter moments, she enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. In 2003 Bettijo founded an organic bath and spa products brand, Bath By Bettijo, which has been regularly featured in national magazines including Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, O, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Health, Lucky, Shape and more.

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5 Responses to Geeky Graduation Party
  1. This is awesome. My husband would love it!

  2. what a great idea & fun theme! GO DEVILS!

  3. [...] This isn’t comic books specifically, but if you’re going with a broader “nerdy” theme, have your nerdy, comic-loving guests mark their drinks with HTML coding. (Idea found here.) [...]

  4. zahra says:

    its just great!!!!!!!

  5. "J" says:

    Can you please e-mail me the pictures from this page? My husband is graduating with his MBA in a few weeks and I love your ideas. For some reason the pictures do not open.

    Thanks

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