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Graduating Class of 2020, Social Distancing Ideas

The graduating class of 2020 is having quite the different experience this spring, with social distancing ideas being the main (if only) way to celebrate. Keep reading for numerous ideas on how to make your grad feel special!

  • Balloon decorations from simple 2020 numbers to arches in school colors make fun party decorations. You can put them around a table, in front of a photo pop up spot or simply let them float around the house. Bubble Hustle has arches you can customize in your school colors.   Target offers drive up pickup, Party City offers a large selection of decorations including balloons in school colors.
  • Schools have Zoom calls and all kinds of things planned. Communicate with your child, and parents of friends if possible to make sure that you can have a virtual party. Speak with your family and schedule a Zoom call for everyone. Don’t forget the creative backdrop.

  • Yard Signs to let everyone know that you have a senior living in your house. Feeling creative? Grab some poster board and markers and start designing your own. Tailored Life offers signs for special occasions. Be sure to mentions Phoenix With Kids for a special discount!

  • Turn the current #FrontPorchPicture trend into fun graduation photos with Creating Candids. Family photos, cap and gown, standing in front of your amazing lawn decor, or if you have neighbors in the same class how about a picture of everyone social distancing.

  • Because Doodles can create a custom doodle of your child for this special occasion. Didn’t have a chance to get a cap and gown picture? Send her your favorite photo and she can add one on. Use high school or college colors to make the doodle pop. Mention Phoenix With Kids for a special discount!
  • Feeling nostalgic? Print your child’s class picture from each year and  hang them throughout the house or around a table set up with a cake. Line the driveway or front yard with them for everyone to see your child’s progress.
  • Add pictures from classmates – Do you have pictures of your kids friends who can’t be there to celebrate with you, print them and place them as party attendees.


  • 2020 photo collection of all your child’s memories throughout school.
  • Snacks – What is a party without snacks? Be sure to stock up on your graduate’s favorite study time snacks.
  • Messages from friends and family to read to graduate. Start asking friends and family to write now!

  • Grad libs – Fill in the blank about your graduate. Pass out to everyone in the family. Email to friends and family to fill out and then gather them all together to read to the graduate.
  • Advice – Whether you ask everyone to write their own or find a template (Here is our Pinterest board), it’s always fun giving advice to graduates who think they know everything.

  • Valley radio stations are doing shout outs for graduates. KMLE 107.9 and LIVE 101.5 are offering senior salutes.
  • Email a grad photo to events@downtowntempe.com and they will add it to their physical memory wall on 5th Street and Mill Avenue! Or feel free to visit the wall and add the photo yourself.


  • What is better than cold hard cash? Think of a creative way to give your graduate some cash. Take a candy box and replace candy with cash. Make flowers out of cash and give them a cash bouquet. Pizza dough. A lightbulb to represent a bright future. More ideas on our Pinterest.
  • Long Creations, the company who created the COVID-19 Time Capsule that broke the internet created a page for graduates.
  • Check our Class of 2020 Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration

Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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