12 Great Ideas For Celebrating Your Child’s College Acceptance

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12 Great Ideas For Celebrating Your Child’s College Acceptance

Published December 12, 2023

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As the long-awaited acceptance letters arrive for high school seniors, families are coming up with unique and memorable ways to commemorate this significant milestone. From symbolic hoodie selections and festive family dinners to fun-filled videos and even “bed parties,” parents are finding countless ways to express their boundless love and support. 

In a heartwarming display of parental pride and creativity, members of our Paying for College 101 Facebook Group recently shared the delightful and touching ways they’ve celebrated their children’s college acceptances. 

Check out these meaningful ideas that make celebrating a college acceptance an unforgettable experience for both parents and students alike.

“We did a video of all the acceptance letters and played “The Final Countdown” then dropped the hoodie over the letters. It was fun.” — Christina P.

“We had a family dinner and all wore maroon for the school’s color.” — Mindy G.

“We don’t live anywhere near our family, so we are going to do a “selection day” video, kind of like athletes who have hats lined up across a table [representing different teams] and they pick up the one they are committing to and wear it. We will have hoodies from all the schools visited on a table and she’ll make her selection! We will live stream it to family and friends.” — Teri C.

“My daughter says she’s going to announce her decision by putting a shirt from that school on her dog lol! — Kathy G.

“We are going to lay flags for accepted schools on our table then record and celebrate his choice!” — DeAnna S.

“We made March Madness brackets with school logos then got it down to the final four.” — Amy T.

“We’re sending out a picture of them wearing their school spirit wear.” — Angela T.

“We invited friends and family for a reveal party and put up posters, one for each school, then asked guests to place a sticker on the school/poster they thought our daughter would choose.” — M. Puress

Posters with different college names on them
Photo courtesy of M. Purres

Trend Alert: Bed Parties 

Several parents mentioned having “bed parties” to celebrate a student’s college acceptance. They sound naughty but they’re anything but, and they’re incredibly popular.

“My daughter attended “bed parties” last year (not as rude as it sounds!), where the student’s friends and family throw them a surprise party and cover their entire bed in school merch, snacks, and other items in the school’s colors. You can use a long kitchen island. It doesn’t have to be extravagant — she brought blue Hawaiian Punch and Oreos to one friend’s house.” — Shannon R.

Baked Treats in School Colors Are a Big Hit

“I made cupcakes decorated in the colors of the chosen school.” — Jamie K.

“My child had a “reveal” party and made a layer cake with the school colors then frosted the cake in white [to keep it secret]. We also made appetizers themed for each school. It was so much fun!” — Em P.

“Our daughter is going to get us, her parents, a piggy bank smash cake, and inside the piggy bank is the college reveal and our empty bank account !! — Sara P.

“Dunkin’ Donuts will make specialty donuts with the college name or logo.” — Karen AT

Join our Paying for College 101 Facebook Group and get more great tips and advice from parents just like you.

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