Top Spots For Graduation Parties In Denver

May 3, 2013 12:01 AM

Punch Bowl Social (credit: CBS)

Punch Bowl Social(credit: CBS)

Graduation time is here, and that means it’s time to find a way to celebrate the amazing achievement of your high school or college grad. This is an event that only comes around once or twice in a lifetime (maybe three or four if you go on to grad school), so celebrate it big with a fun party with all of your grad’s best friends. If you have a younger grad, try something physical with games and similar activities. Or, for older grads or those that are of drinking age, there are plenty of great spots with full bars to enjoy. Just don’t forget to create a party that all your guests will love – including the parents.

Denver ChopHouse and Brewery
1735 19th St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 296-0800

Make it a fancy affair perfect for a college graduation party or even a high school grad party parents are sure to love too. The ChopHouse in Denver is a great spot for private parties with the ability to customize a menu to offer just the right foods for your guests. There are three great private rooms that are perfect for smaller parties of 20 people or so, up to the largest room that is good for a huge party of up to 150 people. Plus, the ChopHouse has been home to both the Avalanche Stanley Cup and the Broncos Super Bowl Parties – so you know that this spot really knows how to throw a party.

X-treme Challenge Arena
82 Inverness Drive E., Arena #A2
Englewood, CO 80112
(303) 706-0909

Want something a bit more for the kids? Your high school grad and friends will love this party spot. The X-treme Challenge Arena is an area devoted to games of skill and determination for all ages. What better way to celebrate a job well done than to spend some time as a human wrecking ball or as human Jenga? There are several parties to choose from, and each is designed for the specific age group in mind. Each party will include a coach that will select from a variety of fun activities including jousting, human catapult, hoverboard, blister ball, aeriel cat and mouse and so much more.

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Washington Park
701 S. Franklin St.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 698-4962

Keep it low key and throw a simple outdoor barbecue for your grad. After all, graduation time is during the early summer months, so it is the perfect time to celebrate that new warm weather while toasting your grad. There are plenty of spots at Washington Park to throw a casual barbeque, put up a volleyball net and just enjoy the day. Keep it simple and cost effective by making it a potluck. You could even combine graduation parties for your kid and a few of his/her friends, making it a big end-of-school party that everyone is sure to love.

Punch Bowl Social
65 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 765-2695

One of the newest and most popular spots in town is Punch Bowl Social on South Broadway. It is a casual spot with so many great games and things to do that you and your college grad will have a fantastic time. Choose from bowling, ping pong, billiards, shuffleboard, marbles, darts, foosball, video games and more. Be sure to check out the private parties page on the website, and you can speak with a party planner at Punch Bowl to get some help creating the perfect party to celebrate a lifetime of education. This will be a great graduation party that all your guests are sure to remember.

Cherry Creek State Park
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 690-1166

Colorado may be land-locked but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great graduation party at the beach. Head over to Cherry Creek State Park, prepare a picnic and take advantage of some of the great activities you and all your guests can enjoy. Try renting a jet ski or two at the Ski Shak and have a great time speeding around on the water. Or head to the stables and enjoy some horseback riding. If boating is more your thing, then you can rent a boat at the Cherry Creek Marina and even get boat lessons for your crew. And of course there is always the easy standby of swimming and a barbecue.

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