Planning a Party: Graduation Style

From hotels to party venues to bakeries to gifts, we have an easy list to get everyone started on planning this spring's graduation parties in

It’s hard to believe that graduation season is coming up quickly and planning has already begun. Now is the perfect time to start booking hotel reservations, finding the perfect venues (restaurants, hotel gathering rooms, outdoor spaces), and hiring the right baker or caterer.

Let Visit Middleton help!

Courtyard by Marriott-Middleton - shows outdoor courtyard with firepit
Courtyard by Marriott-Middleton


Middleton is home to NINE clean, friendly and beautiful hotels. Most of our hotels have a meeting room space available to rent, and several hotels have larger spaces, including ballrooms. All of our hotels are within minutes of Downtown Middleton and about 15-20 minutes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and Downtown Madison.


1847 at Stamm House: family of three dining in the outdoor patio, each having pasta
1847 at the Stamm House

Where to Eat

While staying in Middleton, don’t worry — we have 80 restaurants and cafes — no one has to cook unless they want to! The following restaurants also have rentable private rooms or dining space:


Capitol Ice Arena indoor space, overlooking sheet of ice
Capitol Ice Arena


We have some fun venue spaces, from restaurants to Capitol Ice Arena (shown), to X-Golf to Marshall Boats (they rent their rooftop!) to park shelters. Check out our “Meetings” page, scroll to the bottom and adjust the filter for exactly what you are looking for.


A celebration cake with pink frosting, chocolate ganache topping, and adorned with fresh berries and a silhouette topper.
Miggy’s Bakes


Many restaurants in town will cater an event, and Middleton’s bakeries are here to provide special desserts, cookies and cakes. The link below lists our local brick and mortar bakers, but there are several successful home bakers in the area.


Other home bakers:


Little Pop Color Shop: owner standing with decorative pillows, cookbooks, wrapping paper and more.
LIttle Pop Color Shop

Gifts & Party Supplies

Middleton has a lot of charm — and charming boutiques. From clothing to gifts, you’ll find something you love here. For something locally or regionally made, check out The Regal Find and Kylee’s Gift Cottage; for party supplies that will certainly impress, stop in or check online at Little Pop Color Shop; for flowers designed locally (and gift items, too), check in at Promises Floral & Gift Studio; and for custom jewelry, Bauer Jewelry Designs, Cloth & Metal Boutique, Chalmers Jewelers, Diny’s Jewelers, and John/Christine Designs.


a map of the middle of a town

Make it a Weekend

Need help coming up with entertaining ways to keep out-of-town family members busy? Please check out our website. We have art trail and history trail maps (mobile and PDF); there are 27 miles of trails to discover, boat rentals, The National Mustard Museum, shopping, and so.much.more. Make Middleton your Home Base while you explore the area, as well! You can’t get bored in Middleton!

Modified April 9, 2024