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The best Graduation party food ideas!
When you start planning for an epic graduation party, one of the first steps to do is to decide on the best graduation party food ideas you’ll be serving at your party.
It can be tempting to figure out what to serve at your graduation party, what type of food you will have, and the quantity as well.
Trust me, no worries anymore. I’ve made sure to cover every.single.thing for you. I’ve got the best graduation party food ideas for you to serve at your graduation party.
It will work for any type of grad party, whether it’s an indoor or an outdoor grad party, and most importantly, everything will match all together with your party theme.
Also, many of these delicious graduation party foods can be made ahead easily, so you can save time to work on another angel for your graduation party preparation.
I’ve basically covered everything from the most delicious meals, and appetizers, to the cutest and the most delightful graduation party desserts that you’ll be obsessed over.
Make sure to read the whole article so you don’t miss anything.
The Best Graduation Party Food Ideas
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1. Buffalo Wings
One of the first common graduation party food ideas to be served is buffalo chicken wings. Honestly, everyone loves chicken wings and they are a great meal to be served for an outdoor graduation party if you decided to have an evening celebration in your backyard.
The crispy tasting is just unbelievable and I honestly love it served with hot sauce or any kind of sauce you like.
However, I highly recommend Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce.
Honestly, this is just the perfect hot sauce to serve with your buffalo wings at your graduation party. One of the reasons why I love buffalo wings as a graduation party food is because it’s so easy to make a lot at once and it can feed a huge hungry crowd.
2. Pizza Rolls
Honestly, who doesn’t love pizza? It’s one of the best graduation party appetizers that we all crave just thinking about it lol. You can serve it as a graduation party appetizer or as a meal.
Also, you can make it on an air fryer if you have one which will make your graduation party food preparation so much easier.
I’ve tried this pizza rolls recipe on an air fryer and it’s not only delicious but it only takes about 16 mins to be done.
3. Pulled Chicken Tacos
If you’re looking for easy, stress-free graduation party food to serve for a large crowd at your party, these easily pulled chicken tacos are the best option. Also, it’s your best choice if you’re looking for graduation party foods on a budget.
It doesn’t need a lot of ingredients and a meal that can be made ahead.
4. Mini Burgers
Who doesn’t love mini burgers? It’s one of the easiest graduation party food ideas to make for your party.
You can absolutely get creative by making these mini burgers. There are so many types of mini burgers you can prepare and it’s all depending on what you like. You can make meatballs mini burgers, mini cheeseburgers, etc.
The good thing about these mini burgers is they can feed a lot of crowds and they are so easy to make.
5. Charcuterie Board
Get this charcuterie board
Can I say that this charcuterie board is one of the best graduation party food ideas ever? I’ve seen so many people making charcuterie boards at wedding receptions, birthdays, and graduation parties.
Honestly, why not? It’s the easiest graduation party food to put together.
As everyone loves snacks, you can prepare your charcuterie board the way you want, and you can add all the things you would think of like cheese, apple slices, blueberries, olives, and anything you crave lol.
6. Barbecue Station
Get this chafing dish
Everyone loves Barbecues station at any grad party. If you’re looking for the best graduation party foods to serve at your son’s party, double-check this BBQ station.
7. She’s One Smart Cookie Station
Recreate this one cookie station
One Smart Cookie Station is by far the most recreated graduation party food idea ever. It’s quite simple because everyone loves cookies and it’s just the perfect addition to your graduation party decorations.
If you’re going for a rustic graduation party theme, setting up this cookie station will make the best grad party ever. It just sends these rustic vintage vibes that we all love.
To make this graduation party food idea, you can make different kinds of cookies, like peanut butter cookies, chocolate cookies, cosmic cookies if you want to add a little color for your cookie station.
If this sounds weird to you, you can replace the chocolate chips with M&M chocolate chips.
Milk is the best drink that goes with cookies. You can even serve strawberry-flavored milk or chocolate milk to add a little bit of flavor instead of just normal milk.
What’s better than a Fajitas station? One of the most recreated college graduation food ideas for last year.
I really love it as your guests can recreate their own fajitas with their favorite toppings. If you’re having a Mexican vibes graduation party like taco bout a future graduation party theme, you absolutely have to set this fajitas station.
Also, it’s not only delicious graduation party food, but it will also add up to your grad party decorations.
9. Sausage Rolls
Another great graduation party appetizer. These sausage rolls are easy to make. They are the alternative version of the pigs in a blanket. If you want them to look goldish, crispy, I highly recommend getting the pizza dough or the dough of French Croissant.
If you’re planning to serve sausage rolls as a graduation party food, make sure to buy the dough and make the rolls the morning of your graduation day so the dough won’t over-proof.
10. Drinks Station
Make this drinks station
You CANNOT have a graduation party without having a drinks station. I know all the graduate or the graduate parents’ total focus is getting the best graduation party food ideas. However, you’ll want to decide on the drinks as well that can match perfectly what type of food you’re serving.
There are so many common graduation drinks to serve such as lemonade (it’s present in every single grad party and it should be for your party as well) sangria, iced strawberry tea, and other drinks you like.
11. Peanut Butter Brownie
I really love peanut butter brownies. Making peanut butter brownies is so easy and everyone makes them at graduation parties. If you’re planning to have a graduation dessert table, these delicious peanut butter brownies should be present.
12. Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are one of the most prepared high school graduation party food ideas ever. I’m saying this because high school graduation parties tend to be more crowded than college graduation parties.
They are so freaking easy to make especially if you’re looking for graduation party food on a budget. Another way to make hot dogs is setting up a hot dog’s station.
What I love about hot dogs stations is that your guests will have the option to make their own unique hot dogs sandwiches instead of just making a bunch of them. This is a great graduation food idea if you don’t know what flavors your guests like the most.
Some of the best hot dogs flavors to get for your hot dog station are mac and cheese, corn salsa, ketchup, mustard ( I love love mustard with hot dogs), mozzarella cheese, and anything you like.
13. Corned Beef
If you’re looking for easy graduation party food ideas, I promise you can’t go wrong with these delicious corned beef sandwiches. They are so easy to make and I just love the savory taste.
You can make this mouth-watering corned beef in a slow cooker or a crockpot which will take up less than 10 minutes to prepare it.
14. Chocolate Fountain
Honestly, who doesn’t love chocolate fountains? I believe it’s a must to have at your graduation dessert table. It’s just perfect to dip some fruits in this delicious melted chocolate and eat it.
Also, it makes a great graduation party dessert idea, especially in the hot weather. I know a lot of people love to have chocolate-covered strawberries.
Why having a chocolate fountain is better? Because if your graduation party is in the hot weather, your chocolate-covered desserts are more likely to melt which will be a huge mess.
All you need to do is set up different delicious fruits on plates, get some fruit sticks so your guest can easily dip the fruits in chocolate, easy peasy lol.
Also, let’s not forget it will make your graduation party more interesting for your guests.
One last thing to mention is that dark chocolate is the best chocolate for chocolate fountains.
15. Candy Station
Having a candy station is a perfect graduation party food idea for your guests because everyone loves candies. You can serve all kinds of candies with different flavors displaying them in a cute way. This candy station makes the best station for your guests to snack on while hanging out.
If you’re having an outdoor graduation party, you need to consider renting this cute candy cart to display your candies, graduation cake, and anything you like in a cute and trendy way.
16. S’mores Bar
Recreate this S’mores bar
S’more bars are by far the most made stations for college graduation party food ideas. It’s so easy to make it and it doesn’t need a lot of effort. Make a custom S’mores bar menu where you can serve different kinds of chocolate, marshmallows, and cookie bars.
17. Fruit Tray
There is no better than having healthy snacks at your graduation party. Make a fruit tray with the most delicious seasonal fruits and cutely set them.
To make your fruit tray more interesting, use these cookie cutters to cut your fruits into shapes so your guests won’t only enjoy having healthy snacks, but also love the way they are shaped to.
18. Mini Pizzas
Who doesn’t love pizzas? Serving pizzas is one of the best graduation party food ideas ever. However, having mini pizzas instead is an amazing idea to feed a large crowd.
Not only this, as mini pizzas are easy to make, you can prepare different pizza types easily instead of just having the typical pizza style which takes ages to be prepared.
Mini pizzas are a great graduation party food on a budget for a last-minute graduation party. There are so many mini pizza types you can make so your guests can taste different flavors.
Some of the most commonly recreated mini pizzas are cheese mini pizzas, pepperoni mini pizzas, Mancino’s pizza. You can also use whatever you like to make your pizzas.
19. Chicken Skewers
For anyone who’s having an evening outdoor graduation party, consider serving chicken skewers for your guests. This is mostly everyone loves chicken skewers and they are easy to make.
20. Cheese Board
Make a cheese board as a treat to serve at your graduation party. I believe it’s the latest trend lately to be served as graduation food.
Cheeseboards are so easy to put together and you can do it the morning of your graduation party day.
Get different types of cheese, olives, pickled cucumbers, and pepperoni. Also, get these cookie cutters to make shapes with your cheese to make it interesting.
21. Cucumber Bites
If you’re looking for the best and most served graduation party appetizers, these delicious cucumber bites make the best treats for your guests.
Trust me, they take less than 30 minutes to make a bunch of them and they can feed a large crowd.
Also, you only need three ingredients to make it which is perfect for a graduation food idea on a budget.
22. Pigs in Blanket
Pigs in Blanket or sausage buns are one of the classic graduation party food ideas ever. Sausage rolls are such an alternative if you want to go for a different graduation party food idea rather than this classic one.
23. Onion Rings
Another graduation party treats to serve is these delicious onion rings. I really love onion rings as they are so easy to make whether they are baked or fried especially if you’ve decided to throw a last-minute graduation party and got lost about what to serve.
Also, if you have decided to make hamburgers or hot dogs, these delicious onion rings make the perfect side dish so they can be served as a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Don’t forget to get the onion rings sauce or the raising can’s dipping sauce to serve with your onion rings.
24. Veggies Tray
Veggie trays are the perfect graduation party appetizers for your guests. First, they are really healthy to snack on, and just perfect for your guests if some of them are vegetarians.
Honestly, even if you’re not vegetarian, the look of this veggies tray makes me want to eat it all.
25. Fruit Kabobs
Are you looking for creative graduation party food ideas? If so, why not make fruit kabobs.
Honestly, finger food is always a great option to go for at any graduation party.
What I love about these fruit kabobs is they are so easy to make and you can always make them ahead of time and put them in the fridge.
26. Peach Don’t Kill My Vibes
Are you looking for cool graduation party drinks to serve at your grad party this year? I promise, this Peach Don’t Kill My Vibes drink won’t disappoint you.
It’s a fresh drink to serve and so freaking delicious. I really love the blend of peaches, orange juice, and lemon juice.
It’s the perfect drink for any graduation party type.
27. Watermelon Popsicles
Get this popsicle mold and sticks
Aren’t these watermelon popsicles the perfect treats to serve at your graduation party in the summer? Honestly, we all love watermelon and they make the best graduation party food idea that your guests will love to get.
Also, they are so easy to make. The only thing you need to do is to shake the watermelon and
put it into these popsicle molds, put it in the freezer and you’re good to go.
If you’re looking into another creative way to serve watermelon, make watermelon sticks by cutting the watermelon into triangles, and pure some yogurt at them.
I promise, your guests will be WOWED.
Graduation Party Dessert Ideas
I know how everything is obsessed about making the best graduation party desserts. Even though you’ve decided on the best graduation party food ideas to serve at your party, I know most graduation party foods are desserts as they are the core of any grad party celebration. Also, we love to have a cute graduation dessert table as it takes your guests’ attention.
What I really love about graduation party desserts is you can match them with your graduation party theme and, to be honest with you, graduation desserts complete your whole party decorations.
28. Donut Wall
Get this donut wall
I haven’t come across one graduation party where donuts haven’t been served. Literally, everyone loves donuts. Having a donuts wall is one of the most creative ways to serve them for your guests instead of adding them to a plate.
What I love about donuts is you can order them in different flavors like cinnamon sugar donuts, chocolate cake donuts, strawberry donuts, and any other flavors you like.
If you’re having your graduation party on a hot day, your chocolate donuts can melt so I would put them on a plate instead of this donut wall so things won’t be messed up.
29. Cap Cupcakes Chocolate
It can’t be a graduation party celebration without making these cute graduation cap cupcakes. They are the easiest to make and you can make them as graduation desserts as their own, or decorate your graduation cupcakes with them.
If you’re like me and you want to match everything with your graduation party theme, use food coloring and mix it with your chocolate to recreate the most beautiful caps that have the same color as your party decorations.
30. Cap Cookies
Another graduation party dessert is these cute cap cookies. It’s so easy to make for your graduation party 3 days ahead.
You can personalize them either as your graduation party theme colors or your school colors.
Pretzels are a must at any graduation party dessert table. They are the easiest to make and I love the fact that pretzels are one of the graduation party dessert ideas that you can prepare ahead of time like even 3 days before your big day.
32. Ice Cream Station
Since everyone loves ice cream, why not set up an ice cream station offering different ice cream flavors from chocolate, vanilla, to strawberry flavor.
I promise your guests will love it.
33. Chocolate Truffles
One of the most served graduation party desserts is these delicious chocolate truffles. If you think chocolate truffles are hard to make, I promise they are the easiest graduation party desserts to make.
I really love the taste of caramel, cacao, and dark chocolate. A combination that you absolutely can’t explain.
34. Chocolate Strawberries
Chocolate strawberries are the easiest graduation desserts to make. I haven’t attended or have seen a graduation party that hasn’t had chocolate strawberries.
Honestly, I really love you can dip them in colored chocolate that matches your graduation party theme.
Also, if you want to upgrade the game level, you can get a chocolate fountain instead of making the typical chocolate strawberries especially if you’re having your graduation party in hot weather so you avoid getting them melted.
35. Buttercream Cupcakes
What’s better than a buttercream cupcake to serve at your graduation party. It’s so easy to prepare and you can make it yourself at home instead of ordering it.
You can make the cupcakes ahead and you can make the buttercream for your graduation party morning which won’t take you more than 10 minutes.
Make sure to split the buttercream into 3 parts to make different flavors. Some of the best and most loved buttercream flavors are chocolate, Vanilla, lemon, and coffee flavor.
36. Graduation Cake
Get this cake stand
Your graduation party dessert table will be naked without your graduation cake. You can order your graduation cake from your favorite store in town.
Don’t forget to personalize it with your name and “Congrats” wording. Also, make sure it matches your whole graduation party decorations.
I really love cakesicles for any graduation party. They are easy to make and can be personalized matching your whole party decorations and colors.
You can’t forget to prepare these diploma cookies. They will take no time to be made. Get a ribbon with your high school or college colors and wrap the pirouette cookies with it.
Also, they are just perfect if you’re having a huge graduation party as you can make big quantities easily.
39. Macaron Tower
Since everyone is obsessed with French Macarons, why not order some Macarons from your favorite store. You can get different flavors and set them as a tower to make it unique and a great addition to your graduation party decorations.
40. Chocolate Cups Caramel
Another great graduation party dessert is these delicious chocolate cups filled with caramel. I promise you can’t go wrong with them at your graduation party.
41. Berry Cheesecake Bars
Berry cheesecake bars are one of the best graduation party dessert ideas ever. They are really delicious and no baked which will take you no take to make them. They are perfect for any graduation party.
42. Popcorn Bar
Popcorn Bar is more famous lately for graduation party ideas, especially for an outdoor parties. You can serve different flavors and have different toppings to have variety. Your guests will absolutely love this graduation party food idea.
43. Frozen Yogurt Barks
These super easy and incredibly delicious frozen yogurt barks would go down as an absolute treat as a graduation party dessert. So refreshing, tasty, and healthy too!
FAQ’S About Graduation Party Food Ideas
What Should you Have at a Graduation Party?
You can absolutely serve whatever type of food you like at your graduation party. You can serve anything from chicken wings, pizza rolls, cucumber bites, fruit trays, S’mores bar, donuts, French Macarons, and anything you like.
Also, make sure the food you serve at your grad party reflects your graduation party theme so everything will be matching together.
How Much Food Should I Plan for a Graduation Party?
One of the biggest mistakes you can do at your graduation party is to over-preparing or ordering food.
The very first thing you should do is to decide on your guest list. That way you can know exactly who’s coming, and you can decide on how much food you’ll be preparing or ordering at your graduation party.
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