These easy to prepare recipes keep your graduation party menu simple, delicious and affordable. Enjoy a selection of graduation party foods including salads, side dishes, casseroles and grilled food recipes!
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What Kind Of Food Do You Serve At A Graduation Party?
Given that most graduation parties are in early summer and are attended by friends and family, the party setting is usually casual. That means you can serve a variety of salads, side dishes, casseroles, slow cooker and grilled recipes. Most of these foods can be prepared a few days ahead and cooked the day of the party.
What Do You Serve At A Graduation Open House?
Most graduation parties are done in an open house style. It’s a casual format that allows friends and family to stop in and visit and celebrate with the grad. Guest usually come and go throughout the party time frame.
Serve a variety of finger foods and a self-serve menu including some of these suggestions.
Coolers with canned sodas, flavored seltzers and small bottled waters. Additional beverages in drink despensors including iced teas, lemonades and juice.
This potato salad recipe is absolutely delicious with a secret trick that makes it extra flavorful. It’s easy, creamy and loaded with celery, sweet pickles, eggs, green onions and sour cream/mayo. Everyone always asks for this recipe!
Enjoy this healthy version of Mexican Street Corn Salad (aka Elote corn salad), where flavorful corn is tossed with a light yogurt-mayo lime and cilantro dressing and sprinkled with feta cheese. It is an easy summer salad and perfect for a graduation party!
Chicken Macaroni Salad! A delicious cross between a creamy pasta salad and a chicken salad. Super easy to throw together and a great way to use up leftover chicken. Perfect for summer BBQs and graduation parties as well!
This Mexican Bean Salad recipe is for a quick, simple corn and black bean salad that is hearty yet light, fresh, packed with flavor, and ready in no time at all. It’s a perfect addition to taco Tuesdays, Mexican potlucks, picnics, and grad parties!
The flavors of potato salad get a serious upgrade when combined with a loaded baked potato salad! Stuffed full of bacon, cheese, herbs, and green onion the flavor of this red skin potato salad is just unbeatable.
This Loaded Vegetable Greek Pasta Salad with Feta Cheese, is a quick fix recipe that’s perfect for easy dinners, lunches, potlucks, and backyard barbecues. Tender whole-wheat pasta tossed with a homemade authentic greek dressing, kalamata olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, crisp English cucumbers, red bell peppers, Pepperoncini peppers, and chunks of yummy feta cheese.
This Chopped Veggie Salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish! It features a combination of fresh summer vegetables and feta cheese tossed in a simple tangy vinaigrette to bring it all together. Super easy to make, colorful and so delicious!
Instant Pot Baked Beans from scratch are the only way you’re going to want to make this classic side dish from now on! In a fraction of the time, you’ll get sweet and smoky, saucy beans without presoaking or cooking for hours. These delicious pressure cooker baked beans are freezer-friendly, make meal prep simple and are always a welcome addition to any BBQ, picnic, cookout, or family dinner!
Sure, anyone can throw a hot dog on the grill, toss it in a bun, top it with mustard and ketchup-- but why not bring your next grill or outdoor party up a notch by offering a lot of different toppings for their hot dog?