Planning a graduation party can be overwhelming from the decorations to the food. Having done this before I thought I would share these 30+ Graduation Party Food Ideas to make it easy on you! When I plan any kind of party, I usually start with the theme, decorations then the food. Most likely you will choose your theme based on the graduate’s school colors. There are plenty of colorful grad party decorations to make the celebration festive. Personally, I like the party pinwheels. They make a fun backdrop for the dessert table or photo booth. You can see some of these creative ideas and inspiration with these creative graduation themes here!
30+ GRADUATION PARTY MENU IDEAS
GRADUATION PARTY APPETIZERS
Here are some of my favorite graduation party appetizer ideas! The grad party appetizers are undeniably delicious.
PARTY TIP: Pick a few appetizers to serve that can be made the day before and kept in the refrigerator like the Mexican Corn Dip or Rainbow Salsa. They are easy to set out immediately when guests arrive. Second, choose a crockpot appetizer like the Thia Meatballs which can be prepped the day before and placed in the crockpot to cook a few hours before party time.
Then choose a graduation party appetizer that can be prepped ahead of time but put in the oven after guests arrive to serve hot.
Other great no-fuss options are veggie trays, fruit trays and snack foods.
Cuban Sliders Appetizers | Home.Made.Interest
Thai Meatball Mania Appetizer | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Reuben Roll-Ups | Spend With Pennies
Parmesan Goat Cheese with Basil Oil | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Nacho Bar | The Gunny Sack
Cheesy Spinach Crescents | Klienworth & Co.
GRADUATION PARTY DRINKS
It’s always nice to have a few special “signature” drinks at a party. For a high school graduation party, you would have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for the kids. Choose one of these below plus offer, water, soda, lemonade or iced tea.
Non-Alcoholic Fruit Sangria Drink | The Idea Room
Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Peach Spritzer | What’s Cooking, Love?
Non-Alcoholic Mojito | Live Like You Are Rich
I like to serve a signature cocktail at all my parties. Below are some of my favorites. Since most graduation parties are in the late spring to summer, these graduation cocktails are light and refreshing!
Don’t forget to have a variety of beer and wine on hand plus non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Blueberry Vodka Lemonade | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Pomegranate Sea Breeze | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Looking for more cocktail options? Check out these additional 25 Summer Cocktail Recipes here!
SALAD PARTY IDEAS
BLT Pasta Salad | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Mexican Pasta Salad | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Greek Tortellini Salad | Spend with Pennies
Strawberry Broccoli Salad | CarlsBad Cravings
Tomato and Cucumber Feta Salad | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Caprese Salad Recipe | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Classic Taco Salad Recipe | Kenarry Ideas for the Home
Homemade Creamy Coleslaw | Tastes of Lizzy T
HOT SIDE DISHES
Bacon Brussels Sprouts Side Dish | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans | OHMY-CREATIVE.COM
Easy Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe | Tastes of Lizzy T
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe | Tidy Mom
Baked Fried Chicken | Dinner at the Zoo
Beefy Nacho Casserole | The Wanderlust Kitchen
Chicken Fettuccine Casserole | Somewhat Simple
Slow Cooker Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze | No. 2 Pencil
Homemade Dijon Pretzel Wrapped Hot Dogs with Maple-Dijon Dipping Sauce | Will Cook for Smiles