Graduation Party Food Ideas

Graduation Party Food Ideas
Graduation party food ideas need not be very special, but you can serve the regular food items with a little creativity and imagination in the serving part. The thumb rule is to select a simple food menu and enjoy the party, rather than busying yourself in the kitchen.
Celebrate the great experience of becoming a graduate with a festive party. After all, it is a lifetime achievement, which everybody wants to cherish with friends and loved ones. However, planning a memorable graduation party is easier said than done. You have to take care of everything, starting from sending invitations with catchy wordings to choosing gift items for the new graduates in your invitee list.

Deciding the party theme, games, music, and decorations is a bit easy, when compared to selecting the recipes. You can create the food menu beforehand, with varieties in cakes, beverages, appetizers, main course, in between snacks, and desserts, then consider the number of graduates you have invited and select the alternatives which you think are best for a graduation party. Take a look at few such alternatives below.


Start with mocktails, tasty fruit drinks made without alcohol. You can combine juices of seasonal fruits with plain soda and/or vinegar. Or mix equal amounts of coke and a complementary fruit juice, and serve the drink with ice cream. For college graduates, you can think of serving root beer. Other alternatives for beverages include iced tea, cold coffee, smoothies, and milkshakes.


Whether you call entrées or appetizers, they make the base of any party food menu. Try something new and avoid the commonly served items like chips, wafers, and cookies. You can opt for popcorn chicken, nachos, tacos, spring rolls, Mexican sushi, cut sandwiches, veggies, and dips. Finger foods and bite-sized food items are preferable, as your guests will be busy talking amongst themselves, or with other socializing activities.

Main Course

As far as main course food menu is concerned, the options are endless. The suitable items are casseroles, pizza, meatloaf, smash potatoes, burgers, hamburgers, hotdogs, stir fries, etc.; include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Do not forget to include spicy items and a bowl of hot sauce (or chili dip) as side dishes. They will surely spice up the party food menu.


For desserts, you can order a special cake for the graduates. Give a personalized touch by decorating the cake with graduation caps and lucky symbols. A simple yet fabulous idea is to offer chocolates wrapped with gold foils. You can mark the graduate name and passing year on the foil. In addition, candy bars, ice creams, root beer floats, apple pie, and homemade cheesecakes, all make good dessert options.

Hopefully with this information, you will be able to plan your upcoming party with less hassles on the food serving part. Give the best from your side and a successful party for welcoming fresh graduates is almost guaranteed.
Cranberry cocktail with mint garnish