Delectable Menu Ideas for a Graduation Party

PartyJoys Staff Sep 27, 2018
Planning a graduation party for your child or for yourself? You'll need to consider non-fussy, inexpensive menu that will make your graduation party memorable for years to come.
A graduation is a momentous occasion, both for young adults and their parents too. So what better way to celebrate this landmark by throwing a party. It is a big event, so you need to decide about the guest list, theme, and obviously the food.
You need not bring out your expensive wine and cheese for such a party, as it is more of a casual get-together of family and friends. Remember that the food should be what the grads like.

Graduation Party Menu on a Budget

Throwing a party is always an exciting prospect. But you need not break into a bank for throwing such a party. Here is a menu idea that goes easy on your budget, but will still ensure an amazing grad party.

Drinks

~ Limeade
~ Beer/Root Beer
~ Watermelon Margarita

Appetizers

~ Cantaloupe and English Cucumber Salad
~ Peel and Eat Hot Pepper Shrimp
~ Crab Cakes
~ Fried Asian Dumplings
~ Herb-stuffed Deviled Eggs

Main Course/Entrée

~ Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings
~ Grilled Pita with Tomatoes, Olive, and Feta Cheese
~ Pulled Pork or Chicken Sandwiches
~ Mini Beef or Portobello Burgers

Dessert

~ Berries with Buttermilk and Honey
~ Frozen Chocolate Bananas on Sticks
~ Coconut Crusted Marshmallows

Impromptu Graduation Party Menu

Last minute party preparations often leave you confused and when it comes to deciding the menu list it is always a hassle. What to cook, in what quantity, which cuisine? You also have to jot down options according to the likes of invitees. Some of them are given here for you.

Drinks

~ Watermelon Punch
~ Cranberry Sparklers
~ Mango and Pineapple Rum Cocktail

Appetizers

~ Piquillo Pepper and Cheese Toasts
~ Pigs in a Blanket
~ Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
~ Chili-Glazed Sticky Ribs
~ Cucumber Mint and Watermelon Tsatsiki Salad

Main Course/Entrée

~ Hawaiian Grilled Chicken
~ Mini Triple Cheese Pizza
~ Oriental Shrimp Kabobs
~ Grilled Flank Steak
~ Chili

Dessert

~ Fresh Fruits and Vanilla Wafers
~ Sauteed Peaches with Shortbread Cookies and Ice Cream
~ No-bake Cheesecake

Vegetarian Menu

If you have vegetarian guests coming over, then here is an all-vegetarian menu, which is not only easy to put together, but healthy as well.

Drinks

~ Beer
~ Watermelon and Basil Margarita
~ Pomegranate Soda
~ Limeade

Appetizers

~ Watermelon and Ricotta Skewers
~ Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
~ Deep-fried Parmesan Cheese Puffs
~ Potato and Olive Salad

Main Course/Entrée

~ Pasta with Ricotta and Tarragon
~ Grilled Vegetables with Artichoke and Mint Dip
~ Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
~ Vegetarian Club Sandwich

Dessert

~ Rocky Road Brownies
~ Berries and Cream Tartlets
~ Tropical Fruit Salad with Vanilla-scented Ice Cream
These are just a few ideas that you can look into. However, you can also use these as your base idea and tweak your menu around as per your liking or needs. You can have a DIY taco or pizza station or even fondue.
Just remember to plan the party keeping in mind the type of guests you are inviting. If the food is arranged by a caterer, make sure you meet him to discuss the menu items and the budget well before the scheduled party.