A+ Graduation Party Food Ideas
May 10, 2022, Updated Jun 21, 2023
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Do you have a graduate in your family this year? Celebrate their accomplishments with these A+ recipes! Whether you have a high school or college grad, you can’t go wrong with these graduation party food ideas.
From dips to desserts, salads to sandwiches, we’re rounding up our best recipes for a great graduation party. We’re also sharing our favorite recipes to create a unique buffet you won’t see at other events. Let’s get started!
Delicious graduation party Dips
Get the party started with a delicious dip! These crowd-friendly dips will keep your guests happy for the whole celebration. Consider doubling or tripling each recipe, depending on your invite list.
5-Minute Vegan Queso
You can’t go wrong with 5-minute vegan queso! As the name implies, it takes mere minutes to put together. Your family’s vegan and dairy-free friends will enjoy it and your cheese-loving guests will hardly know the difference as it’s that good!
Lemon Whipped Feta Dip
Light and airy, lemon whipped feta dip is a great choice for an outdoor graduation party.
Roasted Red Pepper Veggie Dip
This easy dip is a blend of roasted red peppers, chickpeas, sour cream, and spices. Serve it with veggies or pita bread.
Green Goddess Veggie Dip
This heavenly dip is sure to keep your guests happy!
Nothing beats this beet hummus! We love it even more than traditional hummus for parties because its vibrant color is so festive.
Dill Pickle Guacamole
This unusual dip will get your party guests talking. It combines creamy guac with crunchy pickles. Serve it with corn chips or use it as a burger topping if you’re grilling out.
Pimento Cheese dip (with Hidden Cauliflower)
Cauliflower rice gives this beloved dip a hidden veggie boost, and what party guest doesn’t appreciate that?
Smart Graduation Party Salads
Next up, we have smart salads that are perfect for any graduation celebration.
TikTok Green Goddess Salad
This light, airy salad is meant to feed a crowd. The teens at the party will appreciate that it’s a TikTok favorite!
Hazelnut Fruit Salad
A fruit salad is a must for any outdoor party. In addition to the essentials like melon, kiwi, berries, and grapes it also includes jicama and of course, hazelnuts.
Greek Salad Kabobs
Balancing a salad plate and a drink at a party requires skill. Help your guests out by serving a salad that’s easy to eat, whether standing up or sitting down. Greek Salad Kabobs require no utensils or plates!
Strawberry Salad Kabobs with Avocado and Spinach
Here’s another handheld salad to consider for your backyard party — this one combines strawberries, avocado, and baby spinach. Guests can nosh on a spring salad in one hand while playing bean bag toss with the other.
Caprese Pasta Salad
Caprese salad meets pasta salad. This quick, easy salad is a hit with everyone, young and old.
grad party Sandwiches & Wraps
For the main dish, serve up one of these easy entrées that feed a crowd.
Black Bean Burgers
These black bean burgers have a meaty texture but are plant-based so your vegetarian guests can enjoy them too.
Buffalo Ranch Cauliflower Wraps
Here’s another vegetarian-friendly option that goes over big with meat-lovers too! Just like chicken, cauliflower can be prepared to be crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And wraps are easy for guests to enjoy while they mingle in the backyard.
Crockpot Apple and Pulled Chicken Pita Sandwiches
Pulled pork is always a party favorite and this recipe is extra delicious as it’s made with SweeTango apples.
Crunchy Apple Salad On Croissants
Similar to the classic Waldorf salad, this apple salad is held together with Greek yogurt rather than mayo for a lighter flavor. It’s a great sandwich for an outdoor celebration.
A little savory, a little sweet, and a whole lot of fun! These berry pinwheels are a perfect party food. Try all four combinations and see which your guests love best.
Unique Graduation Party Buffets
Want to throw a graduation party that stands out from all the others? These unique buffets will delight your guests’ eyes and tastebuds.
Waffle Bar + Waffle Pops
Throw a graduation brunch and serve up a waffle bar. Let guests create their own waffle pops that they can carry around as they mingle. Fun, festive, and delicious!
Fruit and Veggie Infused Water & Lemonade
Brunch, lunch, or dinner, no matter what time of day your graduation party is, guests are going to want a refreshing drink. Include a few of these refreshing infused water or lemonade combinations on your buffet.
These hygienic party snacks are a handy alternative to traditional charcuterie boards. Guests can simply grab a pre-assembled jar and they have a little bit of everything to keep their bellies happy.
These jarcuteries feature mango and have a tropical vibe that will keep guests happy on a hot day.
Baked Potato Bar
Let guests assemble their own gourmet baked potato. Simply prepare the baked potatoes in the microwave, set out a variety of toppings, and let guests make their own delicious creations.
graduation party Desserts
Every graduation party needs a delicious dessert or two… or three! These crowd-pleasing desserts are easy to make and look beautiful on a dessert table.
Mango Cheesecake Dip
Give guests the decadent flavors of homemade cheesecake without the stress or mess of baking an actual cake. This rich and creamy cheesecake dip is perfect for your graduation dessert board.
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Stuffed Dates
Chocolate-dipped peanut butter stuffed dates taste just like a candy bar. Even better, they require just four ingredients and about fifteen minutes to make. We suggest making extra because your guests will surely gobble them up!
Chocolate and Caramel Apple Bites
Four ingredients and five minutes are all it takes to whip up these bite-sized treats.
Red, White, & Blueberry Mini Trifles
These mini trifle cups look festive and graduation guests will love that they can grab a pre-portioned dessert instead of scooping their own.
Dried Cherry and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Party attendees will love these warm, gooey cookie filled with chocolate chips, dried cherries, and walnuts. The cherries gives them a summertime flavor perfect for a graduation celebration.
What foods will you be serving up at your graduation party? Which of our recipes will make your menu? Share in the comments below.