It’s that time of year! Graduation season is right around the corner. I’ve got a son graduating from high school this year. I’ve been working to come up with a menu for his party. In the process, I’ve got 5 different menus to share with you. I hope these ideas will help you plan your celebrations.
Read to the bottom for all the dessert ideas! I wanted to add them separately, instead of one for each menu.
Easy and Casual BBQ Feast
This is the menu I am most likely going to use for my son’s party. It’s easy. The pork can be made ahead of time and frozen, then heated in the crockpot. The baked beans cook in the crockpot and are easy to put together. The only thing that will have to be done the day of the party is toss the dressing on the Asian Broccoli Salad.
To this, I’ll add desserts and probably potato chips. I may also add cut fruit.
Nice Family Dinner
Brie with Pecan Syrup – There’s no photo to go with this. I found the recipe on Tasty Kitchen and I’ve made it twice. It is out of this world wonderful! Serve this with Honey Crisp apple slices.
To make this meal easy and special, pair the tenderloin with:
- A salad of spring greens
- Baked potatoes served with plenty of butter and sour cream
- Steamed asparagus or Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper
Tex Mex Buffet
Teens Party Menu
Buffalo Chicken Stromboli and Pepperoni Pizza Stromboli. Both of these recipes were part of a snackadium I made for Super Bowl, but they would make a great “main course” for your graduate and his or her friends.
Keep it simple and add a variety of chips and dips, cookies and candy. Anything they can grab, munch and head back out to dance or talk with friends.
Sandwich and Salads Buffet
Use King’s Hawaiian rolls or other small buns to make a plate of small ham sandwiches. I buy Virginia Brand ham in the deli section and have it shaved. Serve these with a plate of assorted cheese slices, mayonnaise and mustard.
Serve all of this with fresh fruit and fruit dip. Add potato chips and dip too.
Kentucky Chocolate Nut Pie for the Derby - These are a family favorite and since my son graduates on Derby Day, we’ll be having a couple of these pies for his party.
Peanut Butter Fluff Pie – This can be made ahead and frozen. You can even serve it frozen.