5 Graduation Party Menu Ideas

5 Graduation Party Menus

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


BBQ Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker



Potato Salad


Homemade Baked Beans in the Slow Cooker

asian broccoli salad done


Asian Broccoli Salad

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.

italian seasoned salt pork tenderloin done


Italian Seasoned Salt and White Wine Pork Tenderloin

To make this meal easy and special, pair the tenderloin with:

Tex Mex Buffet

white enchiladas


White Enchiladas

enchiladas with chili-tomato sauce


Enchiladas with Chili-Tomato Sauce

Serve these with Black Bean and Corn Salsa/Salad, Homemade Guacamole, chips and several types of store-bought salsas.  Add a green salad too.

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.

Veggie Pizza (scroll down on the snackadium post for the recipe).



Pasta Salad

Serve all of this with fresh fruit and fruit dip.  Add potato chips and dip too.

Dessert Ideas



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 done


Peanut Butter Fluff Pie – This can be made ahead and frozen.  You can even serve it frozen.

lemon cheesecake dessert slice


Lemon Cheesecake Dessert

tuxedo bars done 2


Tuxedo Bars – Double Chocolate Cake Bars with Buttercream Frosting.

blue velvet cupcakes 2


School color cupcakesBlue Velvet Cupcakes, Red Velvet, Green Velvet, Orange Velvet, Purple Velvet


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  1. Congrats to the upcoming graduate!

  2. This is such a great post Tiffany! Some folks can really get ‘stuck’ trying to figure these things out. I think you are very clever. And no doubt, you’re busy getting ready for your own graduation party. Oh how quickly they grow up huh? : /

  3. Tiffany thanks for linking my orange velvet cupcakes! This is definitely a list I will keep in mind for future graduation parties. Belated Congrats to your grad 🙂

  4. Rena McFarland says:

    My son is also graduating from high school in less than a month. I too have been thinking about doing the BBQ pulled pork. I was wondering how will you serve the BBQ ? Will you make the sandwiches yourself and place them on a platter ? Also what drinks will you have ? Ugh. Just trying to get all this figured out and I appreciate your help .

    • Rena, I did this last year for my son’s party. I let people make their own sandwiches. For drinks, I went classic with iced tea, lemonade, water and some sodas too.

  5. Rena McFarland says:

    Tiffany, Thank you so much for your help !

  6. Hey there, great lists. I’m looking for ideas for my own grad this spring and any help would be appreciated. I am doing an evening event (not supper) and I know that I would like Ukrainian paska. What else can I add to the ‘menu’?


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