Menu Ideas for Graduation Parties

Raise your hand if you have a new graduate this year!

A year ago, I was planning my oldest daughter’s high school graduation menu.  I’ve noticed quite a few people searching for ideas for recipes to serve at graduation parties, so I thought I’d put together a list to get you started.

There are so many ways to celebrate a graduation.  I’m not even going to try to cover them all.  Casual is what I’m most comfortable with, so this list will include foods that can be served buffet style, can be fixed ahead of time, and serve a crowd.

Last year I served:

I liked this menu because it was Spring-like and could be made the day before.

Here are some other recipes you might consider:

Don’t forget dessert!

Do you have a student graduation this year from Kindergarten, college or anywhere in between?

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  1. Just wanted to let you know I’m really glad I found your blog!!! It’s refreshing to see others speak of actually COOKING. There are so many families that don’t bother…just order take out or go out to eat all the time.

    I guess I’m of the ‘old school’ that food is so much better, and better for you, when cooked at home…knowing the ingredients that goes into them.

    My 3 children are adults now (31, 30, 27) and were raised on home cooked meals (made with love) almost every day. As adults, they all enjoy cooking and do it the majority of the time.

    Please…keep up the good work!!!

    • Kay, thanks for your nice note. I’m kind of old school in that way too. When I do eat out, I’m always thinking of ways I could make it at home 🙂

  2. Pasta salad is my go-to for just about any occasion 🙂

  3. I make your Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken all the time! Family gatherings, dinner, lunch, etc. We love it.

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