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Food to Serve for a Graduation Party:
Great Graduation Party Food Ideas

Great food to serve for a graduation party starts with a little imagination and just a bit of planning. If serving a crowd for a graduation party, your menu should include about five to seven different foods that will appeal to everyone.

Here, you'll find a few recipes for graduation parties that I really love to serve. But you'll also find tons of ideas for party food planning all over Divine Dinner Party, especially at Party Planning Central. So when you're done here, look around!

Or check out Graduation Party Food and Planning for tips on graduation party decorations, planning, gifts, and more, including:

Choosing Food for a Graduation Party

Fortunately, graduation party food ideas don't need to be too different from any other party foods. Sure, you'll find a few graduation-themed foods here on this page, but you don't need to stick to any particular theme-- just make what your graduate loves!

Graduation Party Appetizers and Finger Foods

The truth is, any of your favorite appetizers, snacks, and finger foods will do for a graduation party menu. Some great ideas for finger foods to serve for a graduation party are:

You can also find more ideas for finger foods and appetizers on the follow pages:

Graduation Party Food: Ideas for Main Dishes

If you're planning what food to serve for a graduation party and you want a "main dish" item, there are lots of great options out there. You might want to think about:

Graduation Cap Pops Graduation Snack Recipe

Graduation Cap Pops for a Graduation Party Food
I love this fun little recipe-- it's one of the best foods to serve for a graduation party! As pictured, these little peanut-butter-cup graduation caps are perfect when made as pops and stuck in a decorative holder (simply buy some unused plastic sticks to make them pops) or you can arrange them out on a tray or use them to decorate graduation cakes and graduation cupcakes.

This recipe comes together quick, is fun to make, and only requires assembly. Pull and Peel Twizzlers come in different colors, so pick a color that matches your graduation's school colors!

Recipe makes 24 caps.

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24 mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
24 squares of chocolate (can also use filled chocolate- your choice)
5 Pull and Peel Twizzlers (or as needed)
3 oz. dark chocolate, melted (or as needed)

Instructions: 1. Place your peanut butter cups flat-side-up on a sheet of waxed paper.

2. Spoon your melted chocolate into the tip of a plastic bag and cut off a tiny corner. This chocolate will be your "glue".

3. Spread a small dab of chocolate "glue" on a the top of Reese's and attach a chocolate square. Repeat process for each cap.

4. Cut a few little pieces of Twizzler to make a tassel and trim to size. Attach a "tassel" to each cap with more melted chocolate.

5. Refrigerate or let sit at room temperature to set. One of the simplest, most fun foods to serve for a graduation party!

Buffalo Chicken Diploma Wraps for a Graduation Party

It's a celebration! So you've got to have some food to serve for a graduation party that celebrates getting that cherished diploma. Which is why I love these diploma sandwich wraps-- they're fun, they're flexible, and they definitely fit the theme.

These savory wraps can be made with a simple flour tortilla, and are easy to customize for your guests. To create an authentic diploma you will need a ribbon to tie the wrap together.

Recipe makes 4 wraps. Don't love the idea of a buffalo chicken filling? Check the bottom of this recipe for variation ideas!

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1 lb. cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken
2 tbsp. hot sauce, according to taste
3 tbsp. white vinegar, divided
1 tbsp. melted butter
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1/2 C crumbled blue cheese
4 8-inch flour tortillas
1 C. shredded lettuce
1 C. diced celery
1 large tomato, diced

Instructions: 1. In a bowl, whisk hot sauce, 2 tbsp. vinegar, butter, pepper, and cayenne pepper. (For a mild sauce use only 1 tbsp hot sauce.)

2. Toss shredded chicken in hot sauce mixture until evenly coated.

3. In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, pepper and 1 Tbsp vinegar. Fold in the blue cheese.

4. Lay tortillas flat and place a portion of the mayo mixture and buffalo chicken in the middle. Add lettuce and celery and wrap tightly. Cut wrap in half and wrap with ribbon.

Variations: Fillings for these diploma wraps can be as unique as your graduate! The buffalo chicken wrap mixture here is fabulous, but you can play around and do whatever you like! Also try:

  • Mushroom pate
  • Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato
  • Grilled Chicken, Lettuce, Bacon and Ranch
  • Carne Asada filling
  • Italian Deli Meats
  • Mediterranean Tuna, Olive, and Vegetable

Apple Dessert Pizza Recipe for a Party

Apple Pizza Recipe Dessert Pizza for a Graduation Party
I love this little joke on the college student's constant diet of pizza! It's also a fun food to serve for a graduation party, because it's an unexpected twist on pizza. And tastes totally fabulous.

The recipe here doesn't include the pizza dough. If you want to prepare your own, just go ahead and use your favorite pizza dough recipe. Or buy a pre-made dough, or a pre-cooked pizza crust... whatever floats your boat!

Recipe serves about 10.

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1 pre-made (or homemade) pizza crust
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. apples; peeled and thinly sliced
2/3 C. and 1/3 C. brown sugar, divided
1/4 C. and 1/3 C. All-purpose flour, divided
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
2 tbsp. butter, softened

Instructions: 1. Mix up and pre-bake your pizza dough until just baked, according to recipe or manufacturer directions. Let cool slightly.

2. In a mixer beat cream cheese, vanilla, egg and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth. Spread mixture over crust.

3. In a bowl mix apples with 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Spread apple mixture evenly over the cream cheese base.

4. Combine 1/3 cup flour and 1/3 cup brown sugar. Cut butter into small pieces and crumble into this mixture to create a crumb topping. Sprinkle this topping over the apples and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, or about 40 minutes.

The best food to serve for a graduation party includes a few favorites and a few surprises. So have fun with your graduation party menu!

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