There are so many aspects to planning a special graduation party – a primary consideration being food! To plan a fun and festive menu, keep reading for all of the inspiration! So many options that the graduate, the other teens, and all the guests will love! Easy and budget-friendly options!
Great Graduation Party Food Ideas on the Way
When it comes to graduation parties, there are so many things to consider when planning the menu. First, this is SUCH a special day, and you want it to feel every bit of that significance at the party. A true rite of passage.
Then, you want to consider your guests. Chances are, you’ll have a long line of teens that will be streaming in and out of the party all day along, as well as Aunt Sally and Grandpa Jessie, who may likely be parked in a chair most of the time. There should be food that should appeal to all of them (though, I’d say, the guest of honor and his/her friends should be the main consideration).
You want it to be fun, pithy – and of course, it would be great if it didn’t break the bank.
Can you cover all of these bases at once?
I offer you a resounding yes!
First, when it comes to graduation party planning, you’ll want to take a look at this post. It covers everything you need to know to create an outstanding backyard outdoor gradation party – money -saving tips, themes, activities, as well as food ideas. The graduation party foods covered in that post is not as in-depth as I’m spelling out here, but it will give you a good place to start.
Your theme and other ideas about how you want to throw this bash will feed into how you plan your menu (no pun intended. Ok, maybe).
But once you’ve sorted out some of those details, let’s take a look at the shining star of the event, besides your bright child: the food.
The Best Way (and Most Functional Way) to Plan Your Graduation Party Menu
There are lots of ways to create a food plan for a high school graduation party. The most effective ways you can do this is something of a buffet style, but even a little more precise (and festive) than that – food bars.
By having themed food bars throughout the party, you give your guests lot of options for a particular TYPE of food, without having to create so many KINDS of food, if that makes sense.
For example, if one of your main dishes is a pasta bar, there can be several ways to fix your own pasta at the table, without having to have so many kinds of different dishes to offer.
You definitely can have a few food bars set up – an appetizer food bar, a main dish food bar, and a dessert bar as well, but this – at least in theory – should simplify your menu fill giving your guest plentiful and varied options, something for all kinds of food preferences.
Several of the choices you’ll see below are different kinds of food bars or themed tables to give you some inspiration. There are also other options that may not specifically be a themed food bar, but they are geared to be crowd-pleasing types of foods and tailored to be prepared in bulk or a large crowd.
How much food you prepare and how many food bars you create will likely depend on the number of guests you anticipate, but they are a great choice for graduation parties.
Let’s look below for fun and festive options for the best graduation party food ideas.
30 Best Graduation Party Food Ideas
And this is how I put together a rustic glam graduation party printable set as well!)
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