Graduation Party Food
Many graduation parties are open houses and most are in summer so that means outdoor parties. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but here are menu ideas for an outdoor graduation party. That means you need food that’s easy to eat (it’s hard to use a knife and fork sitting on a lawn chair or on the grass), and that will hold up for a few hours outside. For high school or college graduations, you will have teenagers there, which means more than one feeding.
- Chips and Salsa. Easy to do. You buy the chips and commercial salsas and everybody will be happy. If you want to make your own salsa, try this Artichoke Salsa. (I have a few friends who are huge fans of artichokes.)
- Mushroom Appetizers. Most recipes you can prep in advance and just throw a tray in the oven as you need them. Lots of variety, too. Here is a selection of 20 top mushroom appetizers.
- Pizza. If you have a family member who makes a killer pizza and loves bringing it to every family event; let them! If not go to the local pizzeria and pick some up there. It’s easy, and it’s universally liked. Oh, and it will last the entire party.
- Burgers. I’m sure you make a great burger and if you provide lettuce, tomato, onion and condiments you have a winner. We would like to share the recipe for Michael Symon’s Lola Burger. (He's a big deal here in Cleveland AND an Iron Chef.)
- Six foot sub. Always a hit and really makes a WOW statement on your table. The key to success is finding a bakery that makes a great 6 foot loaf. Once you have the bread here are some ideas, but in the end, put the things you and your graduate like on your sandwich.
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Pulled pork works for large groups. It holds well in a crock pot, and it’s delicious.
- Southern Fried Chicken. Here’s Paula Deen’s recipe for chicken, or you can just grill some yourself. Remember though that managing a lot of chicken on the grill is a little tougher than burgers or brats, so don't be afraid to order a full pan or two from your local deli. A bit pricey, but it makes managing the rest of the meal easier.
- Grad Caps Pops. This one is easy and really works for a grad party.
- Hazelnut Butter Cookies w/Chocolate Cookies. All of you have some great cookie recipes but this one is great.
- M&Ms Pretzel Snack. Use the colors of your graduate's new school.
- Tri-Color Cupcakes. These multi-colored cupcakes will help you show off your current and new school pride. (Big hitwith my kids!)
Have fun celebrating graduation with a delicious menu!