Graduation is a time to celebrate, and what better way to do it than with delicious food? This collection of graduation party recipes features appetizers, themed desserts, and more!
25 Best Graduation Party Food Ideas
It’s graduation season!!
Planning a graduation party can be a lot of work, but we’re here to help take away some of that stress with this big collection of graduation party food ideas!
From kindergarten graduation to a high school graduation party, there are lots of ideas to make YOUR grad’s party a memorable – and tasty – event!
Use these simple grad recipes for any stage of graduation that they’re meant for – and prepare the best party at the same time.
The fun part about graduation parties is that people are mainly coming and going throughout a various set of hours. This means that you can have finger foods, desserts, and fun drinks that people can enjoy at their leisure. We’ve got everything here you need to plan the best graduation buffet
No matter what type of graduation party you’re going to have, be sure to add some fun recipes to the menu. The best way to say “thanks” to the guests that are stopping by to give your grad well wishes is to fill their bellies with drinks and snacks!
Make it a delicious graduation party to remember with any and all of these yummy recipes. You literally can’t go wrong with any of them.
Graduation Party Desserts
School Book Rice Krispie Treats – No more books for your senior grad! They’ll love these little book treats as a way to say see-ya to school.
Graduation Cap Cookies – With just 4 ingredients, these chocolate cookie treats are not only easy to make, but they look just like a graduation cap! Perfect for that special day celebration because they are both a treat and a decoration!
Graduation Cap Cupcakes – Another simple dessert idea that looks just like a graduation cap! All you need are cupcakes or muffins, graham crackers, and candy. Easy and cute!
LEGO Rice Krispie Treats – Homemade rice krispie treats frosted to look like LEGO blocks. They’re fun, colorful, and perfect for treating your grown-up kiddos on their big day!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Hearts – Show your grad some love with these adorable edible hearts. Perfect for any grad, any age, any grade!
Rainbow Cookies – Your grad is about to reach new heights, and they might just find their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
Chalkboard Cupcakes – You have to admit how cute these are! These would be perfect for a graduation food idea for younger kids, but older kids will get a kick out of them as well.
Cat in the Hat Cupcakes – One of the best Dr. Seuss books for grads is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, which is why these cupcakes are so fitting!
Cupcake Clock – This recipe was original for NYE, but it could also be perfect for a graduation party! Each of the 12 cupcakes could represent a grade completed.
Homemade Cosmic Brownies – This classic lunchbox treat makes a great nostalgic graduation party dessert!
Soccer Cake – Your soccer star will love this sheet cake that’s decorated with green frosting to look just like a soccer field. This is an easy recipe that won’t have you in the kitchen all day using the oven and baking… and it is great for a big crowd!
Festive End of School Lunch Ideas
Surprise your kiddo with these fun box lunch ideas! They’re great for kids of all ages – so you can make them for kindergarten graduation all the way up to high school!
Graduation Bento Lunch – Make that last week of school special with this graduation themed school lunchbox idea. You can customize with your child’s favorite sandwich toppings!
Ham Star Sandwiches – Your graduate is a star! Show it with this sweet and easy lunchbox idea!
Graduation Party Drinks
We’ve got kid-friendly drink ideas that every family member can enjoy, plus a few recipes for the grown-ups. Parents, you deserve it!
Cinderella Cooler – This refreshing mocktail is the perfect special drink for kids and teens at their party! Plus it’s easy to mix up a big batch to serve a crowd.
Patriotic Punch – This red, white, and blue layered mocktail is the ultimate summer sipper that’s family friendly!
Galaxy Lemonade – This kid-friendly drink idea is tasty and beautiful! The lemonade actually changes colors when you mix it!
Frozen Whisky Sours – Have a 21+ college grad at your house? Celebrate their summer graduation with these frozen drinks. Perfect for cheering to their college years gone by!
Graduation Party Appetizers
Simple snacks for sharing! These party appetizers are just the thing for that graduation celebration. They are some of our favorites!
Italian Pinwheels – This tasty grab-n-go appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser! They’re great to make ahead of time for those busy last few days of school.
Cowboy Caviar – The ultimate summer chip topping! Cowboy Caviar is a Texas staple that’s made with beans and vegetables… and takes chips and dip to the next level! Serve with tortilla chips, Doritos, sliced veggies, or your favorite dippers!
Taco Charcuterie Board – Tacos for a crowd has never been THIS fun! Charcuterie boards are a trendy party snack these days, and this taco board is not only easy to assemble, but it’s sure to wow your guests! It’s a build your own taco bar…on a platter! We made ours with ground beef and two kinds of taco shells. We also added plenty of fixin’s such as tomatoes, red peppers, guac, corn salad, and shredded cheese.
Tropical Fruit Salsa – Move over guacamole…this year it’s all about fruit salsa! This tropical fruit salad mixes sweet watermelon, mango, and pineapple with a hint of spicy peppers and fresh herbs. It’s a refreshing summer snack!
Hawaiian Sliders – These ham and cheese sliders are made with Hawaiian rolls and sweet pineapple. There are never any leftovers when these are on the party table!
Big Mac Sliders – Speaking of sliders, these cheeseburger sliders have a special sauce that makes them a spot-on McDonald’s copycat…in bite size form! You can also customize your sliders: add bacon, use mozzarella or cheddar cheese, or serve with your own condiments.
Hawaiian Pasta Salad – A sweet and sour macaroni salad that’s perfect for summer graduation parties! Easy to make!
Homemade Gummy Bears – Grads are NEVER too old to enjoy gummy bears, and even better when you can make them homemade. Fill a bowl of these sweet treats and watch everyone love how they taste. Grab your favorite Jello flavors and make a big dish of these colorful candy treats!
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