8 Unique Graduation Party Menus
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It’s graduation time. You are planning a party for your amazing son or daughter, feeling quite emotional. What about food? What should you serve your guests?

Start with your graduate. Is there something special that he, or she, would like on the menu. Maybe he likes Mexican food and you can have a menu of burritos, tacos, and fajitas. Or maybe she likes old-fashioned teas and you can serve tea sandwiches, lace cookies, and scones with clotted cream.

After five high school graduations and five college graduations, I have planned my fair share of menus. Here are some of our guests’ favorites. Enjoy. 

Simple Appetizers & Punch

Party Punch
Fresh Fruit Platter
Raw Veggies with Dip Platter
Hummus with Pita Chips
Spicy 7-Layer Mexican Dip with Tortilla Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sandwich Buffet

Platter of Sliced Ham
Platter of Sliced Roast Beef
Platter of Sliced Salami
Platter of Sliced Turkey
Platter of Sliced Cheddar Cheese
Platter of Sliced Swiss Cheese
Platter of Sliced Provolone Cheese
Rye Bread
Wheat Rolls
Pickles, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Thinly Sliced Onions
Mayonnaise, Mustard, Honey-Mustard, Softened Butter
Graduation Cake
Party Punch, Coffee, Iced Tea

Hearty Feast

Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
BBQ Sausages
Pigs in a Blanket
Platter of Pinwheel Sandwiches
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Cheese & Crackers
Graduation Cake
Party Punch, Coffee, Iced Tea

Easy-Prep Deli Sub Feast

6-Foot Sub
Variety of Chips
Graduation Cupcakes

Vintage Tea Party

Tea Sandwiches (Chicken Salad, Cucumber with Cream Cheese, Strawberry & Butter, Ham & Cheese, Egg Salad)
Scones with Clotted Cream
Date Nut Bread
Lace Cookies
Lemon Bars
Variety of Tea Bags
Teapots of Hot Water
Iced Tea, Coffee

Mexican Fiesta

Chef Prepares Fresh Taco

​Tortilla Chips & Salsa
Bean Dip & Chips
Chocolate Ice Cream sprinkled with Cinnamon
Sodas & Hot Chocolate

Tropical Luau

It’s time to celebrate with a trip to the tropics in your back yard. Serve up a luau. You might do the Limbo, have a poi-eating contest, or dance the hula.

Whole Pig Roasted in a Pit
Platter of Sliced Ham
Polynesian Meatballs
Seafood Pasta
Indonesian Fried Rice
Pina Gel Salad
Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Banana Cake
Coconut Water
Virgin Pina Coladas

Let's Have Our Own Luau by Meredith Curtis
Let’s Have Our Own Luau is a perfect planning guide to have a tropical graduation celebration. After all, early summer, when most graduations occur, is the perfect time for a luau. You can purchase Let’s Have Our Own Luau in print at Amazon. If you would like an E-book, it’s available at PayHip, TeachersPayTeachers, or right here on this site!

Back to the 1990’s Potato Bar

It’s back to the end of the twentieth century for this crowd-please. Serve hot baked potatoes wrapped and baked in foil for each guest. In return, each guest can bring a topping for the potatoes.   

Here are some topping ideas:
Sour Cream & Butter
Chopped Scallions
Cooked & Crumbled Sausage
Cooked & Crumbled Bacon
Variety of Shredded Cheeses
Shredded Carrots
Chopped Green Peppers
Cubed Canadian Bacon
Cubed Ham

We hope these ideas will jumpstart your own ideas and that you will have a wonderful graduation party.


So many people ask my friend Laura and I the same questions over and over about homeschooling high school. Since we can sit down over a cup of tea with everyone, we decided to write a book for all of you who are thinking about homeschooling high school. You can do it!

Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette
To learn more about homeschooling high school, including graduation, transcripts, college, and credits,  purchase Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School at Amazon. If you would like an E-book, it’s available at PayHip, TeachersPayTeachers, or right here on this site!

Please share your menu ideas and suggestions in the comments below.

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!

Meredith Curtis

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