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30 Graduation Party Food Ideas

Celebrate your kid’s success with these graduation party food ideas!

From appetizers to desserts, these treats will make your celebration even more memorable.

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There’s no better way to congratulate a fresh grad than treating them to their favorite foods.

Whether they’re a fan of wings and burgers or donuts and cookies, this list has you covered. Nothing brightens a party more than these delectable delights.

Cheeseburger Sliders with Tomatoes and Lettuce

Kitchen newbies worry not. These recipes, while celebration-worthy, are a snap to make. If I can make them, so can you.

Whether you’re having a big bash or an intimate celebration, these dishes are a must-have at any graduation party.

Homemade White Castle Hamburger with Cheese

1. Hamburgers

Is your kid in love with White Castle hamburgers? If you’re looking for the perfect copycat recipe, the search is over. This one’s all you’ll need.

These burgers are pretty straightforward – buns, beef patty, and cheese.

There may be no special ingredients or sauces involved, but trust me, they’ll be a guaranteed hit.

2. Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

These bite-sized wonders are hypnotizing! You really can’t go wrong with cheese and bacon.

Add ranch and chives to the picture, and you’ll have a certified crowd-pleaser.

Besides the flavor, these bacon cheddar ranch pinwheels are Insta-worthy, as well.

Rolling the flour tortillas creates such a fun effect. Just by looking at them, you can tell they won’t last long. 

Homemade Buffalo Wings

3. Buffalo Wings 

These game-day favorites are also worthy of any party, may it be for someone’s birthday, anniversary, or graduation.

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These wings are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 

The flavor? Simply amazing. They’re salty, savory, and tangy with a bit of a kick. 

Serve these buffalo wings with ranch or bleu cheese dressing for a show-stopping appetizer.

4. Veggie Tray 

Give your vegetarian guests a delicious appetizer to snack on with this colorful veggie tray.

Whoever said vegetables are dull and bland hasn’t tried this yet.

Carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, asparagus, radishes, and green beans – what a beautiful medley of colors and flavors! 

Arrange them however you want in a party tray and serve them with a variety of dips, and voila.

Pizza Rolls with Sauce

5. Pizza Rolls 

This recipe is perfect for all you non-cooks out there! You don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen to be the worlds’ best mom and dad.

You will be in your kid’s eyes if you serve them these pizza rolls.

All you need are some frozen pizza and an air fryer. Just pop them in and in just a few minutes, your party is ready to begin.

6. Fruit Kabobs 

Fruit kabobs? More like fruits ka-bombs! 

They’re the perfect party appetizer because they’re attractive, delicious, and easy to make.

There’s no definite recipe, here. Feel free to use whatever fruits are in season. As long as you stick to fresh fruits, your kabobs will be amazing.

Serve them with a simple dip made with yogurt and whipped cream, and you’re set.

Cheesy Queso Dip with Tortilla Chips

7. Hormel Chili Dip 

A lot of recipes here will taste significantly better when dunked in a dip, and that’s what this entry is all about.

Hormel chili dip is an insanely creamy and cheesy dip perfect for chips, wings, fries, nachos – you name it.

All you need are three ingredients, four if you count the chips. It’s so easy, it’s impossible to mess up. 

Root Beer Float

8. Root Beer Float   

Every kid loves a good root beer float. If you guarantee party success, this recipe is essential.

As it’s a retro refreshment, not only will it be a hit with the kids, but with the parents as well.

One sip of this creamy, fizzy beverage will instantly take you down memory lane.

Best of all, it requires very minimal effort. You’ll only need root beer and vanilla ice cream.

You can add whipped cream and cherries for a pretty presentation, but it tastes great even without.

9. Garlic Bread Pizza Dip  

I mean, how amazing does this pizza dip look? I would gladly have this at my party!

With a dip made of marinara, pepperoni, and a mixture of cream cheese, mozzarella, and spices in the middle, this pull-apart pizza looks like it takes hours to put together. 

But in fact, it’ll only take you 40 minutes, from start to finish.

The key is to use a can of biscuits instead of making pizza dough yourself. Don’t worry, this can be our little secret.

Seven Layer Taco Dip

10. Taco Dip 

This dip features seven layers, each of them delicious in its own right.

This may not be the main entree at your party, but it might just steal the spotlight.

Here’s how it goes down: beans, sour cream, cream cheese, salsa, tomatoes, pepper, green onions. Gorgeous, am I right? 

Here’s a tip – be sure to prepare it in a clear, glass bowl, so that everyone can see all the beautiful layers.

Salty Snack Party Mix with Cereals and Pretzels

11. Texas Trash  

A medley of Chex cereals, Cheerios, nuts, and pretzel crisps are drizzled with seasoned butter and baked to perfection.

There’s definitely nothing trashy about Texas Trash.

It seems like a simple snack, but the flavored butter really adds a wonderful layer of flavor.

Baking them in the oven also makes the components even crunchier than ever.

Homemade Bang Bang Shrimp

12. Bang Bang Shrimp 

With Bang Bang Shrimp, you’ll definitely start your party with a bang! These bite-sized treats are sweet, spicy, and oh so crunchy.

The shrimps are coated in batter and deep-fried until golden. They’re delicious on their own, but what takes them to the next level is the dip.

Called “Bang Bang,” it’s made with mayonnaise, Sriracha, and sweet chili sauce. No one knows who coined the term, but it definitely delivers a punch.

13. Mozzarella Sticks 

No matter how old you get, you will never graduate from loving mozzarella sticks.

These snacks are crispy on the outside, ooey-gooey on the inside, and just pure addictive.

Whether you serve them on their own or with a bowl of salsa for dipping, they’ll surely be the first to disappear.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

14. Spinach Artichoke Dip 

Whoever decided to put together spinach, artichoke, mayo, and sour cream, thank you. I have no idea where the idea came from, but it sure is genius.

The classic dip is already delicious, but this recipe takes it a step further by adding bacon crumbles. It makes the dip extra crunchy and addictive!

15. Cheeseburger Sliders 

These cheeseburger sliders are finger-lickin’ delicious! I don’t mind my face and hands getting all greasy, as long as I get to enjoy them.

Dinner rolls are stuffed with perfectly seasoned ground beef, cheese, and a crunchy pickle.

They’re brushed with melted butter and baked until they’re golden on top and the cheese has melted into ooey-gooey perfection. I’m already drooling.

Loaded Beef Nachos with Avocado and Vegetables

16. Nachos 

Nachos are the kind of snack that you’d love to have around regardless if there’s a special occasion or not. It’s just that good.

Tortilla chips are topped with refried beans, cheddar cheese, seasoned ground beef, and jalapenos, and baked until the cheese has melted.

This recipe is super quick and easy, but the flavors and textures are outstanding.

17. Frozen Lemonade 

Parties aren’t complete without a refreshing thirst quencher. Nothing beats the goodness of a glass of frozen lemonade to beat the summer heat.

With this recipe, you get the perfect combination of sweet and tart. You’ll also love how the color is as bright and golden as the sun!

Homemade Buffalo Chicken Wraps

18. Buffalo Chicken Wraps 

If you’re looking to serve something heartier for your hungry guests, look no further. Say hello to Buffalo chicken wraps!

Complete with chicken, bacon, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch dressing, these wraps will make your belly and hearty full and happy.

19. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups 

How cute are these wonton cups, am I right? You’ll love the ingenuity involved in creating this party appetizer.

Who would’ve thought that wonton wrappers could make such good vessels for bacon, jalapenos, and cheese?

They crisp up nicely in the oven, giving you a crunchy crust loaded with a wonderfully rich and creamy filling. 

Chipotle Guacamole

20. Guacamole 

Holy guacamole! To the delight of many, Chipotle recently released its recipe for its signature guacamole.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now is a perfect time. I’m telling you, this is the ultimate party dip.

Serve it on nachos, tacos, chips, crackers, chicken fingers – any finger food you can think of. 

Detroit Style Pepperoni Pizza with Mushrooms

21. Pizza 

Have you ever tried Detroit-style pizza? No? Well, what are you waiting for? 

Detroit pizza is famous for its soft, crunchy, and cheesy crust. Instead of the usual triangular shape, it’s cut into squares.

Intrigued? You don’t have to be in or go to Detroit to experience it! Just head to your kitchen and take this recipe with you.

22. Grad Cap Cookies  

Time for dessert! Don’t worry, if you can’t bake to save your life, this recipe has you covered. You need not even touch the oven.

But first, how cute are these graduation cap cookies? They even have a red tassel.

As I said, this recipe (which is more like an art project, really) doesn’t require any baking.

With a combination of licorice, peanut butter cups, chocolate frosting, graham cracker cookies, M&M’s, and a little bit of creativity, you’ll pull through.

Caramel Popcorn

23. Caramel Popcorn 

Microwave popcorn flavors are usually salted, cheese, butter, and barbeque.

But thanks to this recipe, you can have delicious caramel popcorn just by using your microwave!

This popcorn is sweet and crunchy as expected. What’s surprising is how easy it is to make.

If you think caramel corn involves a ton of work, this recipe will prove you wrong. 

Fried Cinnamon Sugar Holes

24. Donuts 

I have made donuts time and again, and while they’re insanely delicious, they’re also complicated to make.

You’ll have to knead the dough, let it rest, and let it rest some more.

Thankfully, this donut recipe involves none of that. Using the ever-reliable Bisquick mix, you’ll be able to make scrumptious donuts with minimal effort in no time.

25. Pretzel Bites   

These pretzel bites can rival those of Auntie Anne’s. They’re so soft, pillowy, and seriously addictive, especially when dipped in that delectable cheese sauce.

If you’re up for a good challenge, this recipe is for you. You’ll have to make the pretzel dough yourself, so it requires a bit of patience.

But the fruits of your labor will be rewarding.

Peanut Butter Balls

26. Peanut Butter Balls 

Any peanut butter fanatics here? This one’s for you. If you’re addicted to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’re in for a treat.

Sweet and creamy peanut butter mixture is rolled into balls and coated with melted chocolate.

After a few minutes in the fridge, the coating will have hardened, resulting in crunchy, chocolatey peanut butter balls impossible to resist.

27. Chocolate Peanut Clusters 

These chocolate clusters are the easiest sweet treats ever, and they’re also some of the best. Melted chocolate + salted peanuts = absolute perfection.

Serve them as an appetizer or as a party giveaway. Your guests will be grateful, either way.

Pile of Chocolate Chip Cookies

28. Chocolate Chip Cookies

No one can say no to chocolate chip cookies. It’s the universal treat!

So naturally, you’ll have to have a recipe for it in your back pocket. If you don’t have one yet, good news, this happens to be one of the best.

Rice Krispie Treats with Colored Candies

29. Rice Krispies  

Looking at these Rice Krispies treats alone, you already know what to expect – sweet, crispy, chewy, and ooey-gooey delights.

A simple mixture of melted marshmallows, butter, and Rice Krispies, these snacks are as easy as they are irresistible.

Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee Cookies

30. Heath Bar Cookies 

Attention toffee lovers: these Heath bar cookies are a must-try. With these cookies, you get bits of Heath in every bite.

You’ll love the playful texture combination of soft, crunchy, and chewy, as well as the tastebud-tingling contrast of sweet and salty.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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