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10 Must Make Graduation Party Appetizers & Finger Food Ideas

Posted on Mar 22, 2018

Graduations are times when memories are created and people are in a mood to celebrate. It is an exciting time for everyone involved with the young graduates looking forward eagerly to the next stage of their lives.

Diplomas have been duly accepted, speeches delivered and caps were thrown into the air. It’s time to reward all the hard work put in over the years with an unforgettable party. Since an unforgettable party deserves some seriously memorable food, we’ve put together some food and party ideas which are a sure award you “Best Graduation Party, 2018”

1. Napkins

Roll up white napkins and tie them with a ribbon so they look like diplomas.

2. Kiddie Pool Drinks

Fill up a kiddie pool with ice to keep drinks easily available and cool at the same time.

3. Balloons

Tie pictures of the graduates to the ends of balloons to make a floating picture wall.

4. Photo Booth

You can really have some fun with this. Stock up on some graduation party supplies to create props for pictures. Use a chalkboard for a backdrop or a giant Polaroid frame for photos. The graduates will love it!

5. Create Your #Hashtag

It’s all about being trendy and practical at the same time. Create a hashtag for your party and ask your guests to use it to tag all the pictures they share. That way, it’ll be for everyone easy to find everyone else’s pictures. Create a signboard asking your guests to use the hashtag and place it where they’ll all see it.

Speaking of keeping up with the latest trends – check out these stylish food ideas that will make your party the talk of the town.

Graduation Dinner Ideas

Keep the food at your graduation party easy to eat. Finger foods make great crowd-pleasing appetizers and don’t require much in the way of cutlery either. Here’s our list of 10 graduation party appetizers we know your guests will love!

1. Graduation Pretzels

Have a bit of fun with pretzels. Twist homemade pretzels into the shape of graduation party hats. Follow the instructions on a can of pizza dough with some salt, water, and baking soda to make these delightful little snacks.


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2. Cuban Sandwiches

These scrumptious sandwiches are filled with shredded pork roast, smoked ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles. You simply have to defrost on the day of the party, bake and serve. Serve them with your favorite relish on the side or set them out on trays where your guests can simply pick them up while they are mingling.


3. Truffled Mac & Cheese

Remind your graduates of all the summers they’ve spent together with these elegant Truffled Mac and Cheese bites with truffle oil and shaved black truffle slices. All you need to do is bake them from frozen and serve. Your vegetarian guests will appreciate the fact that you’ve thought of them too!


4. Oven Baked Spicy Tacos

Tacos are trending this year and what better place to serve them than at your graduation party. Bake taco shells for five minutes before stuffing them with your favorite fillings, top them off with shredded cheese and bake for a further 5 -10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Delicious! Try our Mini Taco Shells for colorful appetizer sized tacos.


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Beef Kebobs

These lovely summer appetizers are sure to grace any graduation party. Top off each skewer with a mini graduation cap to make them more festive. The tender chunks of filet mignon skewered with red peppers, green peppers and onions will melt in your mouth and are guaranteed to leave your guests asking for more.


Grilled Chicken Pesto Pasta

Pasta is easy to serve and easy to eat. This recipe is great for parties as you don’t need to worry about keeping it warm. It tastes just as good at room temperature. Combine grilled chicken, pesto and cheese with the cooked pasta and serve. You can even make vegetarian and vegan versions for your more discerning guests.


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Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizzas

Who doesn’t love pizza, right? Serve up these delicious little Pepperoni Pizzas made up of a rich pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and pepperoni in a delicious handmade artisanal tart shell. All you need to do is bake them from frozen and serve!



Make mayonnaise-free coleslaw as a great side to all the party appetizers you’re serving up. It takes away the hassle of keeping the mayo chilled. Make a vinaigrette using olive oil, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, and honey. Dress the slaw right before serving. Serve in mini individual bowls for ease.


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Roasted Yellow Pepper Bruschetta

This colorful bruschetta is layered with Kalamata olive tapenade, roasted red tomatoes, and roasted yellow peppers. Topped with a blend of basil and asiago cheese, it is sure to be an appetizer your guests will find hard to refuse.


Tropical Cheesecake Assortment

No, we haven’t forgotten about desserts for your party. Forget about messing around with ice-cream scoops serve up an assortment of mini cheesecakes to cater to everyone’s tastes instead. All you need to do is defrost and serve!


Take the stress away for planning and catering for a large event with readily available, gourmet appetizers that can be speedily shipped to your doorstep or party venue. No matter what the event or the number of guests, our team at Appetizers USA is always available to help you choose from our selection of mouthwatering party foods. Get in touch with us or order from our range of online appetizers.