When coming up with graduation party food ideas, it’s best to stick with dishes that you can casually share. Finger foods, small plates, and tasty treats will go over best with your party guests. It’s likely that friends and family will be mingling throughout the night, so you don’t need to focus on cooking huge courses unless you’re serving an intimate party. Below, we’ve shared some of the best graduation party food. With these five dishes, your guests won’t leave hungry.
As far as we’re concerned, this is the “king of appetizers.” A good guacamole can transform a drab party into a hubbub of activity, with guests jostling over each other just to dip a chip in the heavenly avocado blend.
With three ripe avocados, toss the pulp into a bowl with the juice of fresh limes. Then, use a masher to mix in ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and ground cumin. Finally, mix in ½ of a diced onion, two diced Roma tomatoes, one minced clove garlic, and one tablespoon chopped cilantro. Finish it off with some more lime juice, and let it sit for an hour before serving.
Wraps are easy to carry and eat while mingling around the party, and this fiesta recipe incorporates tasty Mexican flavors. First, beat a package of soft cream cheese and ½ cup sour cream in a bowl, along with two tablespoons of taco seasoning and a sprinkle of garlic powder. Then, mix in a can of chopped olives, a can of chopped green chilies, ½ cup sliced onions, and a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
With a package of fresh flour tortillas, you can spread around ½ cup of the taco mixture on each one, and then roll them up into a spiral shape. After refrigerating the wraps for a few hours, you can cut them into little sushi rolls and serve them with salsa.
Next, the vegetarians at your party will appreciate some greens, and coleslaw is a favorite of herbivores and carnivores alike. Just shred a head of green cabbage and red onion, and then mix it with one cup chopped red pepper and ½ cup sliced pimiento olives.
To make your sauce, heat a pan and mix ½ cup canola oil, ½ cup white wine vinegar, two tsp. Dijon mustard, ½ cup sugar, one teaspoon salt, and one teaspoon mustard seed. Bring these ingredients to a boil and stir for a minute, and then mix the sauce with your vegetables. For maximum flavor, let the slaw sit in the refrigerator overnight and mix it again before the party.
The best graduation party food is about sharing, creating moments of connection, and celebrating a momentous occasion with the people you love. Chicken wings fulfill all those requirements. They’re a little messy, but they get people into a celebratory mood.
To make some deliciously caramelized wings, place 3lbs of chicken wings on a baking sheet and mix them with two tablespoons olive oil, two tablespoons ketchup, ½ cup soy sauce, a minced garlic clove, and a dash of salt and pepper. Preheat your oven to 375°F, and then bake the chicken for around an hour, until you notice that the sauce has turned golden brown.
Finally, some graduation party food ideas put a cute spin on classic graduation symbols, such as the mortarboard (also known as a graduation cap). This sweet treat is so simple to make! You just need a package of mini peanut butter cups, some chocolate-covered graham crackers, creamy peanut butter, and a fruit roll.
Take a mini peanut butter cup and spread a little bit of peanut butter on the bottom so that you can attach a piece of chocolate-covered graham cracker. Then, tightly roll up the fruit roll, so it looks like a tassel. Dip one of the edges in water, so it gets sticky, and then attach it to your chocolate cracker.
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