Graduations are a BIG DEAL and a great reason to celebrate!
If you are looking for graduation party ideas you’ve come to the right place. I’ve done the legwork for you and gathered links to foods, desserts and decoration ideas for you to consider.
With over 30 food ideas and a dozen ways to decorate for your graduation party – there is something for everyone.
As an artist and digital designer for Cricut and Silhouette machines – I love working on the decorations. Food is always the harder part of a party for me so finding all these amazing food and dessert ideas made my mouth water.
Whether you want to make decorations for the table or graduation candy stickers with your cutting machine – I’ve got ideas for you.
If you want wings, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian – cheese trays or charcuterie boards – I’ve got links for that too.
Here are quick links by category – I hope this helps inspire you for the big day! If you try any be sure to leave a comment so I know how it went (and what I should try first.)
GRADUATION PARTY DECORATION IDEAS
Free Graduation printable for straws, signs, gift tags and more. Get them from thegirlcreative.com
4 Bible verses that are perfect to make graduation gifts with your Cricut or Silhouette. Find them on DesignBundles
If you love rustic styles with a little glam Kate at A Hundred Affections has some great decor ideas on her blog. See more at ahundredaffections.com
Make your own Graduation Mortarboard Card Box. (Don’t mind the year on the sample – obviously use the year you need!) Learn how at creativelybeth.com
Find lots of Graduation Decorations, lawn signs, balloon arches and more on Amazon.com
DIY graduation decoration and gift designs galore! So many options with your Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find the “Congrats Grad” set on Etsy
The perfect image for a sloth loving (or just very tired) graduate! Compatible with Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find it on DesignBundles
Here is a fun DIY Diploma Menu Printable to add a festive flair to your graduation party. Not only is it a great conversation piece, it will also add interest to your buffet and dessert table. Get the printable from ginatepper.com
Learn how to make a Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go decoration using things you may already have around your house! This DIY Oh the Places You’ll Go decoration would be great for a graduation party. Learn more at ginatepper.com
This bundle came from a request – a customer wanted to make shirts for the whole family to celebrate her son’s graduation. Compatible with Cricut or Silhouette and other craft methods. Find it on DesignBundles
GRADUATION PARTY FOOD IDEAS
Baked pears, an elegant dessert with fruit’s warm, sweet flavor, and the crunch of walnuts and pecans plays together like pear-fect harmony. Get the recipe from plantbasedonabudget.com
Full on flavor finger licking sticky spicy baked chicken wings perfect for a graduation party or finger food. Get the recipe from eatloveeats.com
If you’ve ever thought about how to present salad in a fun and unique way, this recipe is for you. It takes just 20 minutes to put together and requires no cooking. It’s versatile and easy to make, yet quite impressive! Get the recipe from sunglowkitchen.com
Alabama White Sauce Chicken Sliders is it! These little sliders may be small but that are big on flavor! Full of pulled chicken, tangy spicy brown mustard, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and a variety of seasonings, this recipe will become your new to go chicken recipe! Get the recipe from funcountrylife.com
If you are looking for healthier food options to try, then these Turkey and Bacon Jalapeno Poppers are exactly what you are looking for. Get the recipe from ourwabisabilife.com
Creamy Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese – an easy crowd pleaser! Get the recipe from amandascookin.com
These goat cheese stuffed dates are easy to make and can be prepared in advance. They have the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors. Get the recipe from www.asweetalternative.com
This sweet and spicy salsa is perfect to serve as a graduation party appetizer or snack. Get the recipe from plantedinthekitchen.com
Made with juicy shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and loads of cheese, this easy and delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip is then baked until golden, bubbly, and perfect for dipping. Get the recipe from theforkedspoon.com
Make this easy shrimp cup recipe for your next party, get together, or for game day. Only 1 Weight Watchers Points each! Get the recipe from ourwabisabilife.com
This air-fried pork wontons recipe is a healthier version of the popular Asian appetizer or snack! It’s simply wonton wrappers stuffed with ground pork seasoned with soy sauce, loaded with the flavors of garlic, cilantro root, and white peppercorn. Get the recipe from cookingwithnart.com
VEGAN, VEGETARIAN & GLUTEN FREE RECIPES
This vegan nacho cheese sauce will be the life of the party! Its smooth texture and cheesy taste will have you dipping and drizzling it on all of your favorite dishes. Get the recipe from plantbasedonabudget.com
Tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, these Teriyaki Cauliflower Wings will be your new favorite appetizer! They’re completely vegan, and can easily be made gluten-free! Get the recipe from sunglowkitchen.com
These Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are fudgy, chewy, and so chocolaty! They’re made healthier with whole wheat flour, and are lower in sugar, compared to regular cookies. Just 8 ingredients needed! Get the recipe from sunglowkitchen.com
This carrot cake recipe is gluten-free, delicious, and healthy at the same time. It will be a hit with kids and adults! Get the recipe from liltigers.net
These Stuffed Roasted Sweet Peppers will make the perfect side dish or appetizer for your next dinner party. Everyone will enjoy the scrumptious basmati filling nestled in crunchy, roasted baby sweet peppers! Get the recipe from plantbasedonabudget.com
Champagne is always a great way to celebrate graduation- why not take a different spin on champagne from everyone else and make these Vegan, simple but delicious lychee jellies with champagne which are both novel and fun? Get the recipe from www.greedygirlgourmet.com
CHEESE, VEGGIE & CHARCUTERIE BOARDS and TRAYS
A guide to creating the best cheese board with a variety of different cheeses, crackers, fruit and accompaniments. Learn more at dinneratthezoo.com
Who doesn’t LOVE a good veggie tray for any and every occasion – how about your graduation party? Find an easy dill vegetable dip recipe here. Get the recipe from thecurlyspoonblog.com
Make A Charcuterie Board for your graduation event – there’s something for everyone! Get the recipe from whatagirleats.com
This snack board is filled with fresh fruits and veggies. It’s both vegan and gluten-free, making it a great option for guests with dietary restrictions Learn more at plantedinthekitchen.com
This recipe for cream cheese fruit dip is a light and creamy 3 ingredient dip that’s perfect with your favorite fruit. A super easy snack or dessert option that’s perfect for any gathering! Get the recipe from dinneratthezoo.com
Designed for New Year’s Eve I think Meg’s cheese board is perfect for a graduation party. See how she made it at ainttooproudtomeg.com
GRADUATION PARTY DESSERT IDEAS
Create a DIY Graduation Cap Cupcake Stand and Cake Plate. See how at creativelybeth.com
Make these favors for a graduation party with some paper, yarn, and empty plastic cups. Nikki filled these graduation favors with cotton candy, but you could fill them with pretty much anything. Learn to make them from tikkido.com
This chocolate hummus is an easy, tasty recipe that’s perfect for celebrations. Serve it with fresh fruit or cookies for dipping. Get the recipe from asweetalternative.com
This Blueberry Pancake Bundt Cake is moist, fluffy, and bursting with juicy blueberries! It’s made with pancake mix for a quick and easy dessert or breakfast! Get the recipe from sunglowkitchen.com
These wild blueberry and lemon bliss balls are a quick & easy no bake snack or light dessert that are perfect for parties and gatherings, as a large batch can be made in just 5 minutes. Get the recipe from lbhealthandlifestyle.com
Graduation cupcakes are so cute to make and have at parties! The cutest cupcakes ever and you can personalize them with school colors too!! Get the recipe from temeculablogs.com
Thin chocolate coconut bark topped with crushed almonds and unsweetened coconut. This treat is perfect for any occasion and makes a decadent party giveaway gift! Get the recipe from scienceandcrumbs.com
These adorable graduation cap treats come together in just minutes! Get the instructions from mamacheaps.com
These adorable graduation cap treats come together in just minutes! Get the details from mamacheaps.com
This no-bake Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches recipe will allow you to make an awesome snack/dessert using 3 to 4 simple ingredients without doing much at all! Get the directions from plantbasedonabudget.com
These simple chocolate orange cupcakes are made with real oranges and rich cocoa powder. Fabulous on their own or with decadent chocolate orange frosting. Get the recipe from keep-calm-and-eat-ice-cream.com
These graduation cap party treats are perfect for classroom parties, for your grad, or a graduation party Learn more at tonyastaab.com
Homemade Brownies Unlike Any Other – Making brownies from scratch is much easier than you might think. The prep time for the batter is about 20 minutes and for the frosting it’s about 5 minutes. Learn more at thecurlyspoonblog.com
Funfetti Graduation Cupcakes in DIY candy filled cake stands will get an A+ grade with your graduate and their friends! Learn how to make them at livinglocurto.com
I hope you found some great ideas to celebrate this milestone. Whether it’s a preschool or kindergarten graduation, high school graduation, college graduation or maybe grad school – celebrate them all.
Hats off to the grad!
👩🏻🎓 Tara Reed
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