14 Graduation Party Ideas

The hard work is over, and now it's time to celebrate. Throw together a few of these crowd-pleasing dishes and the graduate won't be the only one earning honors.

Graduation Diplomas

"These are great! I made these for my nephew's high school graduation party a few weeks ago and they were a total hit. So easy, too!"

-Liza at Food.com

Amazing Nacho Dip for a Crowd

"This dip was amazing! It was so easy to make. I made it in a large pan and I can't believe how fast it was gone. Everyone wanted the recipe!"


Caramelized Chicken Wings

"These were yummy! I made a huge batch, thinking we'd have leftovers, but they were so good we ate them all! I'd like to try to freeze these, but I may never have any left to try that!"


BLT Macaroni Salad

"This is an awesome salad! Now I don't have to go back to the deli and wait for the big empty bowl to get filled. I can make my own, and it tastes better!"

-Laura 70

Buffalo Chicken Monkey Bread

“I was amazed at how easy this was to put together. I hadn’t had a savory monkey bread before, so this was new for me and now I keep thinking about all the possibilities of different types make!”

-Izy Hossack

Blackberry Bakewell Tarts

“These scrumptious tarts are a favorite among friends and family. The recipe consists of cupcake-size tarts made out of an anise biscuit base, layered with a homemade blackberry jam on top of which lies an almond sponge, and topped off with an oat and biscuit crumble.”


Hats Off Graduation Treat

"How cute and simple can a graduation treat get? I made a plate of these and everyone commented on their taste and cuteness!"


Spinach and Artichoke Wreath

"This was delicious! I made it for a party last night and everyone loved it. I even had several requests for the recipe!"


Barb's Crowd-Pleasing Cookies

"I'm a big fan of salty-sweet treats so I had to give these a try. We loved the way these tasted and looked. The pretzels add a nice crunch!"

-Lucky in Bayview

Smoked Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches

"This is a very good sandwich. Once my fiance saw this, he was asking me every week to make it! The sauce is delicious. It's a favorite for us!"


Queso Dip With Tequila by Rick Bayless

Cheese is always the star at a party, and the tequila takes this dip over the top!

Potato Salad for a Crowd

"This is simple to make, and really creamy and tasty. I especially loved the dill pickles!"


Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad

"We loved the dressing with the addition of the almonds. I have added it to my salad collection as it has such a lovely, refreshing flavor!"


Sloppy Joe Sliders

"These little sloppy joes were great and got thumbs up all around!"