Most Ingenious Graduation Party Food Ideas for 2019

April 26, 2019

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You remember when they first started kindergarten and now they are graduating high school or college and heading out into the big world. To commemorate such a momentous occasion, you are, of course, going to want to throw the best graduation party ever.

While there are a lot of graduation party ideas to consider, the key is to have unique, but delicious food offerings that will have your graduate and their guests raving for years to come. Check out these most ingenious graduation party food ideas for 2019.

Graduation Diplomas

These yummy tortillas that look like graduation diplomas are sure to be a hit. Not only they are unique for a graduation party, but it is a quick but filling finger food that everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • 40 fajita sized flour tortillas
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages of softened cream cheese
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages of sliced beef, diced
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 3 bunches of green onions, chopped small.

This recipe by Genius Kitchen serves 40 and takes about 45 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

A Crowd Pleasing Nacho Dip

Nacho dip is a staple at most parties, but these special recipe is perfect for graduation parties where you have lots of hungry mouths to feed.
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef
  • 2 fresh minced garlic cloves (optional)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of refried beans
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans of green chilies, drained and chopped
  • ¾ lb of Monterey jack cheese or ¾ lb of mild cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup of taco sauce (mild or spicy)
  • 1 large avocado or 1 (6 ounce) package of frozen avocado dip
  • 1 ¼ cups of sour cream
  • ¾ cup of black olives, sliced

This recipe by Genius Kitchen serves 15-20 and takes about 45 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

BLT Macaroni Salad

This BLT Macraroni Salad takes your regular old macaroni salad up to the next level. Make it yourself instead of hitting the deli counter at the super market and your guests will love all the fresh seasoning.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons of chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 cups of cooked elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup of tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups of lettuce, shredded
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled up

This recipe by Genius Kitchen serves 6 and takes about 30 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

Loaded Cheese Ball Bites

Are you stumped on what types of appetizers to serve at the graduation party? These loaded cheese ball bites are a fancier version of a cheese and cracker plate. Your guests will love how easy they are to grab as well as their delicious taste.

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 ½ oz. (8-oz) blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar
  • 1 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 1/3 cup of freshly chopped chives
  • 1.3 cup of finely chopped pecans
  • 18 pretzel sticks

This recipe by Delish makes 18 loaded cheese ball bites and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

Crab Artichoke Dip

Seafood at a big party can be a little tricky with making enough of it and keeping it fresh, but this crab artichoke dip recipe takes all the worry out putting seafood on the menu.

Ingredients for the Crab Artichoke Dip:

  • 1 ounce of an eight-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 oz. of a 14-oz can of artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces of lump crabmeat
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Ingredients for the Garlicky Crostini:

  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, with the top sliced off

This recipe by Delish serves 8 and takes about 35 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

Chicken Parm Sliders

This sophisticated finer food is easy to serve, but is also very filling for your guests. Instead of burgers and hot dogs or deli sandwiches for the graduation party, serve instead these tasty chicken parm sliders.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ lb of fresh or frozen breaded chicken
  • 12 slider buns
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce
  • 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of melted butter
  • ½ tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. of freshly chopped parsley

This recipe by Delish serves 6 and takes about 45 minutes to make. Find full recipe here.

Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks

Now if you really want to impress your guests with minimal effort, then serve the best Philly cheesesteaks as your main graduation party food instead. Tony Luke’s offers a delicious taste of South Philly with their juicy cheesesteaks and best yet, besides ordering them from one of their shops, you can also get a cheesesteak delivery right to your door. Tony Luke’s is now selling frozen cheesesteaks online.

Order Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks for your next Graduation Party.

To order online, click here.