With graduation season in full swing, many are already gearing up to throw one of the hottest graduation parties around. Putting together a menu can be daunting but it shouldn’t be. To do so, you need some of your grad’s favorite foods. Regardless of the palate and guest list, you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the foods your grad love. Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect menu for your upcoming graduation celebrations.
Menu Planning Tips
Don’t Complicate Things
One of the worst things you can do is to make everything complicated. You don’t need 20 menu items. Choosing just five to seven items is ideal for a graduation party. There is no reason to serve too much food nor should you complicate everything, your graduation party should not be the time to show off complicated recipes. Tie the menu items together and create a buffet that everyone is sure to enjoy. Make sure your menu has room for people with food allergies or aversions as well.
Food Ideas For Different Times
When planning out the graduation menu, you want to spend some time thinking about how the buffet table is going to be set up. You don’t want to put your hot and cold foods together mingled among one another. The cold foods should be separate from the hot foods. Not only does this allow you to make it simpler for guests to find what they want, but it also helps make your presentation look amazing. Your buffet menu does not have to be boring either you can think outside of the box and do something a little more creative, bold, fun, and celebratory.
Breakfast and Brunch Parties – Go with pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee and fresh fruit.
Afternoon and Evening Parties – Opt for sandwich bars, taco bars, salad bars, baked potato bars and much more.
Desserts – Consider going with cupcakes, candy, tasty treats, cookies, cheesecakes, root beer floats and much more.
Beverages – Mix up some tasty lemonade, ice tea, slushies, and coolers.
If your grad loves desserts, schedule a dessert party. Let people know that you aren’t going to be serving food so they can eat before coming over to congratulate the graduate. Not only are desserts simpler to make, but you can plan ahead and make a large amount beforehand.
Keeping Food Within Budget
Part of your menu plan should be to make sure that you have a budget you can stick to. One way to keep the budget under control is to serve finger foods that can be picked up and eaten fairly quickly. Spreading out the budget also means being strategic about where the food is placed.
Place your food selections in a number of spots throughout the venue. In addition, serve your bite-size food on smaller plates, this will make the servings look larger. Part of your finger food menu can incorporate inexpensive appetizers like crudités and dips. Dips can be made ahead of time as well ready to be served with chips both hearty and healthy.
Ask For Help
Oftentimes, people think that they have to do everything on their own. They feel that it is their responsibility to cook everything, but that should not be the case. There is nothing wrong with turning to a caterer who can help you get the delicious foods you want without having to struggle to handle everything on your own.
If you already decided on what theme you are going to use, make sure the caterer is aware of it so they can incorporate everything into the mix for you. Hiring a caterer also means you need to know that the food served is what you had in mind in taste, quality, and quantity. When it comes to the day of graduation, just enjoy the food, celebrations and spending time with your friends and family.
There are so many different items you can incorporate into your graduation party menu. It is all about determining what the person graduating loves and how you can help bring the whole celebration together for them.