Graduation Party Catering Ideas

We’re coming to the close of another school year, which means it is time for a new class of graduates to walk across the stage and celebrate their graduation with friends and family. Graduation, whether it is for high school or college, is a momentous event in your son or daughter’s life. However, the graduation party can come with a lot of pressure. If you are trying to plan the perfect graduation party, you’ll have a lot to consider. From decorations to venues, guest lists, and catering ideas – there are many things to check off your list!

We know that the true way to win your guests is to have the very best graduation party catering. Fortunately, the team at Deborah Miller Catering is here to help when it comes to designing the perfect graduation party food menu with our graduation party catering services. Check out our best graduation party catering ideas to create a menu that’s truly irresistible!

Crowd-Pleasing Graduation Party Finger Food Ideas

The food table is often the first pit-stop at a graduation party. Kick your graduation party off with some crowd-pleasing graduation party finger food ideas!

Finger food stations are the perfect way to keep guests full and satisfied while they are munching and socializing with friends and family. At Deborah Miller Catering, we have a variety of graduation party finger food ideas – from passed hors d’oeuvres to stationary finger foods. Whether you are picking a theme or want an expansive spread with options, we can create the perfect appetizer menu for your graduation party.

There are plenty of options if you are planning a classic backyard BBQ for your graduation party. If you know your graduate loves hot dogs and burgers more than anything, this may be the perfect graduation party food theme! Some of our favorite backyard BBQ appetizers include pigs in a blanket with spicy brown mustard, Steak Frites with horseradish cream and chevil pluche, and mac & cheese mugs with our famous three-cheese blend. Our mini stuffed burgers with caramelized onion and gorgonzola are sure to please just about anyone and fit the BBQ theme perfectly!

Has your graduate requested a fun fiesta? There are plenty of graduation party finger food ideas to fit your Mexican food theme. Choose from a variety of tacos, like our chicken tacos with tequila cumin pulled chicken, or Korean chicken taco with a roasted garlic aioli. The mini beef burritos with avocado cream and cilantro chiffonade round out your finger food spread perfectly. Serve tiny burritos and tacos with a make-your own nacho bar with unique and fun toppings on the side!

Taco bar catering setup

Want more graduation party finger food ideas? Allow the team at Deborah Miller Catering to assist you! We can create a mix and match appetizer spread for your graduation party or cater to your specific needs. The possibilities are truly endless!

Planning your Graduation Party Buffet

When planning your party, a buffet is the most convenient option for your guests. This way, they can come and go as they please and snack as they like while socializing.

With the help from Deborah Miller Catering in NYC, you can choose from one of our graduation party buffet menus or work with our team to customize a menu based on your graduate’s requests! We can accommodate all dietary requests including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free needs.

Creating the perfect graduation party starts with picking a theme. Playing off that backyard BBQ theme? Check out our Big City Grill catering package which features tasty slider-sizer cheeseburgers with toppings like smashed avocado and chipotle aioli and classic chicken fingers with honey mustard. Served with new potato salad, a mixed green salad and fruit, the Big City Grill is perfect for graduation party food.

Want to pay homage to your Italian roots? Deborah Miller Catering’s Little Italy graduation party catering package features homemade Italian entrees like eggplant parmesan and chicken marsala served alongside penne a la vodka and a big caesar salad.

Another crowd pleaser for graduation parties is the build your own taco bar. Choose from two delicious proteins like pulled pork carnitas and blackened salmon with unique toppings like shaved jalapeno and pico de gallo to effortlessly complement your fiesta!

Taco with beets

Graduation Party Catering Ideas: Desserts & Treats

Hopefully your guests have saved room for dessert! You can get creative with graduation themed treats for your dessert table like custom grad cap cookies displayed alongside cupcakes in your graduate’s school colors!

We love setting out a candy bar with bags for guests to fill. Plus, the candy bar can act as an easy and consumable party favor that everyone can enjoy and customize to what they like. Include bright colored candies that coordinate with your graduate’s school colors in tall vessels, jars, and small bowls. Some of our favorite candy for candy buffets are mints, hard candies, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, and Hershey Kisses! If you have chocolate on your candy buffet, be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent the candy from melting.

With Deborah Miller Catering’s dessert catering services, the possibilities are endless. Pick and choose your favorite desserts to match your event’s themes and your specific tastes and preferences. These graduation party desserts are sure to please an entire crowd!

Relax – Let Deborah Millar Catering Plan your Graduation Party Buffet!

Throwing a graduation party is much easier with a little bit of prior planning and some professional assistance. With the help from Deborah Miller Catering in NYC, you can organize the perfect graduation party buffet with tasty appetizers, entrees, and desserts – plus you can relax and enjoy before and during your party.  Our executive chef and culinary team stand behind strategically sourced local and seasonal ingredients and want to hear your graduation party catering ideas for your next event!

To start planning your graduation party food, look at our catering menu and search our hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, then contact our team to start planning your unique graduation party menu! We look forward to making your graduate’s special day memorable.