Graduation Guide


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Graduation Guide

We're here to help you celebrate!

There's a Theme for That

Anything can be a theme! If you have a jock, lean into their love of sports with a themed dessert bar. Crazy about tacos or pizza? Throw an over-the-top party centered around those foods.

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This delicious theme will give your guests something to taco-bout! Hy-Vee's catered taco bar includes two tacos, seasoned ground beef or chicken, toppings, chips, beans, rice and dessert for each guest.

This theme is delicious any way you slice it! Hy-Vee's catered pizza bar offers a choice of three pizza varieties plus oven-fresh breadsticks and Caesar salad.

Does your grad have a sweet tooth? If so, then a sugar shack theme is a perfect way to celebrate! Order one of Hy-Vee's bakery bundles or an array of decadent dessert trays for your guests to enjoy.

This graduation theme is for the guys and gals who love sports! Start with a tablecloth that matches your grad's favorite team, then opt for sports-theme disposable plates and plasticware. Contact your local Hy-Vee Bakery to order custom cookies and cupcakes to tie the theme together.

Oh, the places they'll go! Adorn walls and tables with pictures of your grad's favorite locations or places they plan to visit.

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Create a signature look for your grad party with balloons from Hy-Vee Floral. Pick out your favorite colors to create a DIY balloon arch, an easy photo booth backdrop, or to accent your table centerpieces.
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Ask friends and family to send their best advice for grads and capture the wisdom in an advice jar. You can also ask their school friends to send their favorite memories. Write them out and store them in a memory jar for your grad, or pin them to a bulletin board for display.
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Big Dogs on Campus

Be the big dogs in the backyard with these extreme ways to make brats! Cater your party with Hy-Vee's brat bar, then kick up the flavor with tasty toppings. 

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Let the sunshine in with pineapple sherbet, lemonade, and lemon-lime soda. It's the perfectly bright way to welcome summer–and new beginnings!

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A blend of orange sherbet, strawberry banana juice, and ginger ale soda brings tropical paradise to your party.

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This drink packs a punch with raspberry, pineapple, and fruit punch sweetness. Garnish with maraschino cherries and strawberries for an added wow factor.

Go the unexpected route with a combination of raspberry sherbet, grape juice, and ginger beer. The result looks elegant and tastes amazing.

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This festive green punch will add a surprising pop of color to your party, and the bright citrus flavor will have everyone going back for seconds.

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Want to celebrate your school spirit? Try mixing up these simple punches that represent your school's colors and taste delicious. It's a total win, win.
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Iced, iced coffee! Set up a be-your-own barista station so the family can make their own signature fraps.
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Sweet Success

New beginnings deserve sweet endings. Here are just a few of the ways we cheers to dessert.

Set up shop with your grad's favorite candies. Bonus points for coming up with clever signs for each one! You can even try making your own candies at home.

Wouldn't it be great if all the walls in your house were donut walls? Maybe that's a bit extreme for a family party at home, but we'd be happy to custom-design any amount of donuts in your grad's school colors. Contact your local Hy-Vee Bakery to order.

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Who doesn't love an ice cream bar? This DIY setup is easier to create than you think. Display ice cream cones, cups, toppers, and sauces for a sweet treat on a sunny graduation day. Keep individual ice cream cups on display or in a cooler filled with ice. 

Our award-winning cake decorators know a thing or two about custom designs. Check out some of their work, and contact your local Hy-Vee Bakery to talk about your dream graduation cake, big or small. If the simpler route is for you, the Hy-Vee Bakery also offers a variety of delicious and customizable sheet cakes.

So many cupcake options! Check out our cupcake flavors and pull-apart cupcake cakes here. And remember, you can place custom graduation orders at your local Hy-Vee Bakery.

More Graduation Ideas

  • Grad Party Catering

    Cater your grad party with one of Hy-Vee's buffets or specialty bars, grazing trays and more.

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  • Bakery Bundles

    Select an assortment of decadent dessert trays, cupcakes, cookies, sheet cakes or cookie cakes.

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  • Floral Decor

    Deck out your grad's bash with fresh florals and balloons to bring your party to life.

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