Graduation Guide


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Graduation Guide

We're here to help you celebrate!

Party Food Made Easy

Feed your guests the easy way — with ready-made options from Hy-Vee! Check out our favorite easy appetizers for busy hosts.

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g-RAD Decor

Your Hy-Vee floral team has dozens of ideas for decking out your celebration. Ask about balloon garland, grad cap toppers, and whatever else you find on Pinterest.

black and gold balloon garland over table
Talk to your Hy-Vee floral department about custom balloon garland in your school colors.
Graduation cap topper with fresh roses.
Make your graduation cap as extraordinary as you are! Your Hy-Vee florist is ready to help.
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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.
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What's Your Theme?

Who says you need to lean on school colors to celebrate your grad? 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. 

  • Taco-Bout a Future

    This taco bar from Hy-Vee, with hard and soft shells, seasoned beef or chicken, select toppings, sides, and desserts, will please a casual crowd. 

  • Pizza Party

    Nothing says "Party!" like a pizza pie. Choose your grad's favorite pizzas, plus salads and sides from Hy-Vee. 

  • Sugar Shack

    For the grad with a sweet tooth, serve cupcakescookies, and candy. Add pop and flair with bright and colorful decorations.

  • Hut, Hut, Hike!

    This game plan will make you the MVP of party planning. Use your grad's favorite sports as the theme and feature sports-inspired food, drink, and decor.

Big Dogs on Campus

Be the big dogs in the backyard with these extreme ways to make brats. And be sure to check out our graduation party pack options.

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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 all your favorite candies to share with your grad. Bonus points for coming up with clever signs for each candy. 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? Ok, that might be 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 Hy-Vee Bakery to order.

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 call your Hy-Vee Bakery to talk about your dream graduation cake, big or small. For more inspiration, check out HSTV's original video series Cake This!

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