8 Recipes and Ideas for an Open House Graduation Party

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8 Recipes and Ideas for an Open House Graduation Party

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April 5 2023


Check out a collection of our favorite tips and recipes for hosting a graduation party or open house. And don't forget to order your graduation specialty buffet bar from our online catering guide. You'll find everything from brat and slider bars to a fully-loaded Chinese buffet. 

  1. Good Fortunes

    Dip portions of fortune cookies into melted white or dark chocolate and coat with sprinkles. Tuck a personalized message for the grad into each cookie.

  2. Cake Bar Add Ons

    Round out the cake station with bite-sized desserts, such as cake pops, truffles, and cookies. 

  3. Custom Mac

    Serve Hy-Vee Macaroni & Cheese in cups with a selection of toppings to add, such as Sriracha, sliced green onions, Hy-Vee Hickory pulled pork, or smoked paprika.

  4. Diploma Cookies

    To make these adorable diploma cookies, tie fruit roll-up strips around Pirouette rolled wafer cookies.

  5. Float On

    Skip the duty of full-time ice cream scooper by setting up a DIY float bar with jars of pre-scooped ice cream and bottles of soda. Display in an ice-filled bucket for up to an hour, checking periodically to see what needs to be replenished. Add bunting and a fun paper sign for a little something extra.

  6. Popcorn Station

    One of our favorite ways to party is to set our a selection of different flavored popcorn, along with toppings and seasonings. 

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  7. Grad Hat Chocolates

    Make graduation caps by placing chocolate squares on top of upside-down peanut butter cups, using melted chocolate as glue. Then top with a mini M&M and strips of fruit roll-ups to make the tassels. Display on skewers in a container filled with chocolates. 

  8. Hanging Chip Cones

    Pack chips into rolled cones made from scrapbook paper and hang them on a line with clothes pins. This is a really fun way to display chips over the food station and free up space on the table.