Graduation Party

Epic Food Items You Must Have at Your Graduation Party

It’s finally that time of the year, all the hard work has paid off and now it’s time to party. Yes! Your graduation party.

Don’t leave your cake order to the very last minute and order at least 3 months prior to your party.

Firstly, congratulations! Now, we know there is so much planning to be done, you want your party to be perfect, the most unique and really represent you. 

All your friends, family and classmates will be attending so the party plans need to solid as ever. But don’t worry, you are not alone in this as we have picked out the most epic food items that will blow the minds of your guests.

Here are 7 epic food items you must have at your graduation party.

The Graduation Cake 

Before you order your graduation cake you have to make so calculations like, how many people will be coming, your budget and whether you want a heavily decorated cake or a simple cake.

A heavily decorated cake can cost between £150 to £500 depending on the size, tiers and of course the design. To get a better understanding of the price, seek out Instagram cake artists near you and place a query.

Don’t leave your cake order to the very last minute and order at least 3 months prior to your party. Often, wedding cakes are in demand near the same time as graduations as both take place in the summer.

Now for the actual cake flavours, plain sponge with vanilla extract is one of the most popular cake choices. Decorated with buttercream and icing for heavy designs. Or, if you choose a sheet cake, you can have a fresh cream cake with printed icing sheet for the design.

Egg-free cakes and vegan cakes are a good choice as they mostly to meet the needs for all your guests and yet taste absolutely delicious. 

Here a few examples of cakes that are popular for graduation parties:

Diploma Fresh Cream Cupcakes

This tower of cupcakes is very stunning yet simple, it projects the graduation vibe without appearing to extravagant. You could place it on a cupcake stand and let your guests help themselves.  No cake cutting, cake plates and low cost.

The diplomas are made with buttercream icing, you can have the ribbon customised to your diploma, make the icing same as your course colour and even change the colour of the chocolate hats.

You can simple sponge fairy cakes or even chocolate sponge with your choice of flavoured extract, orange, almond and peppermint are great but vanilla is an all-time classic.

Textbook Cake Tiers 

This cake has is very simple but it has a certain uniqueness about it and definitely shouts academia and graduate. A must have if you want your guests to know the subjects you studied.

Depending on the choice, cake artist is able to decorate the book tiers to how you want or even replicate your textbook or add your dissertation title to the book.

However, the buttercream decorations will make this cake extremely sweet and heavy. This particular cake will also be very pricey but worth it for epic graduation.

Perfectly pink with gold leaf 

This is a graduation cake with sass and style! Look at the beautifully tacked eirs of pink an white and dressed with gold leaf. Accompanied by buttercream blossoming roses which look lifelike. And of course, it can’t be called a graduation cake with the glorious pink graduation cap.

Sandwich Platter

Sandwichs are a worthy choice for a summer graduation party, there are so many fillings to choose from and it requires minimal preparation.

You could always make them the night before, place them beautifully on a platter and cover with cling film and of course, leave them to chill in the fridge.

Quick Tip: Prepare a diverse salad, ad few spoonfuls of light mayo and a few drops of chilli sauce and use it in all your sandwiches.

Here are our top sandwich filling picks for a graduation party:

Spicy Southern Fried Chicken

Everyone loves a good bite of fried chicken. Cut up chicken breast pieces and leave aside and then have a medium batch of batter in one bowl and the spicy bread crumb coating the other.

In a heated deep fryer place two chicken pieces at a time and fry until crispy.

Use a sharp knife to cut up the chicken into strips and place in a brioche bun or sub roll. Top with salad and you are done!

Tuna Crunch Salad

In a bowl, place a few helpings of the prepared salad and add in your tuna. Then, add a spoonful of mayo and mix.

Once the salad and tuna have combined, place them in the sub roll and cut up in to even pieces and leave to chill.

Cheese and Cucumber

Soft, crunchy and cool; this will be a party pleaser. Simple yet the favourite of many and the simplest to prepare. 

As for the choice of cheese, we would suggest with a bite yet nit to strong. Mild cheddar with a bit of applewood cheese can keep your guests guessing and happy.

Quick Tip: Use grated cheese, not cheese slice as the slices can be a bit too thick and actually cost more than medium-sized grated cheese to make the quality for a party.

Now the easy part, take afresh cucumber and cut thin slices and place in the bowl with the grated cheese combo. Add a dollop of mayo and mix.

Serve with white bread and cut off the sides. Then cute the sandwiches into finger-sized rectangles. 

Vegetable Delux

Prepare a fresh garden salad, add roasted tomatoes and very small pieces of tofu. Drizzle with vinegar and try very gently.

Place in brown slices of bread and cut into finger-sized rectangles.

Serve on a sandwich platter.

Starters and Appetizers 

We all know, good food is an important piece to a party and choosing what to serve can be a complex decision to make especially if you are not familiar with cooking.

This why appetizers and starters are a great choice, they can be very filling and allow your guests to pick and choose what items they would like to plate.

So we have chosen for simple recipes which take minimal preparation.  

Salmon Canapes

Who doesn’t love a good bit of salmon topped on cream cheese?

For this recipe, this recipe is very simple, you’ll only need a handful of inexpensive ingredients aside from smoked salmon which you can buy fresh from the counter and smoke yourself. 

If you are not a fan of salmon, you can top it with cherry tomatoes or spicy avocado.


  • Sour cream and chive crackers
  • Smoked pieces of salmon
  • Half a cucumber, sliced
  • Soft cheese with herbs


  1. Cut the smoked salmon in tho thin light pieces and place aside
  2. Prepare each cracker by spreading cream cheese.
  3. Place the salmon on top of the cheese and then add a slice of cucumber.
  4. Sprinkle with black pepper. 

Place the crackers on a canape tray and serve.

Vegetable Skewers

For a vegetarian option, nothing says party like grilled vegetable skewers. 

Pick a selection of vegetables that are colourful but have a range of flavour. You don’t want an overpowering pallet otherwise none of the vegetables will come together nicely.

Here is our recipe.


  • 5 medium-sized bell perps of each colour 
  • Medium red tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 2whole courgettes sliced
  • 3 red onions sliced
  • 4 sweet carrots sliced 


  1. Prepare the vegetables, remember to deseed the tomatoes and wash as well as dry the vegetables.
  2. Place them in a bowl and add black pepper, basil, mint and salt.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and stir gently.
  4. Place the vegetables in order on a skewer and repeat.
  5. Place the skewers on a grill-marked pan and let the vegetables slightly charcoal and remove.

Serve with a sweet chilli dip.

Onion Baji

Onion baji is a traditional Indian starter which is a party must which is also loved across many countries. A great recipe for your veggie-loving guests and non-meat eaters.

A flavoursome recipe which is spiced green chilli and culturally popular spices.

Here’s an amazing recipe from Patak’s.

Notable Mentions:

Here are some recipes with simple combinations which you can try for your graduation party.

Mini pizzas are a great way to prepare multiple pizzas with a variety of toppings and choices. Vegetable pizzas with a quick, a meat feast option and the traditional margarita pizza is always a win.

Finger foods are always a safe option at any party especially for students and takes less preparation.

As for drinks, you can, of course, bring the usual pop or adult soft drinks. Or, you can your won non-alcholic cocktails of choice.

This it, time to make the hard and exciting decisions and make this graduation party happen!