40+ Graduation Party Food Ideas

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Are you planning a high school or college graduation party this year? Here you’ll find 40+ easy and fun graduation party food ideas that your guests are sure to love in 2023!

Are you planning a  high school or college graduation party this year? Here you'll find 25 easy and fun graduation party food ideas that your guests are sure to love in 2023!


Throwing a graduation party and wondering what dishes to serve? It can be a challenge to come up with food ideas for people who have a variety of different tastes!

Don’t worry though, I’ve got you covered! I have rounded up over 40 of the best graduation party food ideas; including a vast list of finger foods, appetizers and more graduation party food ideas for you to explore below.


cheese Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

These Baked Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs always come out amazingly tender, deliciously flavorful, and always sure to impress! Simply make these bite-sized meatballs and offer toothpicks for easy nibbling.

Crispy air fryer chicken wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

The ultimate party food!

You can whip these healthy chicken wings in no time! Everyone loves chicken wings, so it makes sense to serve these delicious wings up at your party.

Mushroom Goat Cheese Filo Pastry Parcels

Looking for an easy appetizer recipe for your next graduation party? Try these golden baked Filo Pastry Parcels filled with mushrooms, thyme, and goat cheese. These flavorful bites are an elegant canapé for any occasion.

Black Bean Corn Salad

This black bean corn salsa is designed to feed a crowd and is loaded with flavor! Perfect for snacking on or serving as a side dish.

Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

These Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups aka buffalo chicken bombs, are the perfect mix of crispy, spicy, and cheesy, making them the ideal bite-sized snack or appetizer!

Mini Salami Cheese Balls

Mini Salami Cheese Balls

Mini Salami Cheese Balls are made with only a few ingredients and are the perfect hand-held snack perfect for any occasion.

Italian Beef Au Jus

This easy Italian beef au jus recipe is made in the slow cooker with minimal prep. Seasoned to perfection, this slow cooked beef is served with the best au jus, on french rolls with your favorite giardiniera.

Lebanese Meat Pies

This homemade flatbread topped with a rich, warm spiced ground beef, tomato and onion mixture, is one of my favorite party food ideas.

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Baked Spiral “Hawaiian Roll” Sliders

A fun riff on the always-popular baked party sandwiches, these cute Spiral Hawaiian Roll Sliders are easy to make, super adaptable, and lighter, too! We’ve got three different variations for you to try, so you can mix and match your favorites!

BBQ Chicken Salad

This BBQ chicken pasta recipe serves great cold and pairs all the flavors everyone loves!

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These roasted figs make for an easy appetizer your guests will love!


This homemade lumpia recipe (lumpia shanghai) is a savory mixture of ground pork and beef, veggies, and seasonings wrapped in a thin pastry and then fried to crispy golden brown perfection! Dip these traditional Filipino spring rolls in a sweet chili sauce for the perfect graduation party appetizer.

Whipped Ricotta Crostini

With creamy cheese and flavorful herbs, these whipped ricotta crostini are the perfect finger food for your graduation party! Very simple to make, they come together in just 20 minutes.


Get ready for some bite-sized deliciousness with mini hasselback potatoes! These crispy and tender spuds are the perfect grad party finger food.

finger food grad party food ideas

Cucumber Dill Canapé Recipe

This Cucumber Dill Canapé recipe is one of my favorite hors d’ouevres of all time! A light, fresh and flavorful bite, cucumber canapés are so pretty and fun for a graduation party.

graduation party food ideas

Mediterranean Deviled Egg Recipe

This incredibly easy, super unique Mediterranean-inspired deviled egg recipe features creamy roasted red pepper hummus, and just the right flavor-elevating combination of pepper strips, basil, green onions and paprika. A fun finger food for you grad party!

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Ricotta and Spinach

These festive vegan stuffed mushrooms are a perfect appetizer for the holiday season. Umami-packed mushrooms filled with cheesy vegan ricotta, spinach and garlic and topped with vegan parmesan make a perfect vegan alternative to traditional stuffed mushrooms, but are gluten- and dairy-free and so delicious!

graduation party food ideas

Mini Taco Bowls

Your guests will go crazy for Taco Bowl Bites!


Quick, delicious, and tasty hosomaki. Thin sushi rolls which make perfect party appetizers!

Lebanese Spinach pies, also known as fatayer bi sabanekh with the best fatayer dough recipe!

Spinach Pies

Make these delicious Lebanese pies in bite-size pieces, and watch them disappear! You’ll have the best grad party appetizers!

Lebanese beehive bread

Honeycomb Bread Stuffed Cheese & Olives

Think of it as an extra fancy savory monkey bread that’s oozing with cheese and olives in each bite!

finger food recipes

Mini BLT Sliders Appetizers

Mini BLT Sliders appetizers have all the delicious flavors of your favorite bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich on a toothpick. They’re easy to pick up and eat, and your guests will love the flavors of these small bites!

zaatar pita chips

Baked Pita Chips with Zaatar

Homemade pita chips only take 10 minutes to prepare and they make for a great snack or appetizer and of course works wonders for all of your party dipping needs!

Beet Hummus

This delicious and vibrantly colored Beet Hummus will be an instant hit at your graduation party table, especially for beet lovers!

Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make. You just add everything to a crockpot and let it do it’s thing! Thanks to the fresh spinach, garlic and shallots, the flavor of fresh ingredients comes shining through. A great dip for your next graduation party!

hummus with beef

Hummus with Beef

Looking to take your next party up a notch? This Hummus with Beef dip is a simple, authentic and so easy to make!

hummus dip


No party is complete without a bowl of a delicious homemade hummus. It’s quick and easy to make, creamy, dreamy and tastes so fresh and flavorful!


Buffalo hummus chicken waffle bites have sharp melted cheddar, blue cheese crumbles and crunchy chopped celery on top.

lebanese baba ganoush

Baba Ganoush- Eggplant Dip

This Lebanese eggplant dip- Baba Ganoush is vegan, gluten-free, low in carbs and also keto-friendly. Great for guests that follow different diets!

Veggie Charcuterie Board 

This plant-based charcuterie board is filled with a wide variety of fresh fruits, veggies, hummus, and more! It’s a great option if you’re looking for something a little lighter to add to your spread or if you have guests with a number of food preferences.


Add a fun and easy twist to the conventional charcuterie board with these DIY Individual Charcuterie Cups. They are incredibly simple to put together, making them a great option for beginners.

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

These strawberry basil bruschetta are made with mini toasts, goat cheese, juicy strawberries in balsamic and fresh basil.

The perfect easy graduation party appetizer that will look beautiful on the plate, but will only be there for a split second, long enough for you and your guests to gobble them all down in a matter of minutes.


If you are having a fun graduation celebration this year, be sure to try these amazing Graduation Cupcakes! It’s a great display for dessert tables!

Graduation Cupcakes

These easy graduation cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate a loved one’s big accomplishment.

Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

These Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes with Strawberry Compote Topping are delicious light and flavorful treats that are perfect for graduation parties. They can be made in advance with fresh or frozen strawberries.

healthy reese's cups

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

This No-Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Cups recipe is easy to make, comes together in just 15 minutes and is full of feel-good ingredients that are irresistibly delicious! These are like little Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, but homemade and healthy!


These Yummy Deviled Strawberries are the perfect finger food! Delicious, fresh strawberries stuffed with a creamy no bake cheesecake filling.

banana muffins with dates and walnuts

Banana Crumb Muffins

Crumbly on the outside and moist on the inside, these Banana Crumb Muffins will leave your taste buds in awe. Loaded with dates and walnuts, and the crumb streusel topping only takes an extra minute to make, and adds a delightfully crumbly sweet layer of flavor!

coconut date bars, healthy, quick, delicious and a quick dessert idea!

Coconut Date Bars

These Coconut Date Bars are bound together by a thick homemade date paste, chopped pecans, and chunks of plain biscuits, topped with coconut flakes. Made with no refined sugar, these healthy no-bake bars will loved by your guests!


No-Bake Biscoff Truffles

Deliciously creamy bite-sized no-bake lotus biscoff truffle balls, coated with a milk chocolate shell, and drizzled with even more chocolate!


Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best chocolate chip cookies, which can also be wrapped and tagged individually as party favors!

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Graduation party food ideas 2023


Please leave a comment and rating below, and let me know what you thought of this round up of Graduation Party Food Ideas. Be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thesaltandsweet, so that I can follow along.

Are you planning a high school or college graduation party this year? Here you’ll find 25 easy and fun graduation party food ideas that your guests are sure to love in 2023!

40+ Graduation Party Food Ideas

Yield: 20-30
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Are you planning a high school or college graduation party this year? Here you’ll find 40 easy and fun graduation party food ideas that your guests are sure to love in 2023!


Check each recipe for full ingredient list required. Depending on the recipe that you choose to make, you may need some of the following ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • butter
  • eggs
  • beef
  • veggies
  • chicken


    Refer to each recipe post for the full recipe instructions.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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  1. This is such a good variety of graduation party food ideas, the mushroom goats cheese filo parcels caught my eye instantly and can’t wait to give it a go! Thanks!

  2. I have a party coming up in the weekend from yesterday started to test different recipes. I love this collection. So deliciously looking foods. I definitely will be on the menu some of them. The Beet Hummus, the Mediterranean Deviled Eggs, and Mini Tacos. Thanks for the time to collect them together. I will save this post alao for later.

  3. Great list! We tried the BBQ chicken salad first and it was a huge hit. Next up is to test out the whipped ricotta. Can’t wait to try more for when grad season kicks off!

  4. This is so lit! Been looking for a compilation of foods perfect for my upcoming brother’s graduation, glad I found this one! I can see that all of the food on the list are all amazing and delicious! We tried the chicken wings, hummus and veggie charcuterie board at my graduation, so I’m excited to try more for my brother’s graduation!

  5. My daughter is graduating high school in a few months and these recipes are just what I was looking for her party. Thank you!

  6. What a great selection of party food. Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups and hummus were perfect for my daughter’s party.

  7. Planning my daughter’s graduation party in May! These recipes are perfect! Thank you, it’s overwhelming but existing at same time 🙂

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