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It’s not uncommon to be throwing a party to celebrate your graduation, and like every other party out there, the food is key. Planning food for your graduation party. Here are some tips to make your guests rave about your party.

Keep it simple

Graduation parties are all about celebrating the start of a new chapter in your life, but the party will mostly about talking and looking back at the past four years. Go easy on yourself and select just a few menu items.

Be different

If it’s just a casual graduation party, you’ll probably just order pizza and get beer. We encourage you to be imaginative. Pick a theme, if you can, and stick to that theme with your food.

Ask for help

Hire a caterer or a server if you can. If you’re on a budget, ask your friends and family for help.

Food Ideas

It’s a great idea to hold your graduation party in the late morning or early afternoon, because your guests will be starving. Choose between Western breakfast or a traditional Filipino breakfast. Make sure that, aside from the main course, there’s bread/pandesal with a selection of cheese, jams, and spreads. Don’t forget the coffee and juice, as well as the fruit basket.

Usually parties are held in the afternoon or in the evening. In this case, you might want to hold a barbeque (if you think you’re good at it). Don’t forget to serve sides such as baked beans, coleslaw, and bread. You can also give a DIY twist and have your guests make their own sandwich. If barbeques aren’t your thing, you might want to consider Asian-themed food that are both filling yet healthy.

Whatever the time you hold your party, desserts are a must! Cakes and cupcakes are common desserts, and you might want to consider customizing them with a “Congratulations! You did it!” text or anything of that sort. If you want to be a bit unique, there are always frozen treats like ice cream and Dairy Queen-like blizzards.

Of course, don’t forget the drinks. It’s a nice touch to give the guests personalized bottled water, but don’t forget to serve big pitchers of iced tea or soda. Serve beer or alcoholic drinks if your party is in the evening and that guests won’t have to worry about hangovers the day after.