As graduation season approaches in Portland, OR, it’s time to start planning the perfect celebration to honor the hard work and achievements of the graduates.

And what’s a party without delicious food to indulge in? Whether you’re hosting an intimate gathering or a large backyard bash, here’s a guide to graduation catering that will help you design a menu that will leave everyone satisfied and impressed.

Appetizers and a Grazing Table

First and foremost, let’s talk about the snacks. These are absolute crowd-pleasers because they offer a little something for everyone. From savory to sweet, incorporate an assortment of finger foods, dips, cheeses, fruits, and veggies. Think mini sliders, skewers, bruschetta, cheese platters, and charcuterie boards. Having a variety ensures that there’s something to satisfy every palate, making your party a hit among guests with diverse tastes.

Don’t forget about the chilled drinks!

Given that graduation parties often take place during the summer months, it’s essential to keep the menu light and refreshing. Incorporate plenty of cool and refreshing options to combat the heat. Consider serving chilled salads, fruit skewers, gazpacho shooters, and seafood ceviche. These dishes not only provide relief from the sweltering weather but also align perfectly with the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion.

Make it Themed

Adding a thematic element to your menu can elevate the party experience and let the guests in on the experience of the graduate. Consider incorporating dishes that pay homage to the graduate’s future school or alma mate. For example, if the graduate is from California but will be attending college in Texas, you could include barbecue brisket sliders or Tex-Mex tacos. Get creative and infuse elements of school spirit into the menu to add a personalized touch to the celebration.

The Best for Last

When it comes to desserts, why settle for store-bought treats when you can customize them to reflect the graduate’s personality and interests? Whether you opt for a decadent cake adorned with graduation cap decorations or personalized cookies shaped like diplomas and graduation gowns, the options are endless. Consider incorporating the graduate’s favorite flavors or themes into the desserts to make them truly special and memorable. (Or, because it’s summer, a build your own ice cream sandwich bar would be a smash!)

In conclusion,

the perfect menu for a graduation party is one that caters to the diverse preferences of your guests while reflecting the celebratory spirit of the occasion. By offering a variety of appetizers and grazing options, keeping the menu light and refreshing, incorporating thematic elements, and customizing desserts, you can create a culinary experience that will delight guests and leave a lasting impression on the graduate and their loved ones. Cheers to the graduate and the exciting journey that lies ahead!

We’d love to help create a memorial party for your favorite graduate. If you’re in Portland, OR, reach out and let’s get planning the perfect graduation catering!