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The Key to an Epic Graduation Party

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If you’re celebrating your high school or college grad, there’s a lot of pressure to impress. Memories of the day will last a lifetime, so you want to ensure the event exceeds expectations. Our secret? Select a simple theme and bring it to life with stylish graduation party food and decorations.   

No matter if your celebration is at a pool, park or high-end venue, the theme will set the tone for everything from the color scheme to invitations and the all-important menu. Check out our top themes, and how we pull them together with food, drink and décor.

Hawaiian Luau

Menu: Present an island-inspired menu, featuring Pineapple-Chicken Kabobs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Mahi-Mahi Tacos. Add Coconut Quinoa Salad and Pina Coladas to keep it festive.  

Décor: Brighten up the bar or tabletops with exotic flowers. Serve drinks out of coconuts with colorful straws. Then, place a few tiki torches around the yard, and light them when the sun goes down.

Around the World

Menu: Is your grad going on a summer adventure (or do they have big travel dreams)? Serve food from around the globe. Items like Spanish Paella, Greek Gyros and Argentinian Steak Chimichurri are always a hit.

Décor: Send “travel tickets” to your guests in place of invitations. At the party, set up a photo booth so friends and family can take fun passport pics. You can also utilize maps, books and vintage globes to punctuate the theme.


Menu: Enjoy the best of the season with Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Strawberry Salsa, Snap Pea Salad, and Chicken with Asparagus, Lemon and Garlic (get the recipes here!). A fresh mint cocktail is the perfect sip to serve with pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres.  

Décor: A reclaimed wood table, twinkle lights and mason jars filled with sunflowers are all you need to create a farm-to-table atmosphere. As a favor, set a packet of organic seeds at each plate.

Book your graduation party with Secret Ingredient: You have enough to do! Let us help you personalize a menu and prepare graduation party food your grad—and your guests—will love. Only a few catering dates left for the season. Call Chef Chris today: 610-688-2942

One more thing…

We won a LOVE award! Secret Ingredient was named Best Food Prep and Meal Delivery Service by Main Line Parent. A special thanks for all who voted for us.