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Ready for your upcoming graduation party? If not, no worries! See how Fareway can help!

Graduation party season is right around the corner! Are you ready? If not, no problem! At Fareway, we understand that planning a graduation party AND taking care of all of the details can quickly become overwhelming. We’ve dedicated the time to take the stress out of the preparation process with our pre-ordered cake, dessert, and appetizer tray options. We have also created a handful of easy, yet delicious recipes!

Graduation Party Pre-Order Options 

Short on time? Want delicious meal options without the work? We have the perfect variety of choices for you! The process is a breeze, pick out what you would like, give your local Fareway a call, and then pick up your order the day of your party! Check out all of the options we provide:

Sheet Cakes

  • ¼ sheet: 16-24 servings
  • ½ sheet: 32-48 servings
  • Full sheet: 64-96 servings

Frosted Cupcakes

  • Regular 
  • Mini cupcakes

Bakery Specialty Items

  • Little monsters
  • Scotcheroo bars
  • No bake cookies
  • Salted nut rolls

Appetizer Trays

  • Assorted cheese 
  • Assorted fruit
  • Deli meat selection 
  • Watermelon boat
  • BBQ pork and beef
  • Shrimp display
  • Ham/chicken/potato salad

Graduation Party Recipes 

If you're interested in making your graduation party drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we have the perfect assortment of recipes that we guarantee will be a hit!

Graduation Party Appetizers 

Cucumber Cups

Picking out graduation party appetizers can be one of the trickiest pieces of the process. You don’t want to make too many, nor do you want to have too few. With these light and easy-to-make cucumber cups, we know you won’t have that problem!

Recipe Time: 15 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cucumber
  • 1 package Sabra hummus
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 bunch parsley

Grape and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Are you ready for an appetizer that will have everyone coming back for seconds, or even thirds? Try out this charming and yummy bruschetta appetizer. Not only can you throw it together in just a few minutes, but it is sure to bring that pop of color to the appetizer display.

Recipe Time: 15 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 26 seedless grapes
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 oz fat-free cream cheese
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 6 slices prosciutto

Avocado Salsa

When it comes to graduation party appetizers, you HAVE to incorporate a dip option, and what better way to add that to the menu than with this healthy avocado salsa recipe. You will have it whipped up in no time, and your guest’s tastebuds will be on cloud nine.

Recipe Time: 5 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup salsa

Graduation Party Entree 

Baja Salmon Tacos

When thinking of graduation party entree options, “serve yourself” recipes come to mind immediately. Don’t waste precious preparation time on a difficult and time-consuming recipe, try out our easy Baja salmon tacos!

Recipe Time: 20 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • ½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chipotle adobe sauce
  • 2 cups DOLE® Brussels Sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 6 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 3 cups DOLE Butter Bliss
  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

Balsamic Honey Pulled Pork

Would a graduation party really be a graduation party without pulled pork sandwiches? We didn’t think so either! All you have to do is put the ingredients into the crockpot in the morning and by the time the party is ready to start, you will have heavenly balsamic honey pulled pork for everyone to enjoy.

Recipe Time: 5-10 Hours

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 20 cocktail buns

Chili Lime Chicken Kabobs

If you’re looking for a chicken recipe, try out our chili lime chicken kabobs! Not only is this meal easy-to-eat (and make), but the decadent chili lime marinade offers a fun and exotic twist!


Recipe Time: 2-4 Hours

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 2 red onion
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 10 skewers

Graduation Party Desserts 

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

When it comes to graduation party desserts (or any party for that matter), you can’t beat a classic peanut butter kiss cookie! Whether you want to make them the day of, a few days before and freeze them, or throw them together that morning, this cookie recipe will definitely make a splash with the crowd.

Recipe Time: 30 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 package Hershey's Kisses
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Chocolate Banana Swirl

Looking for a dessert recipe that is not a cookie or cake? If so, then boy do we have the perfect graduation party dessert recipe for you! This chocolate banana swirl is a great alternative to the traditional finger-food dessert options.

Recipe Time: 10 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 banana

Chocolate Toffee Coffee Chex Mix

You don’t want to overlook this enticing chocolate toffee coffee Chex mix. The process is simple, add the ingredients together and in fifteen minutes and watch it quickly disappear!

Recipe Time: 15 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • 4 cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 1 cup bite-size pretzel twists
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • ½ cup toffee bits
  • 1 Tbsp instant coffee granules
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Graduation Party Drinks 

Orange Julius Smoothie

Now this beverage will add a fun twist to the graduation party! With its refreshing flavors and taste, you will need to make a few batches for all of the party goers. The best part of making this drink you ask? It will only take you five minutes.

Recipe Time: 5 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 1 package Carnation Instant Breakfast, French Vanilla
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes


Citrus Iced Tea

Everyone knows that you need to have classic iced tea options at any graduation party, and this recipe will pack quite the punch of flavor. What makes this iced tea a great choice is that you can throw the ingredients together in a container and let it blend itself!

Recipe Time: 10 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:
  • 6 bag tea
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar


Mocha Coffee

For those needing a little caffeine, whip up a batch of mocha coffee. This decadent drink is ready in no time and will give you an extra pick me up to mingle with all your party guests! 

Recipe Time: 5 Minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Gevalia Traditional Roast coffee
  • 3 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 6 cups water

Ready, Set, Let’s Celebrate! 

Now that you are equipped with a few of the best graduation party recipes out there, you can start focusing on the other important party details! If you’re hosting a big party, save yourself some time and order items such as your meat ahead of time! Through our easy-to-use Fareway Meat Market, you can have the meat delivered right to your door. Don’t have time to prepare the food or make the cake yourself? Order the cake, appetizer, or dessert trays ahead of time and pick them up the day of at your local Fareway!

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