They’ve walked across that stage, collected their diploma, and switched their tassel to the other side or any achievement that you got. Now it’s time to celebrate! These foods will make the special day even more so and many can be made ahead of time, so you can get the party started right away.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Grab a can of refrigerated pizza dough, shredded cheese, and deli meat for these delicious ham and cheese pinwheels. Kids and adults alike will love the classic combination, and they look fancy without taking much prep work or technique. Make them a few days ahead to save on time.
Honey Chicken Shish Kebabs
Use your favorite vegetables for these simple, slightly sweet grilled chicken kebabs. They make a great party dish because the veggies and meat come in one convenient package. When prepping, keep in mind that the kebabs will all cook together, so take care to choose vegetables that soften in about the same amount of time and cut them into similar sizes so they grill evenly.
Ham and Melon Bites
Enlist the kids to help assemble these simple ham and melon bites before the big event, then serve them as a light and fresh appetizer. Salty ham and sweet melon complement each other perfectly. Spring for high-quality Serrano ham or prosciutto for the best flavor.
Make-Ahead Chili Mac
For a dish that really feeds a crowd, this one-pot, make-ahead chili macaroni casserole will do the trick. Chock full of beef, beans, cheese, and noodles, it has all the elements of a full meal but works as part of a buffet. Assemble it ahead of time and refrigerate, so you can pop it in the oven when you return from the ceremony. Just let it come to room temperature beforehand to adhere to the cooking time.
Easy Meat and Cheese Stromboli
Because it works just as well hot as cold, this spicy meat and cheese stromboli is great for a summer get-together. Serve it warm from the oven on a chilly or rainy day or slice it cold as part of a buffet on a scorcher. Vary the types of meat and cheese for different flavors, too.
Try these delightful dishes for a graduation party or any other get-together you have planned this summer. Whatever your achievement is, all you need to do is enjoy it. Just celebrate with your family or friends!