Graduation cakes, graduation cupcakes and now graduation cake pops! The latest trend in graduation desserts.
Graduation Cake Pops
Graduation cake pops are fun and very easy to make! They can be made ahead of time and frozen. They freeze REALLY well.
Some people make them from scratch. Just google “cake pop recipes”. But these are a lot of work.
The cake pops in the picture above were made using a Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. These sell for less than $30 and are available online through websites like Amazon or they may be available at your local department store. The Babycakes Cake Pop Maker comes with recipes for different cake flavors, however, the ones in the picture were made using a gluten free chocolate cake mix from Betty Crocker. You could also use a regular cake mix. The gluten free cake mix is nice because it makes a cake that’s a little denser than a regular cake mix which is great for cake pops.
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Candy Bars are fun, popular, easy and economical.
Graduation Party Candy Bar
Choose your favorite candy or pick candy in your school or college colors. Some candy ideas include:
Find large clear glass or plastic jars, vases or bowls. Borrow them from your friends or check your local dollar store or craft store. Large pickle jars from restaurants work great! Decorate the jars with bows or keep them plain and simple. Set out large spoons so your guests can scoop unwrapped candy. Put out small plastic bags with ties so your guests will have something to put their candy in. Or they can make a take-away bag if they want to.
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A fun and popular item at graduation parties is a chocolate fountain.
You can rent them at your local rental shop or there may even be a chocolate fountain rental business nearby. You can also buy chocolate fountains but they will likely be smaller in size and won’t be as heavy duty as rented ones.
When you rent a chocolate fountain the rental company will often come and set it up and then come back and take it down. So you don’t need to worry about heating the chocolate to right consistency or cleaning up the mess after. The rental compay will do it for you. Rented fountains are usually more expensive but if you’re having a joint party it may be worth the extra cost.
Here are some ideas of food to serve with your chocolate fountain:
- Pineapple cut in chunks
- Cut up Rice Krispie Squares
- Vanilla Wafers
- Potato Chips
- Pretzel Sticks (thick, 4″ sticks are best)
Some people like to serve cake but the crumbs may clog up the fountain. Store bought fountains are particularly susceptible to clogging.
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This cute centerpiece is the perfect balance between sportsy and elegant.
Hockey Sock Graduation Centerpiece
Any small potted plant will work. Even potted annuals which you can plant in your garden after. Simply put the potted plant in the hockey sock and set it in the middle of the table. This one was placed on a mirrored tile as an extra touch. It also has a small, plastic hockey stick on the left hand side and a hockey puck at the base. Of course you can use a sock from any sport. School colors are fun.
Individually wrapped candy is sprinkled at the base of this centerpiece as an added treat for guests. Halloween size candy like Hershey’s Minis, Laffy Taffy, and Skittles are good options. Or buy personalized candy bars (minis or regular size) from Shindigz or personalized M&M packs from My M&M’s.
Love this idea for a graduation centerpiece! Hockey skate filled with licorice. New hockey skates are best . You can also use figure skates or basketball shoes. Buy licorice in your school or college colors if possible. This school’s colors happened to be red & black. But you can get licorice in other colors too.
Hockey Skate Graduation Centerpiece
To keep the skate upright, use a hockey puck and cut a slit down the middle. If you know someone with a circular saw this would be a good job for them. The slit should be wide enough to hold the blade and it should be at least half or three quarters the depth of the hockey puck.
This skate was lined with colored tissue paper but you could also use a patterned or solid color fabric. Other fun candy like Hershey’s Minis, Sweet Tarts, Laffy Taffy, and Skittles were scattered around the base of the skate. Halloween sized candy is perfect!
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This is one of my all-time favorite grad party ideas. Who doesn’t love the ice cream truck? Memories of running to the curb when hearing that little jingle. It’s music to everyone’s ears.
Hire the Ice Cream Truck
One grad wanted to hang on to that memory one last time before heading off to college so her parents hired the local ice cream truck for her grad party. It came and sat outside their house for the entire party. Anyone wanting an ice cream treat simply had to walk up and order whatever they wanted.
It’s such an easy way to serve for the hosts, too. No worries about keeping the ice cream cold, how much to order, or what to do with the leftovers. They simply paid for whatever was served (at a pre-negotiated rate). So if your grad loves the ice cream truck why not consider this fun idea?!