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.
These cake pops were dipped in melted milk chocolate . . . → Read More: Graduation Cake Pops (& Gluten Free Graduation Cake Pops)
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.
If you set up your candy bar by the front door or backyard gate (where your . . . → Read More: Graduation Party Candy Bar
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 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?!
When serving food at a party one question many people have is how to keep cold food cold. Some people rent an ice table and in a pevious post we talked about buying an inflatable kiddie pool and filling it with ice.
Recently we came across a new product called French’s Tabletop Cooler. It’s relatively inexpensive and if you throw a lot of parties it’s a great investment because it can be used over and over and it stores away very easily. Made with heavy duty plastic, this inflatable cooler is 30″ wide by 72″ long. It’s designed with inflatable sides and a unique 1” air-insulated base.
To use the cooler just inflate it, place it on a 6 foot banquet table, fill it with several bags of ice, and place the food containers into the ice. The cooler can be covered with a plastic or cloth tablecloth when food is not being served to keep the bugs out & the cold in. The cooler can also be used as a beverage table. For best results, the manufacturer recommends keeping it in a shaded area away from direct sunlight.
For more information and to order this cooler just go to www.frenchstabletopcooler.com.
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Looking for a fun sweet treat to serve at your graduation party? Why not serve Jelly Belly jelly beans in your school colors? They come in 50 different flavors and almost as many colors.
You can buy 16 oz tubs of each school color and then mix them before your party. Put them in candy dishes for your guests to eat at your party or make little candy bags they can take when they leave.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in your school colors – click here for details
A great alternative to a graduation cake is graduation cupcakes.
You can serve a variety of flavors – vanilla, chocolate, marble – or you can serve your favorite.
Decorating cupcakes is easy! If you’re graduating from high school you can use the colors of your high school or you can use the colors of the college you are going to. So if your school colors are green and yellow decorate half the cupcakes with green icing and the other half with yellow icing.
If your party has a theme you can also use colors related to your theme. For example, if your theme is Italian or a Mexican Fiesta, you can decorate your cupcakes with colors from the Italian or Mexican flags - red, green and white. If your theme is American or French use the colors from those flags – red, white and blue.
With a graduation cake once you cut it it’s done. So finding the right time to cut your cake is tricky. Do you cut it at the beginning of your party? Do you cut it when most of your guests are there? Or do you cut it at the end of your party?
Graduation cupcakes are easy to serve. You don’t have to . . . → Read More: Graduation Cupcakes
Graduation Water Bottles
A unique way to honor your grad is with personalized water bottles. And since water is one of the most popular beverages to serve at a graduation party (or at any party for that matter) you can cover two things on your to do list with one idea – provide water for your party AND honor your grad!
When ordering personalized water bottles you have two choices. You can order water bottles with the personalized labels already applied by the supplier or you can order the labels only and apply them yourself to bottles you buy locally.
Ordering personalized water bottles with the labels already attached is the most convenient way to go. You can place your order, the company will create and print your personalized labels, apply them to their water bottles, and ship them to you. The only thing you have to do is put the bottles in your coolers or fridge prior to your party. The downside of ordering water bottles is that they can be expensive to ship.
Ordering personalized water bottle labels you apply to bottles yourself may be cheaper, especially if your . . . → Read More: Graduation Water Bottles and Water Bottle Labels
When serving food at a party it’s very important to keep cold food cold and hot food hot.
Instead of serving lots of food in very large bowls or on very large platters, use smaller bowls and smaller platters and replace empty dishes more frequently. This will let you keep excess food fresher longer. Fuller bowls and platters look more attractive and more appetizing too. The extra bowls and platters can be kept in your fridge and in coolers or in your oven until you need them. Borrow your neighbor’s fridge and oven if you have to.
Keeping cold food cold …
- Fill portable tubs with ice and set your cold dishes in the tubs to stay cold. Inflatable kiddie wading pools are ideal for this! You may even be able to find one in your party “colors” or in your party “theme”. Themed inflatable coolers can also be purchased through graduationparty.com.
- Fill large beverage containers/buckets or large plastic totes with ice and set your cold dishes on top.
- Set smaller bowls in larger bowls filled with ice.
- Buy flat ice packs that are large enough for a bowl or platter to sit on. Flexible gel packs or ice blankets are best especially when covered with a towel or some other non-slippery . . . → Read More: Keeping cold food cold and hot food hot