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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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