Delicious And Fun Appetizers For A Graduation Party

23 Delicious And Fun Appetizers For A Graduation Party

​Have you decided on an appetizer menu for your graduation party yet? If not, we have some work to do! 

​Appetizers are important because they start the party off and create a good first impression which we all know is huge!

In addition, ​appetizers allow you to get creative in a way that the main courses can't. By adding your own flair, the possibilities are almost endless!

​It's time to get ​inspired and let your creative (and food) juices flow as we take a look at some mouth watering possibilities that will leave your guests totally impressed!


Wondering what to serve for a graduation party? Look no further than this perfectly compiled list of salty and sweet appetizer ideas you can do even on a budget! They are easy, fun and a win for feeding a crowd! #GraduationPartyApps #MakeAheadAppetizers

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​What Kind Of Appetizers Should I Serve At ​A Graduation Party? 

​When it comes to appetizers for a graduation party, you not only want awesome taste and presentation, but also you need easy to handle finger foods. 

​Having hot apps slide into your cold foods is less than ideal so make sure to have some nice plates with dividers. If you want to be eco-friendly, you can avoid the use of ​paper or styrofoam plates, and invest in some small, colorful ​kid plates that are just the perfect size for appetizers! Bonus - they have dividers because kids (at least mine) do not like their food to mix!

​Healthy options should be considered as more and more people are watching their diets. Plus, appetizers on the lighter side are often enjoyable as they don't fill you up to the point of not being able to eat the main course! 

​If you do desire something more filling, and a bit naughty, dips such as a 7 layer taco dip are always a crowd-pleaser. The teenagers in attendance will thank you!

​3-Compartment Divided Plastic Tray 

​Great for patio, poolside​ & picnic events! A​n awesome, colorful and fun alternative to plastic, paper or Styrofoam plates.

3 compartment plate - Dinnerware Appetizers For A Graduation Party

​What Are Some Appetizers I Can Make Myself? 

Appetizers can be an easy food to make. Thanks to the internet, every recipe is at the touch of our fingers​ and the list of appetizers you can make yourself is endless! However, we are limited by the time, money, and effort ​we want to spend. 

​Many households now have other cooking appliances ​besides a traditional oven that help shorten cooking time. Things like the Instant Pot and air fryers.

​Heck, even BBQ smokers are being used to make things like cookies and deviled eggs!​

At the bottom of this post, I listed a YouTube video of ​how to make the best salty/sweet snack to serve at your graduation party. Dipped pretzels are one of my favorite treats and this idea can't get any cuter!

​​What Appetizers Should I Have Catered? 

​​​Sometimes there comes a point when everyone needs some help to get things accomplished. Graduations are such busy ​events and can be VERY stressful. It's OK to have some things catered to ease the burden. Plus, the professionals might have different equipment and skills to really rock some cool treats for your party!

​Food to consider having catered:

  • Graduation Cake
  • ​Decorated Cookies
  • Doughnuts with school colored frosting
  • Graduation themed mints and chocolates
  • Meat and Cheese Tray

As always, be mindful of the family budget and remember to shop around and negotiate catering costs. Now let's get into some awesome graduation appetizer ideas to get this party started!

​Keto Graduation Party Appetizers 

​Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

​If you've never had cheese stuffed bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers before, stop what you are doing and fire up a batch. Ok, you can finish reading first! We prefer making them on our grill, but for a graduation party, the oven might be handy too. 

Either on a grill or the oven, these poppers might steal the show!

Food - bacon wrapped jalepino poppers - appetizers for a graduation party

​mmm! Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers we made on our Traeger!

​Bacon Wrapped Asparagus In The Oven Recipe

​Honestly, what food isn't good wrapped in bacon? This bacon wrapped asparagus appetizer is perfect for those who want to get their protein AND their veggies. Plus it is an easy finger food for your guests to eat. 

​Spicy Keto Deviled Eggs Without Mayo

​Avocado and toast is all the rage right now. But avocado and eggs??? Well that's crazy enough it just might work! Forget the unhealthy Mayo and try ​this Keto friendly way to make deviled eggs. Even though the name says spicy, you can alter the recipe to tame down the heat as well!

​Salami And Cream Cheese Roll-ups

​Man do I love roll-ups. If they are at a party, I seriously pig out on them. No shame. There are many different ways to make roll-ups and a lot of people use floured tortillas. This recipe is different, however, as the tortillas are substituted with salami. Protein gains!

​Low Carb Taco Bites

​I think I found the perfect finger food for your graduation party! Feast your eyes on the low carb taco bites recipe. I swear I could eat tacos almost every day. Since they are one of the most popular meals, their mini version is sure to be a hit at your party. 

Instant Pot Appetizers For Your Graduation Party

​Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders

​Sliders are a great idea for a graduation party. They are easy to make, easy to handle for guests, and taste delicious. Check out this recipe for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Just looking at the rolls themselves make me hungry! 

​Instant Pot Cocktail Weenies

​Sometimes you just need an easy, tried and true appetizer classic to compliment your party menu. My friends, look no further than this cocktail weenies recipe which you can make in your Instant Pot.

​Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs

​Another classic appetizer that kids and adults love! With the instant pot cocktail meatballs recipe, you have another quick and easy food you can serve your guests. Pick your favorite BBQ sauce and a few other ingredients and let the Instant Pot work magic!

​Instant Pot Queso Blanco

​Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like Queso dip? Me either. This Queso Blanco dip recipe will be a big hit at your party. Just make sure to have plenty of chips on hand because they will go fast!

​​Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

​Chicken wings......the ultimate party appetizer! Heck, sometimes even the main course. Your guests certainly will be excited for these honey garlic chicken wings. Remember to have napkins and ​wet wipes handy for the saucy goodness these wings have! 

Instant Pot ​6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker​​​ 

​Cook all your favorite dishes and appetizers in a few minutes!

instant pot pressure cooker - make appetizers for your graduation party

​Air Fryer Appetizers For A Healthier Option

​Air Fryer Spicy Dill Pickle Fries

​For those who want to spice things up a bit, these spicy dill pickle fries will do the trick. By using an air fryer, this is a healthier way to go and your guests will love them. Serve with some ranch dressing and you are all set! 

​Air Fryer Buffalo-Ranch Chickpeas

​Continuing with the spicy theme, buffalo-ranch chickpeas will add some heat (but not too much) to your finger food menu. Be sure to make a few batches because these addictive little buggers will go fast! 

​​Crispy Air Fryer Potato Skins

​These crispy potato skins can either be served as an appetizer or as a compliment to the main course. ​The ​versatility is what makes the potato skins are great choice for your graduation party. Since the air fryer makes them light and crispy, you can feel free to add more toppings for mouthwatering flavor!

​Air Fryer Parmesan Dill Fried Pickle Chips

​Fried pickle chips are all the rage right now. I remember being skeptical my first time trying them at a local restaurant as an appetizer but I was immediately in love! Imagine being able to whip Parmesan dill fried pickle chips up in no time for your graduation party with your air fryer.  They turn out more crispy than doing them in the oven!

​Air Fried Chicken Wings

​Even though chicken wings were mentioned above, this is different as the air fried chicken wings will come out with more of a crisp texture. It's a matter of preference but I prefer them this way. Add your favorite wing sauce and you have a scrumptious appetizer!

Instant Pot ​6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker​​​ 

​Cook all your favorite dishes and appetizers in a few minutes!

air fryer for food and appetizers at a graduation party

​Easy Cold Party Dip Appetizers

​Seven Layer Taco Dip

​Seven layers of pure pleasure. If I go to a party and I see a seven layer taco dip, I know my diet is going out the window. Just make sure to have some sturdy chips for dipping so your guests can scoop a bunch on each chip! My favorite go-to are Tostitos bite-size or multi-grain scoops!

​Garlic Cucumber Dip

​For a refreshing dip that goes great with vegetables, breads, or crackers, try this amazing garlic cucumber dip recipe. This is also one way to trick your kids into eating an appetizer that is somewhat good for them! 

​BLT Dip With Crostini

​One of my favorite things in life is a BLT sandwich. So of course a BLT dip is going to be out of this world! The recipe recommends eating it with Crostini which makes it taste like a sandwich. Winning! 

​Guacamole Dip

​This Guacamole dip might be the healthiest one of them all. Avocados are high in fat but it's the good kind. And they are loaded in important nutrients like B vitamins and potassium. They pair well with tortilla chips.

​French Onion Chip Dip

French onion dip was the "go to" chip dip for my family when I was young. Hard to beat a good salty potato chip paired with this stuff. Give this easy chip dip recipe a try at your party!

Tostitos Bite Size Rounds Tortilla Chips

​Perfect for cold dip appetizers!

tostitos bite size tortilla chips for graduation appetizers

​Deli Meat Appetizers 

​Easy Sandwich Pinwheels 

Pinwheels are one of my favorite finger foods. These were another common appetizer served in my household growing up. They are so tasty and easy to serve to guests!

​Cream Cheese Pickles

Pickles covered in cream cheese and wrapped with deli meat. Simple ingredients, easy prep, and delicious. I'm sold! 

​Mini Italian Sub Sandwiches

​Mini subs go over so well at parties. Recently we were at a birthday party and the subs were a huge hit! I won't say how many I had ​because it's somewhat embarrassing. Try these mini Italian subs at your graduation party! 

​Flour Tortillas

​The best way to make pinwheel appetizers

Pinwheel appetizers for a graduation party

​How To Create The Best ​Salty/Sweet Party Snack For Your Graduation Party

​First of all, I absolutely LOVE almond bark pretzels and make them every Christmas. This was THEE best idea I have seen for creating my favorite salty/sweet snack for a graduation party idea. Little hats on top of diplomas cannot get any cuter!

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​What is your favorite ​graduation party appetizer?

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