It’s that time of year again, graduations.  Many folks are busy planning graduation parties to celebrate this milestone.   One of the most important ingredients to a successful party is the food so many hosts and hostesses spend hours agonizing on what to serve.

Whether your doing the cooking or having the event catered you still have to decide what you’re serving and how you’re serving it, specially if you’re hosting a lot of people at your home.  When we host large events at home we always set up a buffet or stations.  They’re a great way to get plenty of folks fed in a timely manner.

Here are some ideas for buffets or stations for your graduation party.

Grad Party Bar/Station If you’re hosting a high school grad party then you’ll be feeding a bunch of hungry teens, and what do teens love best?  Hot dogs and burgers of course!

I love this idea of a DIY hot dog bar from Hostess with the Mostess.  It’s easy and fun.

Graduating pre-schoolers will love it too!
If you’re hosting mostly adults then make it a Gourmet Hot Dog bar and set out more condiments so guests can create their favorite hot dog meal; Chicago dogs, Reuben dogs, Chili dogs, etc.

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Grad Party Bar/Station Here’s a great idea from The Seaside Baker.
An In-N-Out style burger bar, teens and adults will love it!

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Grad Party Bar/Station Try  this Taco Bar Idea from Building Our Story.

You can serve different kinds of meats for the filling and even have a variety of hot sauces and salsas.  Fun!

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Grad Party Bar/Station If you’re grad party is for younger kids I love this idea from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

 Walking Tacos!  It keeps things neat! [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station If you’re looking for something a bit more up-scale then this Pasta Bar from Tonya Staab is a great idea!

Offer a choice of pasta, sauces, and toppings.  Who doesn’t love pasta? [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Baked and Mashed Potato Bars are very popular these days.

Here’s an idea from Sugar Bean Bakers.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Instead of a Burger Bar have a Slider Bar with brisket, pulled pork, or your favorite slider filling.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Sandwich Bars are always fun.  They easy, relatively inexpensive, and best of all cooking need not be involved.

You can throw one together after a quick trip to the grocery store.
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Grad Party Bar/Station If you can’t decide on one menu item, how about a tasting party like this one from Curbly?

Serve everything from appetizers to dessert in bite size portions.

We did  just this for my Mother’s 80th. Birthday party! [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Don’t forget dessert!

An ice cream bar is a great idea for summer parties!  Love this set up from Catch My Party!  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Here’s an easy idea from Love & Lavender, a Donut Bar!  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Or a dessert cookie bar like this one found on Design Dazzle.

Grad Party Bar/Station For our parties we usually do a candy buffet in lieu of party favors.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Here’s a new take on the candy buffet from Niche White, a Chip Bar!  [spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Or this beautiful idea from Loralee Lewis, a Popcorn Bar![spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station Can’t serve food without drinks, but if it’s a kid’s or teen’s party then alcohol is definitely out.

Here’s a cute idea from Tidy Mom, an Italian Soda Bar![spacer height=”-20px”]

Grad Party Bar/Station I love this idea from Corner House Blog!

 A DIY Lemonade Bar!  Choose a flavor, choose a fruit, and grab a straw!  Fun!

You can choose one of these ideas or combine several to make stations!

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