Graduation Party Plan…..

Hard to believe Jack’s graduation party is this weekend.  Whenever I start planning for a party, I get all these grandiose ideas of more complicated things I can make.  Then I bring myself back to reality and decide on something simple, delicious, and easy to serve.  After all, I’ve got so many other things to think about.  Cleaning the house, setting up the yard with tables and chairs, decorations….who has time for a super complicated menu??

I’m going to serve some cold dips.  I’m thinking guacamole with chips and veggies with ranch dip, and maybe some sort of bean dip.  I may buy most of that.  I must remember….EASY!

I’ve decided on pulled pork.  I like to serve it with small buns, our guests can have a small sandwich or several depending on their appetite.  I can make it a day or two ahead and I’ll keep it warm throughout the day on low in a crock pot.  The party is an open house so I’d like for every guest to have fresh food available when they arrive.  I’ll be serving my offerings buffet style, in the cool house so that I can easily manage refilling salads.  This will help me to avoid wilty, funky looking food and outside pests.

What will accompany my pulled pork sandwiches?

Fresh Fruit Salad
Red Cabbage and Jicama Slaw (perfect with pulled pork)
Tabbouleh Salad
Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs

Beverages, yes, of course!

I’ll serve all beverages outside.  We’ll have everything in coolers readily available for self serve.

What’s a party without desserts???

I thought about a graduation “cake”.  This would entail waiting to cut cake…when do you cut a beautiful graduation cake at an open house??  I decided on delicious cupcakes in Jack’s high school colors.  I’ll do chocolate and vanilla.  That way no one will miss out on cake, it’ll be super easy to serve, and easy to eat.

We’ll need more treats.  Cookies!  My favorite!

Chocolate Chip with M & M’s
Raspberry Bars
Coconut Macaroons

Yeah, that’s the plan.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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