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How to Plan a Memorable Graduation Party: Tips and Tricks from Tasty Table Catering

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Watching a child grow up and transition into adulthood is a bittersweet experience for any parent. It’s a proud moment to see them take their first steps into the world, but it also signals the end of an era. To celebrate this significant milestone, a well-planned graduation party is the perfect way to honor your child’s achievements and set them up for success in the future.

At Tasty Table Catering, we understand the importance of this occasion and want to help you make it a memorable one. We offer expert catering services and have a wealth of experience in planning and executing successful graduation parties. Let us help you create an event that your child and guests will cherish for years to come.

Timing is Key

When it comes to hosting a successful graduation party, timing is everything. You want to make sure that your guests have ample time to enjoy the festivities and the delicious food that you’ve prepared. One key factor to consider is scheduling the party around normal eating times. This way, you can avoid having guests arrive already full and potentially wasting food.

We recommend starting the party at noon, with food service from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, or after 4:00 PM. This way, your guests can arrive hungry and ready to enjoy your spread. Additionally, starting the party at these times ensures that you’re not competing with other graduation parties or events.

It’s also important to keep in mind that as the party progresses, some dishes may run out or become less appealing as they sit out. To avoid this, we suggest having every item on the menu delivered in half portions, so you can replenish the buffet as needed. This ensures that the buffet stays looking full and fresh throughout the event.

Crafting the Perfect Menu

The menu is the heart of any great graduation party. To ensure your guests leave satisfied, offer a range of menu options that cater to a variety of tastes. You can include anything from cold sliders to hot entrees in chafers. The possibilities are endless, but customizable options are a great way to ensure that everyone is happy. You could consider a build-your-own-buffet with Italian pulled pork or fajitas, allowing guests to pick and choose their preferred ingredients.

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For a more traditional celebration, consider on-site grilling. Having a chef cook burger sliders, chicken, or baby back ribs on-site will add to the festive atmosphere and provide guests with hot and fresh food. At Tasty Table Catering, we have extensive experience in chef on-site events, having coordinated and served a barbeque for over 1,000 people.

Whatever you choose, be sure to keep dietary restrictions in mind. Options such as gluten-free tortillas or vegetarian and vegan dishes will ensure that everyone can enjoy the menu. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with menu planning, our team at Tasty Table Catering is here to help.

Consider the Guest List

When planning a graduation party, it’s important to consider the guest list. Keep in mind that some guests may not eat a full meal, either because they’ve already eaten or because they’re grazing on appetizers throughout the party. To avoid excess waste and unnecessary expenses, it’s best to be conservative with the amount of food you order.

Expert advice can help you estimate the guest count and determine the appropriate amount of food to order. Tasty Table Catering recommends accounting for at least 30 guests out of every 100 who may not eat a full meal. By doing so, you’ll avoid the hassle of storing a large amount of leftover food.


In conclusion, a graduation party is a milestone worth celebrating with family and friends. A successful party requires careful planning and attention to detail, particularly in regards to timing, menu selection, and guest count. At Tasty Table Catering, we pride ourselves on providing expert catering services tailored to your specific needs.

Our customizable menu options and chef on-site events ensure a memorable experience for you and your guests. Don’t hesitate to contact us for all your catering needs. You can reach us at 610-251-0265 or email us at We guarantee a response within 24 hours or the next business day. Let us help you make your graduation party one to remember!