25+ Graduation Party Recipes That’ll Feed a Crowd

updated May 29, 2019
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It’s officially May, which means the graduation party invites are likely flooding in. Whether you’re hosting one for your own high-school or college grad or you need something to bring to one of the many other celebrations, we’ve got you covered with more than 25 summer recipes perfectly suited for large, hungry crowds.

Appetizers and Dips

You can base an entire party around hearty dips and appetizers, or use just a few to feed hungry teenagers before the main event. Several of these recipes keep well in a slow cooker for even easier serving.

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Sandwiches, pulled pork, and sliders are an easy and economical way to serve a party crowd. Plus, folks can feed themselves from these grab-and-go dishes throughout the party.

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Pitcher drinks and cocktails make prep and serving extra easy. Or, make a few non-alcoholic beverages and buy canned beer and wine for grown-ups.

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Sheet cakes are my go-to dessert for a crowd because you can write sweet sentiments across the top. If you’re crunched for time, no one ever turns down ice cream sandwiches (homemade or store-bought).