Honor your favorite grads with a boldly flavored, crowd-pleasing meal in a setting as bright as they are.
A graduation celebration works best as an open house: Guests can pop in and out, so they can toast multiple classmates on the big day. Concentrate on four key elements.
A Defined Palette
Fluorescent accents stand out against a neutral background. If neon isn't your style, any bold hue will do. The key is consistency.
A DIY Decor Moment
Include one big decorative statement. It can be as simple as hanging tassels against a length of kraft paper scrolled to resemble a diploma. Spell out a message in bright tape, affix the scroll to the wall with removable adhesive strips, and encourage guests to write well-wishes on sticky notes. Afterward, the whole thing can be rolled up and given to the grad as a keepsake.
An Easygoing Menu
These dishes taste great at room temperature, and the recipes can be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
A Signature Drink
Mix up some punch (ours is two parts pineapple juice, one part ginger ale, one part seltzer, one part coconut water), and let guests help themselves. Adults can revisit their own school days by spiking their glasses with vodka if they choose.