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Graduation Party Buffet

Buffet Recipes

The following buffet recipes and plans will help you plan the perfect buffet. Buffets are an easy way to host a large party and allow more time for socializing, by cutting back on kitchen and serving duties. A buffet can be as casual or formal depending on the occasion.

Key Points of Designing A Buffet

  • It's generally wise to plan on having enough food for a few extra people. Some will take more than others and others will have an unplanned guest or two arrive.
  • Be mindful of keeping allergy-prone or religious-specific food separate from other dishes. Tree nuts, shellfish, pork, and dairy are commonly restricted items for a variety of reasons.
  • Keep young kids away from the main table as there will be open chafing or alcohol-based flames. Not only is this a fire hazard but alcohol-based flames are extremely difficult to put out and burn quite hot.

The first thing to do when planning any party with food is to plan the menu. Once that is done, write up your shopping list. Also check to make sure you have enough dishes, flatware, glasses, napkins, serving utensils, and vessels. You may decide to purchase disposable goods and also may need warming trays, sterno, and chafing frames.

When creating a shopping list, use this as a guide:

  • Count on 3 drinks per guest.
  • Count on 4 to 6 hors d'oeuvres per person if you're serving a meal. If you're just serving hors d'oeuvres with cocktails, the amount goes up to 12 pieces per person.
  • Provide guests with non-alcoholic drink choices.
  • A portion of meat per person is 1/4 to 1/3 of a pound.
  • Assume some of your guests will be vegetarians and some vegan.
  • Assume there will be common food allergies such as lactose intolerance
  • A portion of vegetables, rice, pasta, or salad is 1/2 cup.
  • A 9-inch pie or tart (after a large meal) will serve 8 to 10.

Buffet Menu Ideas

Buffet Menu One


Veal Marsala

Breaded Chicken

Sausage & Peppers


Roasted Potatoes

Cole Slaw

Garlic Green Beans

Ziti in Marinara Sauce

Serve with rolls, butter and desserts


Buffet Menu Two



Baked Ham with Honey Glaze

Hot Roast Beef with Gravy

Barbequed Chicken Wings

Roasted Potatoes

Cole Slaw

Macaroni Salad

Vegetable Medley

Serve with rolls, butter and desserts


Buffet Menu Three


Stir Fry Beef

Shredded Barbecued Pork

Chicken Marsala

Chilled Shrimp

Potato Salad

Broccoli Cheese Bake

Tossed Green Salad

Seasoned Rice

Serve with rolls, butter and desserts



Buffet Menu Four – Cold Buffet


Deli Cold Cuts Assortment

Cole Slaw

Potato Salad

Pasta Salad

Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Serve with rolls, butter and desserts



Buffet Menu Five


Barbecue Meatballs

Baby Back Ribs

Fried Chicken

Hot Sliced Turkey in Gravy

Baked Beans

Deviled Eggs

Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

Fried Potatoes

Serve with rolls, butter, and desserts

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