Graduations are always so much fun to celebrate! The feeling of accomplishment mingles with a new sense of freedom and hope to create a happy atmosphere that is almost tangible. Whether your kid is graduating college, high school, or even preschool, throw them a party to remember with food they'll never forget.
VEGETABLE RELISH TRAY WITH SMOKED OLIVES (From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie)
SMOKY PARTY MIX – (KIDS’ Cook Book, Coming Soon!! Enjoy this sneak peak recipe)
PELLETS: Pecan, Oak, or Hickory
MAKES: about 14 cups
PREP TIME: 15 min.
COOK TIME: 45 min.
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
• 6 cups Chex® cereal, preferably a mix of corn, rice, and wheat
• 3 cups small pretzels
• 3 cups Goldfish® crackers, preferably multi-colored, or oyster crackers
• 2 cups cashews or mixed nuts
• 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
• 3 tablespoons popcorn oil, or more as needed, or more melted butter
• 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• One 1-ounce envelope dry Ranch dressing mix
HOW TO MAKE
1- In a large roasting pan, combine the cereal, pretzels, crackers, and nuts.
2- Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove or in the microwave. Stir in the popcorn oil, Worcestershire sauce, and Ranch dressing mix. Slowly pour over the dry ingredients, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula to coat each piece. If the mix seems dry, add additional popcorn oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.
3- When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 250 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
4- Put the roasting pan directly on the grill grate. Bake the party mix for about 45 minutes, stirring gently every 15 minutes. Let cool before storing in resealable plastic bags or other airtight containers.
BUFFALO-STYLE CHICKEN WINGS (From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie)
GRILLED SHRIMP WITH MUSTARD SAUCE (From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie)
NEW MEXICAN PULLED PORK OR MEXICAN SHREDDED BEEF ON KAISER ROLLS (From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie)
“LOADED” SMOKE-ROASTED POTATO SALAD (This was recently our Recipe of the Week, Yum!)
PURCHASED OR HOMEMADE GRADUATION CAKE
If you need feel like you need a little something more than just delicious food to make your party special, check out this fantastic "Keys to Success" party inspiration board from celebrationsathomeblog.com.
Another charming, and super simple decoration idea is to display pictures of your grad through the years. What better way to celebrate and honor your graduate than showing every person they care about embarassing pictures from their childhood?? Picture and Idea from peartreegreetings.com
Another little tip we love is to fill small balloons (in your favorite school colors, of course) with water and then freeze. Use the "ice balloons" to fill your cooler and keep drinks chilled.
However you choose to celebrate, be sure to cook more than you will need and buy some doggie bags for your guests. They will appreciate taking home any extra goodies (if there are any!)