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Tips for hosting the best New Jersey graduation party

Posted in: Catering, catering tips, Graduation

graduation party catering tipsChef Christopher offers tips for hosting the best New Jersey graduation party

School’s out, summer’s in, and friends, neighbors, family are happy to gather together to celebrate the new graduate.

Here in NJ, we’re about a month away from many graduation parties that will be held from Bergen County to Burlington County.

Every family wants to honor their child–but not have to use college tuition money to pay for it.

Sir Ives Caterers, specializing in off-premise catering in all parts of New Jersey, has catered countless graduation parties in its 30+-year history. Christopher F. Ives, our CEO and Executive Chef, offered some of his best kept secrets for hosting a successful and fun graduation party:

The Food – When and How

“I always recommend throwing a party in mid-afternoon so your guests do not arrive starving,” Chef Christopher says. “A second key tip is to serve food and beverages at different locations (stations) to avoid the food table being swarmed with guests waiting in line.”


Chef Christopher says the best (and most affordable) option is to forgo a full bar and set up a table with punch-style drinks. “Regardless of what you serve, keep in mind you can never have too much ice,” he advises.

According to Chef, you can expect that within the first hour each guest will have about 1½ drinks, and then one drink after that per hour. It’s safe to assume that each guest will end up using up to three drinking glasses, so buy or rent glassware accordingly. Be sure to designate a few people to monitor the beverage stations so there are at least three different non-alcoholic options for guests at all times.

How much food do you need?

Expect that each guest will eat between 6 and 10 hors d’oeuvres. Serve larger quantities of less pricey and more filling apps. For example, seasoned meatballs are a tasty dish that can be made ahead, and they are incredibly easy to prep. Make turkey, pork, beef, or even vegetarian varieties and serve them with a trio of sauces.

Roasting a chicken or pork shoulder for pulled meat sliders is an easy and budget-friendly way to feed a large crowd: Meat sliders can be made ahead, or the meats can be served buffet-style so people build their own sliders and stuff them with a custom selection of condiments. DIY sliders are fun to make and will also keep guests busy rather than overeating.

Sweets Endings

No matter how formal your celebration may be, big platters of fresh cookies and brownies are always a winning bet. Both are speedy make-head options and they’re easy on the wallet.

Consider a caterer for your graduation party

Hosting a party is a lot of work—planning, shopping, storing, preparing, serving, clean-up—and we haven’t addressed decorations, music, timing of the food presentation, seating, table covering, tents…

Many of our newer clients are surprised how affordable a professional catered affair can be. Think about the last big party you hosted—by the time you added all the expenses you incurred (not to mention tired feet)–the cumulative cost may rival that of a professional off-premise caterer.

Sir Ives Caterers has a few key dates available in late May and June to cater your party!

Sir Ives has been New Jersey’s off-premise graduation, weddingcorporate event and special occasions caterer for decades.

We’d love to talk with you about your upcoming celebration. Call our graduation party event managers at 732-521-1108 or email us at

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Sir Ives can cater your New Jersey graduation party or picnic at your home!

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Sir Ives can cater your New Jersey graduation party or picnic at your home!

Graduation is (already) right around the corner and it’s time to plan your family’s big celebration.

Here’s a helpful link to planning the big event if you will be hosting a graduation party or picnic at home.

(As you can see, it can require a lot of shopping, preparing, setting-up, serving, decorating and…clean-up…)

A catered picnic or catered party at your home costs less than you think.

Why not let Sir Ives Caterers do all the work, so you can enjoy this once-in-a-life time day with your graduate, family and friends?

Your party will stand-out from the rest when you feature Sir Ives’ gourmet food truck, our beautiful tents and a fresh and delicious multi -course menu that we will manage from event planning to clean-up. We will also have our professional and courteous serving team on site during your catered home party to ensure the day is perfect from start to finish.

Call us to talk about your NJ graduation party or picnic and check our availability at 732-521-1108 or fill out the contact us form and we’ll call you.

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