The biggest challenge of planning graduation party desserts is gauging how many people will be there and how many people will eat dessert. Graduation parties are generally open houses, so it's challenging deciding on when to bring out the sweets, especially if they need to remain chilled. The best way to deal with this is to have a variety of types of desserts--some that can be left out all day and some that must remain frozen and can be brought out when the most people are there.
You can make these kinds of desserts with a creative graduation theme. You can order a custom cake with the graduate's picture on it, or a series of pictures of his childhood. Many cake shops today can also make creative cakes in various graduation-themed shapes, such as diplomas or graduation caps with tassels. FamilyFun.com even has a white jellyroll recipe that you can decorate to look like a diploma. Another easy idea is to make graduation cupcakes in the graduate's school colors. You can even spell his name or the name of the school he attended using icing. An advantage of serving cupcakes instead of cake is that you don't have to worry about when to cut the cake. You can simply leave the cupcakes out and replenish them as needed.
If you're not much of a traditional cake person, you can also offer a cheesecake bar with one or two types of cheesecake and various toppings, such as strawberries, blueberries and hot fudge. You can also bake a variety of sugar cookies using graduation-themed cookie cutters to make graduation cap and diploma-shaped cookies. Many online retailers sell specialty cookie cutters, such as SugarCraft.com. You can also find a small variety of heart-shaped cookie cutters at stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond.
Since graduation parties usually take place in warm weather, it is nice to offer your guests some cold treats as well. One option for this is to have a sundae bar set up with different kinds of ice cream and toppings. You can also serve root beer floats, an original and refreshing favorite. To make this easy, you can scoop the ice cream into plastic cups in advance and store them in the freezer. Then, when you are ready to serve them, simply take them out and add root beer. If you want no-fuss frozen treats, you can also just keep a supply of the graduate's favorite ice cream treats on hand, such as ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and fudge bars.
Buy a variety of suckers in the graduate's school colors. You can also do this with color-themed M&Ms. You can even have her initials printed on the candies; simply visit MyMMS.com to create a custom M&M for the graduate. A popular party idea is to offer a buffet of the graduate's favorite types of candy with little bags so everyone can fill up with their favorites before they leave. Another original idea is to have custom candy bar wrappers printed. Websites such as iCandyWrap.com allows you to customize the wrapper online. Then, you can buy the candy bars separately and use your customized wrappers.