Graduation Party Tips for Success

The end of the school year will be here in no time. Whether you have one graduate or an entire class to celebrate, start planning the graduation party soon to ensure the celebration reflects their achievements and creates lasting memories. Here are some tips, particularly around catering, to help you.

Start Early!

The competition for your time, your guests’ time and your preferred caterer (CKC Good Food!) is intense. Don’t procrastinate in choosing a date and location and getting the word out to your guest list.

Choose a Theme

Consider a theme that reflects the graduate's personality or post-graduation plans. Whether it's a college, sports or travel theme, this can help simplify decisions around decorations, activities and food.

Set a Budget

Determine a budget for all the anticipated expenses: location, catering, decorations and entertainment.

Select a Location

Choose a location that will accommodate your anticipated number of guests. Whether it's at home, a nearby park or in a rented event space, make sure the location has the space and facilities you need, such as a kitchen, water and electricity. 

Review Catering Options

Research and gather quotes from different caterers and/or food trucks based on your chosen theme. Look for caterers that offer a variety of menu options to ensure there's something for everyone. Include appetizers, main courses, side dishes, and desserts in your selection. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients for assurance the caterer provides reliable service and good food. CKC Good Food event catering has 28 (and counting!) 5-star reviews on Google and was voted the “Best Caterer” by the readers of the Eagan Sun Thisweek.

Choose Food to Match the Theme

After choosing a caterer, ask for menu recommendations matching the party’s theme. If you're having a casual outdoor gathering, CKC Good Food has several barbecue options, including smoked ribs, pulled pork or chicken, and a burger and Chicago dog bar. If your theme is travel related, choose foods from the graduates’ intended destinations. CKC has Korean, Mexican and Italian options on its standard menu and, upon request, provides Afghani food once served at CEO Nancy’s Close’s restaurant, Caravan Serai.


Choose a caterer that is flexible and willing to accommodate your specific requests. Discuss any customization options, such as incorporating favorite dishes or adjusting menu items to suit your preferences.

Consider Dietary Preferences and Restrictions

You are sure to have guests with dietary restrictions or preferences. Ask your caterer if your menu choices can be modified for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan guests or if you need to choose an additional menu offering. To honor those guests, consider placing cards with the known allergens next to each item on your food table.

Food Quantities and Storage

Discuss portion sizes with the catering company to ensure there's enough food for all your guests. Caterers with experience in handling events like yours can provide guidance on appropriate quantities. Also ask how the food will be provided and how to serve it to keep it at safe temperatures during the party. Be prepared for leftovers if fewer guests attend than you anticipated.  

By carefully considering these factors, you can choose catering to enhance the overall experience of your graduation party.

Ready to get started? Submit a catering inquiry and let’s work together!