These wafer diplomas are super easy and fun to make. |Lindsay Pytel, special to the Record-Journal

4 easy treats to make for a graduation party

4 easy treats to make for a graduation party

4 easy treats to make for a graduation party

It’s graduation season! No matter what kind of graduation you are celebrating here are some fun DIY ideas for your parties and family gatherings.


Charcuterie boards are the hottest trend at parties these days, so why not take it a step further by making Jar-cuteries. These individualized charcuterie jars are full of flavor and so fun to make. The best part is it is so customizable with what goes inside. It’s easy to use items that may already be in your fridge and cabinets. These were made with black olives on the bottom, cubes of feta cheese, slices of sopressata, mini dill pickles, and breadsticks. Put the ordinary cheese and pepperoni platter away and try this instead!

5 Layer Dip Cups

Everyone loves a good 5-layer dip; it’s a crowd pleaser! With guidelines lifting and more gatherings taking place, it’s still a good idea to use caution and keep cleanliness in mind when serving your guests. In these little cups stack guacamole, salsa and sour cream and then top with cheese and olives. It’s a perfect portion for one person and doesn’t allow for double dipping! 

Wafer diplomas

This dessert is the easiest of them all and will make a big impression on your guests for creativity. All it requires is taking vanilla or chocolate wafers and wrapping some ribbon around it to make your very own wafer diplomas. This is such a fun way to celebrate the graduate and is very cost effective. There’s no reason to spend a fortune on graduation desserts when you can make your very own for a fraction of the cost.

Smart Cookie Platter

It’s all in the presentation. When planning a party, there’s already so much happening that sometimes one just doesn’t have time to bake all the cookies and desserts themselves. That’s okay! There’s so many other things that take priority, but that doesn’t mean your cookies have to be boring. This “Smart Cookie Platter” is just a 24 pack of cookies from Shoprite on a platter with a fun and clever sign. No one is going to care where you got the cookies -- just make the presentation worthwhile! 

Lindsay Pytel “Lunch with Linds” is an avid foodie from Meriden featuring the best eats in the Connecticut and New York area on Instagram and Facebook.

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