Celebrating our Magna Cum Laude high school graduate with a gathering of the clan, I chose wraps as food that would appeal to all ages. Tied with a chive diploma-style, they also played into the theme.


Platter with Southwest Hummus and tortilla chips

Turkey Club Wraps

Chicken Pesto Wraps 

Southwest Hummus Wraps 

Mixed Greens and Strawberry Salad


Watermelon Fruit Basket with Graduation Cap from Old Fashioned Living

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Graduation Caps

Drink Suggestions

Raspberry Lemonade

Hibiscus Ice Tea

Water Pitcher with Citrus (such as lime, lemon, orange) Slices


Graduation Centerpiece

Graduation Photo Banner

Memory Jar

(Invite guest to write down a favorite memory of the graduate and place in the jar for her/him to read when starting college)

Flatware wrapped in napkins like diplomas

Wraps appeal to all ages. I chose these three different kinds for different palates: a traditional club, a chicken pesto and for the vegetarians/vegans a hummus wrap. Simplify by making only one or two kinds. Recruit three different family members to make each wrap. Or set up a “make-your-own-wrap” station so you don’t have to worry about assembling each wrap.

Preparation Guide

  1. One week before buy all the groceries except for berries
  • Prepare the Graduation Centerpiece jars with number tags
  • Prepare the “Memory Jar”
  • Prepare photo banner
  1. Three days out
  • Make the “graduation cap” for the fruit salad
  • Wrap the flatware in napkins and tie with ribbon to look like diplomas
  • If not using store-bought pesto make the Basil Pesto (for Chicken Pesto Wraps)
  • Make Southwest Hummus (for Southwest Hummus Wraps)
  1. Two days out
  • Make Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes. When completely cool, store in a covered container
  • Make Chocolate Graduation Caps
  1. Day before
  • Buy flowers, berries and rotisserie chicken
  • Hang up Graduation Photo Banner
  • Prepare Graduation Centerpiece with flowers
  • Set up Memory Jar with pens and cards
  • Set up drink station
  • Set up buffet table with serving platters and utensils and plates
  • Prep the wraps: Cook bacon, Cut up chicken for Chicken Pesto Wraps, Cut (I use a mandoline) red bell pepper and carrots for Chicken Pesto Wraps, Dice tomatoes, chop cilantro (and jalapeño if using) for Southwest Hummus Wraps
  • Prep salad
  • Make salad dressing
  • Wash, hull and quarter strawberries
  • Toast walnuts
  • Prep watermelon fruit basket
  • Make fruit salad
  • Prepare watermelon (cut in half, scoop out flesh and cut into bite-size pieces)
  • Make Hibiscus Ice Tea and Raspberry Lemonade
  • Frost the Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
  • Set up dessert table
  1. Morning of the event
  • Put Chocolate Graduation Caps on Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
  • Place tortilla chips and Southwest Hummus in serving bowls on buffet table
  • Make Turkey Club Wraps, place on serving platter. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator
  • Make Chicken Pesto Wraps, place on serving platter. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator
  • Make Southwest Hummus Wraps, place on serving platter. Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator
  • Put fruit salad in watermelon basket
  • Prep salad (mix everything except salad dressing)
  1. An hour before serving
  • Take wraps out of refrigerator and put on buffet table
  • Place cantaloupe in watermelon basket, put graduation cap on cantaloupe
  • Place bowl of watermelon on buffet table
  • Toss salad with dressing and place on buffet table

For eight people


  • 8 10” tortillas
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 slices deli turkey
  • grated cheese
  • cream cheese
  • feta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Frozen raspberries (or any berries) for Raspberry Lemonade
  • Pre-made Lemonade


  • 1 15-oz can black bean
  • 2 15-oz can chickpeas
  • Tahini
  • 1 jar roasted red bell peppers
  • Chocolate chips
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • Airhead belts candy (or sour gummy worms)
  • Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey Bars
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Walnuts
  • Hibiscus Tea bags (I use Tazo Passion Ice Tea)


  • 2 pounds strawberries
  • garlic
  • 2 tomato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • jalapeño
  • 2 carrot
  • 2 avocado
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • 10 ounce mixed greens
  • cilantro
  • 4 – 6 limes
  • zucchini
  • watermelon
  • orange