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A+ Graduation Party  Back to Events

The grades are in, and the wide-eyed child you sent skipping to kindergarten only a few short years ago is about to make another leap: graduation. Celebrate your graduate's big accomplishment with an A+ party.

Try to pick a party date that doesn't compete with the graduation ceremony or celebrations hosted by the grad's close friends. Consider holding the party the weekend before or after graduation.

Spice up a traditional party by picking a graduation theme that fits the celebrant and check out our ideas for Gifts for Grads.

To help friends and family stay in touch with the grad, send guests home with new contact information. Print it on card stock cut to business-card size, or place it in a luggage tag to symbolize the grad's new life journey.

Menu Made Easy 

Here's where we've figured out courses and servings for the party. Scroll down to see the Publix selections we suggest, then add appropriate sizes and/or quantities to your Planning List based on the estimated servings per course (see chart). If you're interested in other options, you may click View All to see everything else available by course. Or, you can use our Plan a Menu tool to build your own menu for the event.

# of Guests: 8 to 12 16 to 20 26 to 30
Course Recommended # of Servings
Appetizer 8-12 16-20 26-30
Entrée 8-12 16-20 26-30
Side Dish 16-24 32-40 52-60
Breads and Rolls 8-12 16-20 26-30
Desserts 8-12 16-20 26-30

The recommended servings are meant as a guide and not an exact calculator. Please consider that many factors may require you to make adjustments: the mix of adults and children, time of day, length of event, etc.

Decorated Cake   View All
Well Versed Graduate
Well Versed Graduate



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Appetizer   View All
Caesar Salad


Crisp romaine lettuce with aged Parmesan cheese, herb croutons, and Caesar dressing.

(S) 8-12 Servings $27.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $35.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $44.99

light-bodied & fruity

Pumpernickel Round with Dip


Fragrant pumpernickel loaf, freshly baked and filled with delicious spinach dip.

(M) 16-20 Servings $19.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $26.99

light-bodied and sweet

Entrée   View All
Sub Selections
Sub Selections


Finger-sized servings of our fresh Deli subs. Choose your combination from turkey, roast beef, veggie, ham and cheese, Ultimate, American, Italian, and Deluxe. Also available in Boar's Head® meats and cheeses.

(Publix, S) 8-12 Servings $26.99
(Publix, M) 16-20 Servings $32.99
(Publix, L) 26-30 Servings $54.99
(Boar's Head, S) 8-12 Servings $32.99
(Boar's Head, M) 16-20 Servings $42.99
(Boar's Head, L) 26-30 Servings $62.99


Chicken Tender Sampler


Crispy, golden, fried boneless chicken, double hand-breaded and cooked to perfection. Mix and match the following flavors: honey barbecue, Asian, orange, Buffalo, or fried plain. Served fresh-chilled.

(S) 8-12 Servings $28.99
(M) 16-20 Servings $42.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $52.99


Captain's Choice


A platter of perfectly steamed-then-chilled large shrimp, served with traditional lemon slices and tangy cocktail sauce.

(Publix, S) 5-8 Servings $24.99
(Publix, M) 8-12 Servings $49.99
(Publix, L) 13-20 Servings $74.99


Side Dish   View All
Pickled Relish


Add some zest to the table with this lively combination of sweet baby gherkins, pickled beets, assorted olives, dill spears, and vegetables.

(M) 16 - 20 Servings $19.99


Fresh Fruit and Cheese
Fresh Fruit and Cheese


A delicious assortment of the freshest fruits of the season like cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, and apples, complemented by blue, sharp Cheddar, manchego, and creamy imported Brie cheeses.

(M) 16-20 Servings $40.99
(L) 26-30 Servings $59.99


Reminder Items Select All

Details, Details
Extra help is here: We've made a list of items you may want to have on hand for this particular event. Check those you'd like to be reminded of when you go shopping, and then add to your Planning List along with your Publix selections.

bagged ice hummus and dips plastic utensils
balloons ice cream Publix gift card
chips and crackers napkins thank you cards
drinks paper plates
flowers plastic cups


The Perfect Gift Made Easy

Use our new to help you pick the perfect gift card online and put it on your grocery list. Then you can breeze through the aisles and buy just the card you wanted in our store.

  • If the guest of honor is a high school grad or younger, this may be the perfect time to let them learn how to plan a party and be a gracious host, since there will likely be a mix of ages. Include the grad in everything from invitations to thank-yous.
  • If your guest list is limited to close friends and family, download favorite pictures of the graduate on blank CDs and use design software to create a customized cover. Put the CDs in empty plastic cases to distribute at the party.