Your 3-Step Graduation Party Planning Primer

Years of hard work and dedication culminate to this special day: Graduation! From there, the future awaits. As you make plans to celebrate your grad in style, know that we’re here to help with some of the essentials when it comes to the food part of planning a graduation party. We’ve pulled together our three step Graduation Party Planning Primer so you can make sure your party is off to the right start with an A+ spread of food and cake.

Step 1: SANDWICH IN STYLE

Don’t overthink the main course for what you want to serve at your graduation party as guests will be dropping in at different times. That’s why our sandwich trays (available by order from the DLM Deli) are always a big hit. They have the added bonus of not needing to be kept heated once set out for your guests. Round any of these out with some Crowd Pleasers (keep scrolling for Step 2) and any of our made-from-scratch Deli salads, such as our top-selling Classic Potato Salad, Pine Club Pasta Salad, Homestyle Macaroni Salad, and so many more! All of the sandwiches listed below require at least 24-hour notice, so contact the DLM Deli at your nearby DLM location and start the planning! Here are some of our most popular sandwich options:

Pretzel Sandwich

Pretzel Sandwich

We love the excitement that this Pretzel Sandwich brings to the table. You’ll find layers of DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, DLM Real Wood Smoked Turkey, hard salami, and mozzarella cheese with honey mustard, lettuce, and tomato. Serves 20

Meat & Cheese Tray

Meat & Cheese Tray

On this Meat & Cheese Tray, we fill it with all the fixins’ for the perfect sandwich, including DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, roast beef, DLM Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, corned beef, sliced Swiss and Cheddar cheeses; garnished with grape tomatoes. Minimum order 10 people

Mini Sandwiches

Mini Sandwiches

Mini Sandwiches are placed on a tray with your choice of croissants or mini rolls, meat, and cheese. For sandwiches, choose from a variety of lunch meats, cheeses, or DLM Deli salads, such as Tuna, Egg, Old-Fashioned Chicken Salad, or Chicken Pecan. Vegetarian option available. Minimum order 10 sandwiches, 

The Ultimate Sandwich

The Ultimate Sandwich

For the Ultimate Sandwich, we start with a caraway seed- and kosher salt-topped loaf of braided French bread and layer it with sliced DLM Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, roast beef, Provolone cheese, tomatoes, leaf lettuce, and Dijon mustard.  Serves 10–15

Step 2: STOCK UP ON CROWD PLEASERS

Whether your graduation party is big or small, set the stage for guests to mingle and munch with a selection of finger foods to dip and delight.

Antipasto Tray

Antipasto Tray

Our finest Italian selection of Sopressata, Bianco D’Oro Salami, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano, Provolone, Kalamata olives, Greek olive mix (contains pits); garnished with DLM Handmade Fresh Mozzarella and roasted red peppers. Small tray serves 10–15. Large tray serves 20–25

Mexican Appetizer

Mexican Appetizer Tray

This Mexican Appetizer Tray is a fiesta of flavors consisting of seasoned bean dip, guacamole, sour cream, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, chopped scallions, tomatoes, and black olives. Serves 10–15

The Nibbler Tray

Nibbler Tray

In the Nibbler Tray, we stack up bite-size pieces of pepperoni, DLM Uncured Smoked Ham, hard salami, Monterey Jack with jalapeños, domestic Swiss, yellow Cheddar cheese; garnished with leaf lettuce and ripe grape tomatoes. Serves 10–15

Large Vegetable Tray

Large Vegetable Tray

Large Vegetable Tray: Broccoli, cauliflower, red and yellow bell pepper strips, carrots, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, and celery with vegetable dip or DLM Original Hummus. Serves 25–30

Fruit Tray

Sweet and refreshing fruit, such as cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, honeydew, and pineapple, served with a light fruit dip and garnished with grapes.
Minimum order 10 people

Step 3: CAP IT ALL OFF WITH THE PERFECT CAKE

Love Cakes by Dorothy Lane Market will gladly adorn a sheet-style or multi-tiered cake for your party with the décor of your choosing, including school colors. They can bring your vision to life with ease. Traditional cake flavors include the light and moist white, chocolate, yellow, and marble, or you can order specialty flavors such as carrot and red velvet, all topped with buttercream icing. A filling, such as strawberry, raspberry, lemon, or chocolate mousse, can be added to any cake. Contact our Love Cakes by DLM team to place your unique cake order, but here are some ideas to get you started:

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