The famous children’s author, Dr. Seuss wrote a book called, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” and that’s something that might be on the minds of today’s graduates as they look to their future. Why not celebrate graduation with everything you need from your local Strack & Van Til Food Market?

After the caps and gowns, procession and pomp and circumstance, present your favorite graduate with flowers and balloons. The Strack & Van Til Floral Department has fresh bouquets available for grab-and-go in school colors or bright and colorful options such as the grad poms bouquet, single roses or the gorgeous graduation bouquet.

“Order ahead of time in-store or by phone and a trained designer will handcraft a custom presentation bouquet for your favorite graduate,” says Floral Department Director Wendy Scheeringa. “Other floral arrangements and balloon bouquets are available online at with free delivery on orders over $30.”

Graduation-themed balloons in assorted sizes, shapes and colors add a festive touch. Add stick balloons to a plant or fresh bouquet or choose a statement floating balloon. Graduation-themed plush stuffed animals are available, too.

Throwing a graduation party? Pick up festive centerpieces from the Strack & Van Til Floral Department.

When your party guests are ready to eat, be sure that you’re serving delicious delights from the Deli Department. Start with the “Entertaining Made Easy” brochure online or in stores and choose from party platters, pans of famous hand-breaded or grilled chicken, party packages and a la carte entrée trays.

Party platter options include the King’s Hawaiian Pretzel and Dinner roll combo Party Tray, with smoked ham or oven-roasted turkey. Other premade sandwiches are available on King’s Hawaiian or pretzel rolls or submarine style. Select from boneless wings, chicken tenders, snacking cheeses, fruits and vegetables and cooked shrimp trays from the Seafood Department.

The Deli Department’s party platter and a la carte half-pan entrees serve 10-20 people and full trays serve 35 people. Party packages are priced starting at 25 people. Packages include the Chicken Party, American Favorites or Party Feast. Advanced notice is required and in-store pick-up or delivery options are available.

“Some of our customer favorite entrees include mostaccioli and meat sauce or meatless mostaccioli, Italian sausage and peppers in marinara sauce, Polish sausage and kraut and baked ham with pineapple glaze,” notes Deli Director Kristin Snow. “Other popular entrée choices are BBQ rib tips, roast beef in au jus and, of course, Strack’s Famous Fried or Grilled Chicken and our mashed potatoes.”

Deli Department side dishes are the perfect complement to party platters and entrees, and ideal for a barbecue. “Try our macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salads in a variety of styles from American to new buttermilk potato salad, and an array of pasta salads including our spinach and bow tie pasta salad or our new Avocado Ranch pasta salad,” adds Snow.

Of course, no graduation party is complete without dessert, and a creation from the Bakery Department is the icing on the cake. Honor the achievements, hard work and perseverance of the graduates in your life with a delicious and beautiful made-from-scratch cake.

Whether it’s a high school, college or postgraduate degree, every graduation deserves to be commemorated in style, and the Strack & Van Til Bakery is here to make it unforgettable.

Choose from a wide assortment of graduation-themed cakes and a wide variety of custom designs in-store or online at

Don’t forget to pick up other bakery treats. Try Our Homestyle cookie platters, famous signature butter cookie platters and brownie and cupcake platters. Large cookies that can be customized with a message by the Bakery Department’s expert decorators.

“What sets our graduation cakes apart is the personalized touch we bring to each creation,” notes Bakery Director Stephanie Flynn. “Whether you want to incorporate the graduate’s school colors, a custom photo or a special message, we work closely with you to bring your vision to life. Our goal is to make your cake not only delicious but also meaningful, ensuring that it reflects the personality and achievements of the graduate in a memorable way.”

It’s time for the celebration to commence! Remember to shop for all your party essentials at Strack & Van Til.