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25 Party Food Ideas to Please a Crowd

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Homemade Chicken Tenders

Have the most fun and memorable party ever by serving fantastic finger foods and appetizers! From sausage rolls to pretzel bites, these party food ideas are sure to please a crowd.

There’s nothing like having your friends and family over for some quality time, and no get-together is complete without food.

Whether it’s an intimate celebration or a backyard BBQ, your guests will surely be hungry for some snacks!

If you can’t decide on what to serve at your next party, relax, I’ve got you. These 25 munchies are all tried and tested, so they won’t disappoint. 

Some of these party foods are bite-sized, but they’re still bursting with flavor. These treats are so addictive, you’ll have trouble getting your friends to leave!

Ready to find out what they are? Well, let’s get the party started, shall we?

Meatballs with Sesame Seeds and Parsely

1. Meatballs  

They’re quick, easy, and perfect for any party!

Combining both beef and pork, these meatballs are perfectly tender and moist.

Seasoned with Italian spices and parmesan cheese, you can expect nothing but wonderful flavors with every bite.  

2. Potato Skins

Picture this: Russet potato halves loaded with cheese and bacon, baked until fluffy and tender, and then topped with sour cream and scallions.

Is there a better party appetizer than that? I highly doubt it!

With the complementing flavors and textures from the spuds, bacon, sour cream, and cheese, no one can resist these irresistible potato skins.

And you know what else? They are incredibly easy to prepare! You basically just dump all the ingredients over the sliced spuds and let the oven do its magic.

3. Sausage Rolls

More commonly known as pigs in blankets, these snacks are drool-worthy, to say the least.

And while we traditionally use store bought sausage to make these delectable bites, this recipe takes this snack up a notch. 

The secret to this phenomenal recipe is the ground pork mixed with bacon!

Wrapped in puff pastry and fried to perfection, it makes the tastiest sausage rolls I’ve ever had in my life.

4. Chocolate Truffles 

I have a huge sweet tooth, so when I host a party, there are a bunch of sweet snacks on the table. And these sinful chocolate truffles are one of them! 

These homemade truffles are incredibly smooth, indulgent, and highly addictive! If you think these fancy balls require pro-baking skills, think again.

You’ll only need four ingredients: chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla.

5. Chicken Empanadas

Empanadas are popular in Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, but they’re also a hit in my household.

I mean, what’s not to love? You have perfectly seasoned meat filling (in this recipe, we’re using chicken) wrapped in a flaky and buttery crust, which is then deep-fried or baked until golden. 

These half-moon snacks are chock full of flavor and will impress your party guests for sure. 

6. Steak and Cheese Quesadilla

Tender beef and melted cheese wrapped in a toasted soft tortilla? Yes, please!

This certified crowd-pleaser is a must-have at your party because they’re so easy to make.

All you need is 30 minutes, and you’ll get lip-smacking quesadillas, oozing with flavor.

Since quesadillas freeze and reheat well, you can make them days ahead, saving you a lot of time on the day of your party. What a bonus!

7. Parmesan Crusted Baby Potatoes

The crisp, nutty, and cheesy parmesan crust makes these baby red potatoes an exceptional treat.

It comes together so easily, too. You just spread parmesan cheese onto a greased baking dish, top it with halved baby potatoes, and pop it in the oven.

Minimal effort, maximum flavor!

8. Chicken Tenders

Flavorful meat that’s crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside? Who can say no?

When you place a giant platter of chicken tenders on the table, expect it to disappear in 5 minutes or less. That’s how ridiculously delicious these chicken tenders are.

And you don’t even need special spices and seasonings to flavor these tenders!

All you need are lemon juice, milk, sugar, and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to get wonderful tasting tenders.

9. Jalapeno Poppers 

These jalapeno poppers are another highly requested snack at my parties. They have the perfect balance of rich, savory, and spicy flavors. They’re terrific!

Do you know what makes these jalapeno poppers extra special? Well, aside from the cheddar and cream cheese filling, they also have bits of barbecue potato chips!

This addition gives the poppers a crispy and smoky accent that’s absolutely divine.

Chocolate Brownies

10. Brownies

Here’s another sweet treat that will surely be a hit to your dessert-loving guests. There are thousands of brownie recipes out there, but this one is my favorite.

Why? Because it nails that wonderful balance of flavors: it’s sweet, but not too overpowering. The consistency is crisp on the edges and fudgy in the center!

It’s all the things I love in a brownie and more.

The recipe calls for basic ingredients, and all you need to do is mix them all together, bake, and wait. So simple!

11. Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple

These bacon wrapped pineapple bites are the perfect testament that you can never go wrong with the combination of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors.

They’re the easiest appetizers to make, too! All you need is to wrap pineapple chunks in bacon and bake.

You can even prep them in advance, refrigerate, and bake when you’re about ready to serve them.

Here’s a tip, though: I’ve made these appetizers several times before, and I find fresh pineapples chunks, which are more crisp and juicy than canned ones.

Of course, this may complicate things a little, so I’ll leave it up to you! 

12. Pretzel Bites 

These homemade pretzel bites are so good, they’ll give Auntie Anne’s a run for their money.

Trust me, you definitely want to give this recipe a try. It yields the tastiest, most pillowy, bite-sized pretzels ever! And when dipped in thick and creamy cheese sauce, they’re just heavenly. 

13. Vodka Jello Shots 

Let’s be honest, a party isn’t as fun without some booze. And while you can’t go wrong with beer and wine, you can definitely be more creative. 

These vodka jello shots are tasty and will give just the right amount of buzz to your guests! They’ll certainly add more color and excitement to any party. 

And you don’t even need expensive vodka for these fun concoctions. A cheap bottle of Smirnoff or Absolute will do!

14. Croquettes

Croquettes are deep fried balls made of mashed potatoes and bacon with a melted cheese filling. When it comes to sinful treats, they definitely rank on top. 

Serving croquettes at your party? You better tell your guests to forget about their diet, because these guys are highly addictive.

Even if you tell yourself you’ll only have one, you can’t. It’s just impossible!

15. Mac and Cheese Balls

Speaking of incredibly rich and mouth-watering morsels, let’s talk about these mac and cheese balls. These guys are delicious!

This recipe has all the flavors and texture we love in the popular comfort food, but in bite-sized, easy-to-eat form.

They’re also coated in potato chips. The added crunch makes them phenomenal!

16. Carrot Cake Shooter

Here’s another yummy alcoholic drink for you. This carrot cake shooter is made with three different liqueurs that form a delightful boozy beverage. 

Why the name? Well, the combination of Irish cream, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps, and coffee liqueur makes this drink taste a lot like carrot cake! Yum.

For more pizazz, serve your carrot cake shooter in a rimmed glass lined with crushed walnuts.

17. Sweet Corn Fritters

These sweet corn fritters are perfectly fluffy, sweet, and savory. Serve them at your next party, and your guests will ask for the recipe.

Aside from the corn fritter itself, another thing that makes this recipe so special is the honey sriracha dip.

It’s a delicate balance of sweet, savory, creamy, and spicy. Together, the fritters and the dip make such a fantastic appetizer.

Nope, that was no typo! Sure, it may not be the most popular party food, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who won’t enjoy this cookie dough dip.

This dessert/appetizer is loaded with cream cheese, butter, toffee bits, and chocolate chips! Can you just imagine all those rich and sweet flavors in one bite? 

A crisp graham cracker is the perfect vessel for this sweet dip, but a regular spoon will do as well.

19. Spinach Artichoke Dip 

Perfect for dipping all sorts of chips, crackers, and fried food, this spinach artichoke dip is the creamiest, cheesiest dip any party could ask for.

Every bite of this dip takes me to eternal bliss. And I’m not even exaggerating — it’s that good.

The best part? It’s so easy to make! You just heat all the ingredients together in a pot and boom, you’re done.

Mozzarella Sticks

20. Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks will instantly win your guests over. They’re crisp, creamy, and fun to eat!

I mean, who doesn’t enjoy tearing a mozzarella stick in two and stretching out the stringy cheese inside?

These mozzarella sticks are a breeze to make, too! This recipe makes use of string cheese instead of regular mozzarella.

Since string cheese already has the perfect shape and size for mozzarella sticks, you’ll be done cooking in just 10 minutes!

Devilled Eggs

21. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs have such a sinister name, but they taste like heaven! They’re perfect for all sorts of parties, too.

Whether you’re celebrating Easter, hosting a backyard party, or attending a tailgate party, deviled eggs are always a must.

These appetizers are insanely creamy and packed with flavor. And best of all, you only need a few ingredients to make them — eggs, mayo, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Easy and affordable! 

22. Ham and Cheese Mini-Quiches

They’re cheesy, they’re cute, and they’re popular to boot! These ham and cheese mini-quiches are a certified crowd-pleaser. 

Who can say no to cheesy and savory egg filling resting on top of a buttery pie crust, topped with more cheese, and baked to perfection? Mmm!

23. Honey Barbecue Chicken Bites

I love seeing snacks on a toothpick! They’re super fun to eat. In this party food category, these honey barbecue chicken bites are definitely one of my favorites. 

What’s not to love? Tender bite-sized chicken chunks? Check. Crisp and well-seasoned corn flake crust? Check.

Barbecue sauce coating? Check. Skewered on toothpicks? Check. 

Complete with ham, cheese, pickles, dijon mustard, onion, and butter, these Cuban sliders are totally jam-packed with flavor!

These little rolls will be a delightful addition to your party menu.

They’re so easy to make, as well! Just stuff all the ingredients in the rolls and bake until the cheese melts. And that’s it, you’re done!

25. Mini Cheesecakes

They may be mini in size, but they’re definitely maxi in flavor. These tiny cheesecakes have a wonderfully sweet and rich filling and a crumbly and crunchy graham cracker and pecan crust.

Whether you serve them as is or finished off with your choice of topping, these cheesecakes aim to please!

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