8 Quick and Easy Party Food Ideas
What is a party without food? When your guests have a full belly, they will be ready to chat, laugh, mingle and dance, so make sure to provide them with snacks. The best party foods are easy to eat, universally beloved and quick to make. If you need food ideas for your next party, here are a few to add to your menu:
Taco chips and dip
If there’s one easy food to serve to your guests, make that taco chips and dip. You can buy tortilla chips in bulk for very little money and whip up a quick and tasty dip in 30 minutes. A classic spinach artichoke dip is always a good idea because it’s creamy and tangy, but you can also take a healthier path and opt for green tomato salsa or fresh and easy pico de gallo. Chips and dip are easy to prepare, easy to serve and easy to eat. Just make sure that your guests are not double-dipping!
If you’re looking for a party food idea that’s a bit more “grown-up” and elegant, then stuffed mushroom hats might be the perfect recipe for you. Remove stems from the mushroom and stuff the hat with a meat mixture and sprinkle with cheese before baking. The result will be plenty of tasty and juicy bites with a melted cheese top.
If you want to impress your guests or need themed food for your tropical party, then tuna tartar is the path to take. Grab some sushi-grade tuna, cut it into small cubes and season with bold flavors like soy sauce, lime and sesame oil. Serve your tuna tartar with crackers or toasted baguette and you’ll have a fabulous appetizer to wow your guests.
Pinwheels are beloved by everyone, no matter what you stuff them with, and they look absolutely stunning when served on plates. You can take an Italian path with your pinwheels and stuff them with mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach and Italian spices or you can create your own flavors and most favorite ingredients. The preparation is simple: take tortillas, spread your filling evenly, roll tightly and cut into little wheels before serving.
This is great party food, especially if you get unannounced guests or end up with more people at your party than planned. Frozen baked goods can simply be popped in the oven, baked for 10-20 minutes and enjoyed without any dips. And they are beloved by kids as much as adults! You can find good wholesale frozen pastries suppliers and stock up on frozen pastries like bear claws, Danish, empanadas, croissants and strudel bites. These can be kept in your freezer, quickly thawed and served to your guests all in a matter of hours.
Salmon sandwich bites
If you need a party food idea that’s easy to assemble, travels well and tastes even better, then opt for salmon sandwich bites. Simply grab some bread or tortillas as a base, prepare a cream cheese spread and some herbs on your base and start assembling: bread or tortilla, cream cheese, smoked salmon, bread/tortilla, spread, salmon and top with bread/tortilla. Then cut your creation into small cubes and stab with a toothpick for easy popping into the mouth.
Who doesn’t love potatoes, cheese and bacon! These foods make a holy trinity of party foods that satisfy every taste. Potatoes might need a bit more time to bake, but all the ingredients are cheap and easy to handle. And these next-level potato skins are creamy and juicy on the inside just as much on the outside. After baking, scoop out the insides of the potato, mix the potato with crispy bacon and cheese and fill the shelled out potatoes before putting them back in the oven for the cheese to melt and all of it becomes one creamy heaven. Serve with sour cream and scallions for a nice breath of freshness.
Vietnamese rice paper rolls
Rice paper rolls are tasty, easy to make, cheap and they will make you look like you know exactly what you’re doing in the kitchen. Stuff your rice paper rolls with fresh crunchy veggies, some protein like shrimp or tofu and include some carbs like ramen noodles. And make sure to serve with peanut butter dipping sauce! Vietnamese rice paper rolls are fresh, healthy, crunchy and absolutely gorgeous.
These recipes above are easy to prepare and even easier for your guests to enjoy as they chat, mingle and take a break from the dance floor. Your parties will definitely be ones for the books.