When it comes to planning a party, sometimes less is more. Sometimes, hosts and hostesses can get so caught up in planning and preparing for a party that they are too exhausted to just have fun once the big day arrives – or they are so busy running around serving people and making sure the party goes off without a hitch that they themselves never get to enjoy it. While food and drinks are generally considered a necessity for any type of social gathering, you don’t have to serve a full meal for a party to be a hit. For your next party, consider offering a variety of finger foods to your guests. They are easy to prepare and even easier for your guests to consume while mingling. You may also hire a party catering company to provide and serve food for your guests so you can focus on other tasks. Here are 5 great finger food recipes and ideas for parties.
- Pigs in a blanket
Roll out a package of pre-made croissants into a flat sheet and cut into smaller triangles. Wrap the dough around miniature smoked sausages and place on a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake according to the directions on the croissant package. Serve with ketchup, mustard or barbecue sauce for dipping.
- Chicken Kebabs
Cut chicken breasts into smaller strips and place on wooden skewers. Grill on an indoor or outdoor grill like Lynx grills. Serve with a variety of dipping sauces. For added zest, sprinkle chicken with sesame seeds or dried chives before serving.
- Seafood platter
Shrimp, oysters on the half shell and sushi all make excellent finger foods for summer parties. Be sure and chill platters over ice, however, to keep seafood fresh and delicious!
- Asian Platter
Egg rolls, won-tons and teriyaki chicken skewers all make excellent finger foods for parties. Serve with a variety of asian inspired dipping sauces.
- Mini Pizzas
If you have a toaster oven, you can have guests create their own mini pizzas for a sure-fire hit. Cut bagels or English muffins in half and place out pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese slices and pizza toppings. Guests can spread on their own pizza sauce and place a slice of mozzarella cheese over the hole in the bagel or simply place a slice of cheese on an English muffin. Add toppings to the top and broil in the toaster oven for 6 minutes. Your guests will have a hot, delicious hand-held pizza made to their specifications in minutes.
- Mini quiche
Mini quiches make excellent finger foods that are easy to eat at parties. You can make a wide variety of different types of quiche all at the same time and you can also use desert filling to make mini pies all at once.
If you really want to minimize your party planning stress, you can have your party catered. Finger food catering offers the best of both worlds. Savory, easy-to-eat food for your guests with a minimum of fuss muss and clean up for you. One of the best things about finger foods is that you can serve finger food on small plates or even napkins, which makes serving finger foods better for the environment as well because it creates less waste.