Finger Foods for Parties:
Easy Recipes for Finger Food

When you're planning your party menu, any finger foods for parties should be two things: they should be low stress for you, and they should be easy to eat for your guests.

The idea behind finger food recipes is to serve items that are tasty, a little filling for your guests, and very easy for them to eat while walking around and enjoying the event. Most often, these foods can be picked up with toothpicks or bare hands and eaten in one or two bites without sauces dribbling onto nice outfits.

Choosing Recipes for Easy Finger Food

When planning a party, you should plan your appetizers to be balanced between meats, vegetables, bites that are cold and foods that are served warm. A party for twenty guests will typically have three or four appetizers. A party for fifty will likely need six to eight types of dishes, especially if there is no meal being served. When planning finger foods for parties, the rule of thumb is to count twelve servings per person for each hour of the party.

Quick and Tasty Party Kabobs Recipe

Easy Party Finger Food Recipe for Party Kabobs
These festive party bites are easy to prepare a couple of hours ahead of time and offer endless variations. When you place these on your serving table, be sure to also include a small plate or bowl for guests to dispose of their empty skewers.

This is one of those finger foods for parties that you'll go back to again and again, as it's endlessly flexible. I for a vegetarian option, I often make these with cherry tomatoes in place of the cocktail sausages, as pictured. Yum!

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1 package small smoked cocktail sausages
16 ounces fresh cut pineapple
1 small jar green olives
8 ounces sharp cheese
Toothpicks or small bamboo skewers

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain sausages wieners and place in a baking dish in a single layer. Bake sausages for 7-9 minutes or until lightly brown. Set aside to cool.

2. Cut pineapple into small bite sized pieces and the sharp cheese into small cubes. For fancier looking fare, try making triangles or use small cookie cutters to make flowers, circles or stars.

3. Onto each toothpick place one piece each of the wiener, pineapple, olive and cheese. Cut the sharp tip off of the toothpick before laying these on a plate and refrigerating.

"You're Surrounded!" Cheese Covered Olives Recipe

This fun finger food for parties has a surprise! When you bite in, you'll find a tangy olive inside, surrounded by a layer of flavorful crisp cheese.

Cheese and olives are a great pairing, but this twist makes them easy to grab. Remember the greatest finger foods for parties are always a little unique. For a twist you can add a tiny amount of cayenne to the dough or use olives stuffed with garlic or jalapenos... play around with the flavors!

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1 cup flour
4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 cups sharp cheese, finely grated
Large jar pimento stuffed olives

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400?F. Place olives in a colander and set aside.

2. Place cheese and butter in a food processor and pulse until combined. Put mixture in a bowl and add flour until mixed. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of ice water.

3. Roll the dough into a thin sheet about 1/4" thick. Cut 2 inch squares or circles and wrap each around an olive and seal together by pinching.

4. Bake cheese olives on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until the outside is lightly brown.

Miniature BLT Bites: a Perfect Finger Food

BLT bites for a party finger food recipe
Summertime can come in a bite if you make these tiny bacon, lettuce and tomato treats. Without the bread, these are low in carbohydrates and fresh from the garden tasting. One of my favorite easy finger foods for parties-- they just fly off the trays.

Prefer the idea of traditional finger sandwiches? Check out my finger sandwiches recipes here!

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16 ounces cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 small head bib lettuce

Directions: 1. Combine mayonnaise, green onions, pepper and parsley in a bowl.

2. Remove a small slice from the top of each tomato and scoop out the insides with a small grapefruit spoon or melon baller. Keep the shelled tomatoes and discard the middles.

3. Lightly salt each tomato inside and fill with the bacon mixture. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour and then serve on a bed of the lettuce. For a full featured sandwich guests can grab the tiny lettuce around the tomato bites.

Your Party, Your Finger Food, Your Fun

Any successful party has great people and great food. You can enjoy both of these by remembering to keep everything you make in miniature form and to make the kinds of foods you enjoy. Finger foods for parties are fun simply because they are petite... but they're delicious because YOU made them.

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