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    The 40 BEST Party Food Ideas

    Who’s hosting a party soon? Get togethers and hosting a party need not be stressful any more, thinking what to feed the crowd. Let us present you with these absolutely fabulous Party Food Ideas that are so easy to make happen, sometimes with just a few ingredients on hand.

    This list has all the party foods, from appetizers to fun finger foods to great mains that can feed the large crowd. Be it your next BBQ party, pool party or special occasion like bridal showers or baby showers, this list has you covered.

    From simple classics like pigs in a blanket and buffalo wings, to no brainers like fancy cheese boards, to fancy looking baked brie to novel ideas like cheesecake stuffed strawberries, there are lots and lots of ideas that will make your party rock BIG time.

    Time to impress your guests and friends with one after other of these amazing party foods… Keep rocking…

    The 40 BEST Party Food Ideas.

    1. Easy Baked Brie with Nuts and Honey

    We are starting this fun party food list with easy Baked Brie with Honey and Nuts… What a sight it will be! When you take this gorgeous bubbling brie out of your oven, jeweled with a few nuts and a few herbs.

    You will be that proud host who will feel like a fancy gourmet chef when you cut through the rind. Your spectators will be mesmerized by that lava like gooey cheesy deliciousness oozing out… Everybody’s in serious cheesy territory here!

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    2. Olive Tapenade

    If you love olives, this tapenade is for you! Satisfy your “salty tooth” with this simple and easy appetizer from the South of France!  Earthy, robust olives, capers, garlic and a few other flavorings just chopped or pureed with plenty of olive oil… Simple, quick, delicious and addictive. This will look very fancy on your party table with little effort from your part.

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    3. Cheese Board

    Cheese boards are perfect party appetizers. To create a good looking cheese board, it doesn’t require any cooking or any culinary expertise. Just throw on whatever is already in your pantry and refrigerator. Chances are you’ll end up with a mighty good looking cheese board without going crazy buying too many things. All you need in the end is to keep the wine flowing and see all this disappear in no time…

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    4. Popcorn Shrimp

    Trust me when I say that everyone will like to pop these shrimp in their mouth by the handful. Make sure you cook plenty of these restaurant favorite pop corn shrimp, as they will be gone in no time. Simply delicious and addictive.

    Get the Recipe @ dinnerathezoo

    5. Loaded Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip

    This cheesy dip is so hassle free and an absolute HIT at parties and get togethers. This cheesy Rotel Dip with sausage is something people will be absolutely drawn to. It’s made with Velveeta, beer, pepper jack, black beans, Rotel, and sausage! You can make it in a skillet or in your crock. Just keep those tortilla chips flowing.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    6. Spinach Artichoke Dip

    This Spinach, artichoke cheese dip is surrounded by bread rolls all baked together in one skillet. Result? Gooey, cheesy center piece for your party table. It’s super easy to make and so satisfying to see everyone digging in.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    7. Honey BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

    Meatballs are always HUGE party hits and always a crowd pleaser. These honey BBQ meatballs are easy peasy made in your crockpot. Get the frozen meatballs to make your life even easier. Just throw them along with grape jelly, BBQ sauce, honey and a little parsley in your slow cooker and relax. Let the crockpot work for your party.

    Get the Recipe @ tornadoughalli

    8. Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp)

    For your next party, how about serving them a famous tapas from Spain? How does a sizzling platter of garlicky, seafoody goodness sound? Whip up this famous Spanish tapa, Gambas al Ajillo and take them sizzling straight to your party table. Make sure there is plenty of crusty bread for sopping up the garlicky sauce.

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    9. Bloomin’ Onion Garlic Bread (Pull Apart Bread)

    This seriously cheesy pull apart bread would be such a fun thing to present to your party crowd. Everybody will love get his or her share of a pull from this Bloomin’ Onion Garlic bread. Let the fun begin with appetizers like this pull apart bread.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    10. Sheet Pan Chicken Quesadilla

    Have you considered making quesadillas in a sheet pan? That’s the only smart way to do it if looking to feed a large crowd for your next party. These Sheet Pan Quesadillas are the easiest and yummiest. You can make these with any cooked shredded chicken, rotisserie is great option. Serve them with all your favorite toppings.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    11. Sheet Pan Nachos

    Here’s another great sheet pan idea! These nachos are breeze to make. All you are doing is loading a pan with tortillas along with your favorite toppings and quickly baking it. Tada… a simple, yet tasty party appetizer is ready.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    12. Bacon Wrapped Dates

    Now this is a real treat. Imagine dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped all over with bacon, brushed with maple syrup and then baked to golden brown perfection. People will rave about this appetizer for days, even after the party is over.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    13. Taco Bell Nacho Fries

    Now how about creating a Taco Bell copycat for your next get together? These Supreme Nacho Fries! They are covered in in yummy nacho cheese sauce and topped with cooked ground beef, pico de gallo and sour cream. Fries are addictive just by themselves, serve them loaded with all these toppings and see them get polished off fast.

    Get the Recipe @ thegirlonbloor

    14. Shrimp Avocado Garlic Bread

    Thinking something fancier and more original than regular garlic bread? How about garlic bread topped with garlic shrimp and creamy avocados along with cherry tomatoes? Sound good? Try them on your people…

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    15. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

    If you are looking to serve something zingy and spicy, yet creamy bacony delicious, you can’t go wrong with these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers. They are baked instead of fried, making it hassle free cooking time.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    16. Devilled Eggs

    This classic NEVER gets old. Devilled eggs are always add delicious elegance to any party table. A plateful of devilled eggs is something you will see at any kind of party, be it holidays, summer parties or bridal showers. Give them the best tasting devilled eggs using this simple recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    17. Easy Bruschetta

    Want to keep it simple? You can always turn to good old Bruschetta. Easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. This Italian classic is made with fresh tomatoes, basil and onion over toasted baguette slices. You can also drizzle them with balsamic glaze to make them a little extra special.

    Get the Recipe @ iwashyoudry

    18. Homemade Hummus

    Hummus… this luscious, creamy dip is everyone’s favorite. The richness of tahini and chickpeas blended with tangy fresh lemon juice, a tiny hint of garlic and some toasty pine nuts. Put it on the table and see your guest gets drawn towards it, itching to scoop it with some pita or other crunchies…

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    19. Tzatziki

    Tzatziki surrounded by fresh veggies, plenty of pita or may be some Greek meatballs or falafel is the way to go for some Greek themed party. Cool, refreshing grated cucumbers folded in lusciously thick creamy yogurt, with a hint of zingy garlic and fresh lemon, along with fresh green herbs. It’s done in 15 minutes… Perfect!!

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    20. Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

    You can’t go wrong with a plateful of Buffalo wings on any occasion. They are breeze to make in your oven with homemade buffalo sauce. Their hot and spicy flavor always makes the crowd crave for them. Be sure to make a big batch.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    21. Bang Bang Chicken

    Let us warn you, this appetizers made from simple chicken is very addictive. Crispy fried chicken is smeared with a delicious sweet chili creamy mayo sauce. Simple and inexpensive, yet always a HIT!

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    22. Cowboy Caviar

    This Cowboy Caviar can act as an salad or dip. It’s as simple as chopping all the veggies and mixing with beans all drizzled in a tasty, zingy chili lime dressing.

    Made with simple, healthy ingredients like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, sweet corn, and beans, it makes up a giant bowl, making it perfect for all the potlucks and BBQ parties. Serve it with plenty of nachos or corn chips and you are all done.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    23. Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries (Strawberry Blossoms)

    Now here is a very novel and creative party food idea, these Strawberry Blossoms. People are going to be amazed to see these red beauties at your next get together. Strawberries stuffed with Cheesecake!! So pretty, so elegant… Perfect for Valentines, New Years, baby showers, bridal showers, Mother’s Day… or even potluck parties.

    Get the Recipe @ thefoodcharlatan

    24. Gameday Charcuterie Board

    How about a cool, refreshing jug of white sangria to cool off during all the summer parties? It’s a fancy way to serve alcohol, rather than just wine and beer. This colored pitcher loaded with fruits would be a hit at your next party.

    Get the Recipe @ simplejoy

    25. Baked Tacos

    Only way to feed tacos to crowd is to bake them in the oven… These hard shelled crunchy tacos are full of well seasoned meat and beans, topped with cheese and left to bake for the crowd. You can top them with your favorite toppings and feast on.

    Get the Recipe @ tastebetterfromscratch

    26. Mexican Pinwheels

    Looking for some pinwheel ideas to feed the crowd? How about these Mexican Pinwheels? They are filled with spiced creamy chicken mix, all rolled up for perfect finger food. A great party food idea which is easy and quick to make.

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    27. Potato Skins

    No one can get enough of this potato classic. These potato halves are filled with cheese and bacon and in they go for bake time. All you do later is garnish with sour cream and scallions. YUMM.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    28. Hawaiian Pizza Sliders

    These Hawaiian Pizza sliders would be a big Hit for your next party. Get the sweet Hawaiian rolls and layer on pizza sauce, seasonings, ham, mozzarella, and pineapple… Plop them in oven. Voila! Yummy treats. It was never so easy to please the crowd.

    Get the Recipe @ breadboozebacon

    29. Shrimp Guacamole

    Goa little beyond regular guacamole. Add some cooked shrimp into the mix and see the wonder on everyone’s faces when you serve this chunky Shrimp Guacamole to the crowd. Serve it with chips, crostini or crackers.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    30. Sheet Pan Pizza

    No need to order a take out. Make this deep dish style sheet pan pizza and you are all set for a get together. You can go with basic toppings or be creative.

    Get the Recipe @ feelgoodfoodie

    31. Baked Cheeseburger Sliders

    Got some hungry people to feed? Try these baked cheeseburger sliders instead of hitting up the grill for regular cheeseburgers. They will all love to have fun with all the cheese and bread pulling.

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    32. Easy Cheese Ball

    A good looking classic cheese ball is a MUST for festive times or get togethers. No need to buy expensive store bought cheese balls. You can make your own very easily in no time. This cheese ball is studded with bacon bits, nuts, shredded cheese and seasonings. Serve it with an assortments of crackers.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    33. Bacon Wrapped Honey Garlic Shrimp

    Now these look divine! These bacon wrapped honey garlic shrimp… They are crispy bacon and juicy shrimp in one delicious sauce… They go great with your favorite Guacamole.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    34. Watermelon Agua Fresca

    Make your party table cool and colorful with this chilled Watermelon Agua Fresca. All you need to buy is a big watermelon and you can make this drink happen with a few limes and sugar. How cool is that!! Everyone would love the delicious watermelon drink, especially at your summer parties.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    35. Mini Cheesecakes

    Any good party should have some decadent irresistible desserts. Everyone adores cheesecakes. How about presenting it in this super cute mini form? They have the same sweet crust and delicious creamy filling, they’re just so much easier and quicker to make. Put them on the table and see them gobbled up at lightening speed…

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    36. Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

    These Teriyaki Skewers could be the mains for your next Asian themed party. Perfectly marinated chicken in teriyaki sauce is skewered and grilled with a little more brushing of teriyaki. Perfect over some rice or noodles.

    Get the Recipe @ amanadacooksandstyles

    37. 10-Minute Smoked Salmon Pinwheels

    In search for healthy and fancy? Then you will be glad you found this smoked salmon pinwheels. They can be easily rolled up with a little bit of chive and dill cream cheese mix and a healthy dose of spinach, along with smoked salmon of course. This healthy appetizer can be on your party table in about 10 minutes. How cool is that?

    Get the Recipe @ ambitiouskitchen

    38. Pigs in a Blanket

    This one is a party classic. Simply wrap the cocktail wieners in crescent dough and bake in your oven. How easy is that? They’ve been a crowd favorite for ages and will continue to be so for a long time…

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    39. Chapli Kababs

    Want to serve some new exotic flavors to the crowd? Try these chapli kababs. They can be made with any ground meat, chicken and beef being most popular. The ground meat is mixed with array of Indian spices and fresh herbs and quickly shallow fried. Try these patties instead of regular burgers and impress the crowd.

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    40. Caprese Christmas Wreath

    Now nothing looks as perfect as this appetizer for your Christmas party. This is healthy, great looking and eye catching. Just a few easy ingredients and you can make this Caprese Wreath as your center piece.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    Oh boy, so many options. So many varieties of great appetizers and party foods. You don’t have to make the same old dip, or same old burger for your next get together. Try these new inspirations and plan up a party that people will be talking about for days. Make it memorable with good food and good fun.

    Pin or bookmark these fabulous Party Food Ideas for all your future events. Have fun…

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    The 40 BEST Party Foods

    Yield: Enough to feed a crowd
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    This great collection of easy Party Food Ideas will feed a crowd at your next get together or special occasion!


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