If you're looking for Easy Finger Food Ideas for your next party then you've come to the right place! My entire blog here at AGT is focused around bite-sized foods because I truly feel they are the best part of any party. So whether you're offering a casual buffet or a fancy cocktail hour, I'm confident you'll find a few hand-held appetizer recipes that would suit larger OR smaller crowds.
Make sure to think about investing in a good set of chafing dishes so you can set your finger foods out early and not worry about it. You can also check out my post on how to keep food warm for your next party no matter how big or small.
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There's just something so exciting about a spread of finger foods at a party! They just make any party feel much more welcoming and more importantly, FUN!
Plus, using your hands takes the edge off and helps your guests kick back and relax a bit.
So below I put together a list of easy finger food starters and examples you should consider making for your next party. They are all perfect for serving to a crowd, most of which can be made ahead of time. These recipes are great for dinner parties, small gatherings or even a classy appetizer buffet.
But first, before we dive in, let me answer one of the most commonly asked questions about finger foods.
What Are Some Examples Of Good Finger Foods?
Here is a short list of the more popular finger food appetizers served at parties:
- chicken tenders
- finger chips
- tea sandwiches
- fish sticks
- mini quiche
- onion rings
- potato chips
- french fries
- mini cheese balls
- pigs in a blanket
- mini stuffed peppers
- mini tarlets
- mini kabobs
- chicken skewers
- mini burger skewers
- lamb chops
Preparing Finger Foods In Advance
Although not all finger foods can be prepared ahead of time, we all love it when we find ones that we CAN make ahead.
There are two "types" that can be made in advance.
- COLD FINGER FOODS: These need to be reheated. Other than dips, These are foods like dairy-based appetizers, meat or seafood.
- ROOM TEMPERATURE FINGER FOODS: These do not need to be cold to be enjoyable. These are foods like puff pastries, some veggies, crackers and breads.
Hot finger foods will need to be reheated since they are almost impossible to serve fresh unless you are expected a crowd of less than 6. They are best made ahead of time the day (or night) before. Then, popped in the oven as your guests are arriving so they are sure to be nice and hot for them.
Check out my post on how to keep food warm for parties.
If you are serving cold foods, they can be entirely assembled a day or even two days before the party, then pulled straight out of the fridge and served!
Here is my cheat sheet!
Here is a list of recipe ideas that you might want to add to your finger food party menu! All of these recipes are great to serve at any party because of not only how simple they they are to throw together but because they can serve a small or large group of people!
The perfect tasty game day finger food! These Crispy Philly Cheesesteak Wonton Cups use wonton wrappers to get their crispy shell. Best of all they are baked so you can make these ahead of time in BULK for any party or tailgate!
Meatball appetizers are a huge finger food trend! These easy Baked Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are my favorite football finger food! Made with Franks Red Hot sauce and brown sugar, they are spicy, sweet and covered in sauce! Plus, they’re gluten free AND can be kept warm in your slow cooker for hours!
These are perfect for game day because they are made with beer so they obviously go well with it too!
These Loaded Irish Pub Nacho Fries are a spin off of an appetizer a local Irish Pub serves. Served on crispy waffle fries topped with a homemade cheese sauce, they are the perfect appetizer for any sports party or tailgate!
These Cheesy Garlic Italian “Dunkers” use Pillsbury’s canned pizza dough so they are super easy to make and perfect for the big game! Serve them with a side of your favorite marinara sauce for dipping and you’ve got a tasty finger food snack for adults and kids!
These croquettes are such a delicious finger food option for fancy parties. They are crunchy, cheesy and so tasty! Serve with sauces for dipping or skewers!
This crostini is ALWAYS a favorite. It's just 4 ingredients and pairs so well with some wine and any charcuterie board. Guests will love the tart, creamy and crunchy flavor combination.
These cute mini stuffed peppers are always a favorite! Stuffed with sausage and cream cheese, they are easy to make and full of flavor. Make them the day before and warm them up before guests arrive!
Gravy fries! The ultimate finger food! This snack is smothered with a homemade brown gravy and topped with melty, gooey mozzarella cheese. They are perfect for a tailgate/football party!
These mini quesadillas are the perfect appetizer or snack for your next tailgate party! They are full of flavor since the steak is marinated for hours and grilled. Serve with lots of sides like sour cream to pico de gallo for dipping!
These sausage balls are a popular holiday or Christmas appetizer that many families like to serve for brunch or as an appetizer! Either way, they are delicious and the perfect finger food!
These holiday pecans are a fancy but easy snack for those who need some munchies to serve with drinks or cocktails! Best of all, they can be made days in advance and served at room temperature!
These merry little Christmas deviled eggs are so cute, so festive and incredibly tasty! All you need are a few pink pepper corns and a few parsley leaves to make these jolly appetizers finger food friendly!
This Roquefort Cheese and Pear “Bruschetta” is the perfect finger food to serve at your holiday dinner party! They are everything you want from a salad appetizer but in a couple
If you love homemade stuffing, these biscuit cups are for you! They're a sweet and savory holiday appetizer everyone will go crazy over! Buttery biscuit dough is stuffed with maple sausage, onion, rosemary and dried cranberries. A great finger food that needs to be at the top of your holiday menu!
This is a super light and refreshing dip that is great served with tortilla chips! It is a fast appetizer that is best served COLD! All you need is your fingers and a chip! 🙂
This pear prosciutto appetizer recipe is a delicious cold finger food that is refreshing and tasty! Plus, they are ready in 10 minutes and require no baking!
These baby peppers are roasted and stuffed with a creamy feta cheese filling! They could not be any easier and are always crowd-pleasing finger food that is served cold!
Stuffed with a whipped ricotta sage mixture, topped with a honey roasted almond and drizzled in more honey, these savory sweet bites are one quick and delicious finger food that is delicious served cold!
If you’re looking for quick finger foods to serve at your next party, these fun melon and prosciutto skewers are an easy appetizer everyone will love!
These costini are an easy yet delicious finger food that can be prepared way in advance! Toast your bread up before guests arrive and have your ricotta and red peppers ready to go in the fridge for topping!
This Mozzarella Ball, aka burrata cheese, appetizer is one of my most raved about recipes. The creamy burrata and garlicky peppers is perfect for topping crusty bread. It's best served cold!
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus has to be one of the easiest (yet most popular) finger foods. They take 5 mins to prep, has only 3 ingredients and just needs to bake in the oven for 15-20 mins. For canapés I estimate around 3 per person but they’re definitely popular so make sure you make some extra.
These blue cheese apples drizzled with hot honey and topped with chopped walnuts. They’re the perfect finger food for friends and so quick to throw together with just 4 simple ingredients less than 5 minutes of your time!
These Glazed Apple Chicken Sausage Bites are one of my favorite appetizer recipes to whip up! Slices of chicken sausage smothered in a sweet onion glaze, they are ready in just 10 minutes!
These ridiculously crunchy & addictive Cheese & Onion Crispy Roasted Chickpeas take just 5 minutes of prep time! The perfect savoury snack or munch on but just a warning, once you start eating them you just can't stop!
This is an easy finger food that can be made in advance and served either hot or at room temperature. Just assemble each triangle the day before and keep them in the fridge until your ready to bake them off! Who wouldn't want a crispy cheesy phyllo appetizer?
If a pierogi and mushroom had babies, these would be the result! A fun and creative finger food that has everything you want from a pierogi but without the pasta! They're stuffed with mashed potatoes, bacon and cheese, your guests will love this creative flavor combination!
Tea sandwiches are such a fun brunch time snack to serve with or without tea! I like to make these AHEAD of time when expecting company. It is best to serve them cold (or room temperature) so no fussing with reheating! Traditional tea sandwiches are ideal for afternoon bridal, baby showers or a simple brunch party!
These Spicy Garlic Roasted Chickpeas are an irresistible healthy snack that I love putting around the house in small bowls when I am expecting company. They are so irresistible and way too easy to eat!
These Cheesy Stuffed Garlic Bombs are an easy and quick way to enjoy garlic knots but 1,000 times better! I use Pillsbury's canned biscuit dough because they yield an incredibly soft and tender dough every single time. Your fingers with love the gooey cheese!
These Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites are a savory delight of an appetizer featuring so many of my favorites. It is simple and perfect for small gatherings made with just 6 ingredients! The appetizer is packed with flavor, not messy to eat, and quite portable.
Phyllo Spanakopita Bites
A deliciously easy finger food, these spanakopita bites are a different twist on the traditional Greek spinach pie made with just a few simple ingredients!
These grilled lamb chops are actually very simple to make but tastes like they took hours! The trick is to purchase pre-frenched lamb chops and to let the marinade do all the work. Then grill and serve!
This roasted eggplant spread is not only simple to make but it is also made with just a few simple ingredients. I love how healthy it is and that it can be served rustic style with a loaf of crusty bread.
This homemade bruschetta caprese is a unique twist on your classic Italian bruschetta recipe made with sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella and baked until melted and crispy. A simple finger food your guests will be diving in for!
These cheese balls are one of my favorite appetizers to serve around the holidays. They are a fun take on your classic cheese and cracker board. I love the different flavor combination of sweet, salty, tangy and creamy.
If you love fried green tomatoes, fried red tomatoes will become your favorite party food! Crispy, fresh and packed with flavor! They are inexpensive to make especially if you buy tomatoes in bulk and can be reheated as guests arrive.
Since sliced sandwich bread is inexpesive and I use a canned tomato soup, all you need to spend money on is the cheese! I also love that these are FILLING which means you don't need to make a lot, saving you more money! And how fancy too?!
These crab bites are made with imitation crab meat and boxed tempura batter so they are super inexpensive and surprisingly simple to make! Plus, they tastes just just crab!
This Air Fryer Brown Sugar Buffalo Shrimp recipe is the perfect appetizer for the Big Game! Coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and slathered in a sweet and spicy buffalo sauce, you will be licking your fingers clean in UNDER 15 MINUTES!
These easy Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups are such a delicious make ahead appetizer, snack or finger food to serve a crowd at any party! I love that they can be put together last minute too!
These Phyllo Cups are a deliciously easy, cold appetizer to serve at any party or enjoy as a snack at home! They can be made last minute and on the table in no time since they require zero baking and are just 3 ingredients!
Party Cheese Balls: 3 Killer 10-minute Recipes. A great snack to serve at parties! Serve with crackers, chips or a baguette, I love how easy and quick they are to make! Plus, they can be rolled last minute for a creamy, tasty finger food all will love!
This delicious tuna tartare recipe is made with avocado and dressed in an Asian sauce. The perfect healthy finger food served on top of a cracker and ready in just 15 minutes! It is the perfect recipe to pull out of your pocket last minute that will wow guests.
These Asian spiced, grilled shrimps are briefly marinated in Ketjap Manis (a sweet soy sauce) and other spices and then grilled to perfection for some juicy and wickedly delicious shrimp! Add your favorite Truscuit cracker and spread a generous amount of hummus, sweet mango and chopped herbs for a fancy finger food!
These Mini Canapé Toasts are actually VERY simple to put together! The topping is a mixture of , ricotta cheese, brie cheese, goat cheese, caramelized onions and honey. These minis are also great to make ahead and can be served at room temperature!
Try serving these crispy baked wedges at your next gathering! Serve them alongside a few sauce options including ketchup, ranch, honey mustard and sour cream.
Baked pears with Chevrot goat cheese, honey & pecans is an easy finger food that looks super fancy. Pears are sliced thin, baked then topped with tangy goat cheese, honey, pecans and fresh rosemary. Impressive enough to serve for dinner parties but light enough to save room for dinner.
This vegetarian appetizer is a delicious finger food option that guests will LOVE! A twist on your classic grilled cheese, this recipe is made with cream cheese, basil and roasted red peppers.
Raclette with potatoes and cornichons is a very Swiss dish. However, these three items are not usually served in this manner. I just love raclette, and this appetizer makes a great addition to any party or event.
Blinis are a classic fancy appetizer that people love! This recipe is made with crispy prosciutto and sweet cranberry sauce, the flavor combination is so good!
These Caramelized Pearl Onions Baby onions are sautéed in a sweet and savory balsamic glaze. I serve them with fancy skewers alongside cheese and some good wine. The sauce is also great for dipping bread into!
Air fryer avocado fries are crispy, creamy and so much fun to serve to friends and family! Kids will love dipping them plus they're healthier than french fries!
Final Serving Tips
Serving your finger foods on mini skewers will help guests grab them easily without using their hands and make things less messy. Plus, they are inexpensive and can be tossed out when finished.
Chafing dishes should be used as much as possible whenever you can to help keep food warm. Crock pot appetizers are very convenient and can be used for softer appetizers like meatballs or dips. They can be served with skewers or mini toothpicks to make them finger food friendly. Mini sandwiches can be made in advance and served cold.
Although we don't want to admit, we cannot do everything ourselves so graciously accept any help you can get from friends and family and always be sure to over-prepare!
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