25 Party Finger Food Ideas: Sweet, Swanky, Simple, & Spirits

Party Finger Food Ideas

Are you hosting a party? Here are some tips and recipes to make it a hit:

Invitations: pretty and free.


Music: set the mood.

  • Be sure to include a mix of lively, soft, and nostalgic songs. (In a hurry? search “new years eve party playlist”)
  • Ask your party guests for a few of their favorite songs and add them to the mix.

Decor: it doesn’t have to be expensive.

  • Think sparkle – white lights, mirrors under dishes, low lights, candles (LED or traditional).
  • Check out the fun decorating ideas here.

Hors d’oeuvres: the mix and the quantity.

  • Include savory and sweet finger food bites.
  • Assume that your guests will eat two or three of each of the hors d’oeuvres.
  • How many hors d’oeuvre varieties to serve depends on the number of guests:
    • 10 to 15 guests = 3 or 4 varieties
    • 15 to 20 guests = 4 or 5 varieties
    • 25 or more guests = 5 or more varieties

Drink quantities: better safe than sorry.

  • A general rule is 3 drinks per person for every 2 hours of the party. But it doesn’t hurt to have extra on hand.
  • Don’t forget your teetotaler friends and designated drivers – there are lots of fun, non-alcoholic cocktail recipes, like these.
  • Equivalents:
    • 1 fifth of hard alcohol yields 12 to 16 drinks
    • 1 750-milliliter bottle of wine or champagne yields 6 to 8 glasses

Photo grid, from left to right row by row:
Crostini with Brie, Cherry Preserves, and Arugula
Brown Rice Sushi Balls
Manchego Cheese Crackers
Peanut, Oat & Apricot Bites with Salted Chocolate
Peanut Butter and Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
Gruyere and Chive Mini Scones
Crostini with Fig Spread, Apple, and Pecorino
Cranberry, White Chocolate & Pistachio Biscotti
Caprese Crostini with Pesto


Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Chocolate Truffle Cookies
Speculoos Truffles
Rum Soaked Chocolate Chip Cookies
Viennese Almond Triangles
Ginger Shortbread


brown rice sushi balls

Brown Rice Sushi Balls
Cocktail Party Sushi Bites
Goat Cheese, Black Pepper, and Honey Popovers
Classic Stuffed Mushrooms


White Bean Hummus

White Bean Hummus with veggies and grilled pita
Crostini with Brie, Cherry Preserves, and Arugula
Crostini with Gorgonzola, Pecans, and Honey
Autumn Spiced Candied Almonds
Rosemary Rosted Cashews
Crostini with Fig Spread, Apple, and Pecorino
Spicy Deviled Eggs


The Vesper

The Vesper
The Major Award
Winter Punch
White Grapefruit Mimosa
Classic Champagne Cocktail


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  1. says

    These are some fabulous ideas!! We have another holiday party to attend this weekend so can’t wait to choose what I’m going to make from this!

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