15 Easy Finger Food Recipes To Make Ahead – Best Party Appetizers

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What is the best finger food for a party?

Let’s be real, the party rarely starts on time even if the guests start to arrive. This means that you have to keep your guests entertained during that waiting time. And what better way to entertain and distract a crowd than by serving them with platters of food? Specifically appetizers and finger foods! Serving tasty finger foods can be inexpensive and a great conversation starter! Sometimes, an effective appetizer is something that mimics a traditional dinner menu. This means mini quiches, meats and cheeses, cut veggies, pastries, sausage rolls, miniature meat pies, samosas, and more!  

If you need a more diverse set of appetizers, here are some ideas:

  • Protein: serve meat of fish meals such as meatballs, sushi, or chicken wings. You could also add in some eggs, cheese, or tofus. Grilled appetizers also work well! 
  • Garden: You can never go wrong with fresh and healthy appetizers consisting of fruits and veggies! 
  • Starch: Healthy, starchy appetizers such as finger sandwiches, pizzas, dumplings, bruschetta, breadsticks, crackers, and rolls are all a crowd favorite!
  • Snacks: easy appetizers to prepare are simple snacks such as nuts, chips, pretzels, popcorn, and other savory finger foods.
  • Dips and spreads: You can introduce a pairing of snacks with various dips and spreads! 
  • Desserts: Who says you can’t have dessert first? Some famous sweet party appetizers include cookies, cake, candies, chocolates, and other bite-sized goodies!

Make-ahead appetizers that travel well

The best set of foods to bring on a road trip are those that are rich in protein and fiber. This can include both snacks and meals. Another good thing to note is that you can never go wrong with fruits. Fresh fruit is not only highly nutritious, but also brings a great benefit when taking a long road trip: keeping your bowel movements regular. Since fruits are high-fiber foods, they will help prevent constipation caused by inactivity. Some fruits to bring on your road trip are strawberries, apples, and bananas. 

And instead of being tempted to buy unhealthy chips to munch on, why not pack some dried fruit or veggie chips? You can also make your own trail mix which provides protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Just mix in some raw or roasted nuts and seeds, dried fruits, dried coconut, and dark chocolate chips!

For high-protein and fiber snacks, you can bring:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Fruits (dried or fresh) such as apples, raisins, oranges, bananas, berries, grapes
  • Veggies such as mini carrots, celery sticks, cucumber slices
  • Greek yogurt
  • Cottage cheese 
  • Protein bar
  • Granola bar
  • String cheese
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Jerky (can be beef, turkey, chicken, or fish)
  • Hummus
  • Whole-grain bread 
  • Whole-grain crackers 
  • Baked potato
  • Popcorn

Easy finger food recipes for a crowd

A good party organizer won’t make their guests wait without presenting them with anything! With that said, here are easy finger food recipes perfect for a crowd so they can have something to munch on immediately after arriving!


15. Smoked Salmon Appetizer Crostini with Cream Cheese

This easy smoked salmon appetizer crostini recipe with cream cheese is a fantastic dish to serve for a party. These little bites are wonderful little canapés that your guests will love!

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14. Radishes and Butter Crostini Appetizer

These radishes and butter crostini appetizers are an easy recipe to serve at your next get-together. The crunch of the radish, paired with rich butter and a little flake salt is all you need to wow your party guests. It’s one of my favorite appetizers and I’m sure you’ll love it too!

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13. Cocktail Rye Bread Appetizers – Party Pizza Appetizers

If you remember these yummy sausage cocktail rye bread appetizers (party pizza appetizers) from your childhood, you might just be a child of the 80s. Or the 90s. 

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12. Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels

These cranberry cream cheese pinwheels are on repeat for us this holiday season. Tortilla roll ups with cranberries and cream cheese with a lovely dose of shredded cheddar, chopped pecans and green onion? What’s not to repeat?

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11. Simple Chili con Queso Egg Cup Recipe

This chili con queso egg cup recipe is something you need to check out Making baked egg cups is a great way to whip up individual servings for a crowd.

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10. Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites (Allergy-Free)

A healthy and snackable way to enjoy your favorite comfort food! These Baked Mini Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese Bites are top 8 allergy-free, super kid-friendly, and act as a great side dish, snack, or even an appetizer recipe for your next gathering! Portable macaroni and cheese is never a bad idea!

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9. Homemade Gluten-Free Vegan Copycat Pizza Bagel Bites (Allergy-Free)

A healthier, homemade version for your favorite childhood snack! Gluten-Free Vegan Copycat Pizza Bagel Bites! A mini, allergy-free, recipe that’s perfect for the kids, quick & easy to make, and great as a nostalgic adult appetizer and finger food!

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8. Lamb and Polenta Bites

Braised lamb spiced with coffee and paprika on polenta rounds makes for tasty appetizers (or when you’re making a meal of small bites).

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7. Savory Plum and Goat Cheese Tarts

These savory plum and goat cheese tarts are a great summer appetizer, including a spiced plum jam swirled with mild, whipped goat cheese blend in a nutty pastry case. Beautifully highlighted by a bit of mint and a drizzle of aromatic olive oil.

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6. Best Bunless Burger Bites

These low carb burger bites are ready to serve in about 25 minutes. This easy appetizer recipe is a definite crowd-pleaser.

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5. Easy Cranberry Baked Brie with Thyme

Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Recipe: Fancy and delicious 15-minute holiday appetizer your guests would love. Creamy, gooey, runny-centered baked brie topped with cranberry sauce, roasted pecans and thyme.

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4. Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

Easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, walnuts, honey and sage recipe. These roasted figs make for an easy appetizer your guests will love!

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3. Tomato and Onion Bruschetta with Burrata

Looking for a fresh, inviting, YUMMY, rich appetizer for your next dinner party? Look no further! These caramelized tomato and onion bruschetta with burrata is the best part of tomato season right in one bite!

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2. Bruschetta Turkey Meatballs

The meatballs quickly come together in one mixing bowl and scooped into a hot skillet to brown on each side, then popped in the oven to finish off.

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1. Super Easy Veggie Pinwheels with Cream Cheese

Looking for a new party snack or holiday appetizer? Veggie Pinwheels with cream cheese go a long way with a crowd and will have them talking! Super easy to make festive in color, and are Weight Watchers friendly on all three plans! Plus these are vegetarian!

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