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Over 100 Tasty Easy Appetizers & Finger Foods for a Party

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If you love to entertain but hate spending all your time cooking, this list of easy appetizers and best finger foods for a party is exactly what you need. With over 100 different choices, in a variety of categories so you’ll have plenty of options no matter what event your hosting — from book club meetings to dinner parties.

a collage of several pictures of different appetizers with title text reading 100+ Easy Appetizers.

To make it easier to choose a variety of the best party food ideas, I’ve divided the list into sections. Click the links below to jump immediately to the section you want to see.

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Easy Appetizers

When it comes to easy appetizers, you can’t beat crackers and chips paired with cheese or dips. Here’s a great selection of some of my favorites.

Charcuterie Boards

One of my very favorite party food displays is a charcuterie board. It’s easy to put together in the kitchen and transport to the display table. And you can easily restock items as needed.

Choose a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and olives and arrange on a large cutting board.

a charcuterie board with meats, cheese, crackers, nuts and fruit.

You can even put together a sweet charcuterie board to simplify your dessert preparation too.

Cheese Balls

Cheese balls make a great visual display. Just plop one in the center of a pretty plate and surround it with crackers.

Cold Dips

Cold dips are especially popular for warm weather parties. Pro tip: Use a chilled serving bowl to keep the dip cool for the duration of your gathering.

Hot Dips

Hot dips are a wonderful way to warm up guests during chilly weather. Plus, they’re easy to make in large batches so you can easily provide enough for a big crowd. A mini slow cooker can keep the dip warm until the last guest leaves.

a tortilla chip dipped in Velveeta Sausage Dip.

The Best Finger Foods for a Party

At a party, you want to make it as easy as possible for your guests to mingle and move around. When it comes to party food, bite-size portions that guests can eat with their hands are the best. No one wants to handle a plate, fork, and glass while they’re standing!

Below you’ll find dozens of delicious party food ideas that incorporate a wide variety of flavors to make it a cinch to find something to suit your guests’ palates.

Crowd-Pleasing Finger Food Ideas

If you’re planning a gathering for a variety of guests, you’ll want to stick with surefire crowd pleasers. The recipes below are all universal favorites.

taco sausage cups on a white counter.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are one of my personal favorite appetizers so they’re getting their own section.

Jalapeno Poppers

My husband’s favorite appetizers are jalapeno poppers so these treats are also getting their own section.


Keeping with my theme of creating separate sections for my family’s favorite finger food recipes, this section is a nod to my oldest daughter’s ideal appetizer.


Kids aren’t the only ones who love pizza! Although I did add this section for my son, the selections below are definitely as popular with adults as they are with kids (perhaps even more so!).


My youngest daughter loves sliders. Any excuse to buy King’s Hawaiian rolls makes her happy and the recipes below are all fantastic reasons.

a hand holding a ham and cheese slider above more sliders in a white dish.

Fancy Finger Food

Want to impress your guests? Try one of the recipes below. Don’t worry, they don’t need to know how easy they are to make!

Another easy way to make a simple appetizer appear fancy is to string the items onto skewers. For example:

  • Pepperoni (or salami) with squares of cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, and fresh basil
  • Fresh fruit


If children are part of your guest list, make sure to include at least one or two options specifically for them to make sure they enjoy the event as much as their parents.


mini meatball appetizer cups next to shredded cheese on a wooden cutting board.

Don’t forget to have small bowls of snacks strewn about the area where guests will mingle. Here are some fun recipes to try that will give your guests something to talk about while they nibble.

More Party Food Recipes

When most people think of easy appetizers, they think of traditional nibbles that are savory and either simple assembly or oven-baked. The recipes above all fit that description.

However, some of my favorite party foods are ones that let me make use of my favorite kitchen appliances, like my slow cooker, air fryer, and Instant Pot. Plus, I always like to offer at least one dessert option. Below you’ll find my favorite recipes in those categories.

Sweet Treats

Slow Cooker

Air Fryer

Instant Pot

What Are Good Finger Foods to Buy?

To make entertaining a snap, pair some of the ideas above with some store-bought options and create a wide selection with minimal effort!

Here are some surefire hits:

  • Mini Quiches
  • Mini Egg Rolls + Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
  • Potstickers + Soy Sauce
  • Mini Empanadas or Taquitos with Salsa
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Frozen Meatballs + BBQ Sauce
  • Charcuterie Sampler or Pepperoni/Salami Platter with Cheese & Crackers
  • Stuffed Jalapenos
  • Mozzarella Sticks + Marinara Sauce
  • Spanakopita
  • Toasted Ravioli + Marinara Sauce
  • Hummus + Naan Dippers or Pita Chips
  • Salsa + Tortilla Chips
  • Bruschetta Spread or Tapenade + Sliced Baguette
  • Cheese Spread + Crackers
  • Stuffed Olives
  • Marinated Vegetables
  • Flavored Popcorn
  • Flavored Nuts
  • Mini Cream Puffs
  • Cheesecake Bites

You can also have your guests assemble their own appetizers. Put out a cutting board with crostini, goat cheese, chopped pecans, and honey.

They get to control the amount of each element to achieve the flavor balance they prefer! Don’t forget to include a butter knife to make spreading the goat cheese easier.

20 thoughts on “Over 100 Tasty Easy Appetizers & Finger Foods for a Party”

  1. Super excited to try these Easy Appetizers & Finger Foods, these seems delicious and unique. I was actually looking for same appetizers for next weekend. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us.

    • I’m glad you found these recipes just in time. I hope you enjoy the appetizers and your event next weekend. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Thanks for sharing these amazing and delicious Tasty Finger Foods & Easy Appetizers. Lots o stuff here , super excited to try these. Thanks for sharing with us .

    • Thank you for your kind comments. I hope you find lots of new recipes that you like.

    • I’m glad you like this list of recipes. Thanks for commenting.

  3. These Tasty Finger Foods & Easy Appetizers seems super delicious and amazing . Super excited to try these finger food & easy appetizers, these seems super delicious.

    • Thanks for all of the nice compliments. I hope you enjoy eating whichever appetizers you try.

  4. Thanks for sharing these Tasty Finger Foods & Easy Appetizers, seems super amazing . Super excited to try these appetizers. Just hope my kids gonna love this

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you’re excited to try them. I hope your kids love them too. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Thanks for sharing these amazing appetizer recipes, will definitely gonna try one of these. lovely ideas , my next weekend recipe.

    • I’m so glad you want to try some of these recipes. Thanks for commenting and letting me know.

  6. Thanks for sharing these “Tasty Finger Foods & Easy Appetizers”, will love to try these , thanks for sharing these recipe Ideas.

    • I’m glad you like these appetizer recipes. Thanks for commenting and letting me know.

  7. Love these “Tasty Finger Foods & Easy Appetizers” , thanks for sharing these recipes with us, will definitely gonna try one of these.

    • I hope you enjoy whichever one you try! Thanks for commenting.

  8. Wow, what an extensive list! So many great appetizers to choose from. And thanks for including my easy pinwheels too.

  9. Thank you so much this is so so helpful. I had so many complicated recipes but this is simple and gives me a wide variety.

    • You’re welcome! I’m glad you found it helpful. I LOVE appetizers so it was a lot of fun putting this together. It’s even more rewarding when it helps others!


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