Seasoned hosts know that the secret to a fabulous party is great food and drinks -- edibles that will keep your guests satisfied and entertained and maybe even a little impressed that you are such a whiz in the kitchen.
Finger foods are one of the best choices for a party menu: They're simple to put together, won't break the bank, are easy to eat, and even look cute and festive. Here are a few of my favorite finger foods to serve at a party:
Everyone always goes bananas over little burgers or other mini sandwiches. You can go the traditional route (ground beef, cheese, etc.) or kick it upscale using fancy ingredients like ground lamb or meatballs. For inspiration, check out this list of 9 creative slider variations.
Pigs in a Blanket
This retro mini appetizer never ever goes out of style. The simple combo of mini hot dogs wrapped in refrigerated pastry dough gets the job done; or add gourmet ingredients like sausage and Dijon mustard.
The best way to get fruits and veggies into your guests is to thread them on a stick. Fun combos include cherry tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese; berries and cubed pineapple with yogurt dipping sauce; or olives and artichoke hearts.
Bet you didn't see this one coming. If cupcakes are too tired for your party, consider other mini desserts like cream puffs or fresh-baked cookies. Yum!
What's your favorite food to serve at parties?
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