Need some tasty dishes while hosting a large group? Here are 20 appetizer recipes that are perfect for entertaining.
Having planned and hosted plenty of events and parties in my life, I know the importance of food when it comes to entertaining. In fact, planning the food is probably my strongest selling point when it comes to events. And it doesn’t always need to be an elaborate, fancy meal. Floating or roaming appetizers are a great way to feed a crowd! To help get you started, I’ve compiled a list of 20 Appetizer Recipes for Entertaining.
Tips for Planning Party Food
Hosting is one of my favorite things to do, and something I do often! But the thing that overwhelms many is planning how to feed so many people. Well worry no more! Here are some tips to help you create the menu for your next party.
Use “small bites” recipes. This not only removes the need for silverware, but it makes replenishing your buffet table easier, and reduces how many dishes you’ll need to do after.
Plan dishes that cover different diets. Make sure some things don’t include any meat, or dairy, etc. to ensure everyone has something to enjoy.
Balance out the sweet and savory dishes, you don’t want too many of either one.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the best appetizer to serve?
In my opinion, finger foods are the best appetizers to serve when hosting large group events. As such, you’ll find a lot of those in my list.
How far in advance should I send out party invitations?
You want to give your guests at least a month usually to block out the time in their calendar, find a sitter (if needed), or make any other arrangements.
When should I start preparing food for a party?
Cold items can usually be prepped a couple days before, and even a lot of hot items can be readied in advance, and then just popped in the oven or microwave before the party begins. Give yourself time so that you aren’t stressed and can enjoy the event!
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20 Appetizer Recipes for Entertaining
Honey Tangerine Goat Cheese Crostini
Tangy goat cheese, fresh tangerine juice and honey are whipped together to create a delicious crostini topping that is perfect for entertaining.
A healthy spin-off of the Tex-Mex classic, these baked chicken taquitos are not fried! Packed with juicy chicken and topped with cotija cheese, these hand-held taquitos are crunchy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious.
Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.
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