Simple Party Finger Food Ideas to Serve As Appetizers

When it comes to parties, finger foods are the way to go. These tiny treats are simple to eat, and allow guests to snack without having to take a break from socializing. And when you’re hosting a party, you’ll love the ease of preparing finger foods!

Bite-sized snacks are both delicious and convenient. Rather than plan a daunting 6-course menu, simply prep a few of your favorite appetizers and allow your guests to pick and choose which items they want to dine on. If you happen to be throwing a dinner party, a quick “cocktail hour” of party finger foods and drinks can help guests loosen up. Designed for the party environment, these party finger food ideas are great for any host, and are sure to make your next bash unforgettably delicious.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

You can never go wrong with bacon. This recipe combines the cool crunch of water chestnuts with the rich flavor of bacon, making a finger food guaranteed to fly off the plates. Warning: these are extremely addictive. We dare you to try to eat just one.


  • 2 oz cans of whole water chestnuts, drained
  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 pound of bacon, cooked and cut into thirds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of your favorite bbq sauce
  • Toothpicks


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the soy sauce and brown sugar to incorporate. Add the water chestnuts and marinate for at least one hour.
  2. While the chestnuts are marinating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  3. Remove the chestnuts from the marinade and wrap one piece of bacon around each. Stick a toothpick into the bacon and water chestnut fixture to secure. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and use a pastry brush to paint the top of each bacon-wrapped chestnut with bbq sauce.

Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Skewers

Caprese salads are great, but they don’t exactly fall into the category of “party finger food ideas.” The solution? Caprese salad on a stick!

Simply gather some balsamic vinegar, cubed mozzarella cheese, halved cherry tomatoes, Shrimp Cocktailfresh basil, and a bunch of toothpicks. Stick a tomato half, a piece of cheese, a basil leaf, onto a toothpick. Drizzle each bite with a bit of balsamic vinegar. Season with freshly cracked black pepper, if desired.

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail 

When it comes to party finger food ideas, it’s nice to have a combination of different things so that all the guests can find something they like to eat. Shrimp cocktail is a winner because it’s simple, popular, and healthy.

For an added bonus, you can even roast the shrimp before serving. Simply place peeled and deveined shrimp on a nonstick or prepared baking tray, and drizzle with olive oil. Add a combination of your favorite herbs, salt, pepper, grated parmesan cheese, or anything else the heart desires! Cook for 6–7 minutes at 400 degrees, and serve with cocktail sauce and fresh lemon wedges.

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