Easy finger food

Updated February 21, 2017

Finger foods make wonderful party refreshments. Guests are able to pick and choose what they like, and the food can be served either in buffet style or via elegant waiters with trays. Fingers foods allow guests to mix and mingle while enjoying their food, and it makes it easy for them to sample a little of each item. Some excellent finger food ideas include devilled eggs, sushi, mini sandwiches and desserts.

Devilled eggs

Make a tray of devilled eggs for the party guests. Not only are the tasty treats easy to whip up, but they are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Use your favourite recipe, and top each egg with a sliced black olive for presentation. It is easiest to serve devilled eggs in trays that are made specifically for them.

Fried chicken strips

Serve traditional fried chicken strips, which will delight both children and adults. For vegetarian guests, include a tray of soy "chicken" strips or nuggets. Provide a variety of dipping sauces such as barbecue, ranch and honey mustard.

Antipasto platter

Prepare an Italian antipasto platter. Include black and green olives, thinly sliced salami, a variety of cheeses, crackers and hummus and pita for your vegan and vegetarian guests.


Serve sushi to a sophisticated crowd. To make things easier, preorder a variety of sushi rolls from your favourite Japanese restaurant and pick it up right before the guests arrive. You can also serve seaweed salad and small bowls of miso soup along with the sushi.

Mini grilled cheese sandwiches

To please young and old guests alike, serve mini grilled cheese sandwiches. For a gourmet twist on a traditional favourite, experiment by using different cheeses and breads. Make the sandwiches with smoked cheddar and provolone cheeses, along with rye and sourdough breads.

Vegetable tray

For a healthy snack, serve trays of cut-up vegetables and a variety of dips, such as ranch, dill and onion. For a pretty presentation, create radish "roses" and slice the vegetables using a scalloped edge knife.

Dessert bites

Make your favourite desserts, such as fudge brownies and peanut butter bars, but cut them into small, bite-size pieces so that the guests can sample a little bit of everything.

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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.