There’s no need to serve a formal dinner when you host a cocktail party, but you will want to make sure to have plenty of tasty snacks and party food available for attendees to enjoy along with their beverages. Luckily there are plenty of easy ideas for creative cocktail party food.
This idea is both a delicious snack and a fun party activity. Buy pre-made individual serving size pizza dough, your favorite tomato sauce and a variety of shredded cheeses from the supermarket. Slice vegetables including peppers, onions and mushrooms and put each type of veggie into its own bowl. You could also provide pepperoni, olives and any other toppings of your choice.
As guests arrive to the party, lead them into the kitchen, and give them their dough. They can then add any toppings to create their own pizza snack. All you need is one friend to be in charge of putting the pizzas into the oven and letting guests know when his or her personal pie is done baking.
Let the origin of your cocktails inspire the food. If you’re already planning to serve margaritas and tequila at your cocktail party, then consider preparing Mexican inspired snacks. Put out a large bowl of tortilla chips, and use flour tortillas and shredded cheese to bake quesadillas in your oven. You can also find other snacks such as taquitos in the frozen food aisle at the grocery store.
All you need to prepare is homemade guacamole, salsa and chili con queso for guests to enjoy with the snacks. You can find recipes online at all skill levels. Be imaginative by using ingredients such as mangos or gauvas in salsa.
If you have purchased beer for your party, you can use some of it to prepare a delicious cheese fondue. Kraft Foods has recipes available online incorporating a variety of cheeses. Heat up your favorite recipe in a fondue pot, and slice small pieces of crusty bread for dipping.
If you have a second fondue pot in your kitchen, you could also make a chocolate fondue to serve those with a sweet tooth. Strawberries, marshmallows and sliced store bought pound cake are all that you need to serve for dipping into this delicious rich treat.
When hosting a cocktail party that starts after dinnertime, serve your guests just desserts. If you enjoy baking, create a cookie buffet by preparing plates of some of your favorite recipes. You could also bake mini cupcakes or doughnuts in a variety of flavors.
Hosts who prefer to buy instead of bake can create a sweet table out of candy. Buy assorted bags of candy from the store, and put each type of candy into an interesting serving piece or container on your table. One way to be creative is by serving only one color of candy. Provide little plastic bags so that attendees may take extra candy home as party favors.
Not only can it be unsafe for guests to drink on an empty stomach, but also hungry party guests don’t tend to be happy party guests. Prepare some simple creative snacks to help ensure that your next cocktail party is a success.