Looking for the best party food ideas and simple sharing platters with seasonal flavours? Whether you're craving chunky potato wedges and dips, sophisticated sausage rolls or ultra-indulgent fries loaded with toppings, these easy finger food recipes are bound to please a crowd.


Finish off your party menu with our best quick and easy party canapés and easy cocktails that you can mix up in a flash. Make your evening go with a bang and indulge in our favourite party bites, or check out our guide on how to create a festival in your garden.

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Savoury party food recipes

Classic nachos

Load up tortilla chips with beef, beans, cheese and chilli and let your hungry guests dive in. A few pickled jalapeños add a little heat, which you can balance out with dollops of cooling soured cream.

A tray of nachos topped with minced beef, chilli and cheese next to a pot of soured cream

Cheese straws

A batch of these easy cheese straws will go down a treat at your next get-together or alfresco party spread.

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Golden baked cheese straws on a black plate with a black linen cloth and a glass of white wine

Summer deli board

Put together our pick of the very best colourful charcuterie and veggies and serve with melted brie for an easy last-minute entertaining idea.

Charcuterie Board Recipe

Classic potato wedges

These easy wedges really hit the spot as a filling snack to share with friends – take them to the next level by serving with dips such as soured cream and salsa.

Golden potato wedges on a white platter with pots of soured cream and salsa

Tandoori king prawns

Don’t wait for barbecue season to make these tandoori prawns, they're perfect for a starter with a kachumber salad or as a canapé at a dinner party – juicy, full of flavour and no tandoor needed.

A platter of king prawns cooked in spices served with wedges of fresh lime

Vietnamese-style chicken summer rolls

Fresh, vibrant and ready in 25 minutes, we've given crunchy Vietnamese summer rolls a twist for a healthy entertaining idea. Serve with a rich hoisin or spicy chilli dipping sauce.

Vietnamese Summer Rolls Recipe with Chicken

Bao bun fillings

Serve a plate of savoury bao buns to a hungry crowd – we fill ours with fish goujons, breaded chicken or sweet potato and top with sweet and sour slaw.

Large plate of filled bao buns

Cheese grazing board

Three types of baked cheese, served with plenty of crackers, crudités and chutneys for the ultimate sharing party starter.

A spread of different baked cheeses with crudites on the side

Spicy cheese and pickle wraps

Cheese is always a hit with crowds, so why not switch things up with this recipe? Fried and then wrapped around pickles, it’s served with an accompanying crunchy pickle dip.

Board of cheese wrapped pickles next to a dip

Maple-glazed sausage blinis

Kick off a sophisticated party with these easy canapés, turning cocktail sausages into impressive bitesize party food.

Cocktail Sausage Canapés with Maple-Glaze

Party pakoras

These Indian-Mexican flavoured pakoras will go down a treat – the mellow paneer contrasts against tangy jalapeños and a sweet tamarind dipping sauce.

Best Pakoras Recipe

Glazed cocktail sausages

Everyone’s favourite party food is taken up a notch with a glaze of black cardamom, fennel, cumin and honey.

A green plate of cocktail sausages with cocktail sticks on a mottled brown background

Halloumi fries

Recreate these golden-brown beauties at home with our step-by-step recipe and achieve deep-fried cheesy magic. Serve with cooling yogurt and sweet and sharp pomegranate molasses. They'll disappear in a heartbeat.

Halloumi Fries Recipe

Tear and share sausage roll

Perk up your party buffet with our epic sausage roll and camembert wheel. No one could resist flaky pastry and melty cheese all in one delicious package. Serve with a spoonful of cranberry sauce to cut through the rich cheese.

Puff pastry sausage rolls with camembert

Beef burritos

Serve a batch of these beefy burritos to a hungry crowd – stuff with spiced mince and your choice of rice, veg and cheese.

Halved burritos on a wooden board next to limes and a bowl of salsa

Deep-fried olives stuffed with ricotta and Guindilla chilli

Stuffed with fiery ricotta, rolled in panko breadcrumbs and deep-fried until golden, these moreish bites are the perfect bite-sized party treat. Serve with beer and lemon wedges.

A small bowl of deep-fried olives with a wedge of lemon on the side

Paprika crisps and fennel crudités

Serve salted crisps with a homemade paprika sauce drizzled over them, with a herby mojo verde for dipping.

Crisps coated in paprika on a platter with fennel and a ramekin of mojo verde

Sriracha chicken wings

Umami Thai sauce, sriracha, adds a chilli heat and glossy glaze to these succulent chicken wings — a crowd-pleasing party snack.

A baking tray filled with chilli sauce-glazed chicken wings and sprinkled with sesame seeds

Spanakopita spring rolls

Turn the classic Greek savoury pie into a fun, vegetarian canapé, lightly spiced with nutmeg and lifted with yogurt dip.

Spanakopita Spring Rolls

Dressed eggs

Also known as devilled eggs, there are three different toppings here but the possibilities are endless – we've decorated with nori flakes, sesame seeds and spring onion curls; urfa chilli flakes, coriander leaves and chopped toasted almonds; and chives, fish roe and radish slices.

Plate of devilled eggs with toppings

Beetroot and halloumi sliders with chilli jam

These mini veggie burgers are made from chickpeas, beetroot and halloumi. They work great as party snacks, starters or even a main course, simply adjust the portion size each time!

Veggie Burger Sliders | Halloumi Burger with Beetroot

California rolls

Make a healthy sushi snack with our easy step-by-step guide to California rolls. Perfect for entertaining friends and family and they look quite impressive too.

California rolls

Vegan buffalo cauliflower wings

Check out our easy vegan buffalo wings with cauliflower and creamy blue cheese dip. These crispy baked wings make a great veggie alternative to chicken wings.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Veggie-loaded fries

These are also known as allotment-loaded fries, so use up any gluts of veg you have. Simply swap ingredients to whatever you need using up with this genius fridge-raiding recipe.

Veggie-loaded fries

Ham croquetas

Bite-sized balls of deliciousness. These little Spanish tapas bites make excellent nibbles. Filled with manchego and ham, this simple-to-follow recipe makes them an easy treat.

Ham croquetas

Mozzarella sticks with spicy dipping sauce

Try our gooey mozzarella sticks with a punchy dipping sauce. Blocks of mozzarella stand up better to deep-frying and will still give you that cheesy, stringy ooze. These are best cooked from frozen, so they are a perfect nibble to squirrel away for when you have friends round.

Mozzarella Dippers Recipe with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Baked onion bhajis

Serve up a bowlful of these beautifully spiced bhajis with a cool cucumber raita dip or a sweet mango chutney. They're not just for curry night, they also make delicious finger food for parties.

Baked onion bhajis

Lamb sausage rolls

Looking for a quirky snack to hand out at your next dinner party? Try these meaty, spring lamb sausage rolls with mint and lemon. Just make sure you buy all-butter pastry if you want them to really wow.

Lamb Sausage Rolls Recipe

Curried chicken nuggets with curry leaf mayo

Chicken nuggets are taken up a notch by coating in cumin, chilli powder, turmeric and coriander. Serve with a punchy mayo mixed with curry leaves and mustard seeds.

A white platter of nuggets around a pot of white creamy sauce

Broad bean, pecorino and olive bruschetta

Top squares of toasted focaccia with baby broad beans, mint leaves and Taggiasche olives for a fresh springtime bite, finished with grated pecorino.

Small bruschetta squares on a wooden board

Spinach and potato tortilla bites

If you're planning a party, why not serve these easy Spanish-inspired canapés? Each bite-sized tortilla is packed with spinach, egg, potato and onion and they make a great vegetarian option.


Beef empanadas

These filled pastry treats are easier to make than you might think – perfect for parties and picnics.

A silver baking tray filled with golden empanadas

Negroni salmon

Impress your guests with this decadent Negroni salmon. Top your salmon with wheels of blood orange for a splash of colour, and serve with blinis.

Large cured salmon fillet decorated with blood orange slices, served next to blinis, soured cream, cucumber, fish roe, olives, parsley and red onion

Black bean and squash quesadillas with smoky chipotle salsa

These speedy veggie quesadillas complete with smoky salsa are perfect for munching with friends. Serve warm from the pan, they'll be crisp on the outside and gooey and cheesy on the inside.


Onion flowers

Try this impressive-looking riff on classic onion rings. Crispy on the outside and sweet and soft within, these are great nibbles to serve as part of a meal or as finger food with a dip.

Late night onion flower_preview

Fig and goat's cheese parcels

Fresh figs are stuffed with peppered goat’s cheese and baked in crispy filo pastry parcels. Serve them for an easy vegetarian nibble or starter.

Goat's Cheese Filo Parcels Recipe with Figs

Tajín cauliflower bites

Tajín is a classic Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt. It works so well on these moreish cauli bites with the cooling soured cream. Switch up your tortilla chips and dips and try this mouthwatering veggie alternative.

A silver tray topped with orange roasted cauliflower with a pot of white sauce in the corner

Blue cheese dip

This punchy homemade dip is crying out for some potato wedges or chicken wings for dipping. A great one for nibbles when you have friends over. Check out our favourite easy dip recipes to pair with your crisps and chips.

blue cheese dip

Grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle

These sticky grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle make the perfect starter or finger food to serve with drinks over the summer months. What's more, they're super quick and easy to make.

Chorizo and padron pepper skewers


A perfect dish to feed a crowd – check out this Canadian comfort food of chips topped with gravy and cheese.

A white platter filled with chips topped with gravy and cheese, next to a small pot of extra gravy

Deep-fried goat's cheese with pink peppercorn honey

These savoury cheese balls are a super easy snack to whip up when you have friends and family coming over. Crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle, finished with a hint of zesty orange blossom honey.

Deep Fried Goat's Cheese Balls Recipe

Pizza rolls

These tear-and-share pizza rolls are easy and fun to make for friends. They only use four ingredients and take just over half an hour to make, ideal for sharing.

Tear-and-Share Pizza Rolls Recipe

Jamaican beef patties

Switch up your buffet spread with these miniature pies, infused with spices and stuffed with beef, onion, chilli and garlic.

A plate of pastry patties filled with beef, with one broken open on a plate

BBQ chilli chicken wings

These juicy chicken wings are spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh oregano. The finger-licking flavours are bound to a hit. Crisp up in the oven or on the BBQ if you're enjoying the sun and serve with a light yogurt sauce to feed a hungry group.

Chilli Chicken Wings Recipe with Yogurt

Vegan sausage rolls

Packed with mushrooms, miso and thyme, vegans don't need to miss out with our plant-based sausage rolls.

Vegan Sausage Rolls on a Baking Tray with BBQ Sauce for Dipping

Sweet party food recipes

Chocolate fondue

A simple sweet platter that can be thrown together in minutes and brings everyone together. Serve with flutes of fizz for a decadent end to a dinner party.

Melted chocolate in the middle of a sharing plate with marshmallows, biscuits, fruit etc

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Whip up these stuffed brioche ice cream sandwiches for a party and watch them disappear in seconds.

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Banoffee cheesecake

This banoffee cheesecake tastes like an old-school pud but is an impressive dinner party dessert. Plus, it takes less than 30 minutes of hands-on time to make.

Cheesecake drizzled in caramel and topped with sliced banana on a grey stone background with two slices cut out,

Churro waffle fingers with dipping sauce

This recipe sees waffles coated in cinnamon butter and served with chocolate sauce for dipping – think eggs and soldiers-style. Satisfy your guests' sweet cravings with this indulgent dish.

Churro Waffles with chocolate dipping sauce

Lemon tart

Spend some time making this bright sunshine dessert for a summer party. With its citrusy, creamy custard filling and golden, flaky pastry, it’s a richly rewarding project.

A lemon tart on a white plate with two slices taken out, each placed on smaller plates with forks on a blue cloth

Banana fritters

Use up yellow-skinned bananas (not green) and make these battered, deep-fried bananas with a dusting of icing sugar.

Plate of banana fritters on a white background with a blue napkin and mini sieve of icing sugar

Salted matcha fudge

This recipe makes up to 60 fudgy squares, making it a brilliant nibble to share amongst friends.

Green fudge on a board topped with salt

Espresso martini cake pops

Transform cake pops into a grown-up party treat with espresso powder, Kahlúa and vodka. Shop-bought madeira loaf cakes make it more effortless, too.

Sticks with espresso martini cake pops in jars and on a plate

Turkish delight

Gently perfumed with floral rose water, these squares of turkish delight make a beautiful edible gift or sweet party nibble.

A black plate topped with cubes of pink Turkish delight dusted with icing sugar

Coconut mousse pots

Serve these refreshing mousse pots at your next summer dinner party – the juicy mango really complements the creamy texture.

A grey plate holding three glasses filled with white mousse and topped with mango and granola, on a dark blue background


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