Table of Contents
  1. Appetizer Recipes for Entertaining
  2. Easy Dip Recipes for Entertaining
  3. Main Dish Entertaining Recipes
  4. Side Dish Recipes for Entertaining
  5. Party Food Dessert Recipes

These entertaining recipes are SO good and SO easy to make! It doesn’t matter if you are cooking for a crowd of 10 or 50, we are always looking for new and easy party food recipes!

Appetizer, finger food, main dishes and desserts…we have them all! These Party Food Ideas will be sure to please a crowd!

The best party food and entertaining recipes!

If you have been around these parts for long, you know that I love to entertain. I think my favorite part is coming up with delicious party food ideas and entertaining recipes that will please a crowd. Remember the Walking Taco Bar?

I hear time and time again that people are too busy to entertain or that it is too expensive. I’ve found that by making the food yourself can save tons of money and can actually be quite fun.

Today, I’m sharing some recipes that are perfect when you have guests over to your home. They are easy to put together and are all crowd-pleasing party food ideas, too!

Get ready to put on that hostess apron and have some fun cooking for your friends and family. You are going to absolutely love these ideas!

Appetizer Recipes for Entertaining

Appetizer recipes are an entertaining essential. They save the day ALL the time when you are throwing parties.

First, you can choose to only serve appetizers at your get together and not have to worry about the main dish or sides. The other reason why I love appetizers? Most people come to a party hungry. It gives you a little time to put the finishing touches on your meal and you won’t feel hurried.

People also gather around food and appetizers are a great way for people to meet others and have something to talk about instead of the weather!

Let’s take a look at some of my very favorite appetizer recipes for entertaining… 

Slow Cooker Chex Mix – only 10 minutes prep time and no oven required! 

chex mix in a bowl

Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups – Spicy peppers and creamy cheese, all tucked into a crunchy, crispy wonton shell!

Jalapeño popper wonton cups and a wood plates

Bite Size Chicken and Waffles Appetizer by Lydi Out Loud. This sweet and zesty appetizer will thrill your guests!

Bite-size chicken and waffles with syrup on a white plate

Loaded Baked Potato Cups by Moms Who Save. A bite sized side dish with all of the fixings!

Baked potato cups and a striped towel

Ham and Turkey Kabobs – short on time?

These quick kabobs are not only a great appetizer, but also the perfect after school snack.

Mini turkey ham and cheese sandwiches and a toothpick

Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Bites by Small Town Woman.

Everything is better as a mini, especially these bite sized cheeseburger sliders. We love that they swap out the bun for these delicious and crispy potatoes. What a clever (and yummy) idea!

Mini bacon cheeseburgers and a white plate

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers by Savory Tooth

Need something for your low carb and keto guests. This appetizer is sure to make them very happy!

Bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers on a white plate

Easy Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Glaze by The Zesty Olive.

Caprese salad is a guest favorite. That is why I love the idea of these caaprese salad on a stick! (I mean, come on….everything is better on a stick, right?)

Caprice salad skewers with a balsamic glaze on a white plate

Cranberry, Date and Bacon Cracker Stacks by The Healthy Helper Blog.

This goes into that sweet and savory appetizer category. These are so easy to just pop into your mouth (almost too easy!)

Cranberry bacon date cracker stacks on a black plate

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Appetizer by Melanie Cooks.

Everything is better with bacon, right! Veggies are no exception!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus by Melanie Cooks | The best and super easy recipes for entertaining!

Deep Fried Pickles by April Go Lightly

I have had these at a restaurant and loved them so much! Now we can make them at home too!

Deep fried pickles with a dipping sauce in a white bowl

Easy Dip Recipes for Entertaining

Whipping up a dip might be the absolute easiest part of entertaining. You can make them ahead of time and just set them out right before the guests arrive, too. Score!

We all have our favorite dip recipes, but these are so good and they a so simple to put together. You may have a hard time deciding which one to pick, though!

Come see these great dip recipes for parties… 

Rotel Dip doesn’t get any easier! Only 3 ingredients and just a few minutes to prepare this smooth queso dip recipe with ground beef, Rotel, and Velveeta cheese! 

Rotel Dip with chips and veggies

Dill Dip by Small Town Woman

The dill dip is simply a stable! You know that you cannot go wrong with a vegetable and dip platter. Even the pickiest eater will graze with some fresh veggies!

Dill Dip Recipe by Small Town Woman | Entertaining recipes that rock!

Southern Pimiento Cheese Recipe by Turn the Clock Back

Want an appetizer that has a little bit of a kick to it? This pimiento cheese dip will do the trick (and it is very easy to make!!)

Pimento cheese dip in a glass with crackers

Easy Guacamole Recipe by Beyond the Chicken Coop

Guacamole dip is a must have at any party! It is amazing how your guests will flock to it. Finding the perfect recipe is key! This one is a hit in our house!

A bowl of guacamole with tortilla chips

Warm Ranch Crack Dip by Wholesome Yum

Ranch dressing is probably one of my all time favorite condiments. So this warm ranch dressing dip is next on my list to try. There is nothing that I don’t love about this!

Ranch crack dip in a bowl with broccoli being dipped in it

Cowboy Caviar by To Simply Inspire

What is Cowboy Caviar? It is basically salsa on steroids! Beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more… trust me, you will love it!

Cowboy Caviar by To Simply Inspire | Entertaining recipes that everyone will love!

Main Dish Entertaining Recipes

The main dish that you serve when you entertain does not have to be extravagant.

These ideas are really fun and they are crowd pleasers, too! The main thing you’ll find is that these are not difficult recipes to follow and some of them will really wow your family and friends, too!

Let’s see those main dish recipes… 

Beef Taco Ring is an easy finger food main dish or appetizer. It looks way more involved than it is. The key is using store bought crescent rolls (shhhhh…that part is a secret!)

Our Beef Taco Ring makes a great recipe or dinner idea for a crowd.

Roasted Beef Tenderloin by The Anthony Kitchen 

Want to really impress your guest? This roast beef recipe will be sure to do the trick!

Roasted Beef Tenderloin by The Anthony Kitchen | Entertaining recipes that are SO delicious!

BBQ Meatball Street Tacos by Kleinworth & Co. 

Meatball sandwich meets tacos! Meatballs can be so hard to eat in a sandwich, that is why we love the idea of wrapping it in a soft taco shell and really shaking things up!

Barbecue meatball street tacos

The Walking Taco Bar is one of our all time favorite meals to serve when we are entertaining. It is basically a deconstructive taco in a bag. You won’t believe how much your guests will be talking about this for weeks after your party and how easy it makes clean up after the party!

Walking taco bar is the perfect party food recipe to feed a crowd

Hawaiian Roll Pizza Sliders by Eating on a Dime

Pizza is always a hit at a party, but Pizza Sliders take pizza to a whole new level! Have you had Hawaiian rolls? OMG they are beyond delicious!

Pizza sliders being pulled out of a casserole dish

Spicy Grilled Lime Shrimp with Avocado Dipping Sauce by Confetti and Bliss

Shrimp is always a party favorite, but now shrimp on a stick make it a fun party food too!

Grilled lime shrimp skewers with lime and a dip

Chicken Parmesan Pizza Style by This is How I Cook

Chicken parmesan meets pizza in this delicious meal. I may skip making this for a party and just make it for dinner! YUM! My kids would love this!

Chicken Parmesan pizza sitting on a baking tray with Parmesan cheese

Side Dish Recipes for Entertaining

What are your favorite sides to serve when you entertain? Sometimes I stay really simple with vegetables or something for the grill. Other times, I really want to be able to add something with a little flair. That is where these recipes come in… they are packed with flavor, too!

Let’s see those delicious side dish recipes for parties… 

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges by Whisk Affair

These sweet potatoes are a great healthy side dish. They are quick to make and perfect to accompany any meal.

Baked sweet potato wedges on a platter with a dip

Easy Chopped Mexican Layered Salad by Spaceships and Laserbeams

This easy side dish recipe is perfect for entertaining because you can have it all prepared and ready to pull out just in time for dinner!

A close-up image of chopped Mexican layer salad

Easy Bean Salad by A Wicked Whisk

This side dish is another one that you can prepare in advance. We love the flavors and colors of this gorgeous salad and you can even make it a day or two before your party and get ahead of the game!

A bowl of salad on a blue plate, with Taco and Chicken

Guacamole Deviled Eggs by Wicked Whisk

This simple twist on the deviled eggs will totally shake up your next party.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs by Foodal | Entertaining recipes that you will love!

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon by Confetti and Bliss

There is nothing about this broccoli salad that I don’t love and the addition of bacon adds a little protein and a lot of deliciousness!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon by Confetti and Bliss | The Best Entertaining Recipes

Party Food Dessert Recipes

No party is complete without a little sweetness. Whether you serve a fun dessert, a cake, cookies, pie or even a frozen treat, having dessert at a party is essential.

If you are hosting a party or are looking for something great to take to a covered dish, these recipes are just perfect. They are crowd pleasers and not overly complicated. Everyone will love them!

Let’s see those delicious dessert recipes for entertaining… 

This Sherbet Punch Recipe is so delicious it could be a dessert. We will show you how to easily adapt the ingredients (and color) for any party occasion!

Orange Sherbet Punch in a glass with a scoop of sherbet

Cherry Cheesecake Dip by Cincy Shopper

Dips are not just for appetizers anymore! We love the idea of dessert dips. There are so many delicious things you can dip in this “dip”…. or how about just dipping in a spoon and just going for it!

Cherry Cheesecake Dip by Cincy Shopper | This post is FULL of great entertaining recipes!

How to Make a Fruit Tray by Countryside Cravings.

A fruit tray doesn’t have to be boring. Take a look at this gorgeous dessert fruit tray that will complete your sweet table.

A variety of food on a table, with Fruit

Banana Pudding Trifle by Dancing Through the Rain.

Trifle is always a great go to dessert. They serve a ton of people and always look impressive (and taste even better!)

A banana pudding trifle in a glass bowl with a checkered yellow dish towel underneath it

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Bars by The Baking Chocolatess.

Chocolate chips cookies are always a good idea, but how about an entire pan of chocolate chip cookies in a big chunk! These sheet pan cookies are a great twist on the usual cookie dessert!

(Want to get a little extra creative? Try cutting them in some super fun shapes or give kids cookie cutters to cut their own!)

Sheet pan filled with chocolate chip cookies

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza with Nutella is one of my kids favorite treats. Not only is this fun to eat, but it is really fun to make. I made this version with my son and we love to make pretty patterns with the fruit!

 

A Nutella fruit pizza

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  1. I think I may have to have a party. These all sound so good. Thanks for posting my chicken parm. It really is a hit with everyone!

  2. My mouth is watering these all look so good! Thanks so much for including my chicken and waffles bites!

  3. Everything looks so amazing and delicious! Pinned all these for later and thanks so much for featuring my chocolate chip bars.