15 Finger Food Ideas for Parties

Throwing a party? Here are ideas for finger foods for a party that are fresh, easy to make, and 100% crowd pleasers.

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Want to throw a party but not sure where to start? These finger food ideas for parties are perfect for entertaining! Here, Alex and I have put together a list of recipes that always go over well when we’re cooking for friends and family. Our best feedback is gathered when we use these recipes in action. And these finger food ideas have all been favorites with the crowd!

Most of the ideas below have some element of being healthy, thought not all do! Our philosophy on healthy is making recipes with whole foods, focusing on vegetables and healthy fats. But there are a few below that are less on the healthy and more on the crowd pleaser (hello, cheese dip!).

Let’s get to the recipes, shall we?

And now…our top finger food ideas for parties!

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Goat cheese crostini

Easy Crostini

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 crostini 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here’s an easy finger food idea for a party: goat cheese crostini! Simply make homemade toasts and top with goat cheese, honey and fresh herbs.



  • 1 baguette (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 ounce log soft goat cheese (chevre), ricotta cheese (with salt added to taste), or cream cheese
  • Honey
  • Fresh mint, basil or thyme, roughly chopped
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the baguette into thin slices on the bias (diagonally). Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Cool to room temperature: they’ll crisp up even more as they cool. (If making in advance, store the plain, un-topped crostini up to 5 days in a sealed container at room temperature.)
  4. Top each crostini with a smear of cheese, a drizzle of honey, and roughly chopped fresh herbs. Add fresh ground black pepper and serve immediately.

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: French

Keywords: Finger Food, Finger Food Ideas, Finger Food Ideas for Parties

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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