It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced party host or if you are ready to throw one for the first time – the importance of food cannot be underestimated. Let’s face it – some guests find yummy snacks to be the only reason to actually attend an evening. No matter how great you are in coming up with different activities and turning up the newest tunes – if the food is crap, the party is ruined. Frankly speaking, if you find the right recipes for you – preparing the food for the evening can surely become your favourite part. This is where you have the chance to be creative. If cooking some kind of meat three ways with an unpronounceable garnish isn’t your thing. Fun and easy party food ideas – is what you need.

Before we continue with the recipes, let me give you a few tips that may come in handy and inspire you.

1) Does your event night have a theme? Christmas, Halloween – are quite obvious, but if you are struggling to come up with a theme – try using something that you have in common for inspiration. Your working place? A summer memory? Maybe all of your names start with an ‘A’. Whatever the theme appears to be – try to also show it in your food. Go for one common colour in all of the dishes or use one ingredient for different snacks, for example.

2) Make sure your food is easy to eat! Especially if your guests will be coming all dressed up – you wouldn’t want the evening to be ruined for one of them if he/she drops a chicken leg on the dress/tuxedo. The simple way to make the consuming process as easy as possible – is to split the rich into small portions. One mouthful small. You can use lettuce leaves, little pastry baskets or even decorative spoons for that.

3) Serve the table out beautifully! In our online era, it is so important to make everything that you do worth taking pictures of. The folks who didn’t attend your party won’t be able to taste the delicious food, but you can make their mouth water by posting a few cute pics of the table on your account. Help yourself with fairy-lights, confetti, flowers and even beautifully dried fruits! Only your own imagination can stop you!

Now you are ready for our fun and easy party food ideas. And what party starts without a signature drink, right?

Punch Bowls

A great idea is to get out a punch bowl. While you can offer the first glass to your guests, after that they can always help themselves. It is fun to make sure that your punch correlates to the colour scheme you are going for, but what drink to choose to fit everyone’s taste? Why not try an interesting version of a mojito? Everybody loves this one!

Ingredients

10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime
1 tsp sugar or to your taste
1 cup ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces of white rum
1/2 cup club soda

Instructions

Crush the mint leaves and half of the lime to release all of the juices. Add the sugar and the rest of the lime and crush it down one more time. Now that we have the juice, fill the glass with ice and pour the rum over it. Then add our soda.

Don’t forget to taste the cocktail to add more sugar or rum.

Be sure to get 10 times more ingredients, as this recipe is just for one portion. While leaving a hint of lime and mint (built on the classic), you can add nearly any fruits you desire! Not only for the taste, but also for the colour. Any kind of berries and citruses will do. If you want to go the extra mile – how about trying to make a mango tasting mojito by adding a few dashes of a mango flavoured carbonated drink?

Chocolate Barks

Chocolate barks started gaining popularity not so long ago. Now what’s a party without a dessert, right? But let’s not go the easy way, let’s try something that will give you an explosion of tastes in your mouth. A salted chocolate bark!

Ingredients

3 cups of Chocolate Chips
1 cup of Cookie Butter
1 cup of Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Butter Softened
1 tsp Rock Salt

Instructions

Line a pan with wax paper. Melt 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate (you can use a microwave instead of a water bath to do it faster). Then spread the melted chocolate thinly and evenly over the wax paper. Stick it in the freezer for a half hour. While that’s in the freezer, combine the cookie butter, powdered sugar, and butter. Get the chocolate out of the freezer in about half an hour and spread the cookie butter over it, while still frozen.

The second chocolate layer is additional, but you can repeat the previous melting steps and cover the cookie butter with another thin chocolate layer. Top with the salt, you may not need the full 1 tsp. Stick the whole thing in the freezer again. Better leave it overnight, so that in the morning it can break easily.

You can try doing something similar with dough and salty ingredients – and you will get a chips snack. Want to make it Italian style with chopped tomatoes, basil and cheese? Be creative! Make up your own recipes! They don’t have to be complex, as long as they are delicious. There are so many party food ideas out there – just find a couple of hours to go through them and get inspired. Mostly, they are so easy and much fun to make. Together with the not-so-healthy options, you can always change some ingredients in the recipe for it to be more suitable for the health maniacs out there. You can start from switching to vegetable chips, for example.

I am sure you will be having a great time at the party itself, but always try to make a personal party of your own, while preparing for the evening.