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Party Food Appetizers

Party food appetizers don’t have to be complicated to be elegant. The Prosciutto and papaya recipe found on this page is an excellent example of that.

For a list of popular party food recipes, simply scroll down this page.

Party Food AppetizersThere are several wonderful recipes that can be made in just a matter of minutes. On our easy dip recipes page you’ll find a number of dip recipes from festive such as bean dip or guacamole to hearty dips such as hot crab dip or artichoke dip.

If you’re hosting a cocktail party try our delicious canape recipes for beauty and flavor.

And if it’s an elegant dinner party appetizer you need, we suggest Croque Monsier with Caviar, French Style Crepes, or Greek marinated vegetables.

Prosciutto and Papaya with Lime and Tequila

  • 12 Tin slices of Prosciutto, fat trimmed off
  • 1 large papaya - peel, seeded, and cubed (24 cubes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of tequila
  • 1 teaspoon of grated lime zest

Cut each piece of Prosciutto lengthwise and wrap the pieces of papaya (or other melon substitute) with the Prosciutto.

Arrange the wrapped papaya on a platter. In a small bowl, combine the tequila and lime juice. Sprinkle over the melon and garnish with lime zest.

This is a very refreshing dish that’s perfect as a spring picnic idea and elegant enough for holiday parties. For other refreshing party appetizers, visit our easy picnic recipes, where you’ll find tons of dishes that are perfect for summer!

Our Complete List of Party Food Appetizers and Dinner Party Ideas

Here’s a list of popular party food appetizers, dinner party recipes, menus inspired by dinner party themes, and dessert ideas on our site.

Of course, many of our creative party themes have party food appetizers and recipes that coordinate with them.

Dinner Party Invitations

Great parties start with wonderful invitations. Send a "real" paper invitation and your guests will anticipate something special on the horizon.

Party Food Appetizers, Dips and Other Finger Foods

Appetizers, Anchovy Canapes
Appetizers, Buffalo Wings
Appetizers, Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Appetizers, Deviled Eggs
Appetizers, Eggplant Canapes
Appetizers, Corn Salsa
Appetizers, Marinated Vegetables
Appetizers, Pigs in a Blanket
Appetizers, Pinwheels
Appetizers, Potato Skins
Appetizers, Potted Meat Tea Sandwiches
Appetizers, Prosciutto and Papaya
Appetizers, Quesadillas
Appetizers, Savory Crepes
Appetizers, Savory Crepes
Appetizers, Shish Kabob Recipes
Appetizers, Smoked Trout Canapes
Dips, Artichoke Dip
Dips, Bean Dip
Dips, Blue Cheese
Dips, Crab
Dips, Guacamole
Dips, Hummus
Dips, Spinach Dip

Soups, Salads and Chilis

Ambrosia Salad
Arugula Salad
Broccoli Salad
Carrot Soup
Chicken Salad
Cream of Mushroom
Egg Salad
French Onion
Kidney Bean
Leek and Potato
Potato Salad
Sea Scallop
Split Pea
Tomato Cucumber
Tuna Salad
White Bean Chicken Chili

Burgers and Sandwiches

Burgers, Chicken
Burgers, Italian
Sandwiches, Rueben Sandwich
Sandwiches, Sandwich Wraps

Entres or Sides (more appropriate for a Dinner Party or Whole Meal)

Baked Coconut Shrimp
Beef Tacos
Chicken Tacos (grilled)
Chicken with Dates
Coq Au Vin
Croque Monsieur
Cucumber Sandwich
Fish Tacos
Glazed Carrots
Green Bean Casserole
Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Potatoes
Homemade Pasta
Entres, Honey Baked Ham
Leg of Lamb
Oven Fried Chicken
Oven Roast Beef
Oven Roasted Vegetables
Pasta Salad
Scalloped Potatoes
Sole Recipes
Shish Kabob Recipes
Vegetable Marinade
Vegetarian Tacos
White and Red Spagetti Sauce

Complete Dinner Party Menus

Menu Ideas, Authentic French
Menu Ideas, Brunch Menu
Menu Ideas, Traditional Mexican


Apple Pie
Bananas Foster
Butter Caramel
Chocolate Cake for a Moist Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Cake Recipe for a Rich Cake
Chocolate Ganache Recipes
Chocolate Glaze Recipe for Cakes and Fruit
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Truffle
Coconut Cupcakes
Coconut Macaroons
Decorated Easter Peeps
English Triffle
Grand Marnier Souffle
Halloween Cookies
Key Lime Pie
Meringue for Cookies and Pies Margarita Fruit Dip
Oreo Bon-Bons
Pate Brisee
Peanut Brittle
Pears Poached in Red Wine
Pie Crust
Scones: Basic Recipe for Cheese, Cranberry, Orange
Sugar Cookies
Sugar Cookie Icing
Sweet Cream Cupcakes (Easy)
Sweet Crepes
Yogurt Fruit Dip


Alcoholic Irish Drinks
Non-alcoholic Irish Drinks
Party Punches
Wine and Cheese Pairing List

Vintage Cocktail Recipes

Vintage Cocktail Recipes Having a vintage party theme? Make vintage drink recipes a feature in your party. These drink recipes are unique because they’re not made with mixers but from fresh ingredients.

Taste the difference of cocktails made from scratch.

A vintage cocktail party is one of the most popular parties I’ve hosted. Print off our free Vintage Cocktail Recipes menu of some of the most popular drinks of the 50s and 60s. The menu makes a great party display and reference!

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