Host the Best Dinner Party With These Finger Foods

You are most likely reading this article because you are planning a fantastic dinner for you and your friends. Your dinner doesn’t start when you are all seated at the table; it begins the moment the first guest walks into your home.  

When the first few guests arrive, you’d want to make them feel comfortable as you wait for the rest to come. Sometimes, there may be delays in preparing and cooking your dinner courses, which is normal. However, there is a solution that will help divert the delays and give you plus points for being a great dinner host. 

Serving appetisers or finger food to guests while waiting for other guests and for dinner time to start is a great way to get the party started. Before the meal, guests will be socialising―and what better to do this but with delicious finger food and drinks? 

Here are some appetiser suggestions and tips to give you a better idea: 

If you want a refreshing option 

If you’ll be having a dinner course bursting with intense flavours, serving mild and delicious appetisers would be the perfect choice to balance your guests’ palates. An excellent option for you would be to serve fruit and vegetable appetisers. 

A sparkly glass wine would go well with a refreshing watermelon Caprese. Slice your watermelon and fresh mozzarella drizzled with basil and olive oil. You can also try serving a fruit bowl with a creamy, herby dip. These cold finger foods aren’t dense, making them great options if you have a heavy dinner course. 

If you want a more filling choice  

If you want to start the party right away, incorporating protein or meat into your finger foods will excite your guests. Doing so will also give them a sneak peek of your delicious dinner menu. The challenge here is for the appetisers to be incredibly tasty but light enough for guests to enjoy the following courses. 

A simple, protein-rich finger food idea you can try is dates and goat cheese wrapped in prosciutto. These bites pair elegantly with a glass of chilled white wine. Another standard finger food option you can try is deviled eggs. You can never go wrong with this classic. 

If you want options from under the sea 

Some of the best finger food recipes involve seafood as part of the ingredients. These dishes will immediately impress your guests and get them hooked on the flavours you are bringing to the table. Seafood is good finger food inspiration if you want a great balance of flavours and complexity. 

A simple finger food recipe you could try is a shrimp and potato kebab. To make this dish, grill shrimp and potatoes on a stick and drizzle them with a bit of olive oil. Lightly season with salt and pepper, and you have the perfect complement to a glass of cold ginger beer. 


Planning a party and conceptualising a menu is one of the best parts of hosting a dinner. Working with a reputable catering company can help you execute the best dinner party you and your friends will ever have. After trying any of these finger food options, you’ll most likely keep getting messages from your friends asking you when the next party will be.  

Are you hosting a dinner party soon? Gourmet Tarts Catering is a catering company in New South Wales. We offer delicious buffet selections, hot and cold finger foods, sit-down lunch and dinner menus, and more. We would love to be a part of creating the best food experience for you. Check our menu today, and let’s plan your next dinner party!