Party Food & Drink Ideas

Hosting a party can be daunting and a lot of work but is so much fun and worth it in the end.  Planning a party menu ahead of time is the most important thing to ensure your event is a success and you also get to enjoy the fun, food, drink, & your guests.  This list of party ideas includes yummy, simple, easy, and make-ahead recipes that are the best for cooking and baking for the next gathering. 

Whether your celebration is for a birthday, anniversary, wedding or baby shower, retirement parties, Halloween, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, all these recipes are the best food and drink ideas for parties. If you are having an after-work happy hour, social event, bbq with neighbors, or a small gathering at home, try one or more of these party foods or cocktails for your next fun party.  Enjoy the party and do not be stuck in the kitchen when you make these easy make-ahead tasty recipes.

 

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Party Food & Drink Ideas

For a great list of recipes to make and serve at parties, all these party foods and drinks are the best ideas.  There is a combination of easy & elegant party recipes to ensure your next celebration has the best food and drink for guests.  

Party Cocktail Recipes

Here are the best cocktail recipes for your next party.  There are tequila, rum, and vodka drinks to serve at your party.  One includes making pitchers of a cocktail so you have plenty to keep pouring and the party cheer going with some fresh mojitos.  

Classic Mojitos by the Pitcher
Making mojitos by the pitcher with limes and mint is the perfect easy recipe for a crowd.
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Classic Mojitos by the Pitcher
TEQUILA SUNRISE COCKTAIL: TWO UNIQUE TWISTS ON A CLASSIC
A gorgeous colorful cocktail with tequila, citrus juices, and grenadine.
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Tequila Sunrise Cocktail
Texas Ranch Water
Texas ranch water is a refreshing 3-ingredient cocktail recipe. Ranch water is simply the easiest tequila cocktail you can make at home. 
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Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
A refreshing and spicy twist on a Moscow Mule that includes jalapenos and basil. A wonderful vodka cocktail that is an easy recipe and a crowd-pleaser.
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Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
Best Pomegranate Moscow Mule
The best pomegranate Moscow mule recipe is easy, pretty, refreshing, and tastes yummy. A perfect combo of vodka, ginger beer, and juices.
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Purple Passion Cocktail
The 80s classic Purple Passion is back with vodka and all the grape goodness from the past.
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Two Purple Passions
Candy Corn Martini
Sweet vodka cocktail that looks like just candy corn and is the ideal Halloween adult treat!
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Candy Corn Martini two glasses
Watermelon Mint Martini
Refreshing and easy vodka cocktail with fresh watermelon, mint, and lemon juice. This delicious recipe is the ultimate summer martini.
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Watermelon Mint Martini - The Short Order Cook
St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with pistachio and Irish cream liqueur pudding shots - Cheers! A fun and easy pudding shot recipe great for parties and the green color is great also for Christmas.
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St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
Dry Ice Cocktails
The best dry ice cocktail recipe ideas are shared here. These drinks will be great for a creepy fun Halloween party. The dry ice effects are a special party trick for a spooky theme.
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Party Finger-Food Recipes

All of these party finger foods are budget-friendly and are easy to make.  They are make-ahead recipes that are great for a party, dinner appetizers, or snacks to put out for your guests. Make one or more of these recipes for your party and you will have time to enjoy your guests. There are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipe ideas here to make for the next big party or event. 

Party Perfect Deviled Eggs
Creamy and tangy deviled eggs are party-perfect food and crowd-pleasing appetizer. This easy recipe is keto, low-carb, gluten-free, and diabetic too.
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party perfect deviled eggs
Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta
This traditional bruschetta combines the perfect flavors of fresh Roma tomatoes, sweet basil, salty capers, and pungent garlic.
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Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta The Short Order Cook
Furikake Snack Mix
The perfect sweet, savory, salty, and crunchy snack mix. The umami flavors of the furikake seasoning make this way better than your ordinary party or Chex mix.
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Furikake Snack Mix
Holiday Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread
Holiday appetizer with bright tangy cranberry sauce and a three-cheese spread.
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HOLIDAY CRANBERRY CHEESE SPREAD plated
Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Onion rings are a classic fried treat that is so easy to make homemade. This beer-battered recipe for onion rings is the perfect side dish, snack, or appetizer.
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Homemade Beer-Battered Onion Rings
Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries
Homemade deep-fried sweet potato fries are a quick and easy family favorite recipe. This fantastic method to deep fry & season them makes the best appetizer or side dish.
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Deep Fried Sweet Potato Fries featured overhead of plate of fries and dipping sauce
Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise
This ranch dressing is so delicious, no one will know it is made without mayo. It is cool, creamy and herby just like a true ranch dressing should be.
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Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise
Best Cream Cheese Appetizers
The best cream cheese appetizers are here no matter what your taste or diet is.  There is something for everyone to love with these homemade hors devours.  These recipes offer a variety that includes those with meat, for vegetarians, great dips, hearty cheese balls, and all are killer recipes. 
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Healthy Party Recipes with Protein & Vegatables

Here are some party recipe ideas that include meat and protein. These recipe ideas for your next party to have for low-carb, keto, gluten-free, or paleo appetizers and snacks. There are party salads and vegetable ideas here as well for something healthy for your guests, including vegan & vegetarian recipes.  

How to Make Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings (Secret Step Included)
Fall off the bone buffalo chicken wings will please any crowd. The cooking liquid secret adds so much flavor.
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Perfect Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings with Pickled Vegetable and Homemade Ranch Dressing
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick
Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe.  These tasty marinated chicken teriyaki kebabs are grilled to perfection for the ultimate sweet, salty, and savory bite. This is a gluten-free recipe with keto options as well.
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Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick featured plated with green onions and teriyaki dipping
Dips for Sweet Potato Fries
The best dips for eating with sweet potato fries are these two quick and easy recipes. Here is not just one but two terrific dips to serve with your favorite french fries.  Each dipping sauce is a wonderful combination of 3 simple ingredients to make a yummy dip to serve with sweet potato fries. 
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GRAIN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS
Chicken nuggets have never been more easy or delicious to make homemade thanks to this quick grain-free coating. Keto, low-carb, & gluten-free too! 
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Southern Pimento Cheese
Pimento (pimiento) Cheese is a true Southern staple for any get-together. This classic recipe is a crowd-pleaser and my version has only a bit of mayo but all the creaminess. This easy appetizer is wonderful for keto, low-carb, and gluten-free diets.
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Southern Pimento Cheese
Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon
Shishito Peppers are a mild pepper blistered in a pan and then tossed with cream cheese and bacon.
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Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon
Homemade Pickles with Leftover Pickle Juice
Homemade pickles are so easy to make when you reuse pickle juice for this recipe. In 24 hours quick refrigerator pickles are crisp and ready.  
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Crispy Baked Marinated Artichoke Hearts
Crispy oven-baked marinated artichoke hearts is the easiest recipe ever. It is so simple to cook marinated, canned, or frozen artichoke hearts in the oven on high heat to get a crispy outside and a tender inside. They're best as an appetizer, healthy snack, salad pizza topping, or side dish. Artichoke hearts are a wonderful cracker or chip replacement that makes a good gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and keto dipper.
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Party Sweet Drinks & Desserts

Every good party has something sweet to finish off the celebration. Here are the best dessert cocktails, drinks, and desserts. This includes cookies, cheesecake, candies, and more for your next party. 

Salted Caramel Espresso Martini
Salted caramel espresso martinis are a perfectly rich, sweet, and creamy vodka cocktail recipe. Like a combination of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and a Kahlua White Russian.
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Salted Caramel Espresso Martini featured on table
Mint Mojito Iced Coffee (Philz copycat)
The easiest copycat recipe for your favorite Philz coffee, the mint mojito ice coffee. It is all things cool, minty, creamy, and sweet in one perfect sip.
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Mint Mojito Iced Coffee (Philz copycat) ready with a muffin
Keto No-Bake Cheesecake
This easy no-bake keto cheesecake is creamy, sweet, and yummy. It is gluten-free, low-carb, and diabetic-friendly with only a few ingredients.
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Halloween Popcorn Balls
Halloween popcorn balls are the easy festive holiday treat that all ages will love. This recipe is for both orange and monster treats. These marshmallow popcorn balls are loaded with fun candies and chocolate.
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Homemade Snickers Bars
Snickers candy with chewy nougat, rich caramel, crunchy peanuts, and chocolate are a classic. Making your Snickers bars at home is an easy no-bake recipe to satisfy any sweet tooth.
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Nutter Butter & Jelly Cookie Bars
Nutter Butter bars are an amazing cookie for any peanut butter and jelly lover. This easy recipe is the ultimate PB&J cookie bar with a Nutter Butter base, a sweet strawberry preserves layer, and a crumbled topping.
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RED VELVET CRINKLE COOKIE SANDWICHES
Red velvet cookies are crispy and chewy. The cream cheese frosting makes the ideal sandwich cookie.
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Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies
Muddy buddies (puppy chow) meet the classic snickerdoodle cookie flavors of cinnamon and sugar.
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Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies
Red, White, & Blue Strawberries for 4th of July
These red, white, and blue chocolate-covered strawberries are a fun and colorful 4th of July recipe. For a patriotic twist, you only need a few ingredients for this easy make-ahead dessert.
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Fresh Strawberry Mousse Parfait
Fresh strawberry mousse is an easy parfait dessert. It’s light and healthy with mounds of yummy berry whipped cream and puree layer making for a great no-bake recipe. 
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Caramelized Apple Hand Pies
Delicious homemade caramelized apple hand pies are easy to make. These fried apple pies are flaky, sweet, and have the perfect hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Breakfast or Brunch Party & Drink Ideas

If you are hosting a brunch or breakfast, these recipes are the best ideas to make and serve.  Whether you are cooking for a baby or bridal shower, Mother’s Day brunch, or Christma breakfast, here are yummy recipe ideas for that celebration. 

Christmas Morning Mimosas
A festive holiday drink to start off Christmas morning and to share with family and friends.
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Christmas Morning Mimosas - 2 glasses filled
Iced Matcha Latte (Starbucks Copycat)
This matcha iced tea latte is a copycat recipe for the delicious drink from Starbucks. It is easy to make and a cool refreshing green tea drink using matcha powder. Enjoy it iced or blended for a frozen matcha latte frappe.
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Stewed Pears
Sweet pears are stewed with sugar and cinnamon for a sweet treat. They are great for breakfast or for dessert as a topping or accompaniment. This quick and easy recipe makes wonderfully spiced pears.
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Homemade Low-Carb Sausage Balls
These homemade sausage balls are an easy low-carb recipe great for a keto breakfast, brunch, appetizer, or snack.  They are full of flavor, tender, simple, and packed with protein while also being gluten-free.
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Cinnamon Roll Pie
Cinnamon Roll Pie is the creation of Cracker Barrel for an amazing combination that is simple but oh so yummy. There is no easier 2-ingredient breakfast or dessert recipe than cinnamon roll pie. 
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Nutella Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake
The classic sour cream coffee cake recipe with a Nutella swirl. The bundt cake shape is then perfectly drizzled with a cinnamon Nutella glaze.
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Nutella Swirl Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Perfectly Crispy & Chewy Mochi Waffles
Mochi waffles have a lovely chewy texture on the inside. This mochi recipe also has a crispy outside for a perfect balance of all things wonderful about homemade waffles. 
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Keto Belgian Chaffles
Keto and low carb waffles made from shredded cheese and eggs = chaffles. Each one has only 3 net carbs and a ton of flavor and versatility to enjoy so many ways. Great for breakfast, made into pizza, as sandwich bread, and strips for snacking.
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Old-Fashioned Mini Blueberry Muffins
Homemade mini blueberry muffins are sweet little treats that adults and kids just love.  This old-fashioned homemade recipe is great for a small batch and they keep well.
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Easy Applesauce Muffins
This easy muffin recipe with applesauce is the best homemade breakfast baked good for all ages, especially kids. They are sweet, fluffy, and the cinnamon sugar topping is a bit crunchy which makes these the best muffins ever. 
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The Best Banana Streusel Muffins
Overripe bananas become the best fluffy banana streusel muffins. This sweet breakfast muffin recipe is a kid and adult favorite.
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Party Food & Drink Ideas

Angela
For all the best party food and drink recipe ideas, check out this list. There are easy, funny, and yummy recipes for your next party, holiday, birthday, or celebration. Including finger foods, cocktails, desserts, and all kinds of special diet party foods for keto, gluten-free, & vegetarian.
Prep Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Try one or more of the following great party food or drink recipes:

  • Deviled Eggs
  • Chicken Teriyaki Kebabs
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Spicy Moscow Mules
  • Pitcher of Mojitos
  • Apple HandPies
  • Keto Cheesecake
  • Espresso Martini

Instructions
 

  • Make 1 or more of these party foods or cocktails
  • Refrigerator for later or serve immediately.
  • Enjoy your party.
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