Catered Cocktail Party Ideas


Cocktail Parties are a great way to gather many people or a visit with a few good friends.  Whether the setting is formal or casual a variety of freshly prepared homemade food will make the occasion memorable for your guests.

Appetizers can be total finger food and serve many people with little waste or mess.  I like huge amounts of a few items that complement each other in flavor and appearance and taste delicious. 




These are some suggestions:

  • Peppers Au Gratin
  • Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
  • Zucchini or banana bread
  • Crudities with homemade bleu cheese dressing
  • Feta spinach bread
  • Sausage pepper and onion bread
  • Ruben stuffed bread with Russian dressing dip
  • Antipasto on a stick
  • Traditional shrimp cocktail
  • Focacia with sun dried tomatoes and pesto
  • Cheese boards with fruit

Appetizers can be served on a plate or as a course at your next dinner party, some are child friendly but be prepared for the adults to devour the homemade fish sticks!

  • Eggplant tart
  • Grilled shrimp kabob with coconut milk and cilantro
  • Grilled Italian shrimp kabobs
  • Clams and butter
  • Seven layer Mexican dip
  • Seared scallops with Clementine sauce
  • Crab cakes
  • Fish sticks
  • Chicken tenders

Or in a bowl or at a buffet or as a main course:

  • Seven bean soup
  • Black bean soup puree or not
  • Minestrone
  • Tuscan catillini bean soup
  • New England clam chowder
  • Shrimp gumbo
  • Seafood chowder
  • Butternut squash
  • Creamed spinach


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