Snacking at dinner parties can just get tricky—balancing your drink and plate are enough, but adding in utensils? This is why finger foods for parties should be pretty much mandatory these days. We're not saying all you should serve is some crudités, either, because that won't fill anyone up (though the right spread can be pretty epic, as you'll see in a second).
Basically, anything can be made bite-size if prepped—or cut—the right way (you just need to learn how). Below, we've rounded up our favorite party-ready recipes just in time for Fourth of July festivities. Scroll through, and then make your favorite Fourth of July finger foods for the party. Trust us, your guests will thank you, and you'll witness far fewer spills.
Mozzarella Stuffed Squash Blossoms
When you're in the mood to treat your guests to something that looks like a beautiful flower and tastes like a party in your mouth, make this squash blossom recipe from Salt and Wind. They're stuffed with mozzarella cheese for a delicious surprise when you bite into them, and they look very summer-appropriate.
Chipotle Chicken Taquitos
What's better (or simpler) than a five-ingredient finger food? Taquitos rolled with chipotle pepper-spiced shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and lettuce will satisfy every palate. We like that you can fry them if you want a crunchier shell or bake them if you want to be a bit healthier. Either way, they taste oh so good.
Rainbow Crudité Platter
What party is complete without a crudité platter? You don't have to look twice to know that this one from Wu Haus is as epic as it gets. Not only is incredibly photogenic, but it's also packed with healthy, delicious snack options to keep your guests satisfied all afternoon.
Cheddar Cornbread Chicken Fingers
Southern food is always associated with good summer entertaining, and this appetizer is just one reason why. These chicken fingers are a mixture of crispy chicken, cornbread, and sweet corn kernels—comfort food at its finest. What truly elevates the dish is the homemade jalapeño honey butter (you can spread it on biscuits, too).
Mixed Mushroom Toasts
If you throw parties often (or attend potlucks on the regular), this crostini recipe from Salt and Wind is about to be your go-to appetizer dish. Topped with a medley of mushrooms, parsley, and parmesan and toasted to perfection, it's a simple yet delicious addition to your Fourth of July finger food lineup.
Vegetarian meatballs will help fill up your guests who follow a plant-based diet. A blend of cauliflower, quinoa, oat flour, eggs, and brown rice make up this finger food. Top with your favorite marinara or masala sauce, and insert a toothpick in each for easy snacking.
Sundried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
If you like veggie cream cheese, then this one's for you. Vegan cream cheese mixed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, vegan Parmesan, and spinach are the ultimate filling in these tasty tortilla pinwheels. Spread them out on a platter so the pretty colors are on display.
Mini Jabon-Beurre Sandwich
You really can't go wrong with this classic crowd-pleaser of a finger food, whether it's the Fourth of July or not. They're super easy to nibble on while you talk and mingle, and they'll actually hit the spot, unlike some super-light finger food options we've seen at parties. Brought to us by Salt and Wind, all you need is a mini baguette, high-quality butter and ham, and five minutes to spare.
Roasted Sweet Potato Pie Bites
Finger foods for parties don't always have to be savory. Case in point: these delectable sweet potato pie bites made with roasted potato rounds topped with creamy Swiss cheese, toasted pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup. PS: They're way healthier than a real slice of pie.
Up next: dinner party ideas and tips that'll impress your guests.
This post was originally published on July 2, 2017, and has since been updated.