A party can never do without food. A good spread of food is half the success of a good party.
Appetizers are usually a good choice to serve at a casual party. No one’s really going to sit down and have a proper meal, so having decent finger food helps keep your guests satiated and leaves them free to move around to mingle with other guests.
Appetizers can also be served at formal parties where the main course is served. They can be served as part of the meal, but in general, appetizers are used to refer to bite-size finger food that requires some level of preparation, so snacks like chips, fruits, or cut cheese are not standard appetizers.
Appetizers are a standard menu item across many different cultures although not every culture term them as appetizers, they all have similar purposes in a meal; to whet the appetite of the guests or to offer some relief while the guest waits for the main event to start.
You might have observed an unspoken rule at the parties you have attended. Some trays of appetizers get cleaned out quickly but some trays stick around and some even left untouched. It’s not really because of the quality of the food since party goers aren’t big-time connoisseurs and you don’t really go back to a certain tray because it tastes better than the other one.
The defining factor is usually the ease of handling and eating the food. Appetizers that are too complicated to handle or to eat are no good for parties. Consider a tray of crispy and savory fried chicken wings and a tray of chicken nuggets. No prizes for guessing which tray get clean up and which one remains untouched.
Partygoers are there to enjoy themselves and no one wants to get their hands or clothes dirtied by appetizers that are oily or wet with lots of sauce, and especially not when you have to pick them up with your hands.
More so since your guests want to be mingling around with other guests and a good way not to embarrass yourself if not to get caught trying to tear the chicken meat off its bone. This may be an exaggerated example, but you get the idea. Easy appetizers for parties work the best. No wet foods, preferably no picking up of food with hands and best if they can be eaten in a single mouthful.
Of course, while easy-to-eat appetizers are a basic requirement, they still need to look good, smell good, and most importantly taste good to complete the party. Read below for more innovative recipes to make tasty appetizers that are easy to eat at any party.