It’s party time. The guests are on their way, they’re hungry, and they’re expecting plenty of delicious treats when they arrive. Do you have a mouthwatering dish waiting for those ravenous partiers? Don’t get caught empty-handed with a hungry horde at your door — cook them something tasty!
We asked our Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers for their go-to party food ideas, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. Check out their picks! — Max Minckler
Prawn Biriyani 1 of 14
It's the perfect make-ahead dish and never fails to wow people. It's remarkably easy to make, despite its many steps, and people always think that you've spent hours slaving over a hot stove. It packs the perfect blend of flavors, too!
— Michelle Peters Jones, The Tiffin Box
Photo Credit: Michelle Peters Jones
Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip 2 of 14
Our creamy avocado yogurt dip is one of our most popular recipes, and we love making it for parties. It is easy to whip up and goes great with cut-up veggies, pita chips, crackers, and tortilla chips.
— Maria Lichty, Two Peas and Their Pod
Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Tartlettes 3 of 14
More than likely, it will be some flavor combination of "tartlettes." I made little lemon curd tartlettes for my daughter's birthday, and they always receive "oooh"s and "ahh"s because they are so dainty and pretty. Tartlettes are good for parties and get-togethers because they can be assembled at the last minute, but the pastry dough and filling can be made ahead of time.
— Sarah Kenney, Snippets of Thyme
Photo Credit: Snippets of Thyme
Foolproof Fudge and Seven-Layer Cookies 4 of 14
Tex-Mex Guacamole 5 of 14
Pink Dip 6 of 14
I love pink dip. It's perfect for a little girl's birthday party or even a grown-up dinner party with an assortment of brightly colored vegetables. It's just one of those recipes that's intriguing to all the senses.
— Catherine McCord, Weelicious
Photo Credit: Weelicious Cookbook
Pesto Lasagna 7 of 14
Maple Yogurt Mousse 8 of 14
Mexican Casserole 9 of 14
This recipe is a one-pot meal. It is perfect for a party because you can make it ahead of time, and if you need to travel, you can carry it in the same pan you cooked it in. Also, if you need to reheat, just pop the whole thing in the oven.
— Patricia Jinich, Pati's Mexican Table
Photo Credit: Penny de los Santos, from Pati's Mexican Table
Hibiscus Flower and Raspberry Jello 10 of 14
A fun and deliciously sweet gelatin never fails. It's easy to prepare and a great party conversation starter.
— Ericka Sanchez, Nibbles and Feasts
Photo credit: Nibbles and Feasts
The Greek Feast 11 of 14
I love having parties and never make anything that needs to be prepped while my guests are there. I like to enjoy my parties and spend time with my guests. I lovingly call my favorite entertaining meal Greek Feast. Everything is delicious and can be made ahead of time.
— Bree Hester, Baked Bree
Photo Credit: Baked Bree
Japanese Cheesecake 12 of 14
For dessert at a party I like to prepare my Japanese cheesecake, which is the most highly requested recipe among my family and friends! Unlike typical cheesecake, this cake uses meringue so the texture of the cake is fluffy and light. You can eat two slices easily!
— Namiko Chen, Just One Cookbook
Photo Credit: Namiko Chen
Korean Blue Cheese and Brie Fondue 13 of 14
Fondue is one of my favorite party recipes. "Put the food out, and enjoy your party!" is my motto. Fondue is a simple dish that always pleases the crowd. With a little planning and effort beforehand, you can put out a beautiful spread and spend your time at the party enjoying your guests.
— Louise Mellor, Geez Louise
Photo Credit: Louise Mellor
Homemade Truffle and Onion Pizza 14 of 14
It sounds kind of crazy, but my choice is homemade pizza. You can make something really fancy or with very basic toppings. Guests can either get in on the action and help top their own, or you can have it baking when guests arrive. Sometimes I even make it as an appetizer and cut it in small, irregular pieces.
— Anna Thomas Bates, Tallgrass Kitchen
Photo Credit: Anna Thomas Bates