12 Savvy Ways to Serve Finger Foods

Easy-to-pick-up finger foods are ideal for parties, and you'll earn big style points with these recipes and creative serving suggestions.

  • Marinated Mozzarella
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Marinated Mozzarella

    Fresh rosemary stems not only add flavor but also provide the perfect way to pick up the cubes of mozzarella.
  • Cheese Straws
    Ralph Anderson

    Cheese Straws

    When you're not using your silver julep cups for bourbon cocktails, turn them into festive serving containers for cheese straws. Line each cup with a linen napkin to keep the cheese straws upright in the cup and to prevent salt and oils from contact with the silver.
  • Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites

    Decorative glass jars are great for food gifts, but they're also a fun way to present and serve treats on a holiday dessert table. Buy jars with lids to match your table setting theme or decorate your own jars with ribbon, raffia or fabric.
  • Gorgonzola Truffles
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Gorgonzola Truffles

    Sometimes the perfect serving piece is right in your kitchen. Pull out a wooden cutting board for a casual yet artful arrangement of fruits and cheeses.
  • Espresso Truffles
    Photo: Mary Ellen Bartley

    Espresso Truffles

    Serving fudgy truffles in miniature paper liners creates visual interest and allows your guests to pick up the candy without getting chocolate on their fingers.
  • Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
    Photo: Charles Walton

    Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches

    There's no time like the present to get out those silver trays you received as wedding gifts and use them for serving party sandwiches. Nothing dresses up a table better than silver, so don't wait for a formal occasion to show your style.
  • Mini Caprese Bites
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Mini Caprese Bites

    Place fresh mozzarella cheese balls, grape tomato halves and basil on short wooden skewers, and serve in stemless wine glasses for an easy and colorful presentation.
  • Corn Bread Bites
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr

    Corn Bread Bites

    For a casual gathering, consider serving these bite-size corn bread muffins directly from the baking pan. Loosen the muffins from the pan to make it easier for guests to pick up with their fingers. This way of serving the bread works great for a "top-your-own chili" party or a soup bar in the kitchen.
  • Feta Cheese Truffles
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Feta Cheese Truffles

    Rather than a presenting a platter full of the same item, use a dish with compartments and place small portions of different kinds of finger foods in each section. Include an easy-to-pick up cheese appetizer along with roasted nuts, olives, and fresh veggies.
  • Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

    Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

    Bag up these mini-popcorn balls in small paper bags, and arrange the bags on a tray with a piece of ribbon. Look for small bags to match your party theme at craft stores or in the gift wrap section of variety stores.
  • Tofu Bites
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Tofu Bites

    When it comes to serving finger foods, don't forget the standbys such as colorful wooden picks. There's no reason to make things hard.
  • Walnut Brittle
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Walnut Brittle

    Although festive holiday tins are usually reserved for food gifts, there's certainly nothing wrong with using them as serving containers. It's a great way to add a festive holiday theme to the table without spending a fortune on serving pieces. Line the tin with a square of parchment paper and fill it up with candy or cookies.
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