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Get in touch with your inner foodie and have some foodspiration for your next event menu with some of the most delicious canapé and finger food ideas to wow guests.
Event food and catering not only helps to set the tone of the event but can also keep attendees happy (no one likes to go hungry!) and canapés and finger foods are a great way to keep a flow of food without a sit-down meal or large buffet selection. Appetizer or hors d’oeuvres only catering options can be a great low-budget event planning idea but you need to make sure they are impressive selections if it is all you are serving. Luckily we have got you covered, here are 18 foodspirational ideas to get you started.
The stunning signature salmon canapés served with dill are always a welcome addition and when combined with cream cheese like these, you can’t go wrong!
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Swedish Roasted Potatoes
Potatoes are a classic and very diverse, these canapés are topped with Swedish anchovies and chives to make them a sweet but spicy option for your adventurous food guests.
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Shrimp & Grits
Go back to basics with these shrimp and grits on handy serving size spoons for a simple but elegant solution.
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Guacamole & Prawn Taco
Miniaturize tacos like this option that adds a sophisticated touch of guacamole and prawns to add a burst of flavor in almost one bite!
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Pea Soup Beakers
Go quirky or incorporate you’re the theme into your canapés like with these fun and easy to manage pea soup beakers. It definitely mixes up an old classic.
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Vegetable Confetti Bruschetta
A delicious vegetarian option that adds color to your finger food selection such as this confetti topped with cheese. They are also surprisingly filling too!
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With a variety of options available and plenty of color, sushi can be an elegant and relatively easy finger food to serve. Plus it’s so dynamic you could organize them according to event themes and colors while still being delicious.
Opt for comfort food and you can’t go wrong! These delicious and cute looking mini burritos are individually wrapped and can be customized with fillings too depending on your catering preferences.
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Ham & Quince Biscuits
These small stuffed biscuits are an interesting finger food option that turn out like warmed sandwiches, especially filled with quince jam.
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Jalapeno, Salmon, Cucumber Bites
These spicy and tangy bites are a great combination of cream cheese, salmon, and jalapeno for a uniquely surprising flavor!
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Combine meat and fish to mix up the classics for a delicious finger food that is perfect for dipping as shown here. You could also serve these warm or cold depending on your event but either way they have the perfect crunch!
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Serve up pre-made salads with fresh produce that is in season and recreate favored larger dishes with croutons or cheeses too!
Melon Ham Spikes
A fruit combination that are budget friendly and easy to eat with a handy cocktail stick, these basil and ham melon spikes are a delicious and light alternative for afternoon events that won’t fill up your guests.
Traditional food in miniature form will always go down a hit and these lasagne cups that are best served warm will be well received, particularly as they are much easier to consume than the larger version!
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Steak is a classic but is very limited to a sit-down meal so instead try incorporating it into canapé form like this delicious, mini wagyu steak tartar option.
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Goat Cheese & Mushroom Crostini
These crostini options with Sauteed vegetables, almonds, and caramelized onions are bursting with flavor and are surprisingly filling. Plus they are more interesting as they are a variety of colors which makes them more appetizing.
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Perfect for kids and adults alike these pizza pinwheel lollies are a great way to sneak some junk food into a sophisticated event and no one can tell the difference!
Halloumi Grilled Aubergine
These intricate but awesome looking canapés are filled with a variety of flavors including potato cakes, pineapple salsa, Asian prawn spoons, pea shoots and puree and beef canon all in a handy aubergine wrap.
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Whether you are looking for simple and effective or something more intricate to wow your attendees, these canapés and finger foods will do just the trick. There is something here to cater to any attendee food preference so no one is left out. Use these as foodspiration for your next event and you can’t go wrong!