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Part of the fun in socializing is eating, that's why every party has food! In fact many parties are based on the food itself. So when you planning your next menu keep this in mind. You don't have to have tons of food to put on a good party. Just make sure you have "great food." 
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Hors d'oeuvre
Hors d' oeuvres are food items served before the main courses of a meal and can be eaten in one bite. Hors d'oeuvres can be sweet or savory. The French (singular and plural) is hors d'œuvre; in English, the œ ligature is usually replaced by the 2-letter sequence "oe" with the plural often written as "hors d'oeuvres" . There are several related terms, such as a one-bite appetizer, as an amuse-bouche. Many times food on toothpicks are hors d'oeuvres.  Gourmet hors d’oeuvres such as quiches, pate, caviar, and tea sandwiches are suitable for a formal event, whereas more familiar food such as sliced fruits, deli trays, crackers, and cookies are preferred at more casual celebrations.

 • Canapés • Crudités • Cold cuts • stuffed mushrooms • Deviled Eggs 
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Finger Food  (recipe categories)
Finger food is food eaten with the hands, in contrast to food eaten with a knife and fork, chopsticks, or other utensils. Examples of generally accepted finger food are:

  • miniature beef pies, sausage rolls, sausages on sticks, cheese and olives a on stick, spring rolls, 
  • drumsticks or chicken wings, spring rolls, miniature quiches, samosas, onion bhajis, potato wedges
  • vol au vents, risotto balls and pigs in blankets. 
  • Other well-known foods that are generally eaten with the hands include pizzahot dogs, fruit and bread.
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Appetizers
Appetizers are food items served before the main courses of a meal to stimulate the appitite. A small, light, and usually savory first course in a meal. (Usually never sweet) Always considered a starter. 
-could also be classed as a snack or finger food.
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Snack Food
A snack food (commonly called a snack) is seen in Western culture as a type of food "NOT" meant to be eaten as a main meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, or dinner – but one rather that is intended to assuage a person's hunger between these meals, providing a brief supply of energy for the body. The term may also refer to a food item consumed between meals purely for the enjoyment of its taste. Examples of generally accepted snack foods are:

  • One of many popular dips associated with Mexico is tortilla chips & Guacamole
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Barbecue Food
Barbecue foods are known for being cooked outside at grilling parties, some beach picnics, some tea parties, some garden parties and the most popular spring & summer holidays like the 4th of July and National Barbecue Month which is celebrated the month of May. See Grilling BBQ for recipes and tips.
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Tea Time Meal / High Tea
Depending on a country's customs, tea can refer to any of several different meals or mealtimes. Examples of tea as a meal is: Afternoon Tea and High Tea. Tea Sandwiches always accompany tea meals. Remember that bite-size is the criterion not only for their delicacy of appearance but for the ease in eating.
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Traditional Holiday Food
Major Holidays have traditional foods that have followed these holidays for many years. For example: Egg nog has been a favorite holiday drink for several different holidays. 

 • Traditional Christmas Food  • Traditional New Years Food • Traditional Thanksgiving
 • Traditional Easter Food  •
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Halloween Recipe
Halloween parties are known for their gorey and spooky dishes. Some great examples are wooly spider cupcakeswitches fingersDead Head CheeseballSpooky Spider Dips and goblin stew. Halloween parties take a lot of pride in naming their dishes  with fun names too. See our Halloween Recipe for great names, recipes and photos of what the food should look like.
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Pirate Food
Are you having a Pirate Party? Names like "Ye ol' bucket of bread" for a Swashbuckling (pirate) party is just perfect. Favorite foods served at pirate parties are recipes that relate to skulls and crossbones -like Skull Cheese Ball IdeasSkull SandwichesSkull Rice Crispy TreatsSkull Cake and Crunchy Bones. Visit our pirate food section for food facts and more fun recipes. See Pirate Drink Recipes too.
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Popular Party Foods
  • Cake: Cake or cupcakes are found at every party!
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Party Related:
 • Party activities • Mixed drinks • Party games • Party planning • Types of parties: • Dinner Parties
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Meals Make The Party!  
Breakfast • Second Breakfast • Brunch
Champagne Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Supper • Afternoon Tea • High Tea • Picnic
  • Pick foods that go with the theme of your party & arrange them to look great. The greater they look the more appetizing they'll be.

  • Read through our list below to get an idea on different types of food served at parties.