19 Budget Finger Food Ideas To Rock The Party
Finger foods are the best way to feed a crowd without breaking the bank.
Whether you're hosting a game night, a holiday party, or a casual get-together, these 19 budget finger food ideas will be a hit with your guests!
- Sausage rolls.
- Mini pizzas.
- Garlic bread.
- Cheese straws.
- Carrot and cucumber sticks.
- Many flavours of crisps.
- Breadsticks with dips.
- Tiny pinwheel sandwiches.
- Tortilla wraps.
- Rice Crispie cakes
- Marshmallow animals
- Fruit kebabs
- Chocolate dipped fruit
- Chocolate banana bites
- Cookie dough bites
It wouldn't be a kids' birthday party without sausage rolls! You can save even more money by making them yourself - just buy a good quality sausage meat and some pre-made puff pastry, then shape into logs, brush with beaten egg, and bake at 200C for 20 minutes.
Another party food classic, mini pizzas are always a hit with kids and adults alike. You can use store-bought or make your own, then top with your favourite toppings and bake at 200C for 10-12 minutes.
You might even want to consider letting the kids make their own - get hold of pre-made pizza bases but then have all the toppings ready for them to choose from and enjoy decorating their own pizzas!
No party is complete without some garlic bread! You can either make your own or buy it pre-made, but either way, it's sure to be a hit.
To make your own, simply spread some softened butter onto some sliced bread, then top with garlic and grated cheese. Place under a preheated grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
For something extra-special, you could even try making garlic bread sticks - just cut the bread into thin strips before spreading on the butter and toppings.
These are so easy to make and always go down a treat! Simply take some puff pastry, roll it out, then spread with your favourite cheese. Cut into thin strips, twist each one, then bake at 200C for 10 minutes. The kids will love them!
Carrot and cucumber sticks
A healthy option that's perfect for little ones, these are ideal for grazing on throughout the day. Simply cut carrots and cucumbers into thin sticks, then serve with a dip of your choice.
Many flavours of crisps
No party is complete without a variety of crisps! Put out a selection of your favourite flavours, including salt and vinegar, cheese and onion, and plain.
Popcorn is a great alternative to crisps and there are now so many flavours to choose from: your traditional sweet or savoury but there is also now chocolate, toffee, and even cheese! You can buy it pre-popped or make your own in a matter of minutes.
To make your own, simply heat some oil in a pan, then add popcorn kernels. Cover with a lid and shake the pan until the kernels have popped. Pour into a bowl and enjoy!
Breadsticks with dips
Breadsticks are always a hit, especially when served with some tasty dips! Put out a selection of breadsticks, then provide a few different dips for your guests to choose from. Popular options include hummus, salsa, and tzatziki .
Tiny pinwheel sandwiches
These are so easy to make and are perfect for little fingers! Simply take some bread, spread with your favourite fillings, then roll up tightly. Cut into small rounds, then secure with a toothpick.
A healthier alternative to sandwiches, these are ideal for vegans and vegetarians. Simply take a tortilla wrap, fill with your favourite vegetables, then roll up and cut into bite-size pieces.
With cupcakes, you know you are onto a winner - they are always a hit with kids (and adults)! You can either make your own or buy them pre-made, then decorate with icing and sprinkles.
These are perfect for kids' parties! Simply bake or buy a cake, then crumble it up and mix with some frosting. Roll into balls, then insert a lollipop stick. Dip into melted chocolate, then decorate however you like = guaranteed win!
Rice Krispie cakes
These are so easy to make and only require a few ingredients: Rice Krispies, margarine, marshmallows, and chocolate. Simply melt the margarine and marshmallows together, then add the Rice Krispies and mix until coated. Press into a cake tin, then chill in the fridge for an hour. Once set, decorate with melted chocolate.
This is a fun activity for kids (and adults!) Simply take some marshmallows and use toothpicks to attach them together, then decorate however you like. You could make bears, elephants, or even snakes!
A healthy option that's perfect for little ones, these are ideal for grazing on throughout the day. Simply thread some chunks of fruit onto skewers, then serve with a dip of your choice.
Chocolate dipped fruit
A delicious and healthy treat that's perfect for kids! Simply melt some chocolate, then dip in your favourite fruits. Place on a sheet of baking paper and leave to set.
Chocolate banana bites
These are so easy to make and only require two ingredients: bananas and chocolate. Simply slice a banana into bite-size pieces, then dip into melted chocolate. Place on a sheet of baking paper and leave to set.
Muffins are always a popular choice, especially with kids! You can either make your own or buy them pre-made, then decorate with icing and sprinkles.
Cookie dough bites
These are a fun and easy treat that only require a few ingredients: cookie dough, chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Simply roll the cookie dough into small balls, then press a chocolate chip into the centre. Roll in the sprinkles, then place on a baking sheet and bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
So, there you have it - 19 budget-friendly finger food ideas that are perfect for any kids' party - Whether you are looking for something healthy or a little indulgent, we have got you covered!
And the best part is, most of these recipes are so easy to make that you can whip them up in no time at all...
Which one will you try first? Any you'd like to add? Let us know in the comments below!