Self-Serve Party Food for Simple Soirées

Aug 31, 2023WELL-BEING

Self-serve parties are a great way to throw a fun and low-stress gathering. With a little planning and preparation, you can throw a party that allows your guests to help themselves to food and drinks, giving you more time to mingle and enjoy their company. Here are 8 self-serve party ideas to make your shindig a success.


1. Set up a drink station. Instead of spending the evening refilling drinks for your guests, set up a self-serve drink station. This can be as simple as setting out wine, beer and margaritas. Drink dispensers of fruit-infused water are helpful, too. 

2. Offer a variety of snacks. Self-serve treats allow your guests to snack at their leisure. Consider setting out a spread of appetizers, vegetable sticks, popcorn and pretzels.

3. Set out platters of individually wrapped sandwiches, brown bag chips and individual cups of pasta salad. As for desserts, it doesn’t get easier than cake pops and jello shots.

4. Have plenty of serving utensils and dishes on hand to make it easy for guests to help themselves. This might include spoons, tongs, or serving forks, as well as bowls, plates and cups.

5. Music is the heartbeat of a party. You can’t go wrong with old school artists like Fleetwood Mac, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. If you need more soul, no one brings the soul like Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Marvin Gaye.

If you’re looking for a way to break the ice, Cards Against Humanity is the name of the game. A player asks a question from a black card. Everyone else answers with their funniest white card. It’s hilarious. If there are kiddos at the party, Two Truths and a Lie is a fun PG alternative. Additionally, there’s a new game called Throw Throw Burrito. It’s a card game that requires cleverness and agility. It’s like Uno meets Nerf. Clear the breakables for this one.

Self-Serve Party Idea, Grilled Sandwiches

Grilled Sandwiches

Self-Serve Party Idea, Potato Chip Bags

Brown Bag Chips

Self-Serve Party Idea, Mexican Street Corn Cups

Mexican Street Corn Cups

Self-Serve Party Idea, Cake Pops

Cake Pops

Mojito Jello Shots

Mojito Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Jello Shots

Mini Margarita Bottles

Margarita Jars

Party Hydration Station

Drink Station

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