Want to throw a spectacular party but safety and social distancing is still kinda on your mind? Try individual appetizers! Setting out a buffet of self-serve finger foods and individual apps is the way to go! These Covid-friendly appetizers that became popular during lockdowns are still a popular choice for any occasion where you’ll be mixing and mingling– Mother’s Day brunch, Easter, bridal and baby showers, graduation parties, pool parties – any time you’re serving a crowd! They look classy but are incredibly practical!
Last Update: July 1, 2023
Socially Distant Gatherings: A Remnant of Life During Covid
Since COVID, life changed a lot. There so are many times when I’ve thought, “Wow, I didn’t see that coming.”
So many changes, in ways I wouldn’t have anticipated. Not all of them have been bad, though.
I know that on more than one occasion, it has caused me (and all of us, really), to be creative and make it work, especially when it came to parties and entertaining.
Life went on, and parties still happened.
If anything, Covid taught us that we can provide a safe environment for our guests without diminishing the face-to-face interaction we all desperately need.
One fun takeaway from Covid is how we serve food. I remember when sit-down dinners used to be considered the ‘classy’ and ‘fancy’ choice.
These days, lots of people are going for self-serve buffet tables, for a lot of good reasons.
While it seems less formal (and in lots of ways, it is, but that’s fine!), it can give your guests room to space themselves out and enjoy the food at their leisure – when the table is less crowded.
It also gives them more chances to mingle without being tied to a table, graze and visit the table several times. It’s less about being weighed down with a heavy meal and more about opportunities to sample all the all the delicious food!
I’ve always been a big fan of the buffet, but if you want to take safety even a little further, how about single-serving food items – individually ‘wrapped’ snacks or plated on buffet tables.?
Desserts have been more commonly served this way, but these days, appetizers are stealing the show.
What Do I Need for Single Serve Appetizers for a Crowd?
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Buffet tables are really nothing new and have become super-trendy because you can make them so pretty and get really creative with your displays.
However, if you’re wanting to keep germ-spreading to a minimum, you can lay them out as individual appetizers – so easy just to grab-and-go.
This is a fun choice if you’re having people in and out, like at a graduation party, or if there’s some other activities at the same time, such as pool party. Guests can just help themselves at their leisure.
When you’re making these kinds of appetizers, for sure, you can serve them plated, with forks. But as you go through this list, you’ll see that there are other ways you can serve. You can prepare desserts and serve them in:
Muffin Tins and Cupcake Liners (These tulip-style liners are super cute!)
Salad Dressing Pipettes (This is the most popular item on this list & are purchased just about every day!!!)
All of these ideas fancy things up a little and add some variety! Consider having some of these items on hand when you’re preparing your appetizers.
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How fantastic are these? If you couldn’t find the perfect dish, I’m sure you can modify some of these single-serving appetizers to make them work perfectly for your special occasion.
If you want some other party appetizer options and aren’t overly concerned about individual portions, check out these slow cooker party food recipes!
Other Party Ideas
If you’re throwing some other kinds of get-togethers and parties, here are a few other articles that might help you out!
30 Amazing & Easy Single Serve Desserts for Parties (another social distancing option!)
How to Throw An Epic Outdoor Graduation Party in Your Backyard (lots of these budget-friendly ideas translate to other kinds of outdoor parties, too!)
If you make any of these appetizers, desserts, or use any of these ideas, I’d love to see! Please tag me on Instagram @100affections or leave a comment on Pinterest!
Thoughts? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment below!