Sample Party Menus

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Here are some sample party menus that might make it a little easier when planning your party!

What you decide to serve will in large part depend on these factors:

Number of people you will be serving

What help, if any, you'll have with serving food

If food will be served seated, or buffet style


Keep in mind that these are just suggestions of easy party foods. Serve things that you will like to eat, as well as your guests!

Lunch Buffet

  • Party Sandwiches
  • Green Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Cake

Cookout Menu

Luau Menu

  • Teriyaki or Pineapple Chicken
  • Steamed Rice
  • Mixed Green salad
  • Hawaiian Sweet bread

Breakfast Party

Site visitor Juliana in Texas adds:

For breakfast a few good ideas are...

  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Pancakes!

Tea Party

  • Tea
  • Tea Sandwiches (some of favorites are cucumber/cream cheese or walnuts/celery/cream cheese or crushed pineapple/cream cheese) *Note that with tea sandwiches, it is easier to cut the crusts of the bread if you refrigerate it first!
  • Scones
  • Chocolates/Desserts
  • Scones Tea Party Recipe

Around the World Party Menus

(great ideas for this party theme are on our adult party ideas page.)

  • Germany: Brats, German Potato Salad, Swedish Meatballs
  • Italy: Pasta Bar with a variety of sauces, green salad, bread
  • Mexico: Taco Bar
  • Ireland: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew, Potatoes
  • Chinese Food: Great fried rice and egg rolls

OK. I'll have to stop here because I'm too hungry!! But hopefully these ideas will give you a starting point while you brainstorm what food to serve at a party.

Most of these menus can be served by yourself. If you are having a large formal dinner party, you might look into hiring a server or someone to help you in the kitchen. Often a teenager or college student are happy to take on this task!

Party Serving Pieces

Whether you entertain a little, or a lot, everyone needs some basic serving pieces. I'd recommend platters, trays and bowls in various sizes, along with a fun piece like a two or three tier serving piece. A pitcher would be nice too. You'll also need flatware pieces for serving - spoons, forks and tongs.

A friend of mine has her pieces all in a basic white. They are perfect, because they go with any occasion from basic and informal, to formal! Another good choice would be clear. A basic color, like white or clear, will match anything, and you can add pieces to your set as you find them.

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