Finger food parties are all the rage, and it's not hard to see why. Apart from being more practical than traditional sit down meals, finger food parties are ideal for any occasion. They can be formal or casual, they encourage mingling, and there are many options for themes, locations and menus.

Like all great parties though, they still need to be well organised to help ensure success. Here's some tips on how to do it.

Create a vision first

Are you celebrating a special occasion? A wedding or an anniversary? Consider where you'll be holding your party, how many people are on the guest list, and whether you want a theme.

For an anniversary, you might want a formal cocktail party in black tie with appropriate appetisers. A big birthday party might lend itself to an outdoor event with coffee and a hot dog stand, while a house party can have a small group of friends mingling in a more casual way.

When it comes to choosing a venue, keep in mind that you don’t need as much space as you would for a sit-down meal. Finger food is also ideal for easily catering for a large number of guests at a local park or at the beach.

Think ahead

It pays to think ahead with regard to non-perishable items. At a finger food party, everything revolves around the food, so plates and utensils have maximum impact. Decide whether you will use disposable dinnerware or crockery, and whether it will be plain or tie in with your theme and any decorations. Get your dinnerware organised early, so there’s no last-minute rush, and make sure you have adequate utensils, such as toothpicks, skewers, and napkins, on hand. To save time, buy drinks and nibbles at least a week in advance as well.

Which finger food should you choose?

If you leave choosing the menu until last on the party planning list, your finger food will complement your overall vision. And remember - if cooking isn't your thing and you'd rather focus on enjoying the party, look at finger food catering in Sydney to take care of the hard work for you.

Choosing whether to serve hot or cold finger food depends on the occasion, however guests like variety, so a mix of both is generally preferred.

If you do get your finger food catered, the serving and replenishing of food will be taken care of, which can take a lot of the stress out of running around on the day making sure everyone is happy. If you decide to do it yourself, enlist the help of a friend to keep an eye on platters that need refilling, or plate all your food in advance and send it out at staggered intervals.

Whether you decide to use party food catering in Sydney or you prepare finger food yourself, a little bit of forethought, good organisation and a splash of creativity will help ensure your party is a raging success. 

At Yummy Dogs we are specialise in serving delicious finger food. Original hot dogs with your choice of relishes from a classic hot dog stand or cart. Call us now to discuss your event requirements.