Engagement Party Food Ideas

Brunch Table
I love dinner parties and have often thought about making more friends for the sole reason of throwing more dinner parties, usually at a friend’s who has a bigger and better apartment than mine. I’ve also catered a brunch or two in my time and here are my two cents on throwing an awesome party in the food department.

Whether you want to throw a sit down dinner or appetizers and drinks, the first thing to do is the divide the budget by the guest list to decide what your operating costs are. If your budget is relatively small, consider hosting the event between or after a meal, or holding a potluck.

Since you probably want to mingle with the guests and not spend the entire time slaving away in the kitchen, focus on foods that are good at room temperature, can be kept warm in a crockpot or oven, and that can be prepared in advance.

Here are some ideas:


  • chips and dip (and veggies)
  • hummus
  • spreads such as tapenade
  • bruschetta
  • cheese and fruit


  • casseroles or baked pastas
  • grain salads
  • chili
  • potato gratin
  • sandwiches
  • quiche


  • ice cream sandwiches
  • fruit
  • cake or pie
  • cookies or brownies
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    Posted by Natalie T.

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