Perfect Party Food Recipes (2 full menus!)

The PERFECT party food recipes – two full menus of recipes for the perfect food for parties that everyone loves! From appetizers to salads and main courses, desserts, and drink recipes, too!

The PERFECT party food recipes - two full menus of recipes for the perfect food for parties that everyone loves! From appetizers to salads and main courses, desserts, and drink recipes, too!

Last weekend I hosted 15 bloggers at my home for a video event. We learned from each other and practiced making videos, but mainly we talked and ate and talked some more (and ate a lot more).

One of the best things about getting together with bloggers in a home is that you can cook together. I compiled a list of some of my favorite recipes from the various bloggers that were here, from appetizers to main courses to drinks and desserts and we all prepared them for each other.

All of the recipes were so good that I knew I had to share them with all of you, especially with the summer holidays and pool parties that are sure to be coming up fast.

Everyone needs an arsenal of good go-to recipes for a party, and these recipes make the PERFECT party food!

Our retreat spanned two full days of eating, so we had quite a variety. I split the recipes into two groups: appetizer lunch and Mexican fiesta.

Meal #1: Appetizer Lunch

For this menu, we wanted lots of picking food: appetizers. People were arriving at various times and would want real food instead of airplane food. We decided on a variety of appetizers and salads, as well as a fruit plate, veggie tray, and a cheese plate.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Pinwheels by Lemon Tree Dwelling

Fiesta Olive Pinwheels

Fiesta Olive Pinwheels by Belly Full

Italian Pinwheels

Italian Pinwheels by Wine & Glue

Creme Brulee Cookie Bars

Creme Brûlée Cookie Bars by Crazy for Crust

classic mojitos

Classic Mojitos by Spend with Pennies

Pear and Walnut Gorgonzola Salad

Pear Walnut & Gorgonzola Salad by Lemon Tree Dwelling

best ever broccoli salad

Best Ever Broccoli Salad by Mom on Timeout

Mom's banana bread

Mom’s Banana Bread by Crazy for Crust

Meal #2: Mexican Fiesta

For our last night together we created a Mexican fiesta with everything from salsas to sides and fajitas! Everyone got in the kitchen and helped prep and clean up. It was delicious!

mango salsa

Mango Salsa by Spend with Pennies

restaurant style blender salsa

Restaurant Style Blender Salsa by Averie Cooks

Paloma cocktails

Palomas by Lemon Tree Dwelling

chicken fajitas

Chicken Fajitas by Simply Recipes

steak fajitas

Steak Fajitas by Simply Recipes

Easy Mexican Rice

Easy Mexican Rice by I Wash, You Dry

Black Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

Black Bean & Roasted Corn Salad by Tidy Mom

ultimate lemon cake

The ULTIMATE Lemon Cake by Grandbaby Cakes

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2 comments

  1. I want to go back and re-eat every single thing that there was! The highlights for me were Trish’s broccoli salad because I am a broccoli fiend and your creme brulee bars and your banana bread and that lemon cake you make from Jocelyn’s book. Can you tell I’m on a dessert theme 🙂 Seriously though everything was AMAZING and I want it all again! You’re the best hostess ever!! Thanks for trying my salsa recipe!

  2. You have always known how to throw a great party!

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