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Tips for Entertaining with Tapas, Dim Sum, and Small Bites

Created January 10, 2017
Need a big idea for your next dinner party? Think small! Instead of the same old dinner menu, treat your guests to a savory finger food feast. Find everything you need to get planning, from dim sum recipes to tapas party tips to mini dessert ideas and more!

Small Plate Party Ideas

Host an Asian Affair. 
Introduce your guests to the ancient Chinese tradition of dim sum. Whip up some Chinese delicacies and serve with tea, young coconut milk, or Asian cocktails.

Try these dinner menu ideas: 

Throw a Tapas Party.  
Tasty, tiny tapas are the unofficial finger-food of Spain. Like appetizers, the term “tapas” can refer to small servings of a wide variety of foods, such as meats, cheeses, olives, and seafood. Traditionally served during cocktail hour, tapas pair well with beer, wine, or chilled sangria.

Treat your guests to small bites of savory Spanish flavor:

Want help planning your tapas party? Read our Tapas Party Planning Guide

Serve Small Sweets. 
No one does finger foods like the Brits! To host your own old fashioned tea party, brew up a pot of Earl Grey and serve with an assortment of sweet, tiny treats. Or, end your dinner party with these dainty dessert ideas.

Tips for Entertaining With Small Plates

  • Set up Your Buffet—the Smart Way. Do away with stuffy place settings! Give your guests the freedom to move and mingle as they please with a casual, well organized buffet. Find Tips for Setting up a Buffet
  • Get Inspired. Wow family and friends with fun, creative decorations, table toppers, party favors, and more.  Get Great Ideas for Casual Parties.