Shareable Snacks for Entertaining Guests

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Whether you are hosting a party, a potluck, or a casual get-together, snacks are essential for any group experience. They provide a delicious way to welcome guests, keep them satisfied, and encourage them stay and socialize. 

With so many different snack options available, it’s difficult to know what snacks to provide your guests. That’s why we put together this ultimate snack guide for your next get-together! We’ll cover everything from classic staples to trending snacks, plant-based options, fun snacks, and healthy snacks. Whether you’re looking for something simple or something more creative, we have you covered! 

Sharing Staples

With unlimited snack options available for gatherings, there’s no coincidence that you’ll always find a few classics at gatherings, no matter where you are in the country. Snacks like trail mix, popcorn, chips and dip, and assorted nuts are most likely to appear no matter where you attend. Although you can find these anywhere, these are great options because they cater to everyone! 

Trending Snacks Coming into 2024

The snack world is ever-changing, with new variations of classic staples and original ideas quickly becoming commonplace. As 2024 begins, there have been a few shareable snacks that have taken over already. Crostini bites with multiple variations, tex mex dip, bang-bang shrimp, chicken and waffles, fried mac & cheese balls, and sandwich rolls have stood out as delicious snacks you can incorporate into your snack platter this year.

Try a few of these out next time you host and see if any of them become a fan favorite! 

Plant-Based Snacks

With more and more people becoming vegan and the general interest in trying plant-based options, we decided to highlight a few snacks suited for everyone who might like them! It is surprising how many classic snacks can be made vegan. Guacamole, hummus, spinach dip, bean dip, and potato chip recipes can all be made vegan with small changes that have no effect on taste! 

Try experiencing a plant-based diet! You can opt for chickpea bruschetta bites, vegan spring rolls, cauliflower buffalo wings, chorizo nachos, and mozzarella sticks! These delicious snacks are light, easy to make, and taste similar (if not better) to the originals! 

Fun Snacks

If you are trying to switch things up from the snacks you see at parties, you can opt for a fun recipe to offer your guests something different! Experiment with delicious shareable items outside the ordinary, such as Korean fried chicken, sushi cups, bite-sized sandwiches, elote, pull-apart bread, or a dessert dip! These snacks will surely be the talk of the party and will leave your guests wanting more next time. 

Healthy Snacks

If eating cleaner and healthier in 2024 is your New Year’s resolution, reconsider the snacks for your next gathering! Snacking healthier doesn’t necessarily mean you need to eat less tasty food. Consider putting out apples and peanut butter, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, or hard-boiled eggs at your next event!

For dessert, a yogurt bar would be perfect for you and your guests. With various yogurt flavors and toppings to choose, people will be sure to get creative with making their perfect yogurt concoction! 

We hope you find these recommendations helpful and encourage you to try a few options next time you host! Having classic snacks available is always a good idea, but it’s very fulfilling to step out of your comfort zone and try something you may have never tried before! 

SHANE CHRISTOPHER

Nominated for Loan Officer of the Year by ASREB in 2017 and a Mortgage Loan Officer since 2013, Shane holds more than 30 years of customer sales and service career experience, Gilbert-based Shane Christopher serves as a Mortgage Advisor with Geneva Financial. He is renowned—and respected—for a hometown attitude of service with a smile and treating clients like family.