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Ideas of party food for any occasion

By Katie

Updated: January 8th, 2024

From birthdays and christenings, to Christmas and NYE - here's ideas of party food for your next get-together.

So you’ve put your hand up to host another party, and now you’re looking for something a little different this time around? You’ve come to the right spot as we go through some of the fantastic ideas of party food for any event.

Here are some amazing ideas of party food for any occasion:


Shake things up by having everyone over for breakfast or brunch is a great idea, especially if you have kids – just think of the savings by not having to get a babysitter!

There are all kinds of fun ideas that you can have here, such as having it in a park or your backyard. Food can range from the traditional full-breakfast with sausages, eggs and of course bacon. Or, you could theme it by having the ultimate porridge breakfast – yum!

Breakfast – require a chef

I need a chef to prepare a vegan breakfast for my friends. The task will take at least an hour max. Making beautiful instagramable food. Mainly different types of porridges.

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Breakfast BBQ Chef/Cook for Sunday 5th November

Looking for help setting-up and cooking bacon and eggs and basic food prep for a family birthday breakfast in our local park.

Where: Mount Pleasant
When: Sunday 5th November – 7am to 11am
Attendees: 35

I’ll provide ingredients and menu guidance. If you have a gas BBQ and BBQ utensils that would help but not essential. Our local park has two BBQs.

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Finger food

Source: Martha Stewart

Move over sausage rolls and blinis – there are so many other tasty treats that you can make for your guests. Here are a few of our faves:

  • Duck pancakes (Either get your local Korean restaurant to shred the duck for you, or you can buy prepared duck breast from the supermarket).
  • Edamame or beetroot dip instead of the hummus or French onion.
  • Deviled eggs (it’s a classic but making a come back).
  • Bacon wrapped brussel sprouts (see below).

Cater Greek Finger Food for Friday April 28

I need someone to make some greek finger food (spinach and feta triangle, ets). Looking for about 60 pieces of greek pastries, etc. to supplement other food I am making. I can pickup within 10 km of Bronte. I need the food ready by 5 pm.

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It’s hard to go past a sausage sandwich and a lamb chop on the barbie but if you’re having a nice summer bbq outside, get some chicken and veggies to make fresh kebabs. Or another fun idea is to set up a burger station and have all the add-ons lined up so that people can make their burgers.

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And yes it’s still ok to still put on some sausages – just grab some of the gourmet ones like pork and apple, or lamb and fetta.

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Sit-down meals

Organising a dinner party for an intimate group or a Christmas dinner takes a lot more preparation than a simple BBQ, but there’s still a few tips and tricks that you can use here to make it a lot easier for yourself.

Research salads and sides that you can prepare well in advance and then knock together last minute. These could be quinoa, farro or another grain-based salad which you can make in the morning and prepare all the additional elements on the side.

For the main event, look at something that you can make in large quantities or bulk, such as a roast or slow-cooked dish. Both are perfect for winter. In the summertime, you might want to look at a whole fish which you could roast or bbq.

Have you thought about getting a personal chef to help? They can save you lots of time and effort in the kitchen and getting a little extra help from an Airtasker could be just the help you need.

Personal Chef

Provide a 3 course meal for 10 adults for a dinner party in Brisbane. Includes food, prep, cooking, serving and clean up.
25th November.

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Chef for dinner party

Looking for an experienced chef (or in training) to design menu and cook at a dinner party for 12 people. We will provide market ingredients once menu is agreed.

Dinner on 2 December 2017 (ignore other dates specified).

Wait staff / dishwasher will also be required but we can post separately to include additional cost.

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Afternoon tea

It seems like these days no one simply just ‘pops in’ but sometimes it’s nice (especially when it gets cooler) to have your friends over for afternoon tea or perhaps a high-tea if it’s a special occasion.

Think about making a beautiful coffee tea cake, or some old-fashioned scones with jam and cream. If there are kids in tow, make some pretty butterfly cupcakes, which if you have old enough kids they can help with too.

Event Helper for 14 Oct High Tea Session


I would like an event helper for our brand’s high tea styling workshop session for 50 ladies on 14th Oct at Marriot Hotel. Event time is 2 pm start, so please come at 11 am or so to help.

Task Includes:
1. Set Up Placecards
2. Place Gift Bags in each chair
3. Move Prizes to Table
4. Unpack Styling demo items from boxes
5. Adhoc Duties
6. Guest Sign in at Reception Table

Would prefer someone with a pleasant personality to greet guests during signing-in. Dress code: Cocktail dress etc

3 Hrs max

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What’s old is new again

Source: Pinterest

We couldn’t do this article without paying homage to some of our all-time favourite party foods but also give them a modern twist.

Mac ‘n Cheese

Who doesn’t love a bit of mac and cheese but instead of a big bow divide it up into muffin tins, so that everyone can easily grab one!

Pizza squares

Instead of the traditional pizza, change it up with some puff pastry and make pizza squares by putting the toppings on top of the pastry. These can be served for both kids and adults.

Fairy bread

It’s the ultimate classic but you can change it up but swapping butter for Nutella or even better – fairy bread lamingtons. The kids will love it!

Fairy bread delivery

Someone please make me fairy bread on nice white soft bread with a good amount of butter and drop it to my house in Bronte.

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Do you have any other ideas of party food? Let us know in the comments below.


I've loved interior design for as long as I can remember and I'm currently about to renovate my first home. So as well as being the Content Lead at Airtasker, I'm also on the lookout for the latest design trends, backyard ideas and anything to do around the home. I'm also trying to use low-tox cleaning methods and work towards being more plastic-free!

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  1. Sandra Kemp

    Very interesting! I have a few beautiful cake recipes that I like to make for my friends, as well as slices. It would be nice to get paid for making them for others.

  2. sophia

    loved readying your article, I’m a chef of 20 years, and just joining now so I can make some beautiful food for families