277 Best Party Foods That Start With Each Letter, A to Z (Curated & Ranked)

Buffet table full of party foods

Parties are a wonderful opportunity to connect with people, have great conversations, and enjoy delicious food!

Celebrating special events with food is a long-standing tradition. The word “party” has been used to describe social events with food and drink since the 1700s.[1]

The word “potluck” was first used even earlier, in the 1500s. However, it originally meant a hastily-prepared meal for an unexpected guest. Now, it’s known as a party in which each guest brings a dish or snack to pass around.[2]

Before any of these terms existed, celebrations with food were popular. The oldest known party invitation was sent in the first century, inviting guests to celebrate a Roman woman’s birthday.[3]

Below is the list of party foods that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Scroll past the list for more information about planning the perfect party or potluck!

A

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    Alfredo lasagna cups

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    Antipasto

    appetizer platter with olives, cheeses, and meats

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    Apple turnovers

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    Antipasto salad

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    Apple crisp

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    Au gratin potatoes

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    Angel food cake

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    Apple pie

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    Apple tart

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    Avocado toast

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    Alexander torte

    iced shortcake with raspberry jam

B

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    Buffalo dip

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    Burgers

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    Buffalo wings

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    Banana bread

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    Bacon-wrapped pineapple

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    Breadsticks

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    Brownies

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    Bruschetta

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    Blondies

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    Brownie batter dip

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    Baked beans

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    Black-eyed peas

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    Bacon-wrapped dates

C

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    Cake

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    Cowboy caviar

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    Cheese ball

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    Cheesecake

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    Coleslaw

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    Chips and dip

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    Cookies

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    Cupcakes

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    Chicken tenders

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    Chicken wings

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    Croquettes

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    Charcuterie board

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    Cheese dip

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    Collard and artichoke dip

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    Chicken dip

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    Cheese pie

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    Churros

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    Crab cakes

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    Cuban sliders

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    Cheese and crackers

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    -1
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    Collard greens

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    Cheddar biscuits

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    Candied apples

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    Cheese straws

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    Chocolate tart

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    Crab spread

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    Crostini

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    Cake pops

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    Cauliflower buffalo wings

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    Cheeseboard

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    Caprese salad

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    Chocolate truffles

D

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    Deviled eggs

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    Dumplings

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    Divinity candies

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    Donuts

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    Danish

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    Deep-fried Oreos

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    Donut holes

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    Dippin' Dots

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    Doritos

E

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    Elephant ears

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    Egg rolls

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    Egg salad tea sandwiches

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    Enchiladas

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    English trifle

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    Eclairs

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    Eggplant rollatini

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    Empanadas

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    Eskimo pie

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    Egg custard pie

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    Earl grey cookies

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    English muffins

F

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    Fudge

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    Fruit salad

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    Fruit and cheese board

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    Fruit salsa

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    French fries

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    Falafel

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    Fried pickles

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    Fritters

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    Flatbread

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    Frozen custard

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    Frybread

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    -3
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    Frozen yogurt

G

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    Greek salad

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    Gingerbread cookies

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    Green bean casserole

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    Guacamole

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    Gelato

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    Griddle scones

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    -2
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    Garlic bread

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    Garlic parmesan crisps

    crispy baked parmesan cheese seasoned with garlic

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    Gorditas

    masa dough filled with meat, cheese, and other fillings

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    Grilled skewers

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    Grilled cheese mini sandwiches

H

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    Hamburger pie

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    Hushpuppies

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    Hummus and pita chips

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    Honeydew melon and cantaloupe balls

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    Hamburger casserole

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    Hot dogs

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    Hamburgers

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    Hoagies

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    Hasselback potatoes

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    Ham and cheese tea sandwiches

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    Hand pies

I

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    Italian sausage bread

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    Icebox cake

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    Ice cream

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    Ice pops

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    Ice cream floats

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    Italian ice

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    Ice cream cake

J

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    Junket pudding cups

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    Jalapeno poppers

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    Jackfruit sliders

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    Jelly roll

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    Jerk chicken

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    Jordan almonds

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    Jell-O cups

K

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    Key lime pie

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    Kimchi dumplings

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    Kebabs

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    Kale salad

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    Kielbasa

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    Kimchi quesadillas

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    Kiwi sorbet

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    Kettle corn

L

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    Lemon pound cake

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    Lettuce wraps

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    Latkes

    potato pancakes

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    Lemon dessert squares

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    Loaded steak fries

    thick-cut fries with melted cheese and bacon

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    Lollipops

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    Lavash

    Armenian flatbread

M

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    Meatballs

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    Mozzarella sticks

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    Mac and cheese balls

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    Mini quiche

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    Mediterranean layered dip

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    Mini bagel pizzas

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    Marinated shrimp

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    Mini tacos

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    Mousse cups

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    Muffins

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    Mushroom caps

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    Mini cheesecake

N

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    Nutella-stuffed strawberries

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    Nutella bars

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    Nectarine cobbler

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    Nachos

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    Naan

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    Nuggets

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    Nectarine crisp

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    Neapolitan ice cream

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    -1
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    Nonpareils

  10. Up
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    Nutella and banana tea sandwiches

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    Nacho fries

O

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    Orzo salad

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    Oreo mud pie

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    Onion rings

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    Opera cake

    coffee-flavored almond sponge cake with ganache

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    Oysters

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    -1
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    Fried okra

P

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    Pinwheels

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    Potato salad

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    Potato chips

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    Pie

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    Pasta salad

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    Parfaits

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    Panna cotta

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    Potato skins

  9. Up
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    Pizza

  10. Up
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    Popcorn

  11. Up
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    Peach cobbler

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    Pepperoni rolls

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    Pigs in a blanket

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    Pretzel bites

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    Pizza rolls

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    Popcorn shrimp

Q

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    Queso dip

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    1
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    Quinoa salad

  3. Up
    0
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    Quesadillas

  4. Up
    0
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    Quiche

  5. Up
    -1
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    Qatayef

    stuffed pancakes

  6. Up
    -1
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    ::

    Queen Elizabeth cake

    made with sugar, flour, dates, eggs, butter, and coconut

R

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    Red velvet cake

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    1
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    Rum cake

  3. Up
    1
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    ::

    Rice salad

  4. Up
    -2
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    ::

    Roasted cashews

  5. Up
    0
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    Ribs

  6. Up
    0
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    Rice pudding

  7. Up
    0
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    Roasted vegetables

  8. Up
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    Raisin bread

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    Refried beans

  10. Up
    0
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    Rhubarb pie

  11. Up
    -2
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    Risotto

S

  1. Up
    2
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    Scalloped potatoes

  2. Up
    2
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    Spinach and artichoke dip

  3. Up
    1
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    Southwestern casserole

  4. Up
    1
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    Snack mix

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    Shaved ice

  6. Up
    -1
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    Seven-layer bean dip

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    Sausage rolls

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    Sundaes

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    Stuffed mushrooms

  10. Up
    -2
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    Scones

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    Shrimp cocktail

  12. Up
    -1
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    ::

    Stuffed peppers

  13. Up
    -1
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    Sandwiches

T

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    Thumbprint cookies

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    Tamales

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    Tabbouleh

  4. Up
    1
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    Tater tot casserole

  5. Up
    1
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    Toasted ravioli

  6. Up
    1
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    Tiramisu

  7. Up
    0
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    Three bean salad

  8. Up
    0
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    Taco salad

  9. Up
    0
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    Tacos

  10. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Tea sandwiches

  11. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Tarts

  12. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Tapenade

  13. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Turkey burgers

  14. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Tuna casserole

  15. Up
    0
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    ::

    Tuscan sausage and bean dip

  16. Up
    0
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    ::

    Turkey stuffing

  17. Up
    0
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    ::

    Tortilla wraps

  18. Up
    0
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    ::

    Tuna salad tea sandwiches

U

  1. Up
    1
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    Upside-down cake

  2. Up
    -1
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    ::

    Utah scones

  3. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Uszka

    small Polish dumplings filled with mushrooms or meat

  4. Up
    -1
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    ::

    Uthappam

    Indian flatbread topped with veggies and herbs

  5. Up
    -2
    Down
    ::

    Udon noodle cups

V

  1. Up
    1
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    Veggie platter

  2. Up
    1
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    ::

    Vanilla bean cheesecake

  3. Up
    1
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    ::

    Veggie chips

  4. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Vol-au-Vent

    French stuffed pastries

  5. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Volcano cake

  6. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Vanilla souffle

  7. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Victoria sponge cake

  8. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Vanilla wafers

W

  1. Up
    1
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    Watermelon

  2. Up
    1
    Down
    ::

    White chocolate s'mores bars

  3. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Walking tacos

    taco filling added to a bag of Fritos or Doritos

  4. Up
    0
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    ::

    Watermelon ice pops

  5. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Waffle cones

  6. Up
    0
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    ::

    Waldorf salad

  7. Up
    0
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    Water chestnuts wrapped with bacon

  8. Up
    0
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    ::

    Waffle strips

  9. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Wontons

X

  1. Up
    1
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    ::

    Xiaodianxin

    Chinese butter cookies; usually served during Chinese New Year

  2. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Xocolatl

    spicy hot cocoa drink

  3. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Xiaolongbao

    Chinese steamed buns

  4. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Xi gua lo

    watermelon jelly

  5. Up
    0
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    ::

    Xingren donfu

    sweet Chinese dessert made with almond milk, sugar, agar-agar, and gelatin

  6. Up
    0
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    Xoi

    Vietnamese sticky rice

  7. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Xnipec salsa

    salsa made with habanero peppers

Y

  1. Up
    1
    Down
    ::

    Yodel

    cream-filled chocolate cake rolls

  2. Up
    0
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    ::

    Yakitori

    Japanese chicken skewers

  3. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Yuca fries

  4. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Yorkshire teacakes

    similar to scones

  5. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Yorkshire pudding

  6. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Yakisoba cups

    single-serve Japanese noodles

Z

  1. Up
    1
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    Ziti

  2. Up
    1
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    Zebra cakes

  3. Up
    0
    Down
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    Zucchini boats

  4. Up
    0
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    Zeppole

    Italian fried dough balls with chocolate or powdered sugar

  5. Up
    0
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    ::

    Zuccotto

    chilled or semi-frozen, dome-shaped dessert

  6. Up
    0
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    ::

    Zimtsterne

    German star-shaped cinnamon cookies

  7. Up
    0
    Down
    ::

    Zuppa Toscana

    Tuscan soup with zucchini, kale, potatoes, and bacon

  8. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Zoodle cups

    zucchini noodles with sauce in a single-serve cup

  9. Up
    -1
    Down
    ::

    Zucchini and cheese roulades

Choosing the Perfect Party Menu

With various options available for every letter of the alphabet, it can be challenging to plan a great party or potluck menu that will satisfy all of the guests without overwhelming them with options!

Consider the following tips to choose the perfect party menu:

  • Choose a theme. Whether or not your party has a theme, selecting a theme for the menu can make it easier to choose dishes that go well together. For example, you might decide to serve only Italian recipes, foods of a certain color, or dishes that highlight your favorite cheeses.
  • Decide whether you’d prefer variety or cohesiveness. It can be fun to have a table full of very different foods at a party, but you might also want to consider whether the flavors of each dish will work together. A varied menu can provide something that will please all of your guests, while a cohesive menu can provide a curated dining experience. If hosting a potluck, it’s okay to ask the guests to choose from a curated list of dishes or stick with a certain style of food.
  • Keep dietary restrictions and allergies in mind. No one wants their party ruined by an illness or allergic reaction! Be sure to gather information about your guests’ dietary needs before planning your menu. For example, if you have a guest who is lactose intolerant, you’ll want to plan a dairy-free menu or clearly note which dishes are dairy-free.

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