As a general rule when it comes to throwing a party, the more creative you get, the cooler your gathering will be. Though it might seem like everything’s been done (and Instagrammed) to death these days, Pinterest is—no surprise—still chock-full of original entertaining ideas. No need to go overboard with fancy finger foods and gourmet bites; just look for creative ways to amp up classic dishes, whether it’s in the recipe itself, or simply through the presentation.
Whether you’re throwing a shindig in a legit backyard or on your urban patio, there’s no shortage of ways to level-up the party snacks you serve. From meals in a jar to picnic pies, your guests won’t see these twists on old-school summer staples coming.
Click through the gallery ahead for some of the coolest, most creative party food inspo Pinterest has to offer.
For a more casual outdoor dinner party, set up crostinis and various toppings for a make your own bruschetta bar.
Instead of just serving packets of ketchup and mustard, create an eye-catching display of your favorite condiments.
Kara's Party Ideas
Make Your Own Pizza
An outdoor DIY pizza oven in your own home is easier to make than you think! Cook up delicious homemade pizzas at your next backyard party.
Picnic pies, aka mini pies, are a great way to serve a well-rounded dish in just a few bites. They're easy to pass around and eat on the go, making them the perfect backyard BBQ dish.
Meal in a Jar
Besides being very photogenic, meals in a jar are easy to make and even easier to eat. Plus you can even set up a salad bar and have guests create their own customized jars.
Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich
We're not sure how no one thought to do this before but OMG do these look delicious. Easy to eat, easy to serve, and an all around crowd-pleasing summer dessert.
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Edible Table Runner
If you're planning a sit-down outdoor event, try out an edible table runner set up for something not only new and unexpected but delicious too!