The best skewered appetizers for a party! These fun appetizer kabobs and skewer food ideas are easy to make, fun to eat, and always a hit.
When it comes to throwing a party, the food is basically the most important part.
Most people won’t remember the decorations or the playlist, but if they enjoyed the food, it’ll be a memorable event!
Of course, you don’t want to be running around cooking in the kitchen when you really want to be socializing with your guests.
That’s what makes make ahead toothpick appetizers the perfect party food idea!
Food on skewers is just more fun to eat, and no utensils are needed, so everyone can snack while they mingle.
They’re truly a great way to make hosting easier!
I put together a whole list of party skewer ideas and skewer appetizer recipes, so you have tons of inspiration for your next dinner party or gathering.
There’s everything from antipasto skewers to fruit kabobs and sandwich and salad on a stick recipes.
Definitely something for everyone and all kinds of special occasions!
(Hot and cold skewer appetizer ideas are included too.)
We’ll dive into these fun party skewers in a second, but first we’ll cover the best ways to serve these mini kebabs.
You’ll want them to look cute on display too!
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Appetizer Serving Ideas
Mix and match these serving trays and boards to create a beautiful arrangement or tablescape.
The prettiest ways to serve your easy skewer appetizers are:
- Small wooden skewers for appetizers (aka food skewers)
- Divided serving tray
- 3 tier party appetizer buffet tray
- 2 tier chip and dip serving set
- Appetizer plates
- Wooden tiered serving stand
- Wood serving board
- Fondue set
- Wooden lazy susan
Okay, let’s check out these fun and easy skewer recipes!
Skewer Party Food Ideas and Party Kabobs
1. Mini Tortellini Kabobs
Simple Mini Tortellini Kabobs are a great antipasto appetizer when you’re just snacking at home with the family or having friends over.
Totally customizable for your favorite Italian deli meats and cheese, these cheese tortellini skewer appetizers are a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your next get together – everyone seriously loves them!
2. Charcuterie Skewers
A pretty and downright delicious and easy appetizer, this Charcuterie Skewers have all the flavors of your favorite charcuterie board.
Cheddar, salami, pickles, babybel cheese, and pepperoni are the basics, but feel free to swap your own twists!
3. Chef Salad on a Stick
Chef Salad on a Stick turns your favorite salad into an easy-to-eat appetizer.
If you’re looking for fun no-cook finger foods for parties (that will impress everyone), this is it!
Meat, cheese, and veggies never looked so picture perfect! Perfect for a party, bridal showers or baby shower, and the leftovers make an excellent lunch or quick snack the next day.
Just store them in an airtight container, and enjoy them tomorrow too!
4. Watermelon Feta Salad Skewers
These Watermelon Feta Skewers are an amazing mix of sweet and salty.
They are a perfect party appetizer for the summer months and whip up quickly and deliciously to serve friends and family.
Turn traditional watermelon feta salad into a fun snack your guests can easily eat without utensils.
5. Easy Salami, Olive, & Cheese on a Stick
It honestly doesn’t get any simpler than this easy Salami and Cheese on a Stick appetizer.
With just 3 ingredients, you can put a crowd-pleasing delicious appetizer together in minutes.
6. Greek Salad Kabobs
Skewered grape tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and savory, creamy feta cheese are perfectly complemented by a mouth-watering Greek salad dressing drizzle.
Not only are they delicious, but these Greek Salad Kabobs are also a healthy, refreshing option that your guests will love.
7. Melon & Prosciutto Skewers
Melon and Prosciutto skewers are colorful, flavorful, and so fun for summer entertaining.
A variety of melon chunks, prosciutto, mozzarella pearls, and basil leaves get skewered and topped with a delicious balsamic glaze.
Who knew food on a stick could feel so fancy?
8. Tortellini Caprese Skewers
These Tortellini Caprese Skewer Kabobs are the perfect appetizers for any event or as a fun side dish.
With grape tomatoes, basil, tortellini, and mini mozzarella cheese balls topped in a balsamic glaze, you’ll have this wildly addictive dish ready in about 20 minutes.
9. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Savor the enticing combination of succulent shrimp and smoky bacon in these Bacon Wrapped Shrimp on a Stick.
It’s a gourmet street-food experience that brings together the sea’s bounty and the farm’s richness, perfectly grilled for a delightful crunch and a burst of flavors.
10. Rainbow Veggie Skewers
Turn the classic, somewhat boring veggie tray concept on its head by creating these beautiful Rainbow Kabobs.
Serve with hummus and your favorite veggie dip, and watch everyone have so much fun munching!
11. Loaded Tot Kabobs
These Loaded Tot Skewers are so fun to serve as an appetizer at a football party. They also make a fun weekend lunch for kids.
Plus these are super easy and affordable to make. Who doesn’t love tator tots, cheese, and bacon?
12. Sandwich Kabobs
Why not put all your favorite sandwich elements on a kabob?
It really doesn’t get better than meat and cheese skewers in any form!
Bread (perhaps cut into fun shapes), deli meat, cheese, lettuce, and maybe some black olives, pickles, or ripe cherry tomatoes, are all fun ideas to include in these easy Sandwich Kabobs.
13. Antipasto Salad Kabobs
These Antipasto Salad Kabobs are an easy party appetizer because there’s something for everyone!
Since putting anything on a stick just makes it more fun to eat, even the pickiest eaters might eat this “salad.”
Just grab your favorite meats, cheese cubes, and other favorite antipasto ingredients and thread them on a skewer. Serve with some olive oil based Italian dressing, and wa-la!
14. Fruit Skewer Bouquet
Whether you’re making this for a shower, as a gift, or just a beautiful, edible centerpiece for your party, these Fruit Kabobs are as beautiful as they are tasty.
All you’ll need is a few different fruits, a couple cookie cutters, and some wooden skewers, and you can easily put together these gorgeous appetizer or dessert kabobs.
15. Antipasto Tortellini Skewers
These easy Antipasto Tortellini Skewers have all of your favorite Italian style ingredients served on a colorful, delicious skewer.
These skewers use cherry tomatoes, olive, tortellini, salami, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil and are finished off with a sweet honey balsamic drizzle.
16. Korean-Style Hot Dogs
Korean Hot Dogs are filled with cheese, battered, and then deep-fried to achieve a golden, crispy exterior.
You can even adorn them with special toppings like ‘french fries,’ and can have a salty and sweet combination.
The batter is totally different from traditional corn dogs, so they’re such a fun twist on a classic!
17. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
This retro appetizer recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Just a few simple ingredients, and perfect for your next party.
Just wait til you try the sauce for this Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts recipe!
18. Spicy Asian Pork Meatballs
Sticky, a touch spicy, juicy and oh-so tasty!
These Asian Pork Meatballs make the perfect party appetizer, or quick family dinner ready in only 30 minutes.
Best of all, you can make them ahead and keep them warm in the slow cooker until you’re ready to skewer.
Who doesn’t love saucy, juicy meatballs?!
19. Mediterranean Turkey Antipasto Skewers
Mediterranean Antipasto Skewers are always a crowd pleaser at a party. They are colorful and offer your guests a wide variety of flavors and textures.
From the turkey to the olives, to the fresh mozzarella balls, these are sure to brighten up any holiday spread!
20. Potluck Pickle Wraps
Also known as Minnesota Sushi in some parts of the U.S., these Potluck Pickle Wraps are tasty and easy to put together – with just 3 ingredients!
So inexpensive and simple to make, they’re always an addictive and popular appetizer or snack at potlucks and parties.
Talk about an unexpectedly tasty appetizer!
21. Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on a Stick
These Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are the perfect last-minute appetizers.
Ready in 10 minutes, with a few inexpensive ingredients, they’re super fun to serve at brunch, picnics, showers, or really any party at all.
22. Grilled Cheese on a Stick
Make these Grilled Cheese Sticks in just 15 minutes with 2 ingredients.
They are crispy outside and gooey inside, making a mouth-watering appetizer or snack for happy hour.
Serve them with chimichurri sauce and enjoy!
23. Chicken Satay
Hosting a fun tapas night? Add these Chicken Skewers to the menu for sure.
Chicken satay is marinaded to perfection, full of flavor, and the perfect healthy appetizer on a stick.
Be sure to try it with peanut dipping sauce!
24. Cuban Sandwich on a Stick
With the traditional Cuban Sandwich ingredients, this fun appetizer is an eye-pleasing, mouth-watering big hit!
Set out some honey mustard dipping sauce, and watch everyone dive in.
25. Blackberry Bites
Blackberry Bites are a fresh, light appetizer that is simple, quick, and easy to make.
With just 3 ingredients, they’re also budget-friendly. The blackberries are perfect for summer parties, and taste refreshing on hot days.
26. Shrimp Corn Dogs with Creamy Chipotle Dip
Shrimp Corn Dogs are a fun and delicious twist on a classic corn dog!
Served with a creamy dipping sauce that complements the ‘dog’ perfectly.
Perfect for game day, a dinner party, New Year’s Eve, or any festive gathering – your menu is taken to a whole new level with this fun food.
If you love fried shrimp, these will blow your mind, they are so good!
27. Muffulatta on a Stick
Turning a Muffuletta Sandwich into an appetizer on a stick is such a fun way to entertain.
The novelty of it makes it extra special and easier to eat than a 4-inch tall muffuletta sandwich.
28. Individual Charcuterie Cups
While not technically on a stick, these Individual Charcuterie Cups are easy to assemble, versatile and perfect for parties, game days and holidays.
These are also easy to hold and carry more portable than traditional charcuterie boards.
Serve them with decorative toothpicks or small bamboo skewers, and your guests can mingle and eat on the go!
29. Watermelon Caprese Skewers with Prosciutto
Say goodbye to boring vegetable platters that everyone and their mother brings to a party and say hello to these fun Watermelon Caprese Skewers!
The saltiness of the prosciutto, combined with the sweetness of the watermelon makes a beautiful combination.
Add in some fresh basil and mozzarella, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar glaze – your taste buds will go wild!
30. Halloumi Kebabs with Chorizo, Tomatoes, and Honey Lime Dressing
You need just 4 ingredients to make a platter of the colorful and tasty Mediterranean style Halloumi Cheese and Chorizo Skewers, and another 4 basic ingredients for the tangy dressing.
The best part? They’re ready in just over 20 minutes.
Plus, everyone loves chorizo!
31. Mini BLT Bites with Avocado Vinaigrette Dressing
These easy BLT Bites with Avocado Vinaigrette are the perfect simple appetizer for your next party or get together.
They’re healthy, low carb, and gluten free, and let’s face, mini skewer recipes just look stunning on a platter.
The perfect appetizer for serving health-conscious eaters!
32. Watermelon Tajin Skewers
Watermelon Kabobs with Tajin is a delicious sweet and spicy combo!
Skewered with fresh lime juice, mint, and cotija, these watermelon skewers are perfect for a refreshing summer treat.
They’re the perfect mix of dessert and appetizer.
33. Chili Lime Glazed Shrimp Skewers
Sweet, tangy Chili Lime Glazed Grilled Shrimp can act as an appetizer or main dish!
There’s just something extra special about skewered shrimp appetizers.
They’re special enough for the Christmas holiday season, New Year’s Eve, or an engagement party, but easy enough for a simple gathering too.
This quick and easy recipe requires only a few basic ingredients and hardly any time to prepare.
34. Mini Jalapeno Corn Dogs
Mini Jalapeno Corn Dogs are a spicy twist on the traditional well-loved corn dog recipe.
They’re so fun for tailgating, Superbowl parties, or summer cookouts.
They can be made with regular flour or gluten-free!
35. Mini BLT Appetizer Sandwiches
Mini BLT Sandwiches on a Stick are easy party appetizers are the perfect marriage of classic BLT sandwiches with portion control.
You can enjoy all the flavor of a BLT while saving room for all the other tasty snacks!
Bacon, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, sourdough, and a creamy avocado spread make such a beautiful medley of flavors and textures.
36. Green Peas Vegan Kabobs
Indian style, Vegan Green Peas Kababs using green peas and potatoes as main ingredients and few basic spices.
They’re perfect when serving vegetarian and vegans, but flavorful enough for everyone to enjoy.
37. Tofu Satay
Another simple vegetarian appetizer are Tofu Satay Skewers.
This is the most delicious tofu ever and the magically rich and delicious peanut dipping sauce pushes this high protein vegan appetizer to epic status.
So fun for a tapas night at home!
38. Fried Cheese on a Stick
Yep you read that right! Cheese on a Stick is gooey melted cheese on the inside, coated with a sweet honey cornmeal batter on the outside.
It may sound unusual, but don’t knock it til you try it!
39. Carrot and Cucumber Rolls with Curry Cream Cheese
Talk about an aesthetically pleasing appetizer! Everyone will be so impressed.
These stunning Carrot and Cucumber Rolls look downright expensive and fancy, but are totally not.
The curry cream cheese mixture makes this healthy finger food a bit more indulgent.
40. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs with Croissant Croutons
(You had me at croissant croutons.)
This colorful combination of sweet fruit, savory cheese and flaky croutons comes together in a snap.
No one will expect the amazing combination of Fruit, Cheese, and Croissants on a Skewer!
It really doesn’t get more fun that no-cook appetizer skewers like this.
41. Crispy Accordion Potatoes
Potatoes on a stick? Yes, please!
Try these viral Accordion Potatoes for a tasty twist on the classic oven-roasted potatoes.
They’re elegant enough for a fancy dinner party, but the TikTok potato crazy makes them fun for any event.
Ready to try some of these easy kabob appetizers?
I hope this list of appetizer skewers has given you lots of inspiration for what finger foods to serve at your next party.
Make them ahead of time, arrange them beautifully on bamboo skewers and your platter or tiered tray, and watch your guests have a blast snacking and mingling.
Pick up some chips and dips at the grocery store to go with, maybe some kalamata olives or green olives in a small bowl for a great addition, and your event will never be forgotten!
The great thing is that when people eat enough, they think they’ve had a main meal, and you didn’t have to slave in the kitchen all day!
What are your favorite food on a stick appetizers?
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