30 simple bring a plate ideas

When an email goes around my hood asking friends to bring a plate to a gathering, my heart sinks. Mostly because I just know I won’t be the first to get in there and bags the super-easy-just-unwrapped-the-cheese-and-whacked-it-on-a-plate-with-some-crackers option. That honour always goes to my quick-off-the-mark pal, Ana. Damn her.

But, in the spirit of friendship and the futility of cheese-plate envy, I decided to find some other equally easy ways to fill the ‘bring a plate’ brief without breaking a sweat in the kitchen. Here are 30 of them. All simple, all delicious and all a darn sight more impressive than cheese. Take that, girlfriend.

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Savoury nibbles

1. Chicken nuggets

Tender chunks of chicken breast in a crispy crumb coating, these are everyone’s favourite snack. Serve with a dipping bowl of ketchup, barbecue sauce or sweet chilli for extra yum.

2. Snazzy sausage rolls

These moist sausage rolls have a buttery pastry casing and are full of veggies to offset any guilt factor as you eat your own body weight in them. Sorta.

3. Honey soy chicken wings

Make sure there are plenty of napkins to go around because you’ll need them with these sticky, sweet and decidedly more-ish chicken wings. Yummo!

4. Spring rolls

These crispy spring rolls are surprisingly simple to make and so good paired with soy sauce. Add some fresh chilli to the soy for a really punchy dipping sauce.

5. Ham and pineapple pizza muffins

These tasty mini pizzas are the work of minutes thanks to their muffin bases. No need for kneading here (see what I did there?). Add ham and pineapple for a teeny-tiny version of your favourite Hawaiian take-out.

6. Cheese puffs

Gloriously buttery bites of cheese – need I say more? This divine recipe is perfect for a drinks party and only has four ingredients so it’s great for last-minute bring-a-plate panics.

  • Whip up a batch of these Cheese puffs with this recipe.

7. Mini lamb burgers

Succulent lamb burgers topped with mozzarella and salad in a soft bun. Their miniature status means that one is never enough.

  • Watch these Mini lamb burgers go in seconds. You’ll find the recipe here.

8. Mini chicken and cheese quiches

What’s a ‘bring a plate’ invitation without someone bringing quiches? Make these the star of the show thanks to their melt-in-the-mouth pastry and tempting chicken and cheese filling.

9. Mini pasties

What’s better than a pastie? Why, a mini pastie, of course! Then there’s every excuse to pop one, two or even three in your mouth (not all at once though – decorum, please). It would be a crime not to.

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Sweet treats

10. Marshmallow bubble slice

These homemade versions of LCM bars make a perfect party plate treat for big kids and small. A chewy, crispy slice that’s a winner every time.

11. Lolly slice

Milo, Maltesers and mini marshmallows? There’s only one way to describe this mix and that’s magnificent!

12. 3-in-1 biscuits

I do so love a hard-working recipe and this is one of them. One biscuit dough and three ways to make them. Splendid!

  • Make and take these 3-in-1 biscuits for a picture perfect party platter.

13. Homemade doughnuts

At the risk of sounding like Homer Simpson, “Mmm … doughnuts”. Crisp on the outside, fluffy in the middle and all round delicious.

  • Get the recipe for Homemade doughnuts here.

14. Mini pavlovas

It’s practically un-Kiwi to not make a pav at least once a year. Fly the flag with a batch of these melt-in-the-mouth mini meringues topped with cream and fruit. Good onya!

  • Find this true-blue recipe for Mini pavlovas here.

15. Snow balls

These sweet little balls of bliss are incredibly simple to make and so popular at a party. Coconut-ty, crispy and chewy all at the same time – heaven!

  • Make these Snow balls for the next gathering you’re invited to with this recipe.

16. Choc cherry fudge

Homemade fudge is to-die-for. This chocolate version studded with sweet cherries is enough to make you think you have indeed died and gone to heaven.

17. Mini cheesecakes

Mini mouthfuls of cheesecake topped with fresh berries. Gorgeous!

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Delicious dips

18. Spinach cobb dip

A ’70s favourite that should be revived at every opportunity, this dip comes in its own handy bread container so it’s easy to transport and serve. Win!

  • Make this retro Spinach cobb dip with this easy recipe.

19. White bean dip

This creamy, garlicky bean dip is delicious with crudités and crackers. Blitz it up in your blender and you’re good to go.

20. Pumpkin chilli dip

A great way to use up leftover pumpkin from a baked dinner, this colourful dip has a punchy chilli kick.

  • Try this Pumpkin chilli dip with the recipe which you’ll find here.

21. Tomato and basil hummus

Tomato and basil are a marriage made in heaven. Make the most of this celestial pairing with this delectable hummus.

  • Find the recipe for this Tomato and basil hummus here.

22. Beetroot dip

Vibrant in colour and vibrant in taste, this homemade beetroot dip is so much nicer than its shop-bought cousin. Make it and see.

  • Enjoy dipping into this yummy Beetroot dip. You’ll find the recipe here.

23. Basil pesto dip

Wonderful on pasta and just as good as a party dip, you’ll be hard pressed not to double dip!

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Fun food ideas for the kids

24. Cake pops

Kids love to eat anything on a stick and these cake pops are no exception. Try them and see.

25. Mini hotdogs

These kid-sized hotdogs are so good the adults will be eyeing them up too!

26. Tiny Teddy pool party

Is there anything cuter than a Tiny Teddy chilling by the pool with a beach ball jaffa, lifesaver ring and stripy sour strap “towel”? I think not.

  • Make these uber-cute Tiny Teddy pool party cupcakes with the recipe you’ll find here.

27. Ballerina marshmallow pops

So simple, so pretty, so girlie, so make them.

  • Click here for these gorgeous ballerina marshmallow pops.

28. Jelly boats

Easier to make than you might think. These fun jelly boats will make you smile just to look at them.

29. Apple race cars

Kids love to play with their food and now there’s no reason for them not to with these healthy apple and grape race cars.

  • Enjoy making these little Apple race cars thanks to this recipe.

30. Strawberry mice

Mice made out of  strawberries? Oh, these are divine to look at, a cinch to make and even easier to eat.

10 Comments

  1. dawnblyth 02/12/2018 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for this list of options for finger style bring a plate food. Sometimes we can all get stuck in bringing the same boring thing each time but to know there are alternatives that look really yummy is great.

  2. Shelz69 02/12/2018 at 9:32 am

    I love the snow balls and the tiny teddy pool party idea. Such a fun idea. This could not have come at a better time, i never know what to bring to these things and I have to bring something tomorrow. Id better get to the shop to get my tiny teddies and be the office hit

  3. Alezandra 01/12/2018 at 10:55 pm

    Spring rolls are usually my go to. But it does get soggy if left for too long. So it’s good to pop it in the over or toaster before serving them. Would love to try the rest of the things listed here. Even not for a plate idea, but for birthdays or celebrations at home. The variety would be amazing.

  4. SarahBlair 01/12/2018 at 10:28 pm

    I always get stuck for ideas when there is a bring a plate event! I usually just go to the supermarket and buy a packet of something or get a salad. There are some great ideas here and they even look like my super fussy kids would eat them, I might try them at home as well as taking them out!

  5. kymmage 30/11/2018 at 10:22 pm

    That is a lot of excellent ideas! I usually go with something sweet. That marshmallow slice is a winner and so easy. Lolly cake is also excellent. Turning up with chicken nuggets would make you popular too. Though just baking a bunch of chicken nibbles with honey soy sauce also sounds so simple!

  6. felicity beets 30/11/2018 at 7:44 pm

    Lots of yummy options. I will have to try and make the ham and pineapple muffins. I love making lolly cake too – delicious and easy.

  7. Mands1980 27/11/2018 at 7:45 pm

    Wow these sound so good just what I need a bit of inspiration with some new recipes and ideas. I love the kids ideas as well will definitely be doing these.

  8. MuddledUpMolly 26/11/2018 at 3:24 pm

    Ooh yummy what a fantastic range of delicious and simple recipes! I especially like the savoury options but there are some great sweet options too. This is the season for potluck, BYO and BBQs so it is cool to have a bit of a mix up 🙂

  9. Shorrty4life1 20/11/2018 at 10:25 pm

    OOo yum did someone say snow balls. My favourite. Great ideas. One I love to make is cheese rolls. They are always a big hit with children and adults. And it’s always a plate that is empty at the end of a gathering so no food wasted.

  10. Bevik1971 15/11/2018 at 10:14 am

    Great ideas! I actually have a working lunch with my boss next week and we are each going to bring something to share 🙂 I’m going to use some of the ideas above! Maybe some dip with crackers and something sweet 🙂

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