Why You Should Serve Canapes at Your Next Party

There is no greater snack to serve at a party than canapés. People consider these snacks to be elegant, but they have a number of other benefits too. They are bite-sized, come in different variations, look fantastic and are surprisingly filling amongst other additional benefits. When it comes to party food, there is no greater snack than a canapé. Synonymous with class, elegance and sophistication, canapés are a superb way to impress your guests and especially if it is a formal event.

A canapé is a small piece of toasted bread or puff pastry which acts as a base for a delicious butter or paste, which is then topped with a “canopy” of food. It is often meat, but could also be cheese, relish, caviar, puree or another topping. Decorative garnishes are sometimes applied to improve the appearance. The name comes from the French word for sofa – the garnish sits on top of the bread like someone sitting on the sofa.

This type of hors d’oeuvre initially got served at cocktail parties as a way to encourage people to drink more (due to their salty or spicy flavour). They are now the ultimate party snack, but this is for a few different reasons.

Here are the main benefits of serving canapés at a social event:

Finger Food

One of the main benefits of serving canapés is the fact that they are a type of finger food. It’s the best type of food to serve at a social event as it allows your guests to eat and socialise at the same time. In addition to this, people can pick and choose what they want to eat and when.


Another reason that they are ideal for parties is the fact that there are so many different varieties. There are hot, cold and sweet canapés to consider, with each type having endless variations. Having so many variations allows your guests to find at least one type that they like, plus you can cater to both vegetarians and meat eaters.


Although canapés are a small snack, they are surprisingly filling. Guests will only need a few (along with other food) to feel content. It is especially crucial if alcohol too gets consumed as it should stop people from getting too tipsy.

Visually Impressive

One of the main selling points for canapés is the fact that they look appealing. Having canapés impress your guests, improves the overall look and feel of the venue and adds a touch of class to proceedings. However, please note canapés can be difficult to make yourself, which is why you should consider ordering from a reputable catering company.

Easy to Serve

Canapés are also easy to serve. You simply plate them up (keeping vegetarian options separate) and then allow your guests to help themselves. Alternatively, you could have somebody carrying a plate around so that everybody gets a chance to sample them.

It is for the reasons mentioned above that canapés are such a fantastic party snack and an excellent way to impress your guests.

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Written by David

Hello I’m Keb, a self-confessed lover of travel and food, join me as I explore the world one meal at a time.