Finger food for meetings: top ideas for your next event

Thomas Paris
November 30, 2021
Finger food for meetings: top ideas for your next event

We’ve all been there — you’re in a meeting room, your stomach’s rumbling, and you’re struggling to pay attention. If you’re hosting a meeting over lunch or want to provide some extra snacks to keep your team motivated, appetizers and finger foods are the way to go. 

In this guide, we’ll explore some of our favorite finger foods for meetings. We’ll cover some really simple ideas that you can pick up from the grocery store, plus some more sophisticated options for when you’re using a caterer. 

Super easy finger food ideas

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Let’s kick things off with some of the easiest finger food ideas out there. These finger foods are perfect for casual team meetings or relaxed brunches or lunches. They also make great appetizers for a small conference or event. They’re simple foods, but popular and readily available at most local vendors. 

Here are some of our top picks for easy, grab-and-go meeting appetizers: 

  • Cherry tomato and feta bruschetta
  • Chicken tenders
  • Crackers 
  • Cupcakes 
  • Finger sandwiches
  • Fresh fruit platter
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Granola bars
  • Hummus
  • Mac and cheese bites
  • Mini slider burgers
  • Mixed nuts
  • Mozzarella bites
  • Muffins or donuts
  • Olives 
  • Pita or tortilla chips
  • Pizza slices
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Smoked salmon bites
  • Soft pretzels

These are all great finger foods for meetings — especially if you want to keep things simple or have a tight budget. Many of these easy appetizers can be picked up from your local grocery store, deli, or restaurant. Get in touch with them in advance, place your order, and use a Hoppier card to pay ahead of delivery. 

14 tasty and impressive finger foods for meetings

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Sometimes a meeting calls for something a little more luxurious than cold sandwiches and store-bought dips. If you’re on the lookout for finger foods for a VIP client meeting or you want to put on a freshly cooked spread for your employees, we’ve got you sorted.

We’ve gathered some of our favorite appetizers and finger foods to serve at a catered meeting. For each of these fun bite size finger food ideas, we’ve found a great recipe that you can send to your caterer to explain exactly what you’re looking for. 

Let’s take a look at some super tasty finger food recipes and ideas. 

1. Ham and cream cheese roll ups

These ham and cheese roll ups are really simple to make with ingredients you can order in advance from your local grocery store. Not only are they delicious, but they're easy to eat with no mess — thanks to the toothpicks. 

2. Italian meatballs

Meatballs make a great appetizer. Get inspired by these slow cooker Italian meatballs or recreate the idea with chilled store-bought alternatives. 

3. Honey chicken skewers

For something tasty and filling, ask your caterers to prepare you these flavorsome honey chicken skewers. They’d make a fun addition to the menu for an outdoor lunch meeting at a corporate retreat.

4. Mozzarella and prosciutto pinwheels

These savory mozzarella and prosciutto pinwheels are a great alternative to sandwiches — especially if served warm. With three ingredients these are easy to make ahead and bring in for a team lunch

5. Mini spinach and artichoke tarts

If you need something with a touch of luxury to serve at an important client meeting, put these mini spinach and artichoke tarts on the menu. They look amazing when served to the table alongside other finger foods. 

6. Goat cheese crostini

For a light bite, you can’t go wrong with goat cheese crostini. These sweet little toasted bread bites are an easy make for most catering teams, and are likely to be a hit with your meeting guests. 

7. Sweet potato and feta bites

You might not think of sweet potato as a go-to for finger foods, but these sweet potato and feta bites are packed with flavor and goodness. It’s worth adding these to your menu list if you’re after something a bit more unusual. 

8. Pesto bread bites

Bread is always a great idea when it comes to finger food for meetings, and these pesto appetizer squares are a fun alternative to a more traditional bruschetta or a sweet bake. There’s only a handful of ingredients, so you could make these ahead and bring them in to share with the team. 

9. Mini sliders

There’s something adorable about mini slider burgers. While full-sized burgers are a handful to eat, this version is definitely meeting-friendly. Take a look at this mini slider burger recipe for inspiration, pick up a pack of ready made sliders at the store, or ask your caterers to prepare something to your exact preferences. 

10. Cheese balls

Add a hint of spice and two classic ingredients to your finger foods menu with these crispy potato and cheese balls. They’re really easy to enjoy over conversation, and you could add a few dips to make the dish more exciting. If you can’t find cheese balls in the store, breaded mozzarella sticks are a close alternative. 

11. Fresh veggie crudites with dipping sauces

Sometimes all you want is some fresh, crunchy vegetables and some flavorful dips. Serve veggie crudites alongside a mix of dips like blue cheese, sour cream, caramelized onion, or even peanut butter. Explore this crudités recipe to see how to prepare your tasty vegetables the traditional way, or leave it to a pro to deliver an impressive platter to your meeting guests. 

12. Deviled eggs

They’re a party classic for a reason, so it’s no surprise that deviled eggs also make a great finger food for meetings. Your caterers will know exactly how to prepare amazing deviled eggs, or you can order some in advance from your local deli instead. 

13. Baked brie bites

These baked brie bites are wonderful served fresh from the oven, but they’re also just as tasty at room temperature — making them ideal for meetings and events. Serve as they are, or add different preserves to create a new flavor combination.  

14. Jalapeño poppers

Spice things up with these incredible jalapeño pepper poppers. These crunchy, crumbly appetizers are the perfect way to introduce some extra flavor to your finger foods — and you can even prepare a few super hot ones for everyone to try if they’re brave enough. 

Simplify your event catering experience with Hoppier

Arranging catering for a meeting can be a real headache. You either need to make a list and stop by a store to pick things up, or have lengthy conversations with caterers about your needs, tastes, and budget. For one event it’s manageable, but if you throw more into the mix it can get overwhelming. We’re here to help you find a more streamlined way of organizing catering for your meetings.


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Enter Hoppier. Our platform makes it easy for you to set up programs to manage your event catering in moments. Create a program, set a budget, and you soon have your very own virtual credit card to spend on meeting catering. You can customize your cards too, with different colors and logos for each different event type or client. 


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Use your Hoppier card to place your next office party food order from your local deli in advance, or make a collection or delivery order with your nearest grocery store. No more handing out company credit cards or dealing with complex approvals — instead you can assign Hoppier cards to your team members to keep the whole process simple.

Get creative with your meeting catering to keep your guests engaged

Take your meetings to the next level with imaginative event catering that goes beyond the usual bland offerings. Use Hoppier to order a delicious array of foods from your favorite deli, grocery store, or bakery to share with your guests while you talk. Take inspiration from the easy appetizer recipes above, or make a list from our simple finger foods.

Hoppier makes it super easy to order catering for your meetings — whether they’re in person or virtual. If you’re struggling to get people to turn up to your digital get-togethers, watch our webinar on how to get people to show up to your virtual events. Amazing food is a great way to draw people in, and the webinar explores other useful tips to help you host unmissable events. 

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