101 Ways to Feed a Crowd

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Easy Recipes for a Crowd!!

It’s always a good time for a party. We love any excuse to get together with friends and family. And you know that if there are people gathered, there should probably be some food! If food were a love language – it would definitely be mine. One of my favorite things to do is plan delicious meals that everyone will enjoy! But sometimes it’s tricky planning enough meals to feed everyone. And I am always looking for easy recipes with little prep time so I can enjoy quality time with my guests. Nobody likes being stuck in a kitchen all day!

The best food for a crowd - quick and easy meals everyone will love! #FoodForACrowd

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We have inspiration for days right here! Literally… you could plan a month’s menu straight from this post. How sweet is that!?

Keeping organized is key when planning meals, so we thought we would keep this post organized for ya, too!

  • 16 Ideas for Breakfast for a Crowd
  • 16 Appetizers for a Crowd
  • 15 Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd
  • 21 of the Best Food Bars for a Crowd
  • 18 Potluck Dishes for a Crowd
  • 15 Desserts for a Crowd

Ooh, I am getting hungry just thinking about all these scrumptious dishes! So let’s get started!

16 Ideas for Breakfast for a Crowd

Start the morning out right with some filling breakfast ideas to feed the whole family…. Including aunts, uncles, cousins and the kids next door!

Breakfast Ideas for a Crowd

Breakfast for a Crowd

1. Spicy Pigs in a Blanket {Betty Crocker}These look so amazing! I’m sure this little twist on Pigs in a Blanket would be appreciated by all your guests!

2. Cinnamon Bacon Bombs {Messes to Memories}Super sweet and easy to make with frozen cinnamon rolls. Just slice and toss into a muffin tin!

3. Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast {Chew Out Loud}Tater tots for breakfast? Hey, why not?! They’re just pre-packaged potatoes, which means EASY breakfast casserole and fast, too!!

4. Cheesy Bacon and Spinach Quiche {The Kurtz Corner}Protein-packed breakfast to feed an active crowd!

5. Cinnamon Quick Bread {Messes to Memories}Making a batch of this sweet quick bread is a super casual way to keep everyone fed! Don’t underestimate the power of fresh baked bread… this stuff make the whole house smell like heaven!

6. Breakfast Burrito Bites {Ella Claire Inspired}Everything is better in mini! Just slice your tortillas and stuff them in a muffin tin instead of trying to wrap a bunch of burritos! This looks like a winner!

7. Breakfast Enchilada Bake {Lovely Little Kitchen}Enchiladas are always a hit! These enchiladas are stuffed with family favorites including eggs, sausage and mountains of cheese!

8. Easy Breakfast Pizza {Yellow Bliss Road}This delicious pizza looks like a fun and unique spin on a traditional pizza! And we all know that everyone loves pizza!

Ideas to Feed a Crowd for Breakfast

9. Banana Nut Muffins {Messes to Memories}Super easy. Quick. Scrumptious. Muffins are another casual idea to feed a lot of people.

10. Cinnamon Rolls {Jo Cooks}Cinnamon Rolls always warm my heart and my tummy! These are definitely a special breakfast in our home and I love making them for company!

11. Easy Breakfast Casserole {Gimme Some Oven}Prep this easy, cheesy breakfast casserole the night before!! It is overflowing with sausage, eggs and hashbrowns. Mmmm!

12. Biscuits and Gravy {Lemon-Sugar}A southern favorite! This is such an easy way to pull off biscuits and gravy for a lot of people.

13. Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Bake {Messes to Memories}Overnight french toast is always a hit when we have company. It’s such an easy and fun way to make a classic breakfast dish, but without all the morning mess and prep!

14. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole {Taste and Tell Blog}A hot breakfast that is easily prepped the night before!

15. Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes {Damn Delicious}Um. Yum! Potatoes are a filling breakfast item and these look so creamy and delicious. The best part? You do all the prep work the night before in your slow cooker and then you wake up to this goodness! Perfect!

16. Ham Egg and Cheese Breakfast Braid {Fab Fatale}This is a beautiful dish that will feed a lot of people. Mmm. I’m getting so hungry!

16 Appetizers for a Crowd

Around the holidays we LOVE indulging in fun and delicious appetizers! Hooray for finger food! These will be sure to keep the party going…

Appetizers for a Crowd

Appetizers for a Crowd

17. Spinach Artichoke Dip Ring {Messes to Memories}Yummy rolls baked right around a hot spinach artichoke dip! Sold!

18. Cowboy Salsa {Culinary Hill}I’m going to tell you a little secret! Chips and salsa are the way to my heart… Cowboy salsa is fun and unique because you can switch it up with the different fruits and veggies you decide to add!

19. Shrimp Taco Bites {I Wash You Dry}These little bites scream holiday fun! Yum!!

20. Pizza Fondue {They Smell}Delicious and super easy to make – what’s not to like? Fondue pot, Here!

21. Cheese Platter {Iowa Girl Eats}My favorite appetizer at any get together is a cheese platter and they are so simple to put together! And how cute is this wooden platter?!

22. Avocado Egg Rolls {Damn Delicious}Now this is what an appetizer should be! If you haven’t tried these, you should get right on that!

23. Cheeseball {Messes to Memories}This fool-proof cheeseball is from my mother-in-law. She really knows how to pull off a party!!

24. Caprese on a Stick {Personally Andrea}Talk about a sophisticated appetizer. These will be gorgeous at your party! Forgot to buy skewers? We got you!

Yummy Appetizers for Parties

25. Bruschetta {Messes to Memories}MMmm. This stuff makes my tummy dance for joy! Seriously, the balsamic glaze is outta this world!

26. Slow Cooker Smokies {Foodie Crush}This is a must have at any party during the holiday season! Everyone loves these things!!

27. Peanut Butter Cheesecake Fruit Dip {Messes to Memories}I made this for a girl’s night once and it was devoured! Everyone wanted the recipe. You have got to try this sweet dip!

28. Olive Oil and Bread Bar {Elizabeth Anne Designs}We love this idea because it’s SO easy but SO elegant. Set up an appetizer bar with a variety of breads, olive oils, and herbs. And here are the pretty oil dispensers!

29. Taco Cups {Kevin & Amanda}No fuss with these, they are easy and delicious!

30. Firecracker Chicken Meatballs {Little Spice Jar}Another delicious and classic dish with a unique twist! I can’t wait to try these.

31. Cranberry Salsa {Messes to Memories}Looking for something to stand out on that food table? This salsa will catch everyone’s eyes and will have everyone double dipping!

32. 7 Layer Dip {Yummy Healthy Easy}This dip is a crowd favorite! Let’s be real here… who doesn’t love a good 7 layer dip?

15 Crockpot Recipes for a Crowd

When family comes to town, it’s nice to be able to take a couple minutes to throw everything into a crockpot so you can enjoy the festivities, but still have a warm, comforting meal waiting for you at the end of the day.

Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd

Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd

33. Chicken Fajitas {Life in the Lofthouse}Make the filling in the crockpot and have everything else ready for the meal!

34. Crockpot Chili {Pip and Ebby}Chili is always a winner! Here is a classic recipe to try!

35. Crockpot Italian Chicken {Messes to Memories}I’ve made this recipe so many times, it’s easy and it makes A LOT!

36. Slow Cooker Lasagna {Gimme Some Oven}Easy to layer all your favorite ingredients in the crockpot and then just wait for this classic dish to be done.

37. Barbecue Ribs {Carlsbad Cravings}Fall-off-the-Bone Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs that everyone will go crazy for! Super easy – only 15 minutes prep time.

38. White Chicken Chili {Messes to Memories}Creamy White Bean Chili is perfectly creamy and delicious with just a little kick to keep it kid friendly. This could even be eaten as a dip if you wanted!

39. Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies {Damn Delicious}Slow cooker for the win! This is seriously a one-pot dish with everything you need for a super comforting meal!

40. French Dips {Celebrating Sweets}Tender meat, prepped in a slow cooker, crusty bread, sweet onions, melty cheese, and a bowl of au jus for dipping. I’m in!

Crockpot Recipes for a Crowd

41. Taco Soup {Messes to Memories}One of our all-time, family favorites!

42. Chicken Alfredo Tortellini {The Gunny Sack}Just yum! Warm, creamy, delicious… Yum!

43. Honey Buffalo Meatballs {Carlsbad Cravings}Meatballs are always fun! I love that you can make these in the crockpot!

44. Pulled Pork {Lauren Greutman}Whenever I make pulled pork it is an absolute hit! There are so many ways you can use it – salad, tacos, rice bowls, sandwiches. The options are endless!

45. Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken {Chef in Training}WARNING: flavor overload ahead!!! This creamy chicken looks so delicious!

46. Italian Sloppy Joes {Skinny Taste}Now this is just genius! Make your sloppy joe filling in the crockpot and then, bam! Dinner arrives and everyone assembles their own sloppy joe!

47. Hot Dogs for a Crowd {365-ish Pins}Not the prettiest sight! BUT… super effective way to get all those hot dogs cooked for a crowd!

21 of the Best Food Bars for a Crowd

Food bars are one of my favorite ways to feed a big crowd! Check out some of these fun ideas for a variety of food bars like grilled cheese!! Who knew a sandwich could be so exciting!?

The Best Food Bars

Food Bars for Parties

48. Taco Bar {Barefeet Kitchen}Original link is no longer available but her best taco meet is a crowd pleaser! At least in our home, tacos are requested almost every day! Make it fun by putting together a taco bar. Here are some little dishes for all of those yummy toppings!

49. Pork Salad Bar {My Natural Family}This is one of my favorite go-to ideas for feeding family and friends! We love loading up a pork salad with guacamole and salsa.

50. French Fry Bar {Southern Revivals}THIS is just amazing. You could include dipping sauces, spice blends, cheeses, and salsa. Add in some proteins like grilled chicken or ground meat and make it a whole meal of loaded fries!

51. Sandwich Bar {What’s Gaby Cooking}Lay out a variety of breads, lunch meats, cheeses, salad dressings, and condiments for a fun and easy sandwich bar.

52. Pizza Bar {By Stephanie Lynn}Personalized pizzas? This looks like a fabulous bar that everyone will be down with!

53. Macaroni and Cheese Bar {Sunny Sweet Days}Serve a big batch of your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe then offer a variety of toppings such as: bacon, ham, green onions, tomatoes, ground beef, sausage, seasoned bread crumbs, salsa, and jalapeños.

54. Omlette Bar {Pizzazzerie}Your guests can choose their own mix-ins and it makes for an easy and cute set-up! Set out toppings like salsa, ham, mushrooms, onion, and spinach! Yummy!

The Best Food Bars

55. Nacho Bar {Fantabulosity}Love this idea! Super simple and easy to throw a nacho bar together with all the toppings!

56. Grilled Cheese Bar {A Beautiful Mess}Who says grilled cheese needs to be served plain? Offer a variety of fun toppings to make them fancy and party-worthy.

57. Mashed Potato Bar {Betty Crocker}Serve mashed potatoes in fun glasses or bowls to make it extra special!

58. Popcorn Bar {Pen & Paper Flowers}If you want to offer some food to your guests but not a complete meal, consider setting up a fun popcorn bar with all the fixings.

59. Potato Bar {Alexan Events} – This link is no longer available but a potato bar is a super easy and inexpensive way to feed a large number of people and the topping combinations can get really fun!

60. Modern Salad Bar {The Party Dress} – Darn this link is no longer available but this is a fun idea for creating your own modern salad bar for a get together or party. These serving bowls are perfect for all the mix ins!

61. Extra Special Grilled Cheese Bar {Oh Happy Day}Have you ever seen grilled cheese like this before? This looks so yummy and the options are endless!

Unique Food Bars for Parties

62. Yogurt Bar (One Brass Fox}This is perfect for a crowd at breakfast! It’s such a cute bar, too!

63. Pancake Bar {For Rent}If you’re looking for a breakfast or brunch bar – a pancake bar is the way to go. Perfect for morning gatherings and parties.

64. Biscuit Bar {Kojo Designs}The southerner in me just loves the idea of buttery biscuits! This could be a great brunch idea!!

65. Bruschetta Bar {Olivia’s Cuisine}Bruschetta makes for the perfect app AND the crowd can have it exactly how they want it!

66. Hot Dog Bar {I Heart Naptime}A gourmet hot dog bar is tons of fun, and there are even printable recipes that you can hang on a clothespin for guests to follow, plus these condiment bottles make decorating fun!

67. Waffle Bar {Mom Loves Baking}Pull out your waffle maker and bring on the party with a fun waffle bar! This recipe actually uses cake mix to make it even easier and dare I say – more delicious!

68. Burger Bar {Cardstore}Let your guests make their own gourmet burger by choosing from a variety of bun options and traditional, as well as creative, burger toppings.

18 Potluck Dishes for a Crowd

Party season is fast approaching and I’m always looking for some unique potluck dishes to take to share with friends and family.

Potluck Dishes for a Crowd

Potluck and Side Dishes

69. Party Burgers {Kevin & Amanda}I’m drooling. These look so good. The sauce just makes them incredibly tasty!!

70. Frogeye Salad {Six Sisters}This makes a TON! and you can double it to make even more!

71. Buffalo Chicken Salad {Carlsbad Cravings}Now don’t these just make you happy!? An easy slider idea to feed a BUNCH of people.

72. Chicken Tender Sliders {Home Made Interest}Make up a big batch of sliders all at the same time and save a ton of time!

73. Mini Pizza Pretzels {Messes to Memories}For a party with lots of kids, or even kids at heart, these are perfect. And easy too. Thaw the dough in advance and have everyone make their own! Then slide them on a tray to bake!

74. Potato Salad {Chew Out Loud}If there isn’t potato salad, is it even a potluck?

Potluck Party Dishes

75. Sheet Pan Fajitas {The Wanderlust Kitchen}This is so smart! Fajitas are delicious, now make them on a sheet pan to share with everyone.

76. Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad {Julia’s Album}MMMMMmm. Combining 2 of my favorite things – bacon and pasta! Oh man! So yummy!

77. Bacon Wrapped Green Beans {Kayotic Kitchen}Such easy prep, then just pop them in the oven and you’ve got the perfect side!

78. Italian Sandwiches {Baker by Nature}The perfect, easy recipe when you need to feed a crowd! Layers of pepperoni, salami, ham, giardiniera and mozzarella tucked into a sandwich roll that has been baked to melty perfection.

79. Sweet Potato Casserole {Add a Pinch}This southern dish will be one that the crowd can’t stop eating!

80. Cheesy Potato Casserole {Love Bakes Good Cakes}My family is convinced that this yummy side dish could go with ANY meal, which makes it perfect for potlucks.

Side Dishes for a Crowd

81. Baked Macaroni and Cheese {Spend with Pennies}What is better than cheesy, comfort food? {Did I mention it has FOUR kinds of cheese?} And check out these darling casserole dishes!

82. Caesar Green Bean Salad {Messes To Memories}Our absolute favorite green bean side dish! The kids even eat this one up because the flavor is on point!

83. Walking Tacos {The Dating Divas}What a fun and easy meal. Make your taco meat and toppings and then grab a bag of chips! Fill up your snack size bags and enjoy your walking tacos straight out of the bag of chips!

84. 7 Layer Salad {The Pioneer Woman}This recipe is simple but beautiful and a staple of ours at potlucks and luncheons.

85. Pizza Casserole {Tastes Better From Scratch}It’s pizza… in casserole form. Who’s game??

86. Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad {Cooking Classy}There are always so many rich options at a potluck, I love to bring something that is somewhat healthy! This is the perfect salad to balance everything out.

15 Desserts for a Crowd

We saved the best for last! Desserts are the most important, right? Here are some tantalizing desserts that will make your crown swoon with delight!

Desserts for a Crowd

Desserts for a Crowd

87. Oreo Truffles {Cooking Classy}Set out some delicious Oreo truffles and you’ll be a crowd favorite for sure!

88. Brownie Pudding {Crazy for Crust}This is for the chocolate lovers!

89. Brownie Batter Cheeseball {Chelsea’s Messy Apron}If you are a fan of cheeseballs, you might want to try out this decadent brownie batter cheesecake. It looks divine. I am dying to try it!!!

90. Ice Cream Sundae Bar {Hello Little Home}Let each guest make their own ice cream sundae! The delicious toppings and combinations really are endless, just make sure to include a variety of candies and syrups.

91. Ice Cream Sandwich Bar {Tomkat Studios}This is gorgeous and full of tips for pulling off your own ice cream sandwich bar.

92. Frozen Mint Brownie Bars {Glorious Treats}Say what!? The layers here are genius. I would definitely eat this… ALL of it!

93. Chocolate Fruit Dip {Cooking Classy} – You only need 5 ingredients to make this deliciously chocolately dip and it’s always a crowd favorite.

94. Oatmeal Cookie Bar {Messes to Memories}This COULD feed a crowd, if you have enough self-control to not eat the whole pan yourself!

Desserts to Feed a Crowd

95. White Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Corn {Messes to Memories}Caramel popcorn is the perfect treat for a party! We found some cute popcorn bags, here!

96. Dump Cake {Natasha’s Kitchen}This cake is easy and such a hit with a crowd!

97. Pumpkin Slab Pie {The Kitchen is my Playground} – Easily feed a crowd with this slab pie. It has all the deliciousness of traditionally-made pie, with more servings per pan!

98. Banana Pudding Poke Cake {Beyond Frosting}A little twist on a tradition banana pudding that everyone will love!!

99. Mango Coconut Icebox Cake {The Kitchn}This is SUCH an easy recipe, you can whip up a couple in just a few minutes.

100. Build Your Own Fruit Pizza {HWTM} – Let guests build their own mini fruit pizza using sugar cookies!

101. Caramel Apple Bar {Craftberry Bush}Simply slice apples and place them on a stick, then arrange a variety of toppings in muffin tins for easy dipping.

Still need more ideas?? Don’t worry… We have some more delicious inspiration, check out:

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  1. I totally agree with you! Just LOOKING at these yummy dishes is making me hungry! Ha! Such a great round-up of amazing food!