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Cold Buffet Food Ideas For A Party

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Say HELLO to your ultimate guide to cold buffet food ideas for your next party!

Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering with friends or a formal event, throwing a garden picnic, or big family party we’ve got you covered with a variety of delicious and easy-to-prepare cold buffet food ideas and options.

From refreshing salads to savory finger foods, get ready to impress your guests with these absolutely delicious cold dishes.

When I throw a summer party or gathering, I try to include a good mix of cold buffet foods, just because I like the convenience of being able to prepare everything ahead. But I’ve three total fave’s that I make EVERY. SINGLE. PARTY!

This pasta salad is just epic! Absolutely loaded with delicious shredded ham and fresh salad vegetables in that creamy tangy ranch dressing. So good! (and super easy) It’s a non-negotiable for me when prepping a party buffet.

Get the Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe Here

easy ranch pasta salad in a blue and white serving bowl on a white table

Alongside a pasta salad, I always do a big Italian rice salad – it’s super delicious, super easy and always a hit. It’s a great potluck dish too if you’re heading off to a BBQ or need to take a dish.

Grab the Italian Rice Salad Recipe here

italian rice salad garnished with fresh rocket leaves and rosemary sprigs

This is hands-down one of my favorite easy party food desserts, you can make a really huge fruit platter if you’re feeding a large crowd, or scale it down to serve at a more intimate gathering.

Get the fruit platter recipe here

fruit platter with strawberries, melon, grapes, raspberries, oranges and blueberries

Cold Buffet Food Ideas For A Party

Make your next party the BEST yet, with our delicious cold buffet food ideas. From salads, to pasta and delicious savory finger foods.

And if you’re looking for more delicious party food ideas, why not follow our Afternoon Tea Pinterest board – it’s filled with delicious, easy party food,