Party Appetizers

Whether you are watching the big game, enjoying a New Year’s celebration, or having a dinner party, there is something for everyone on our tasty collection of party appetizers!!

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A collage of various party appetizers

Every Party Needs Appetizers

Whether you are craving hot or cold, sweet or savory, there is an app for you… appetizer that is!

These appetizers are party perfect!! When planning party appetizers, there are a few things I like to consider:

  • Add variety, but make sure that the flavors are complementary. 
  • Offer both warm and cool, sweet and savory, veggie and meaty. 
  • Use tried and true recipes. If you want to use new recipes, do a practice run a couple weeks beforehand to work out any kinks.
  • Offer both ready made that you can pick up at the grocery store or your favorite bakery as well as homemade. 

This post breaks down all of our best party appetizers into meats, warm appetizers, cold appetizers, dips and salsas, and mini appetizers. There’s something for everyone!

Chili's salsa surrounded by tortilla chips, served as a party appetizer

“Guest-imating”

I saw this term and loved it. When preparing food for a party it really is a guess. Here are some tips that will help to estimate the amount you’ll need for your guests. 

  • If you have fewer than 10 guests offer 2-3 different types of party appetizers. If you are having more than 10 guests add another dish for every 5-8 more people.
  • How much per person: When appetizers are the main food at an event you’ll need to plan to serve about 10-12 pieces per person for a two hour party. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
  • If you will be serving dinner, then you will not need as many appetizers. In this case you’ll only need a total of 3-5 appetizers per person. 

Planning Party Appetizers

SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Over the years I’ve collected many different serving trays, but when I first started out I would limit myself to buying 1 new serving tray/stand and then use what I had on hand.  

  • Line cookie sheets and other trays with parchment paper. 
  • You can use cutting boards or cake stands. 
  • The dollar store is a great place to buy inexpensive serving bowls and trays.
  • Look around your house for unique bowls and trays that you can line with parchment paper. 

BE PREPARED! This motto isn’t just for boy scouts because if it can go wrong it will.  Planning ahead will make everything go as smoothly as possible. 

  • Plan your menu a week before and then watch ads to see what is on sale. 
  • Decide which dishes can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. 
  • Which foods need to be heated? Do you have enough space to heat the dishes properly? The crock pot is a great kitchen tool to use.
  • Clean and organize the space the day before. 

Crock Pot Meatballs on toothpicks - a perfect party appetizer

Best Party Appetizers

These are some of our top pics for party appetizers and ones we almost always serve at our gatherings!

Appetizer Buffalo Wings Recipe
Crispy tender chicken wings tossed in the most wonderful buffalo sauce! The best party appetizer for a crowd!
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Honey BBQ Wings Recipe
Delicious homemade boneless chicken wings, double breaded, baked to a crispy perfection, then smothered in sweet and tangy honey bbq sauce. This Boneless Honey BBQ Wings recipe makes for the perfect game day appetizer, or weekend dinner item! 
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Mozzarella Sticks Recipe
Everyone is obsessed with these ooey gooey homemade mozzarella sticks, breaded with a flavorful coating and fried to a golden perfection.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls Recipe
This simple 3-ingredient appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor! Everyone will love these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Air Fryer Zucchini Recipe
Crispy air fryer zucchini will give you all the flavor and none of the guilt! This healthy version still packs the flavor punch.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 48 votes
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Appetizer Fried Pickles Recipe
Deep fried pickles are crunchy, flavorful, and SO tasty! These pickle slices are breaded and fried to perfection, making them a crowd-favorite party appetizer!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.69 from 16 votes
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Appetizer Fried Green Beans Recipe
Crispy green bean fries making all of your appetizer dreams comes true! Breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and fried to crunchy perfection!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer, Snack Dill Vegetable Dip Recipe
The perfect go-to veggie dip for parties and snacking. Use it for vegetables, chips, or whatever you feel like! Even if you don’t like dill pickles, you’ll love this Dill Vegetable Dip.
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies Recipe
With only 5 minutes of prep and 3 ingredients, these Brown Sugar Beanie Weenies are by far one of the easiest appetizers! And they taste amazing!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Onion dip - a super easy party appetizer!

Easy Party Appetizers

Most of these recipes are made fairly quickly, or have simple ingredients.

Bread Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe
This is by far our favorite Garlic Bread recipe. It takes minutes to put together and is SO cheesy and delicious. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, but especially for pasta and Italian dishes!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Serve these Buffalo Chicken Taquitos as an easy dinner idea, or as an appetizer at your next party or get together. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
Spinach Dip Bites are crunchy, bite-size treats are cheesy and buttery, making them a great appetizer. They are a hit every time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.72 from 28 votes
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Main Course Avocado Taquitos Recipe
Avocado Taquitos aka "Flautas" are filled with avocados and cheese and fried to perfection! They're perfect for a main dish or appetizer.
Total Time: 11 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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Main Course Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe
Everyone loves these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders because they’re easy, cheesy and addicting! They don’t take long to make, and are perfect for any get together—always a crowd pleaser!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Appetizer Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip Recipe
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip – one of the easiest and most delicious dips you’ll ever make! All it takes is cream cheese, Velveeta, spinach, diced tomatoes, and bacon!!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.34 from 3 votes
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Appetizer Pizza Muffin Recipe
These cheesy and delicious Pizza Muffins make for the perfect appetizer. They're filled with melty mozzarella, and topped with a yummy garlic butter, more cheese, and mini pepperonis.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Mini Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas are our new favorite dinner recipe. They're easy, quick and can be made custom for each person with their favorite toppings!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Chili’s Salsa Recipe
The restaurant salsa you know and love, made at home anytime you like! This Chili's Salsa copycat recipe is literally made in minutes with the help of a blender.
Total Time: 3 minutes
4.67 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa – one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer French Onion Dip Recipe
French onion dip is tangy and savory. It requires only two ingredients and is made in under a minute!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Fiesta pinwheels served on a platter - a perfect party appetizer

Cold Party appetizers

Cold appetizers are typically lighter and are nice to serve to balance out the menu. Also, they can most often be made ahead of time, which is great because it frees up time on party day for other items on your to do list.

Appetizer Greek Cucumber Cups Recipe
Simple Greek Cucumber Cups are a light and delicious appetizer that whips up in minutes. They are a perfect low calorie snack!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Dessert Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
Cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla yogurt, and vanilla pudding mix blended together to make this amazing Vanilla Yogurt Fruit dip for your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Dessert Caramel Apple Dip recipe
The creamiest and most delicious Caramel Apple Dip you’ll ever find. Just a few ingredients are required, but dark brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk make this recipe out of this world and a crowd pleaser at any get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Simple, quick and delicious Caprese Kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe
Fiesta pinwheels are bite-size tortilla rolls filled with a spiced cream cheese mixture. They are a party in your mouth!
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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chocolate chip dip in bowl
Dessert Chocolate Chip Dip Recipe
Chocolate Chip Dip is a simple dessert dip filled with mini chocolate chips that tastes like cookie dough! It's perfectly dippable.
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Bruschetta Caprese Recipe
Toasted bread rounds are topped with a mixture of juicy tomatoes, ripe avocado, and fresh mozzarella to make this Bruschetta Caprese.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Best Charcuterie Board
We all love to graze during holidays and parties, and what better way to do it than with a Charcuterie board?! Customize with all your favorite meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits and dips!
5 from 7 votes
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cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip on platter with strawberry on top with other fruits around it
Dessert, Snack Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Dip is one of the best fruit dip recipes you will ever try! It takes just 5 simple ingredients – cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, marshmallow fluff, and cool whip – and ALWAYS vanishes in minutes! Definitely a crowd favorite!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Appetizer Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You’ll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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