We love to entertain and have friends over to our house often. It seems like there is always a reason for having people over, whether it’s for a party, holiday, or some other event.
Whether I’m planning on having company in advance or it’s a last minute thing, these are some of my favorite easy party appetizers for a crowd that I can whip up quickly to have something delicious to share.
Types of Appetizers
I’ve broken down these different appetizer types into two categories: Dips and Finger Foods & Bites.
All of these recipes can be easily doubled or even tripled, depending on the number of people you are planning on.
Or set up a buffet table with a few different options so everybody can pick and choose from their favorites!
Best Party Appetizers
I've gathered some of our family favorite party foods in this collection of appetizers that will make planning your next New Year's Eve party, game night, or viewing party a cinch!
Everybody loves a good party dip as a no-fuss shareable party app! Set any of these amazing dips out with a bowl or chips or a plate of crackers or vegetable crudite and let your guests go to town!
This chunky, homemade guacamole recipe is easy, authentic, fresh, and unbelievably, out-of-this-world good with lime, garlic, onion & cilantro mixed in with wonderful avocados. This is the best guacamole recipe ever. For real.
This Easy Greek 7 Layer Dip is loaded with all the best flavors of Greece in dippable form! Garlicky hummus and yogurt, crunchy cucumber, juicy tomatoes, and savory feta and pine nuts are perfect for dipping pita chips and sharing as an after school snack or wonderful party appetizer.
This Healthier Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe is sure to be hit at your next game day! And best of all, nobody will realize it’s a better-for-you-version of the original since this version has all the flavor and cheesy, creamy goodness we love about a great dip.
When it comes to entertaining, this elegant Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts, and Honey is an easy-fancy appetizer that is perfect on crunchy apples or toasted baguette slices. It’s melty, sweet, and savory all in one, delicious bite!
Bites & Finger Foods
You can practically make a meal out of heavy hors d'oeuvres, which are small bites served outside of a meal. These appetizers are all great finger food options where no forks, knives, or spoons are necessary!
Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends are irresistible, juicy bites of mouthwatering meat (the same kind used to make bacon) that is rubbed in spices, infused with smoky flavor, and tossed in a fabulous barbecue sauce. Serve with toothpicks for guests to easily snack these succulent bites!
It’s impossible to resist these Homemade Soft Pretzels with Mustard Cheese Dip! Salty, buttery and warm, soft pretzels are perfect for tailgating, celebrating Oktoberfest, or just for a fun afternoon snack!
Delicious tender-crisp asparagus on a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust with plenty of cheese and Dijon mustard, this easy Asparagus Tart is casually elegant appetizer that is perfect for brunches, Mother’s Day, showers & parties, and more.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make stromboli like they do at your favorite old-school pizza parlor, this Easy Stromboli Recipe is for you! It’s like a rolled up pizza filled with your favorite toppings and plenty of gooey cheese, then baked so that the crust is on the outside.
Homemade Breadsticks slathered in butter and sprinkled with a mix of garlic, Parmesan, and herbs are perfect for dunking in marinara sauce or ranch dressing for a tasty appetizer or filling side. These breadsticks are vastly superior to Olive Garden’s (blasphemy for many, I know, but it’s true) and perfect with soups, salads, pasta, and pretty much any main dish!
Learn how to make the best fruit and cheese platter that is perfect for entertaining anytime of the year with this easy tutorial! This is more than just cheese and crackers. It can be an elegant and impressive spread that is sure to delight guests.
Kids and adults alike will love these Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas as an appetizer served with plenty of guac, sour cream, and pico de gallo! The edges are nice and crispy with loads of melted cheese inside!
Classic deviled eggs get a savory update with chopped crispy bacon and fresh green onion in these Bacon Green Onion Deviled Eggs. Perfect for using up your leftover hard-boiled Easter eggs or taking to summer BBQ’s and cookouts!
This classic bruschetta recipe uses fresh roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, a little balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil l to top slices of toasted baguette. It’s easy, fresh, and makes a wonderful appetizer for any party or gathering!
This recipe for Korean Pancakes (called Pajeon or Pa Jun) with Scallions and Dipping Sauce is wonderful for a snack, appetizer or light lunch. The tender scallions impart a fresh, mild bite without making the pancake too onion-y, and the slightly sweet and savory dipping sauce is the perfect compliment to the crispy, fried pancake.
These cheesy Chicken Parmesan Sliders are an easy game day party appetizer or a fun weeknight meal that the entire family will enjoy! Soft sandwich rolls loaded with crispy breaded chicken tenders, marinara sauce, and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese make these sliders a fun take on the classic Italian-American Chicken Parmigiana!