10 Best // Easiest Party Appetizers


i know, i know, planning 'easy' party foods seems to be an affront to my carefully crafted themed events.  and i do so love to make themed food.  but i also love the easy go to party appetizers, because i often throw together last minute 'let's pre-drink!' parties at my apartment.  on those days, i have no intention of racing home on a friday night to get perfect little appetizers all set out on crystal plates.  i just want food that's ready fast but is slightly more than just a bag of chips.  (but chips are always there.  the one food all my friends can agree on is nacho cheese doritos, that's for sure.)  so my top 10 go to appetizers:

taco dip.  i thank megan's mom for this one.  your parties will never be the same after you make this, you'll get requests for it every time.  and there's only 3 ingredients.  4, if you count the chips... but you could just eat this with a spoon.  ask eleni.

or skinny taco dip.  this is like the layer dip you'd buy at the store, only you control the ingredients and calories.  unlike the (very not-skinny) taco dip, this is meat free and requires no baking.

parmesan pesto whipped feta.  delicious.  or try crazy feta.  stop judging me, i really like feta cheese!

spinach dip.  the knorr's packet of vegetable mix seasoning has the recipe on the back.  it's delicious and super simple.

spinach crescent rolls.  just some cheese, spinach and seasoning rolled up in crescent rolls.  so easy, so delicious!

homemade cheese crisps.  so easy and so much prettier than regular old chips.  who knew?!

jalapeno popper bites.  bacon. what more do you need to know?

goat cheese and marinara.  goat cheese makes everything seem fancier than it actually is.  just follow this recipe for warming the cheese, but make sure to serve it with some toasted bread and warmed marinara sauce.

crockpot cocktail meatballs.  1 bag frozen meatballs.  1 jar grape jelly.  1 jar chili sauce.  cook in crockpot.  open lid, give people forks or toothpicks.  i don't think it's possible to get any easier than that.  these are hawkeye's favorite.  no, i guess taco dip is her favorite, as the picture below is her standing in the leftovers so i couldn't take it away.  they're all her favorite, she's a chunker.


so what are you making this weekend?  i think we know where hawkeye stands.

32 comments

  1. "parmesan pesto whipped feta" Wait... WHAT?!?!?! *drool*

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  2. These all sound delish! I'm a sucker for spinach dip and taco dip. And those jalepeno popper bites look amazing!

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  3. The spinach crescent rolls sound good. Saving this post!

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  4. Homemade cheese crisp, parmesan pesto feta, holy yum!

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    1. Cheese crisps topped with parmesan pesto feta = heaven!

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  5. there's an amazing taco-like dip that i make and i've managed to make it as healthy as possible and it tastes SO GOOD. the best part: any left overs gets used as taco sauce for tacos the next day :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  6. The skinny taco dip is my go-to...so easy to make and extremely delicious! But now I want to try the first one too! Also, buffalo chicken dip is a close second to the taco dips..okay gotta stop thinking about food, too hungry! Happy Friday :)

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  7. Damnit I love appetizers. I could live on dips and chips. Great suggestions... And now I'm super craving taco dip so you suck :)

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  8. mmm my mouth is watering just reading all of this. sounds soooo good. ive made the jalapeno poppers and spin dip but need to try out some of the others!

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  9. yum! I love those meatballs.. i want some now! Those are the best, they're always gone by the end of the night.

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  10. Parmesan pesto whipped feta WHAT THE WHAT?! Damn you!!!

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  11. I LOVE spinach dip! I haven't had it in forever, maybe I should make some of that to snack on.

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  12. I make that skinny taco dip, too and it is sooo good! I kind of just want to make all of these for dinner tonight. Happy Friday!

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  13. hahaha Hawkeye standing in the pan! I'm all about the taco dip too. She has good taste!

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  14. Yes to all of these!! And now I want to make taco dip because I haven't made it in a while. I might for tomorrow because YOLO. I'm making jalapeno popper dip for a party already. Why not!

    Thanks for the link.

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  15. This all looks so good, though the taco dip and spinach dip would be my favs. A buffalo chix dip would be my request though. Hawkeye needs to watch her figure or she will be Seamus chunker status! ;)

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  16. Just put the words "crazy" and "feta" together... I'm sold! Yum-o.

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    1. It's so good! It's only 3 main ingredients and you'd think it'd be basic, but it's just amazing.

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  17. Those meatballs are my go to for any event I have!

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    1. I expect them when I come to your next party!!

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  18. All of these look amazing! I think Im going to try the spinach crescent rolls and a few of the other recipes when next we're entertaining! Pinning this :-)

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  19. These look amazing! Especially the feta ones!

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  20. Goat cheese for the win! All of these made me drool more than the last

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  21. I'm totally on board for anything with goat cheese or feta! :-D

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  22. The Skinny Taco Dip (and everything on Skinny Taste) is incredible! You'd never know any of Gina's recipes are "light"!!!!

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  23. these all sound fabulous and now i'm really hungry ha. love that photo of hawkeye! she's definitely claiming the rest of that dip haha.

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  24. My main requirement when planning party food is that it's easy to make in large quantities! And I have a layered chip dip which is always a favorite...

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  25. I literally could care less about the meal most times...I'm all about the appetizers! Dips specifically but I do love some meatballs oh and anything mexican themed....I guess I am not really that picky ;-)

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  26. Ahhhhhhh now I am starving!!! Dips and appetizers are my favorite! Screw the main course, just give me all the snacky things!

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  27. hahaha I love the look on her face. She has such personality.

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  28. haha ohh hawkeye!! I live for party food, those feta dips sound bad ass.

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