Why does inviting people into my home make me sweaty? I love to entertain but the reality is it can be really stressful. Which is why I like to keep the food and drinks simple. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, dinner party appetizers are always needed!
Whether you're planning a full-on dinner party or just want to snack on some finger foods, these quick appetizers are delicious and great for a crowd. Make them last-minute or serve them as a full meal. These classic recipes are perfect for a festive dinner party with your best friends.
Dinner Party Appetizers That Are Quick and Easy
What Can I Serve as Appetizers?
Well, that’s a loaded question since you can turn just about anything into amazing appetizers which is awesome. There’s no set rule on what can be an appetizer which leaves the possibilities endless. An appetizer is basically a pre-meal snack that helps stimulate the appetite.
You can serve something as simple as veggies and dip or cheese and crackers. Or you can take things up a notch with one of the dinner party appetizers from the list below.
My best suggestion is to keep the bites light and tasty if you are doing a full dinner. One or two small appetizers is a good idea to keep everyone from getting too hungry while they wait for the meal.
But you can also skip dinner and offer a variety of finger foods.
How Many Different Appetizers Should I Serve?
This all depends on what type of event you’re serving them at and how many guests are invited.
If you are hosting a small dinner party in your home, I would suggest one to two types. If it's super casual, consider one of the cheese ball recipes from below.
If you are hosting a cocktail party, I would come up with, at least, 6 different quick appetizers and party horderves. You'll want to serve a variety of flavors and make sure that you have enough to help people put a little food in their bellies to combat some of the drinks.
If you are doing an appetizer only shindig, go hog wild! Especially if this falls around dinner time. I always try to be mindful of what time I'm having people over and make sure that I am giving them what they need.
If you do an all appetizer buffet, make sure you have really quick and easy appetizers that can be replenished when they start to run out.
An appetizer buffet can have a mix of easy dips, finger foods, meat and cheeses, etc. It's also a good idea to have a mix of warm appetizers and cold items so you don't have to fuss over the temperature of everything.
Wondering how many actual pieces of appetizers to serve at your party? Our Everyday Life has an appetizer calculator to help you!
Browse All the Quick Appetizers
Quick Appetizers with Cheese
Cheese is always a crowd-pleaser, so one of these quick appetizers, is a great thing to have on hand for your guests to snack on as they please.
Easy Horderves You'll Love
These easy horderves are just 1-2 bites and a great way to ensure that your guests don't starve until dinner.
Warm Appetizers are Absolutely Delicious
Along with some cold options, these warm appetizers are full of flavor and a great pre-dinner snack.
Quick Snack Recipes are Essential
These easy quick snack recipes are perfect for sharing with friends while they wait for dinner to be ready.
Of course, you don't need to be having a party to serve appetizers. You may just want appetizers to eat while watching Netflix, or just because you feel like nibbling on a bunch of different flavors.
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This list of quick and easy appetizers are here to give you some unique ideas to serve your guests and keep you from spending more time in the kitchen than you need to. These recipes are simple and delicious!