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Easy and Delicious Appetizers for any Gathering

Who isn’t always searching for appetizers for some kind of event that they’re either hosting or attending? There is something for everyone in these Easy and Delicious Appetizers! Appetizers don’t have to be difficult to make for a great gathering.

A collage of easy appetizers suitable for every gathering.If you like to entertain, you probably spend more time planning the appetizers than anything else. Am I right? If you attend parties you probably have your favorites. Is it the salty snack mixes or the gooey cheesy dips? If your hosting or attending an event, here is a compilation of what has been popular on Hostess At Heart and some of the best Food Blogs of 2018.

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Snack Mixes

Two off-white bowls with the word \"yummy\" on the front filled with a snack mix containing Chex mix,  M&M\'s, and peanuts over a green napkin with snack mix sprinkled around the bowls.

Snack Mixes are perfect for cocktail parties or tailgating. They make a great addition to the most elegant charcuterie boards or sitting out in bowls for a more casual get-together.

Addictive Caramel Crispix Snack Mix – Hostess At Heart

Easy Asian Popcorn Snack Mix – The Foodie Affair

Smoked Garlic Almonds – Life Currents

Cake Batter Puppy Chow – Platter Talk

Spicy Sriracha Snack Chex Mix – Take Two Tapas

Spicy Nacho Cheese Pretzels – Hostess At Heart


Creamy Gorgonzola cheese loaded with Figs and topped with nuts

No one can resist the ooey gooey hot cheese dips or the cool creamy concoctions that are refreshing. That’s why they invented chips and crackers you know?

Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese and Fig Dip – Hostess At Heart

Creamy Avocado Hummus – Lemon Blossoms

Ham & Pineapple Cheese Ball – Kylee Cooks

{Award Winning} Crack Dip – An Affair From the Heart

Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon – House of Nash Eats

Warm Bacon Cheese Dip – Seduction in the Kitchen

Feta Dill Dip – A Dish of Daily Life

Dill Pickle Dip – An Affair From The Heart

Nana’s Pimento Cheese – A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure

Wrap and rolls

Red plate topped with baked pizza knots and a white bowl containing pizza sauce. A white basket sits in the background filled with pizza knots over a blue checked napkin.

I don’t whoever made wraps and rolls a thing but I am so glad that they did! They are one of the first things to get gobbled up and any leftovers make a great lunch or snack.

Easy Pizza Knots – Hostess At Heart

Fresh Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart – Kylee Cooks

Easy Ham and Swiss Sliders – West Via Midwest

How to Make Pot Stickers – Bowl Me Over

Asparagus Fontina Tart – The Foodie Affair

Skillet Pizza Bombs – Life Currents

Seafood & Meats

Baked Blackened Shrimp piled on a plate and garnished with fresh parsley

You would think this is where the burly men would hang out right? Well, you may see me elbowing my way in as well! The thing I like about these appetizers is that I am less likely to mindfully nosh on them all night long.

Baked Turkey Meatballs with Green Chiles – Hostess At Heart

Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken WingsLemon Blossoms

Delicious Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs – An Affair From the Heart

Oven Baked Korean BBQ Chicken Wings – House of Nash Eats

Cajun Shrimp Appetizer (Ruth’s Chris Copycat) – West Via Midwest

Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce – Lemon Blossoms

Crab Imperial Appetizer – A Dish of Daily Life

Sensational Baked Blackened Shrimp – Hostess At Heart

Fruits and Veggies

A beautiful Crudite Tray filled with vegetables and dips perfect for any gathering.

Everyone loves a fruit or vegetable platter any time of year. They stand well on their own or accent platters full of meats and cheeses with all of their beautiful colors and textures. And, if your guests have any dietary concerns, platters full of fruits and veggies fit the bill.

How To Make The Best Fruit and Cheese Platter – House of Nash Eats

How To Make the Easiest Crudites Platter – Take Two Tapas

The Easiest and Best Baked Stuffed Mushrooms – Bowl Me Over

Pan Blistered Shishito Peppers Ponzu – Take Two Tapas

Easy Antipasto Platter – Platter Talk

Creamy Marsala Mushrooms – A Dish of Daily Life

Waffled Twice Baked Potato Pancake Bites – A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure


Sweet Treats

Platter of Vodka infused strawberries dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, nuts, and sugarsYou know those snacks that pretend to be an appetizer but are really desserts in disguise? I’m calling them out!

Chocolate Vodka Infused Strawberries – Hostess At Heart

Pecan Butter Rum Toffee – Take Two Tapas

Blue Cheese, Fig and Caramelized Palmiers – Life Currents

Puffed Pastry Raspberry Chocolate Wontons – Platter Talk

Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels – Hostess At Heart

I hope you’ve found a few recipes that you want to try. What is your favorite appetizer?

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Debra C.

Tuesday 25th of December 2018

There are so many great appetizers here! Great options for New Year's Eve - fun party food!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 25th of December 2018

Thank you, Debra! I love serving appetizers sometimes instead of dinner.

debi at Life Currents

Saturday 22nd of December 2018

These all sound good. I'm still not sure what to bring to Christmas. I was told that it shouldn't be too big because she didn't want people to fill up on appetizers. And she wanted it to look fun - so I assume she didn't want dips. I think you have several options here. Thanks!

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 25th of December 2018

Thank you, Debi! We used to fill up on appetizers before our holiday meals too so now we just overindulge in dinner!


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thank you so much for these! Saved your link

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thank you, Britni! I hope you find a few you enjoy!

Nellie Tracy

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

YUM. These appetizer recipes are so perfect for this time of year!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thank you, Nellie! I hope you will find a few favorites in this list.


Wednesday 19th of December 2018

You have everything you need for a great party right in this post! YUM!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 19th of December 2018

Thank you Wilhelmina!

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