Everybody loves a good appetizer. They keep us full, tantalize the taste buds, and give us something to do with our hands. These truths also make appetizers an easy way for house and party and dinner hosts to keep their guests in the best of moods. As Snickers so famously says, “You’re not yourself when you’re hungry.” A starving house party can quickly get so thick with tension that you could slice it with a butter knife. All it takes is a couple hungry guests and an empty pantry. The good news is that even the least confident cooks in the world can quickly and easily make delicious foods that’ll keep the party going. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Bacon-Wrapped Anything

Bacon is such a popular a food item that it was even a trending party theme for a couple of years (source: I worked at Party City). A quick way to make an appetizer an instant hit at your social gathering is to wrap it in some bacon. Shrimp? Bacon. Weenies? Bacon! Brussel sprouts? Wrap it in bacon, please. 

Chips and Dip

The world of dips is an expansive one, and most of them are fairly easy to make! Queso, Rotel, guacamole, spinach artichoke dip, French onion dip, buffalo chicken dip, and salsa are just a few of the basics. A quick Google search will fill your brain with thousands of potential dipping options. Have fun with these easy-to-prepare options and watch your guests enjoy the aftermath! 

Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie was always destined to stand apart from the other appetizers. A platter full of crackers, sliced meats, cheeses, and various fruits was bound to make a positive impression on the general public - and boy has it. Another great part of charcuterie is the ability to customize your board to suit the tastes of yourself and your guests. It’s fun, looks pleasant, and tastes great. 


A quesadilla is easy to make but tastes as if it came straight from Heaven above. Cheese and tortillas are the basic ingredients, and you can add various meats and veggies to add all the extra flare you want. Cut them into appetizer-sized slices and you’ve created the perfect munching moments for all who attend your event. Well done, you.

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