Is your birthday coming up? Or perhaps you’ve just graduated from university, bought a house, been together with your partner for 5 years, or have hit some other milestone. In any case, it’s time to party!
Your friends and family will love getting together to celebrate your achievements. But of course, you need to keep them fed. Otherwise, they’ll be hangry and they’ll need to tap out early!
For parties, appetizers are ideal since you can serve a bunch, keep everyone happy, and not spend a fortune.
Need some inspiration when it comes to party appetizer ideas? Then keep reading. We’ll give you 7 crowd-pleasing ideas that are sure to be a hit!
1. Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are always a good idea for any gathering since everyone loves chicken. Wings are compact and you don’t even need utensils, so you’ll only need to put out plates and napkins. Also, if your party is going on for hours into the night, your guests can keep picking up chicken wings to refuel, like a mini-meal each time!
You can keep it simple and offer just one flavor of chicken wings or you can go all out with several seasonings in your spread. You can also put out multiple dipping sauces, like honey garlic, barbecue, teriyaki, Cajun, and mustard-mayo sauce.
2. Bacon Crackers
Who doesn’t love bacon? This is probably one of the best appetizer ideas for a party since your guests won’t be able to resist the aroma of smoky bacon in the air!
Bacon crackers are super easy to make as well. Just get some butter crackers, put pieces of bacon on them, and sprinkle brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper on top.
Bake the tray of crackers for 15 to 20 minutes so the brown sugar melts and the bacon is nice and crispy. Put them on a plate and they’re ready to serve!
Here’s another idea if you want to serve mini-meals throughout the night. Regular-sized hamburgers can be pricy, and they can also be messy to eat. Shrink them down to sliders, and you’ve got yourself some delicious appetizers!
Get yourself some mini hamburger buns, as well as some preshaped mini patties if you can’t be bothered to make your own. Then fire up the grill and get those patties going!
To make things fun (and easier on yourself), you can give your guests an assortment of ingredients on the table so they can put together their own sliders. Or you can keep things simple and assemble the sliders with the buns, patty, some ketchup and mustard, and a slice of cheese.
4. Crab Claws
For those of you who are going for a fancier get-together, we’d suggest something like stone crab claws. These come already chopped into manageable pieces, so all you have to do is steam them and then plate them up for your party.
Crab claws look nice on a platter too. Just get a tray, fill it with ice, stack the claws on top, and garnish with some lemon slices and parsley bits. Add a container of drawn butter if you’d like.
What’s great is that crab claws not only look nice, but they’re easy for guests to pick up and eat. So if you need appetizers for a dinner party that’s on the fancier side, these will definitely be a hit!
5. Taco Salad Cups
Taco salad cups are a cute appetizer, plus they don’t need utensils either! Your guests will pick up a cup and they’ll practically have a mini-meal they can bring around while they mingle.
To make taco salad cups, you’ll stuff wonton wrappers into a muffin tin and bake them for a few minutes. Then, you can add your cooked and seasoned ground beef to the cups, as well as some shredded lettuce, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and any other topping you’d like.
You can then place each taco salad cup on a plate and bring it out to the table. We guarantee your guests will be drooling as soon as they see the cups!
6. Stuffed Mini Peppers
Do you want to serve something a bit more healthy for your party? Then stuffed mini peppers are a good idea. This does take a little more work since you have to slice and scrape pepper halves clean, but these tasty treats are worth the effort.
For the filling, you’ll want to use cream cheese, some bacon (or ham if you want to cut down on calories), cheddar cheese, and some garlic powder. Mix them all together and then stuff the mini peppers with the filling.
Now bake the peppers for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Take them out of the oven and plate them up for serving!
7. Chips and Dip
If you’re looking for birthday party appetizer ideas, then you might want something ultra lazy. It’s you’re big day, after all!
One of the simplest appetizers you can serve is chips and dip. Both come prepacked already, so the only work you’ll have to do is emptying bags of chips onto a plate and unscrewing the top to the dip jars. Easy!
Try Out These Party Appetizer Ideas
Now you have an outstanding list of party appetizer ideas that are sure to wow your guests. Whether it’s bacon crackers or crab claws (or both), you’ll be able to whip up some appetizers quickly. That way, you’ll have tasty snacks for people to munch on, all without breaking the bank or your brain!
So forget about buying expensive party platters from the grocery store. Our appetizer ideas are easy to put together, so just spend a few hours prepping and you’ll be ready in no time.
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