Perfect party appetizers always disappear as soon as the plate hits the buffet table. Many are old favorites everybody knows and loves. Unfamiliar appetizers can still be instant hits if visually appealing and aromatic. I’ve put together some recipes to wow your guests with, and some contemporary serving products to make your work easier and your display more attractive. Click recipe names to link to the recipes, and click the pictures to link to some beautiful appetizer serverware and accessories.
Deviled eggs are always quick to disappear on a party table, a familiar face in a crowd and sure to please anybody.
Restaurant style buffalo wings are deep fried, then dipped or surrounded in hot sauce. I like the prespicing in this recipe.
Blue cheese dressing is a classic accompaniment to hot wings.
If you’ve never had a bloomin’ onion give it a try, a fancy presentation of an onion ring that looks great on a buffet table and goes with just about any dip.
A nice varietion on crab stuffed mushrooms.
This nacho chip dip is a popular crowd pleaser.
I like the half jalapeno version of this recipe, its spicy but not overbearing for those of us with sensitivity to the heat.
Little meatballs are a nice pass-around at a party. Have some recepticals around for used picks and napkins.
Another nacho chip delight, this dip is very pretty in a clear bowl.
Chicken wings are one of the most popular party appetizers, so try to have a couple of varieties available as they will go fast.
Making your own pretzels is easier than you would think. There are a lot of pretzel salts on the market that are actually just coarse sea salt so watch for the proper kind.
You can use your imagination and make an endless variety of these cute little kabobs, but this version will get your creative juices flowing – cute and easy!
Have a bowl of mustard nearby for dipping these into. No need for crescent roll or phyllo dough for this easy made from scratch recipe.
A popular dip at the Olive Garden, spinach dips work with thin toasted bread or nacho chips.
Something to satisfy the hungrier party guests, sliders are easy to make if you assemble the patties ahead and time and have all the assembly ingredients at hand and ready once you’ve grilled the patties.
Baked cheese works well with apple slices, grapes, bread, crackers or nacho chips and goes over well at a party. Brushing layers of phyllo doesn’t take that much time, and produces a very flaky crust.
How about some homemade chips for your party? These can be made ahead and served cold or served warm after cooking.
Onion dip goes with chips, or works well on a veggie dip platter. Homemade offers a bit of a pleasant change in taste from the usual store variety.
A popular shrimp copycat recipe can be served on little lettuce, spinach or basil leaves, or leave a supply of toothpicks on the table for your guests’ convenience.
Don’t forget the labels so people know what they’re eating!