4 Easy Party Appetizers You Need to Try

Updated on December 10, 2019
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I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

Tasty Appetizers


How Do You Feed a Large Group for a Party?

I have a large family that shows up for the holidays and other family events. I also enjoy hosting parties for friends throughout the year. My plan of action for food is to make a variety of appetizers, so everyone has something they like to eat. I'll share four of my favorite dishes below!

  1. Bacon Crisps
  2. Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays
  3. Spinach Balls
  4. Hanky-Panky

Bacon Crisp


1. Bacon Crisps


  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 sleeve buttery rectangular crackers
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half


  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  2. Place one teaspoon of Parmesan cheese on each cracker. Wrap it tightly with a strip of bacon.
  3. Place the wrapped crackers on a baking sheet and put the baking sheets on the top rack.
  4. Bake for 2 hours or until the bacon is done. Do not turn them.
  5. Remove them from the oven. Drain them on paper towels.
  6. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Cook's Note: You can also bake it at 350°F for 40 minutes if you're in a hurry.

Vegetable Tray


2. Blue Cheese Dressing for Veggie Trays

Vegetable trays are always a popular addition to a food table. I go to the market and pick out the freshest vegetables, such as celery, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and red or yellow peppers if they are available.

Here's how I prepare them:

  1. The day before the event, I wash the vegetables and cut them as necessary.
  2. I put them in a good plastic bag, getting all the air out, so they always look fresh.
  3. I put together my own blue cheese dressing that is a family favorite. It is so simple that it only takes about five minutes to make. I always make this a day ahead of time, as I think it tastes better after it is well chilled.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (8 oz.) container sour cream
  • 1 (4 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Stir all the ingredients together.
  2. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Cook's Note: You can lighten the recipe by using reduced-fat mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. We eat light most of the year, but not on Christmas or any major holiday

Spinach Balls


3. Spinach Balls


  • 2 (10 oz) packages chopped spinach, drained
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tbsp margarine, melted
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt


  1. Combine all of the ingredients and refrigerate for one hour.
  2. Take a small spoonful and roll them into small balls.
  3. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes. This makes 60 spinach balls.

Hanky Panky

simple snacks
simple snacks

4. Hanky-Panky


  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • 1 lb mild sausage
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/3 small onion, chopped
  • 3 loaves Pepperidge Farm party rye bread


  1. Cook the sausage, mashing to make it crumbly. Drain the excess fat.
  2. Do the same with the hamburger meat.
  3. Combine the sausage, hamburger, and cheese over low heat to melt the cheese.
  4. Add the spices.
  5. Let the mixture thicken. Spread it on rye bread.
  6. Place them on a cookie sheet and cover it with foil. Freeze the whole thing for a few hours. Then, place each one in plastic bags until they're ready to bake.
  7. Bake in a 400°F oven for 10–15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is crunchy.

It's Time to Start the Party!

We have many other crowd-pleasing appetizers that we like to serve our guests. We always have fresh vegetables on hand, as there are a few people who monitor their diet and cholesterol more closely. The recipes are not low in calories, but moderation is the key.

I love to put all my appetizers on attractive trays and decorate the table with an attractive tablecloth, candles, and fresh flowers. I get great pleasure when everyone arrives and tells me how great everything looks.

The copyright, renewed in 2018, for this article is owned by Pamela Oglesby. Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    7 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy, Everybody seems to like these recipes. I may try adding thyme next time also. Thanks for commenting, Peggy.

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 months ago from Houston, Texas

    These all sound great! My spinach ball recipe is almost identical except that I add 1/2 teaspoon thyme to mine. I'll be making them later today! Thanks for your tried and true recipes.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    18 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Alyssa, I hope you will be able to try them as they are good. Thanks for your coments.

  • Alyssa Nichol profile image


    18 months ago from Ohio

    Great ideas! These all look so delicious!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    22 months ago from Sunny Florida

    RTalloni, I made each one of these when we had my mother's 90th birthday, but had used some of these for holidays in the past also. It seems like the older I get the faster time goes. Thanks for the comments.

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    22 months ago

    This is good inspiration for planning upcoming holiday get-to-gathers. :) It's hard to believe that this year's are around the corner!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Raydfernandez, I hope you enjoy the appetizers. Thank you for your comments.

  • Raydfernandez profile image


    8 years ago

    Yummy post... I will try this recipe ... just hope it will turned out like one of yours....lol... another great job from Pamela 99... really enjoyed it

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    asseenontv, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

  • asseenontv profile image


    9 years ago from US

    Thanks for the great appetizer recipes. I am also looking for something different to serve when we have people over.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Peggy, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Always on the lookout for new recipes to try for appetizers. Thanks for sharing these good sounding ones with us.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Carolina, Thanks for your comment, cute as usual.

    BPOP, Thanks for your comments.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    10 years ago

    I am always looking for great appetizers. Actually, I prefer eating like this which is why I like to sit at a bar. Thanks for the recipes.

  • carolina muscle profile image

    carolina muscle 

    10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    Ive never seen that hanky panky before, but the name is a good start!! LOL

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Habee, I hope your enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

  • habee profile image

    Holle Abee 

    10 years ago from Georgia

    I love learning new party recipes! Thanks! Thumbs up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, I hope you like them. Thanks for your comment.

    Eovery, You're so funny. Thanks for the comments.

    Tom, I would love a good taco dip recipe. Thanks for your comment.

    Prasetio, Maybe you will learn to cook some new things. Thanks for your comments.

  • prasetio30 profile image


    10 years ago from malang-indonesia

    You made me hungry, Pamela. Do you have some more for me? Thank you very much. As usual I rate this Up.

  • Tom Whitworth profile image

    Tom Whitworth 

    10 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    All your appetizers look great. My daughter makes a great taco dip I'll send you the recipe once I get it from her.

  • eovery profile image


    10 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

    I'll take some hanky panky... Now, I didn't mean that kind!!!.

    Keep on hubbing!

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    10 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your yammy hub but I will try the spinach balls.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    fres40, These recipes are put here for anyone who wants them. Enjoy. Thank you for your comment.

    Money Glitch, Thank you so much for your comments.

    Sandy, I guess that says it all. Thank you.

  • Sandyspider profile image

    Sandy Mertens 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    The photo is good enough to eat.

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    Money Glitch 

    10 years ago from Texas

    Hhhhmmm, never had bacon crisp appetizers before, but sounds really yummie. And the Hanky-Panky just sounds wrong. Hehehe! Would definitely eat a lot of veggies after having such wonderful treats. :) I'm bookmarking and rating up!

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    sheila b. 

    10 years ago

    I like the sound of your spinach balls, and as I was imagining making them for a party, I realized how very inexpensive they are.

  • fres40 profile image


    10 years ago

    awesome! i love to cook eat all that. plz dont be mad i use some of these recipes for a future party because after all what is a party with food?!?!? lol have a blessed day

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Darlene, Thank your so much for your comments.

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    10 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Very nice, love this hub my background is catering so I can see the need for appetizers, thanks for sharing this with us thumbs up and very useful

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    K9keystrokes, Thank you for the compliment and also your comments.

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    That bacon snack looks outstanding! If it has pork, I must eat it. Really good hub Pamela99. Again, very enjoyable hub.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    katiem, I appreciate the compliment. Thanks for the comments.

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    Katie McMurray 

    10 years ago from Westerville

    What great details on appetizers with party flair. I enjoyed reading your work and look forward to hearing more from you on food. Thanks and Peace :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hanna, I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for your comment.

  • HealthyHanna profile image


    10 years ago from Utah

    I like the spinach ball idea too. I'll be trying that one.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Cari, I am glad you found a recipe to try. Thanks for your comments.

  • Cari Jean profile image

    Cari Jean 

    10 years ago from Bismarck, ND

    The spinach balls sound delicious as does the blue cheese dressing recipe. Unfortunately, we don't eat a lot of blue cheese since my husband is allergic to penicillin but I still might give your recipe a try - it seems so easy.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Apricot, I love the vegetable tray as I really like almost all vegetables. I love the way it looks also. Thanks you for your comments.

    DianmondRN, You're just going to have to hang tough. Thanks for your comments.

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    Bob Diamond RPh 

    10 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

    OK, Pamela. You can quit anytime now. You are destroying my willpower; or is it won't power?

  • apricot profile image

    Bengali Bratisha 

    10 years ago from Italy

    Wow! What a lot of recipes in one hub- and all so easy to follow! That vegetable tray looks stunning and being veggie I'm going to plump for that one (although I bet mine won't look anything like the pic!) Very informative hub!


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