How do you make sure have a successful party? It’s not the size of the guest list or the carefully curated music that matters most. Nor is it the feast that you have planned and prepared. No — true party-goers know that a celebration lives and dies based on the quality of the snacks. Greet people at the door with a satisfying bite of food thanks to our list of easy appetizers! Happier guests mean better mingling, which makes for better parties. It’s basically science.
If you’re planning a fête — and it doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of an intimate evening or a big, family BBQ — the first thing you should do is consult this list of appetizers and go from there. We have suggestions for all types of palates, from people who like spicy bites, to health-conscious veggie-lovers, to vegans who still what to chow down on some nachos. It’s all about making a good first impression, after all. Then, once you’ve got your app game plan, you can move on to dinner entrées, side dishes, and desserts. Oh, and don’t forget the cocktails! (Seriously, have you tried the Berry-Basil-Lemon Sangria?)