Easy Party Foods

Don't over-complicate being a host! Just use these simple recipes

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Don't sweat it- these recipes are fast, easy, and will totally make you look like a pro host!

It is 5 p.m. on a Friday night. You're still at work, though you were banking on an early day, and you have guests arriving in two hours. To make matters worse, you have literally no food prepared for them. It is a stressful enough situation, throwing a party together, but having to scramble in the final hour? That is flat-out panic inducing. To help you ease out of this stressful situation, you need a few easy go-to party recipes that will wow guests and shave time off of your schedule. Party foods that are appealing to everyone usually have the simplest ingredients, and lucky for you, can be pulled together to make truly sensational dishes quickly and easily. Try out these simple recipes for a guaranteed stress-free evening!

Caprese Salad

This classic Italian salad is a must-have when tomatoes are at their best. Just a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with sweet, peppery basil highlights their natural flavor. And make sure to use the best mozzarella you can find. With ripe, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil, this salad rocks!

Easy Crostini

We've all been there — you need an appetizer that will make a great impression but doesn't require you to slave away in your kitchen. This crostini is sure to deliver on both accounts. The creaminess of the avocado, saltiness of the prosciutto, and nuttiness of the Parmesan combine to create the perfect bite.

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The Perfect Cheese Plate

A cheese plate is sort of a magical party component. No matter what people’s dietary preferences are, people flock to the cheese plate. It not only is a delicious party dish, it makes your event feel more sophisticated... especially when expertly constructed.

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