One of the things the best party guests know is that you should never show up empty-handed. If you’re invited somewhere, you need to bring along a small token of your gratitude, be it a bottle of wine or a small gift themed to the occasion. If you’re going to a potluck or other casual gathering and want to help the host out, however, the best thing to bring is a dish to share. Luckily, we know the 25 best foods to bring to any party, from appetizers to side dishes to dessert.
What can make perfect pigs in a blanket even better? A little bagel inspo. Puff pastry is stuffed with cream cheese and hot dogs, rolled and topped with everything bagel seasoning. It’s everything you never knew you always wanted.
You don’t have to go to one of the best Mexican restaurants in America to have high-quality guacamole. Make it at home with simple, fresh ingredients for any fiesta.
Add hummus to the list of groceries you should stop buying and make at home instead. This recipe only takes 15 minutes and is a healthy addition to any buffet.
Pull-apart bread? More like pull-a-party bread. Easily customizable, this recipe comes together in just 45 minutes.
A homemade chip and dip combination is always going to sound impressive, but this one’s a cinch to make. The secret? Bottled roasted red peppers. They pack an insane amount of flavor and require zero effort on your part.
Sausage balls are one of those Southern recipes every Northerner needs to try. You only need four common pantry ingredients for these savory little bites, making them perfect for a last-minute party.
Stuffed mushrooms are playful, easy to transport and actually a relatively healthy appetizer option with just a touch of indulgence.
If you can’t resist the pillowy interior and crispy exterior of a tater tot, then you certainly won’t be able to stop eating these bacon-wrapped tots. Just be sure to share.
A healthy and light yet undeniably delicious dish, these couscous-stuffed tomatoes are perfect when tomatoes are ripe in the summer.
This take on one of your favorite comfort foods uses one of those secret ingredients that elevate mac and cheese. It works perfectly as a side dish for Thanksgiving or a barbecue.
If you’re trying to feed a crowd, look no further than this hearty lasagna, which is made with Italian sausage and three different kinds of cheese.
While there are plenty of regional twists on chili, this slow-cooker recipe is simple, satisfying and sure to please everyone, whether you’re watching sports or joining a potluck.
While we love the best store-bought chocolate chip cookies, nothing beats a homemade treat. This iconic recipe is always going to make the young and the young at heart happy.
While peaches may be synonymous with summertime, this recipe can use canned peaches, making it the perfect dessert to bring to any party any time of year.
Classic cupcakes are a hit with dessert-lovers of all ages and easy to serve at a birthday party. Before you fire up the oven, just be sure you read up on how to make perfect cupcakes every single time.
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