The best foods to bring to a party
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The Best Foods to Bring to a Party

You’ll be the best guest ever with these dishes as your date
The best foods to bring to a party
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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.

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
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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.

For the Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Vida Verde’s Guacamole

Vida Verde’s Guacamole
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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.

For the Vida Verde’s Guacamole recipe, click here.

Easy Seven-Layer Dip

Easy Seven-Layer Dip
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Though maybe best known as one of the best Super Bowl party foods, seven-layer dip (you know, the one with refried beans, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, black olives and scallions) is great for any occasion.

For the Easy Seven-Layer Dip recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
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You know it, and you know basically everyone loves it too. One of the most irresistible dip recipes on the planet, Buffalo chicken dip requires just a handful of pantry-staple ingredients.

For the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs
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While there are plenty of creative ways to make deviled eggs, we like to keep it classic. Guests will appreciate the simplicity (and deliciousness) of this appetizer.

For the Classic Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Easy Homemade Hummus

Easy Homemade Hummus
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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.

For the Easy Homemade Hummus recipe, click here.

Sourdough Sharing Bread

Sourdough Sharing Bread
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Pull-apart bread? More like pull-a-party bread. Easily customizable, this recipe comes together in just 45 minutes.

For the Sourdough Sharing Bread recipe, click here.

Elevated Potato Skins

Elevated Potato Skins
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While there are a ton of great ways to make potatoes, for a party, few things beat out potato skins. This elevated recipe uses prosciutto, brie and cremini mushrooms.

For the Elevated Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Homemade Pita Chips With Red Pepper Dip

Homemade Pita Chips With Red Pepper Dip
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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.

For the Homemade Pita Chips With Red Pepper Dip recipe, click here.

Southern Sausage Balls

Southern Sausage Balls
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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. 

For the Southern Sausage Balls recipe, click here.

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
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Stuffed mushrooms are playful, easy to transport and actually a relatively healthy appetizer option with just a touch of indulgence.

For the Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, click here.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape Jelly Meatballs
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Three ingredients in your slow cooker? It doesn’t get much simpler than that. This slow-cooker recipe makes for an easy appetizer.

For the Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe, click here.

Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
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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.

For the Honey Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots recipe, click here.

Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes
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A healthy and light yet undeniably delicious dish, these couscous-stuffed tomatoes are perfect when tomatoes are ripe in the summer.

For the Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes recipe, click here.

Cheese and Macaroni Pie

Cheese and Macaroni Pie
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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.

For the Cheese and Macaroni Pie recipe, click here.

Spinach and Sausage Lasagna

Spinach and Sausage Lasagna
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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.

For the Spinach and Sausage Lasagna recipe, click here.

Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili

Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili
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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.

For the Sweet and Spicy Slow-Cooker Chili recipe, click here.

The Best Coleslaw Ever

The Best Coleslaw Ever
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People underestimate great coleslaw recipes. However, when you bring this to the party, they won’t anymore. With a slight Asian influence, this texture-filled umami bomb will outshine whatever else is on the plate.

For the Best Coleslaw Ever recipe, click here.

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad
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Perfect for cookouts, picnics or really any summertime soiree, this German-inspired potato salad pairs perfectly with one of the 50 best burger recipes.

For the German Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies
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Sure, you can just find the best boxed brownie mix and make this dessert from there, but homemade desserts will impress your fellow partygoers.

For the Chocolate Brownies recipe, click here.

Dark Chocolate Tart

Dark Chocolate Tart
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This dark chocolate tart will please lovers of pie, cake and decadent chocolate desserts. It’s perfect for elegant wedding showers.

For the Dark Chocolate Tart recipe, click here.

Streusel Spice Cake

Streusel Spice Cake
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This simple spice cake recipe uses coconut, chocolate, nuts and a hint of cinnamon to elevate a yellow cake mix. A favorite for decades, this dessert recipe is among the winners of the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

For the Streusel Spice Cake recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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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.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, click here.

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler
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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.

For the Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler recipe, click here.

Vanilla Cupcakes With Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcakes With Buttercream
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