The Best Dishes To Bring To A Party

It's been a long, long year. Slowly, but surely, the weather is starting to warm up and friends and family members are getting the COVID-19 vaccine, which means one thing: it's party season once again. If you're like us, it's been a long time since you've gotten together with others. You may not be sure what to bring to a party anymore — or remember what a party even is. But don't worry. Whether you're going to a potluck, a cookout or just want to help the host, we have the 30 best foods to bring to any party, from appetizers to side dishes to dessert.

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

What can make perfect pigs in a blanket even better? A little bagel inspo. Puff pastry, 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

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 the Vida Verde's Guacamole recipe, click here.

Easy Seven-Layer Dip

Though maybe best known as one of the best recipes for game day, seven-layer dip (you know, the one with refried beans, sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, black olives and scallions) is actually great for any occasion. Don't like black olives? Don't sweat it; here are some ideas for easy swaps.

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

Deviled Eggs

While there are plenty of creative ways to make eggs, you have to go with deviled eggs for parties. Guests will appreciate the simplicity (and deliciousness) of this appetizer.

For the Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Easy Homemade Hummus

Hummus is a deeply underrated dip. When you think about it, this salty, creamy combination of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice goes with everything. Celery and carrots? Yep. Chips? Yep. Pita? Yep. Pretzels? Yep. Serve with a selection of dippers and enjoy.

For the Easy Homemade Hummus recipe, click here.

Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are one of those retro dishes nobody makes anymore (but should). This cream cheese concoction has the added benefit of highlighting one of the most beloved food combinations: bacon and cheddar.

For the Cheddar Bacon Cheese Ball recipe, click here.

Ultimate Party Meatballs

There are a lot of unique takes on the simple meatball, but for party purposes, it's best to keep it classic with beef and pork meatballs served in a sweet and tangy sauce. Serve in a slow cooker to keep these meatballs warm and have plenty of frilly toothpicks nearby for an old-school presentation.

For the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe, click here.

Crispy Sauerkraut-Ham Fritters

Traditionally a food eaten for good luck in the new year, sauerkraut balls are an underrated fried food appetizer. The salty combo of ham, sauerkraut, pickle and potato will surely become a family favorite.

For the Crispy Sauerkraut-Ham Fritters recipe, click here.

Pretzel Bites With Spicy Cheddar Dip

Pretzels and cheese dip are one of the best stadium foods around. You can be party MVP by bringing these to any gathering. Making your own pretzels from scratch will guarantee you a spot in the major leagues.

For the Pretzel Bites With Spicy Cheddar Dip recipe, click here.

Idaho Potato Skins

Cheese is always a guaranteed party pleaser, and what better way to get the gouda times rolling than with classic potato skins? Spuds are topped with bacon, chives, sour cream and, of course, plenty of ooey, gooey melted cheese.

For the Idaho Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

You know it, you love it, and everyone you know loves it, too. One of the most irresistible dip recipes on the planet, Buffalo chicken dip requires just a handful of pantry staple ingredients. Meat free? Make our bean-based vegetarian buffalo dip instead.

For the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Cheese and Macaroni Pie

This take on one of your favorite comfort foods uses one of those secret ingredients that elevate mac and cheese: cream cheese. It works perfectly as a side dish for the holidays or a barbecue.

For the Cheese and Macaroni Pie recipe, click here.

Very Vanilla Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a profoundly underrated party side. It can fit any occasion and adds a splash of color and sweetness to any plate, be it full of turkey, barbecue or sandwiches. Use this fruit salad's use of vanilla as a template, but feel free to use whatever fruit may be in season.

For the Very Vanilla Fruit Salad recipe, click here.

Creamy Tricolor Slaw

If you're looking for no-cook sides for steamy summer days, it's hard to beat a classic creamy coleslaw. Red cabbage, green cabbage and orange carrots make this side dish surprisingly pretty too.

For the Creamy Tricolor Slaw recipe, click here.

Deluxe Mushroom Green Bean Casserole

Though it's usually reserved for the holiday season, green bean casserole should be served all year long. After all, it is one of the best casserole recipes of all time.

For the Deluxe Mushroom Green Bean Casserole recipe, click here.

Creamy Potato Salad

Perfect for cookouts, picnics or any outdoor soiree, this creamy potato salad pairs perfectly with our 50 best burger recipes.

For the Creamy Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans With Bacon

If you're going to a cookout, baked beans are an absolute must-have. This recipe uses a slow cooker to make the sauce extra thick and fragrant from the mix of bacon, brown sugar, molasses, mustard, garlic and cinnamon.

For the Slow Cooker Baked Beans With Bacon recipe, click here.

Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme

One of our all-time favorite potato side dishes, scalloped potatoes pair well with just about anything, from prime rib to grilled chicken to barbecued ribs.

For the Scalloped Golden Potatoes With Rosemary and Thyme recipe, click here.

Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Broccoli, bacon and cheese is an iconic combination, and this vintage-inspired mayo-dressed salad uses all three for a crunchy, salty, creamy revelation.

For the Broccoli and Bacon Salad recipe, click here.

Macaroni Salad

A party classic for the ages, this mayo-based macaroni salad has a touch of tang courtesy of mustard, giving it a total best-of-both-worlds vibe.

For the All-American Macaroni Salad recipe, click here.

Dark Chocolate Tart

This dark chocolate tart will please lovers of pie, cake and decadent chocolate desserts. It's perfect for elegant weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and dinner parties.

For the Dark Chocolate Tart recipe, click here.

New York Style Vanilla Cheesecake

Almost everyone loves a good cheesecake, and this easy-to-follow recipe is perfect for birthdays, holidays, cookouts, dinner parties or any time you're in charge of bringing dessert.

For the New York Style Vanilla Cheesecake recipe, click here.

Sour Cream White Cake

While there are plenty of creative things you can make with boxed cake mix, the best thing to make is, of course, cake. But few ingredients take that boxed mix to the next level like sour cream.

For the Sour Cream White Cake recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Chocolate is the name of the game in this gooey brownie recipe, which uses four different kinds of chocolate: unsweetened, bittersweet, white and cacao nibs.

For the Chocolate Chocolate Pecan Brownies recipe, click here.

Perfect Apple Pie

Often thought of for the Thanksgiving table, apple pie is an absolute classic that can (and should!) be served all year long. After all, there's nothing more American than a perfect apple pie.

For the Perfect Apple Pie recipe, click here.

Vegan Cookie Pie

Plant-based eaters deserve a good dessert, too, and this chocolate chip cookie "pie" has some creative swaps. Heck, this dish is so good, you might even consider going vegan after making it!

For the Vegan Cookie Pie recipe, click here.

Blood Orange Cake

This pretty pink cake uses a surprising ingredient for its blood orange flavor: soda! If you can't find blood orange soda, feel free to use raspberry, grapefruit or blackberry soda instead.

For the Blood Orange Cake recipe, click here.

Red Velvet Truffle Fudge

This red velvet fudge is one of the best edible gifts to give during the holiday season. But really, you should share the love (and the chocolate) all year long.

For the Red Velvet Truffle Fudge recipe, click here.

Chocolate-Crusted Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is one of the most iconic desserts in America, especially if you've spent any time in Florida. This tart, cream-based pie filling is balanced with a fun new addition to this recipe: a chocolate crust.

For the Chocolate-Crusted Key Lime Pie recipe, click here.

Chocolate Chip Cookies