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The 21 Best Party Appetizers for Stressed-Out Hosts

Thirty people are coming over tonight, you just finished cleaning the house, you still need to blow-dry your hair and the apps still aren’t done. Relax. Have a glass of wine. These 21 easy, trendy appetizers will lighten your load. 

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Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches

Everyone loves meat and cheese.

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Ketogenic Cherry Tomato Tulips

Keto or not, these four-ingrdient cuties will be a hit.

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Katsu Bites With Chipotle-gochujang Sauce

They’ve got “trendy” written all over them.

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Bacon, Onion And Asiago Fondue

Give the people what they want.

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Mini Skillet Pizzas With Mushrooms And Roasted Tomatoes

Yep, you’re allowed to use store-bought dough.

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All-green Crudités Basket

Trim some veggies and you’re done.

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Pimento Cheese Stuffed Shishito Peppers

The classed-up version of jalapeño poppers.

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Italian Bruschetta Bar

Store-bought ingredients do the legwork for you.

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Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs

Whip ‘em up in under an hour.

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Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki Sauce

Instantly transport everyone to Santorini.

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15-minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Rotisserie chicken, we salute you.

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Vegetarian Sushi Cups

Assembling them in muffin tins = brilliant.

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The Classiest Cheese Balls In The Universe

The moment you’ve been waiting for.

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Carrot Pigs In A Blanket

These are always on our menu.

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Brie-stuffed Pretzel Bites

When booze is involved, it’s important to pad everyone’s stomachs.

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Julia Turshen’s Skillet Cornbread With Cheddar And Scallions

Set it out with a jar of honey and let people help themselves.

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Loaded Baked Potato Chips

Don’t skimp on the fixings.

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