25 Appetizers Perfect for Any Party

Appetizers are the opening statement for any gathering. Whether it’s a formal dinner or a casual party with friends, what you serve for apps can set the mood, dazzle your in-laws or just satisfy a starving crowd! Check out these 25 appetizer ideas and get inspired for your upcoming get together.

1 . Vermouth Shrimp

Skewers are a guaranteed hit, especially when topped with these perfectly seasoned vermouth shrimp.

Shrimp Vermouth EditedMELINA HAMMER

2. Cranberry Pecan Brie Crostinis

Nothing says the holidays more than this ultimate comfort food, topped off with a delicious maple sugar glaze.


3. Potato Bites

Tired of plain old potato skins? These cheesy potato bites are a new twist on the ever-popular appetizer! Top with sour cream and bacon and you’ve got a crowd favorite on your hands.


4. Pigs In A Blanket

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a classic. (Sprinkle poppy seeds on top for some extra flare!)

Pigs in a Blanket Edited ANSON SMART

5. Mini-Bread Pudding

Top with crushed candy canes, nuts, chocolate shavings – this dessert appetizer has endless possibilities!

Mini Bread Pudding EditedANSON SMART

6. Red Pepper Straws

If you’re going for wow factor, try these red pepper straws. Very unique and bursting with flavor, these straws are a recipe for success (pun intended).

Red Pepper Straws EditedELLEN SILVERMAN

7. Grilled Artichokes

Simple and classy, these grilled artichokes are amazing with this creamy butter sauce.

Grilled Artichokes EditedDEBRA MCCLINTON

8. Yogurt Cheese Balls

Ever had a cheese ball? It’s a traditional appetizer in my family! This adorable recipe shrinks your regular cheese ball down to size for bite-sized apps that can be paired with anything.

Mini Cheese Balls EditedBEATRIZ DA COSTA

9. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Another Italian favorite, these prosciutto wrapped asparagus stalks are the most amazing flavor combination.

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10. Turkey Sliders

An elegant twist on your game day food, these turkey sliders are smothered in a delicious lemon yogurt sauce.

Turkey Sliders Pillsbury

11. Sausage and Blue Cheese Crescent Cups

Bursting with flavor, these little cups pack a big punch!

Holiday Appetizers EditedPillsbury

12. Greek Meatballs

Tender Greek meatballs in doughy, warm cups? Yes, please.

Greek MeatballsPillsbury

13. Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

For all you bacon lovers out there, these homemade onion wrings are right up your alley.

Bacon-WrappedOnionRingsDavid Hughes

14. Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Bites

Looking for something sweet for your guests? These cookie dough stuffed, chocolate dipped pretzels are the cure for any sweet tooth. Plus, they’re extremely easy and cheap to make!

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15. Wild Mushroom Toast

Upgrade your garlic bread with some savory slices of mushrooms and provolone.

Mushroom Toast EditedSUSIE CUSHNER

16. Fried Tomatillos

Just like your old favorite – fried green tomatoes – these juicy bites are even more delicious with this creamy cumin dip.

Fried TomatillosCarrie Purcell

17. Parsley Walnut Pesto

This pesto combines some interesting flavors and allows you the luxury of making this simple dip and displaying it with some fresh bread for a DIY appetizer.

Parsley Walnut Pesto EditedCHARLES SCHILLER

18. Scrambled Egg Rolls

For a unique, breakfast appetizer, serve these cheesy scrambled egg rolls with some sausage gravy.

Egg-Rolls-RecipeLiving Locurto

19. Mini-Triple Decker Reuben Sandwiches 

If your family loves their reubens, then these mini-triple decker finger sandwiches will be a hit! Make sure to serve them nice and hot.

Mini Reubens EditedBEATRIZ DA COSTA

20. Prosciutto and Fig Crostata 

This elegant crostata makes for a sophisticated hors d’oeuvre.

Prosciutto Crostata EditedCHARLES SCHILLER

21. Pickled Garlic, Shallots and Pearl Onion Beef Skewers

It’s a mouthful…but in a delicious way. These fancy beef skewers make very swanky starters.

Beef Skewer EditedDavid Prince

22. Potato Pancakes with Nutmeg

For something a little out of the ordinary, try some traditional potato pancakes as an appetizer. The nutmeg gives them an extra, unexpected kick.

Potato Panckes EditedCharles Schiller

23. Smoky Popcorn

A very trendy app right now is flavorful popcorn. Gone are the days of generic movie theater butter! This smoky take on an old favorite snack uses aged Gouda and paprika for a tasty twist.

Smoky Popcorn EditedAnson Smart

24. Tomatoes with Lemon Dill Dip

Fresh and flavorful, these healthy appetizers are perfect for a lite bite before dinner.

Tomatoes with Lemon Dip EditedJames Baigrie

25. Smoked Salmon Toast

If you’re really looking to start your party off with a bang, serve this gorgeous and tangy smoked salmon appetizer to get the party started right.

Smoked Salmon Toast EditedCharles Schiller

Which of these delicious appetizers will you try first? With a season of parties ahead of us, you’ve got some delicious options! Share your favorite appetizer recipe in the comments section below.