Easy Party Food Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

You don't have to tap into your savings to throw a great party. Try our tasty recommendations for easy (and cheap!) party recipes.

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Planning a party on a budget? We've rounded up our favorite affordable party food ideas from wow-worthy appetizers to decadent desserts and everything in between. Step away from the kitchen and make hosting a breeze with our slow cooker eats, make-ahead recipes and self-serve food bars such as a popcorn bar, hot dog bar, kettle chip bar and candied apple bar.

Top-Your-Own-Toast Bar

Toasted Bread Slices With Variety of Toppings

Set the bar for all future parties by providing your guests with a build-your-own toast bar. Crisp bread slices serve as an unmatched base for sweet, salty and savory toppings alike. Serve bread warm and lay out a variety of extras for your friends to choose from. Our go-to toppings include fresh berries, prosciutto, hot honey and crumbly gorgonzola cheese.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 11 Ways to Top Crostini, No Cooking Required

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

Shrimp, Sausage and Corn on Sheet Pan

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

Are you in a weeknight recipe rut or looking for a simple, hearty meal to feed a crowd? Look no further than this no-mess feast inspired by the Low Country classic.

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Cassidy Garcia Photography

Put this sheet pan shrimp boil recipe in your back pocket to save yourself time and money the next time you host your loved ones for dinner. Our flavorful recipe cuts prep and cooking time in half, granting you extra time to catch up with friends. Bonus: It only requires a limited number of ingredients to yield a satisfying and showstopping meal.

Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake with Whipped Cream Topping

Summer Dessert Recipe: Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

If you’re looking for a carefree summer dessert, then look no further! This recipe takes only minutes to assemble, and it’s ideal for potlucks and picnics. Its 13x9 casserole size serves more than a dozen people, and rich chocolate cake with tart cherry pie filling is a crowd-pleasing combination. Top with whipped cream or serve with scoops of ice cream when summertime temperatures soar.

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Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Skip the individual cupcakes and canapes and serve your partygoers our big-batch chocolate cherry dump cake. The decadent dessert combines rich devil’s food chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling and whipped cream to create the ultimate end-of-the-night treat to share with friends.

Chili and Lime Roasted Cashews

Roasted Cashews with Lime

Chili and Lime Roasted Cashews

Roast cashews with chili pepper and lime juice for a tangy snack to contrast all the Halloween sweets.

Get your salt fix and healthy unsaturated fats with this spicy snack recipe. Best part? This budget-friendly snack is easy to make in bulk for casual gatherings with family or friends. Roast cashews with chili pepper and lime juice for a tangy snack that you won't be able to stop eating.

Chip and Dip Party Board

Platter With Mix of Potato Chips, Pita Breads and Dips

Homemade dips and store-bought chips make this one irresistible party board. With a variety of chip options such as tortilla, pita and salted and flavor-packed dipping choices like sweet pea guacamole and beet hummus, there's a delicious combination for every taste bud.

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Stuart Jones Media

Homemade dips and store-bought chips make this one irresistible party board. With a variety of chip options such as tortilla, pita and salted and flavor-packed dipping choices like sweet pea guacamole and beet hummus, there's a delicious combination for every taste bud.

Mini Personal Bagel Pizzas

Mini Personal Bagel Pizzas

Healthy Snack for Kids: Mini Personal Bagel Pizzas

Skip the frozen bagel pizza bites and let your children customize their own mini pizzas using healthier ingredients. Set up a pizza bar with mini whole wheat bagel halves, marinara sauce and toppings like chopped vegetables, ground beef, diced ham, pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese and feta cheese crumbles. Once your child creates his own personal pizza snack, bake for around 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

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Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Indulge in frozen bagel pizza with this healthy, adult-friendly twist. Use whole-wheat bagel halves as your mini bagel pizza base. Spread marinara sauce on the bagel, then add tasty toppings like mozzarella, prosciutto, spicy Italian sausage, arugula and roasted peppers. Pop your prepped pizza bagels into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts to your liking.

Tiny Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Bites with Tomato Soup in Shot Glasses

Tiny Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

The classic combination makes an ideal bite for a starter. This is just enough of both soup and sandwich to get the party started.

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Sam Henderson

Tomato soup and grilled cheese? Name a better duo. Dramatics aside, though, you can't beat the ease of this party-ready recipe. Serve homemade (or store-bought) tomato soup in a shot glass, and pair with a slice of an all-American grilled cheese to get your party off on the right foot.

Fruit Salsa

Bowl of Fruit Salsa Made With Berries, Apples and Lime Juice

Bowl of Fruit Salsa

Hosting a luncheon or brunch? Swap a heavy post-meal dessert for our light and refreshing fruit salsa recipe. The mouthwatering salsa combines fresh strawberries, apples, pears, blueberries, fresh mint and lime juice to satisfy any sweet tooth without the dreaded sugar crash. Serve with cinnamon-dusted graham crackers or offer it as is in a glass cup with a spoon.

Hosting a luncheon or brunch? Swap a heavy post-meal dessert for our light and refreshing fruit salsa recipe. The mouthwatering salsa combines fresh strawberries, apples, pears, blueberries, fresh mint and lime juice to satisfy any sweet tooth without the dreaded sugar crash. Serve with cinnamon-dusted graham crackers or offer it as is in a glass cup with a spoon.

GET THE RECIPE: Fruit Salsa Recipe

Handheld Chicken & Waffle Cones

Chicken Tenders Inside Waffle Cones

Chicken and Waffle Cones

Chicken and waffles, anyone? A sweet waffle cone makes the perfect edible vessel for your favorite chicken nuggets. Drizzle with maple syrup or dipping sauce for a clever handheld snack.

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Jalynn Baker

Chicken and waffles, anyone? A sweet waffle cone makes the perfect edible vessel for your favorite chicken nuggets. Drizzle with maple syrup or dipping sauce for a clever handheld snack.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 5 Genius Low-Waste, Handheld Party Foods

Sangria Ice Pops

Sangria Ice Pops

Sangria Ice Pops

What's better than sangria on a hot summer day? Frozen sangria! Made with white wine, fruit juices and chopped fruit, these refreshing treats will be a big hit at your next warm-weather gathering.

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Shannon Petrie

Disguise cheap vino with our party-perfect sangria ice pop recipe. The buzz-worthy treat will earn praise aplenty and is easier to make than you think. All you need is a bottle of budget-friendly white wine, chopped fruit and some fruit juice to leave guests floored at your next warm-weather event.

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

This delicious Asian pasta salad is perfect for a tailgating gathering! For easy serving, serve in individual disposable containers.

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Rennai Hoefer

Prepare this make-ahead pasta salad recipe to leave guests floored after the first bite. The addictive dish calls for bow-tie pasta, shredded chicken, sesame seeds, soy sauce, ginger, fresh green onion and sliced cherry tomatoes. Pro Tip: Make this simple recipe even easier by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken to complete the dish.

Individual Apple Pie Bites

Individual Apple Pie Bites

Healthy Snack for Kids: Individual Apple Pie Bites

For a fun and healthier spin on the traditional banana split, slice a banana in half lengthwise, spoon plain or vanilla Greek yogurt over the center, top with fresh berries and granola and drizzle with honey.

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Jacob Blount; Styling By: Callie Blount

Enjoy all the feel-good flavors of an old-fashioned apple pie without all the work (and sugar) that comes with baking one from scratch with these healthy apple pie bites. Use graham cracker squares as your crust and smear with vanilla Greek yogurt. Pile chopped Granny Smith apples on the yogurt, then top with a honey drizzle and cinnamon sprinkle.

Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole

Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole Dip

When in doubt, guac it out. Trust us, a batch of our homemade pineapple black bean guacamole will always leave a smile on your guests' faces. Get the scoop on our magic mixture in the link below.

When in doubt, guac it out. Trust us, a batch of our homemade pineapple black bean guacamole will always leave a smile on your guests' faces. Get the scoop on our magic mixture in the link below.

Candied Apple Bar

Candied Apple Bar

How to Create a Candied Apple Bar

Everyone loves a little something sweet. This DIY candied apple bar lets your guests create their own little slices of heaven. They choose the dip and get creative with their own topping combinations.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Hosting a fall fete or tailgate for friends? Add our easy candy apple bar to your party menu, stat. These tasty autumn mainstays are popular for a reason. They're delicious, relatively healthy and incredibly simple to make. Plus, who doesn't enjoy a party snack dipped in chocolate and caramel?

Melon, Mozzarella + Prosciutto Skewers

Melon and Prosciutto Skewer Snacks

Salty, sweet and oh-so-refreshing, these melon and prosciutto skewers cover all the bases for the perfect party snack. To make them, use a melon roller to carve out watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe balls. Thread alternating melon balls on skewer sticks between fresh basil leaves, buffalo mozzarella and salty prosciutto slices. Serve as is or spice it up with a sprinkle of fresh-cracked pepper.

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Shutterstock/JeniFoto

Salty, sweet and oh-so-refreshing, these melon and prosciutto skewers cover all the bases for the perfect party snack. To make them, use a melon roller to carve out watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe balls. Thread alternating melon balls on skewer sticks between fresh basil leaves, buffalo mozzarella and salty prosciutto slices. Serve as is or spice it up with a sprinkle of fresh-cracked pepper.

Chili Bags

Serve Chili Bags for a Quick and Easy Party Food

Chili Bags Make a Fun and Easy Wedding Reception Dish

Save money and time on cleanup at your wedding reception by serving chili bowls. Instead of using bowls, serve them in a bag of corn chips. This fun alternative to a classic dish is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

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Jalynn Baker

Make your guests feel right at home without having to do any dishes. Simply make a slow cooker full of chili, and set out all your desired toppings and a basket full of corn chip bags. Instead of bowls, have your guests use the bags to create their perfect bowl — or bag, rather — of chili.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 5 Genius Low-Waste, Handheld Party Foods

Vegan Buffalo Wings

Toasted Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Cater to your health-conscious, vegan or vegetarian guests with this healthy hot wing alternative from Food Network. The toasted buffalo cauliflower bites offer the same addictive spice without the extra grease and cholesterol found in traditional chicken wings.

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George Foreman Grills

Cater to your health-conscious, vegan or vegetarian guests with this healthy hot wing alternative from Food Network. The toasted buffalo cauliflower bites offer the same addictive spice without the extra grease and cholesterol found in traditional chicken wings.

Unicorn Confetti Dip

Confetti Dip Made With Cream Cheese and Rainbow Sprinkles

Unicorn Confetti Dip

This easy-to-make, colorful party dip will add a touch of fantasy to your next gathering — no magic required. A box of confetti cake mix combines with cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar and is rolled in rainbow sprinkles to create the perfect dipping dessert.

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Adam Ford

This easy-to-make, colorful party dip will add a touch of fantasy to your next gathering — no magic required. A box of confetti cake mix combines with cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar and is rolled in rainbow sprinkles to create the perfect dipping dessert.

Slow Cooker Whiskey Meatballs

Slow Cooker Whisky Meatballs

Fall Slow Cooker Meals Whisky Meatballs

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Debbie Wolfe

Step away and let the slow cooker do all the work. These whiskey meatballs can easily be enjoyed on their own or on a hoagie bun for a tasty party sub.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 50 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd

A Shot of French Fries

Fries Sitting in Shot Glasses of Ketchup

A Shot of French Fries

Kick up your ketchup with a little hot sauce. Amp up your aioli with a touch of grated garlic and horseradish. Fill shot glasses one third with your condiment of choice, then add your favorite fries.

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Sam Henderson

Serve these salty French fry shots as an easy-to-tote appetizer at your next cookout, party or any gathering. Fill shot glasses with hot sauce-spiked ketchup or grated garlic horseradish, and serve crispy fries on top.

Rotisserie Chicken Trick

Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Rotisserie Chicken Trick

Need to serve your guests protein-packed sandwiches, but don’t have the time or skill set to cook something up from scratch? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket; then pull it apart and serve it as barbecue chicken sandwiches or sliders.

Hack alert! Fool friends and family at your next gathering into thinking you're a pro in the kitchen by picking up a juicy rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. Shred the meat, and serve on soft butter buns with your famous (read: favorite store-bought) barbecue sauce.

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Bites with Berries

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

To prepare for grilling your dessert, cut the tops off of the strawberries and use a cookie cutter to cut stars out of slices of pound cake. Place pieces of pound and berries alternately on the skewers until they are full. Grill over medium heat until your pound cake is lightly toasted and the berries are just beginning to soften. Cream together 4 ounces of softened butter and 4 ounces of softened cream cheese with 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Serve with fresh off the grill cake and berries.

Even guests with the pickiest palates are bound to enjoy this classic dessert. Our grilled strawberry shortcake tastes as divine as traditional shortcake recipes but comes skewered for effortless, hand-held enjoyment. To make, cut the tops off strawberries and use a cookie cutter to cut stars out of slices of pound cake. Place pieces of cake and berries alternately on the skewers until they are full. Grill over medium heat until the pound cake is lightly toasted and the berries are just beginning to soften. Top with whipped cream for the perfect finishing touch.

Crispy Tomato Chips

Chips Made from Crispy Tomato Slices

Crispy Tomato Goodness

These crispy little chips are packed with tomato flavor.

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Sam Henderson

If you grow a summer garden, chances are you have tons of tomatoes just waiting to be eaten. Take advantage of your summer bounty with these tangy tomato chips — perfect for a crowd.

Set Up a Popcorn Bar

Bar with Popcorn in Basket

How to Set Up a Popcorn Bar

Since popcorn is light and airy, it’s the perfect appetizer for a casual outdoor lunch or dinner gathering. In order to encourage guests to mingle with one another, set up a popcorn bar in a centralized location where guests can flow up to and around it freely.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Always a crowd-pleaser, a popcorn bar is a budget-friendly way to feed a big group. Serve with specialized toppings like garlic salt, Cajun or lemon pepper seasoning. and encourage guests to indulge in a sweet-and-salty mix by incorporating a curated candy topping section.

Portable Ice Cream Sundaes

Ice Cream Sundaes in Mason Jars With Mix-and-Match Toppings

Portable sundaes in jars are the perfect handheld treat. Mix and match your favorite ice cream and toppings ahead of time, then store the lidded jars in the freezer till it's time to party.

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Heather Baird

Portable sundaes in jars are the perfect handheld treat. Mix and match your favorite ice cream and toppings ahead of time, then store the lidded jars in the freezer till it's time to party.

Poppy Seed Pigs in a Pie Crust

Pigs in a Blanket Made With Pie Crust

Poppy Seed Pigs in a Pie Crust

The classic pigs in a blanket get a flaky upgrade with pie crust. Pairing great sausage with pie crust and poppy seeds takes this hors d’oeuvre from mundane to magnificent.

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Sam Henderson

Give adults a taste of their childhood at your next soiree with our elevated take on an old-school staple. These poppy seed pigs in a pie crust offer the same crowd-pleasing flavors and crispy texture as classic pigs in a blanket but with a more sophisticated twist.

Bite-Size Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp and Grits Bites Cooked in Muffin Tins

Using a muffin tin to make these shrimp and grits bites means they're pre-portioned and ready for eating. Make ahead and enjoy at room temperature, or heat in a low oven just before serving.

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Savour Imagery LLC

Using a muffin tin to make these shrimp and grits bites means they're pre-portioned and ready for eating. Make ahead and enjoy at room temperature, or heat in a low oven just before serving.

Chicken Taco Roll-Up

Chicken Salad Flavored with Taco Seasoning in Tortilla Wrap

Chicken Taco Roll Up

Spice up store bought chicken salad with your favorite taco seasoning, then add sliced green onions and shredded cheese for south of the border flair.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Elevate your store-bought chicken salad with a sprinkle of taco seasoning, sliced green onions, green peppers and shredded cheese. For even more south-of-the-border flair, serve with avocado slices, fire-roasted salsa or green chile hot sauce.

SEE MORE PHOTOS: 50 Healthy Snack Ideas

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Fall Slow Cooker Meals Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Debbie Wolfe

Spicy, cheesy and indulgent — this buffalo chicken dip checks all the boxes for a backyard party or football tailgate. Serve with celery sticks, crackers or tortilla chips for dipping.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 50 Fall Slow Cooker Recipes for a Crowd

Salty Spread

Oktoberfest-Themed Charcuterie Board

Whether you're hosting an Oktoberfest event or you're on the hunt for the perfect salty spread, this tasty charcuterie board is all the inspiration you'll need. Highlights include pickled okra, fresh berries, sharp cheese, pretzels, sliced sausages and various spreads including wholegrain mustard, beer cheese and horseradish sauce.

Photo by: Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Whether you're hosting an Oktoberfest event or you're on the hunt for the perfect salty spread, this tasty charcuterie board is all the inspiration you'll need. Highlights include pickled okra, fresh berries, sharp cheese, pretzels, sliced sausages and various spreads including wholegrain mustard, beer cheese and horseradish sauce.

Mozzarella and Artichoke Wonton Bites

Artichoke and Cheese Bites in Wonton Shells

Artichoke Wonton Bites

Put store-bought wonton shells in a muffin pan and fill the shells with a mixture of Parmesan, mayo, garlic mozzarella, and artichoke hearts. Bake until the tips of the wontons are golden brown.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Only have an hour before your soiree? You can whip up these cheesy wonton bites and still have time to pour yourself a glass of wine before company arrives.

Raspberry Mousse-Filled Chocolate Cookie Shots

Chocolate Cookie Shots Filled With Raspberry Mousse

These chocolate cookie shot glasses make such a fun treat for kids and adults alike. You can fill them with candy, milk — most anything — but you can't go wrong with our raspberry mousse filling.

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Heather Baird

These chocolate cookie shot glasses make such a fun treat for kids and adults alike. You can fill them with candy, milk — most anything — but you can't go wrong with our raspberry mousse filling.

Loaded Kettle Chips

Kettle Chips in Strawberry Baskets

Easy and Mobile

In addition to keeping the seasonings and topping contained, strawberry baskets make it easy for guests to walk around while continuing to eat.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Take store-bought potato chips out of the bag for this year's cookout or barbecue. Create an interactive chip station where guests can top chips with various seasonings, sauces and fresh cheeses.

Low-Waste Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Salad Served on Romaine Leaves

Ditch the paper plates and serve low-waste appetizers at your next get-together instead. For a super quick and flavorful starter, scoop crowd-pleasing chicken salad onto individual romaine leaves and watch this nutritious snack steal the show.

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Jalynn Baker

Ditch the paper plates and serve low-waste appetizers at your next get-together instead. For a super quick and flavorful starter, scoop crowd-pleasing chicken salad onto individual romaine leaves and watch this nutritious snack steal the show.

GET THE RECIPE + MORE IDEAS: 5 Genius Low-Waste, Handheld Party Foods

Creamy Smoked Salmon Roll

Smoked Salmon Served on Cracker

Creamy Smoked Salmon Roll

This appetizer version of the traditional salmon and cream cheese breakfast combination can be made up to two days ahead of time for super-easy party prep. Get the recipe.

Simply roll a homemade cheese mixture onto fresh salmon pieces and serve atop a crunchy cracker for easy party food at its finest.

Chocolate and Churros Skewers

Churro Bites With Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Sweet Churros and Chocolate Skewers

Be an entertaining superhero with churros and chocolate. The perfect churros will be crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Paired with sipping chocolate, they make the perfect bite-sized dessert.

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Sam Henderson

Be an entertaining superhero by serving shot glasses filled with churros and chocolate. The perfect churros will be crispy on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. Paired with sipping chocolate, they make the perfect bite-sized dessert.

Irish Nacho Dip

Nacho Dip Made With Irish Stout Beer

Irish Nacho Dip

Flavored with stout beer, this hearty nacho dip is delicious served with potato chips, or turn it up a notch by serving it with French fries or tater tots.

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Abigail Barnes

Flavored with stout beer, this hearty nacho dip is delicious served with potato chips, or turn it up a notch by serving it with French fries or tater tots.

GET THE RECIPE: Irish Nacho Dip Recipe

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Talk about easy! This recipe uses just two packaged ingredients and will yield moist, springy muffins with a hint of pumpkin and warm fall spices. Simply stir together one can (15 ounces) of pumpkin pie filling and 1 box of chocolate cake mix. Pour into paper-lined muffin tins. Bake jumbo muffins for 40 minutes at 350°F or standard-size muffins for 20-25 minutes. Garnish with chopped walnuts for a satisfying crunch.

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Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

You won't believe how easy (and tasty) our rich chocolate pumpkin muffins are. This recipe uses just two packaged ingredients to yield moist, springy muffins with a hint of pumpkin and warm fall spices.

Fancy Pretzels & Beer Cheese

Soft Pretzel Bites Topped With Beer Cheese

Turn your favorite bar food into fancy hors d'oeuvres. Cut up German-style pretzels into small bites (or buy bite-sized versions in the freezer section) and top with a dollop of melty beer cheese. Skewer with easy-grab toothpicks and serve on a garnished platter for extra fanciness.

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Rich Lander/CHARD

Turn your favorite bar food into fancy hors d'oeuvres. Cut up German-style pretzels into small bites (or buy bite-sized versions in the freezer section) and top with a dollop of melty beer cheese. Skewer with easy-grab toothpicks and serve on a garnished platter for extra fanciness.

Zesty Ceviche and Tortilla Strips

Ceviche and Tortilla Strips Served in a Shot Glass

Zesty Ceviche Tortilla Strips

This easy app is loads of great flavor with very little effort. Homemade tortilla strips take it over the top.

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Sam Henderson

Please a crowd at your next party with our fresh ceviche shot appetizer. Combine pico de gallo with lime-marinated raw shrimp and finely-chopped cucumbers in shot glasses. Serve chilled and garnish with a few strips of crispy fried tortilla strips for a satisfying salty crunch.

Brie and Sundried Tomato Mushroom Caps

Brie and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Served in Mushroom Caps

Brie and Sundried Tomato Mushroom Caps

Hollow out mini Portobello mushroom caps, stuff them with creamy chunks of Brie cheese. Pop in a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.

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Flynnside Out Productions

Spend less time in the kitchen and more time mingling. With just five ingredients, these creative mushroom bites are bound to be a hit with all who try them.

Pepperoni and Cheese Hand Pies

Homemade Pizza Pockets

Homemade Pizza Hand Pies

Just a few basic ingredients are all you need to whip up these tasty little pockets of spicy, cheesy goodness.

This recipe features all the same great flavors as your favorite pepperoni pizza — without the greasy mess.

Orange Buttercream Chocolates

Chocolates Made in Ice Cub Trays

Ice Cube Tray Chocolates

Make Ice Cube Tray Chocolates for the Holidays

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Sam Henderson

Dark chocolate and zesty orange are a flavor pairing made in confectionery heaven. Although these two-bite treats may look like expensive bonbons, they're actually easy to make at home using an ordinary ice cube tray.

Cinnamon Strawberry Wrap Kebabs

Skewers With Strawberries and Cinnamon and Honey Cream Cheese Wraps

Cinnamon Strawberry Wrap Kebabs

Fun up these skewers with a decadent but healthy combo of strawberries and crowd pleasing cinnamon, honey cream cheese wraps.

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Flynnside Out Productions

This decadent-yet-healthy combo of strawberries, cinnamon and honey cream cheese is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Mix a desired amount of honey with low-fat cream cheese, then spread evenly onto whole wheat wraps. Sprinkle with cinnamon, then roll up the wraps and slice into one-inch-thick rings. Thread a skewer through the sliced wraps and tuck sliced fresh strawberries in between.

No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

No-Cook Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

No-Cook Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

For this cheesy app, combine Gorgonzola, low-fat cream cheese, and a splash of white wine. Add in walnut pieces and salt and pepper for a surprising taste. Place the mixture in the fridge for two hours.

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Flynnside Out Productions

If you're looking for a simple, no-bake recipe that is still oh-so-delicious, then this recipe is for you. Simply make these yummy cheese balls ahead of time, keep refrigerated and serve fresh when guests arrive.

Parmesan Pesto Pinwheels

Parmesan Pesto Pinwheel Appetizers Made With Pie Crust

Parmesan Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto gets a turn at the table with these perfect little pinwheels. Light, flaky crust is wrapped around the robust flavors of basil, garlic, and parmesan.

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Sam Henderson

Pesto gets a turn at the table with these perfect little pinwheels. Light, flaky crust is wrapped around the robust flavors of basil, garlic and parmesan.

Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar

Hot Dog Bar with Condiments

How to Set Up a Self-Serve Hot Dog Bar

A mix of condiment containers, vessels filled with toppings and an assembly line arrangement of hot dogs, this station is certain to keep guests fed and interactive for hours on end.

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Flynnside Out Productions

When in doubt, a self-serve hot dog station will never — and we mean never — disappoint. Use this mouthwatering display by Brian Patrick Flynn as your muse and provide guests with a wide variety of toppings and fan-favorite sides like baked beans and slaw.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Bread Sticks

Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks

Prosciutto Wrapped Breadsticks

Wrap prosciutto around crispy bread sticks for a great appetizer to serve at parties.

For the perfect addition to your cheese platter, wrap paper-thin slices of prosciutto around three-quarters of breadsticks. Serve with assorted cheeses for an instant party favorite.

Decadent Shot Glass Brownie Sundaes

Shot Glass Brownie Sundaes

Decadent Shot Glass Brownie Sundaes

These brownie sundaes are just a few bites of decadence that your guests are sure to appreciate. Make them ahead and put them in the freezer. Then just top with whipped cream and a cherry to serve.

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Sam Henderson

These brownie sundaes are just a few bites of decadence that your guests are sure to appreciate. Make them ahead and put them in the freezer, and simply top with whipped cream and a cherry to serve.

Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Go store-bought or made from scratch. Either way, this yummy biscuit plus ham combination is bound to be a hit.

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Loaded Potato Skins Topped With Guacamole

Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

If your cold-weather get-together includes gathering around the TV for a football game, then be sure to make these restaurant-style potato skins a star player in your appetizer lineup.

If your cold-weather get-together includes gathering around the TV for a football game, then be sure to make these restaurant-style potato skins a star player in your appetizer lineup.

GET THE RECIPE: Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

Petite Ropa Vieja Tacos

Ropa Vieja Tacos

Ropa Vieja Tacos

The only thing better than tacos are miniature one like these ropa vieja tacos. A variety of fillings and taco shells can be prepared ahead of time, then quickly assembled right before guests arrive.

Kick off your shindig the right way with a tray full of miniature ropa vieja tacos. These delicious bites can be prepared ahead of time and assembled right before party-goers arrive.

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites

Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites on Bamboo Skewers

It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halway, until crisp (about 8 minutes). Stick a bamboo skewer in each bite to make them easily accessible to guests.

Photo by: Via Food Network

Via Food Network

It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halfway, until crisp (about 8 minutes).

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Eggplant Chips

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Chips and dip is always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto

Chips and dip are always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto.

Feta, Mint and Watermelon Bites

Mint and Watermelon Skewer Appetizer

Watermelon Mint Skewers

Simple, fresh watermelon and feta appetizers flavored with red wine vinegar and mint pair perfectly with bubbly champagne. Get the recipe.

Save money on food with simple fresh watermelon and feta appetizers flavored with red wine vinegar and mint. With that extra cash, we recommend splurging on a bottle of champagne to go along with these delicious morsels.

Deviled Eggs Three Ways

BLT-Style Deviled Eggs

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Jazz up your standard deviled eggs recipe by adding some tasty flavor combinations like bacon, spinach, red onion, tomato, Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil and pine nuts. Is your mouth watering yet?

GET THE RECIPE: Deviled Eggs Three Ways

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

Pepper Mozzarella Bites

It seems like such a pity to not take advantage of nature's bounty during the warmer months. Garden-fresh bell peppers are a must. This bell pepper and mozzarella combination could not get any easier, but sometimes the simplest recipes are also the most delightful.

It seems like such a pity to not take advantage of nature's bounty during the warmer months. This garden-fresh bell pepper and mozzarella combination could not get any easier, but sometimes the simplest recipes are also the most delightful.

Parmesan Spinach Balls

Parmesan Spinach Balls

Parmesan Spinach Balls

To create these yummy spinach balls, combine bread crumbs, parmesan, eggs and butter. Mix and roll together, then bake in an oven and serve with a gourmet mustard.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Love creamy spinach dip? These parmesan spinach balls are its crispy counterpart.

Cheese Straws

Plate of Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws For Cold-Weather Entertaining

No fall or winter party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A savory combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick from cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or hearty snack.

No fall or winter party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A savory combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick from cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or hearty snack.

Caprese Bites

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Party Appetizers

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Party Appetizers

Fresh mozzarella and tomato appetizers are a fresh colorful and healthy party treat.

Think easy, cheap and healthy don't go together? Think again. On a decorative toothpick, skewer one cherry tomato, a basil leaf and a small ball of mozzarella. Serve with varieties of marinated olives, sliced Italian meats and breadsticks.

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