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36 Last-Minute Party Snacks That'll Totally Impress Your Friends
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There's nothing quite like the glorious feeling of control that comes with hosting a party. You choose the guest list, pick the playlist (Electric Slide, you're not welcome here), and serve party snacks you actually want to eat.

But odds are, you're too busy stressing about what to wear and how your place looks to spend energy on extravagant snacks. Plus, your guests don't need extravagant anything. Or, rather, they just don't need to know it's not extravagant.

Your baked brie bites might scream "these took some labor-intensive hours to make," but in reality, you just threw a few ingredients together to create a delicious treat. Another pro tip: Everyone assumes deviled eggs are fancy AF, but they don't know that you really just mixed a few things with some hard-boiled egg yolks and popped it in a sliced egg.

Sacrificing time spent on your snacks does not equal sacrificing flavor. Your guests will verify this fact once they taste all your ~hors d'oeuvres.~

So instead of freaking out about what to serve, spend more time curating your lewk and that party playlist. Then, you can prep these last-minute treats with a handful of ingredients in the hour or so before your party kicks off.

Wow, I'm already drooling. (Don't be afraid to eat the last bite, you hostess queen you!)

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1. Cheese Straws cheese, snacks

The Kitchn

You have to love a two-ingredient recipe, especially when those ingredients involve cheese and carbs. Store some puff pastry in the freezer and have cheese on hand (as if you don't already) to make these delish snacks.

Get the recipe from The Kitchn.

2. Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus sweet potato, hummus

Food Heaven

I mean...yum. Aside from roasting your sweet potatoes, this recipe all happens in a blender, which means there's only ONE dish for you to clean before guests arrive.

Get the recipe from Food Heaven.

3. Shrimp Cocktail shrimp

Parker Feierbach

I dare you to find an easier party snack than a shrimp cocktail because I'm not sure it exists. You can use store-bought cocktail sauce and thaw some frozen shrimp for the easy route, or you could use this recipe if you have 15 extra minutes to spare. Whatever option you go with, your guests will not be disappointed (and will have no idea how little time you spent on preparing the food.)

Get the recipe from Delish.

4. Baked Brie Bites brie, bite, snack

Cafe Delites

This is a very customizable recipe with a solid base of puff pastry and brie. So, basically, you could put any other ingredient in these cute little bites and it would taste delicious. Some popular combinations you could try are any nuts + fruit preserves or just a spoonful of cranberry sauce. But, as previously mentioned, literally anything would taste good in these brie bbs.

Get the recipe from Cafe Delites.

5. Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread cheese, bread

Five Heart Home

Store-bought biscuit dough makes this recipe a dream for the host who's always scrambling at the last minute. If you kept your cheesy biscuit balls plain, your guests would still be obsessed, but you can add fun toppings like cheeses, nuts, and herbs to give this monkey bread an extra kick.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.

6. Cheddar Herb Muffin Bites bites, cheddar, muffin

Divas Can Cook

The hardest part in this recipe is mixing the butter into the flour and, tbh, even that sounds kind of fun. These cheddar muffin bites take 20 minutes to make and will certainly be gone in less time than that.

Get the recipe from Divas Can Cook.

7. Pepper Jack Queso queso, cheese, dip

The Hungry Hutch

Is it clear that I love cheese? There's a reason for that: Ever been to a party and people aren't crowding around the queso? The answer is no—because it's never happened! Queso is the queen of any party and you can test that theory out with this pepper jack version.

Get the recipe from The Hungry Hutch.

8. Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries sweet potato, fries

Seasoned Skillet

Once you realize how easy it is to make your own fries, you'll never settle for the frozen variety (soggy fries, whomst?) Add any sort of seasoning (garlic powder is a personal fave,) and if you have a liiiittle extra time, consider making the roasted garlic aioli in this recipe. Bc...yum.

Get the recipe from Seasoned Skillet.

9. Loaded Olive Cheese Bread bread, olive, snack

Butter Be Ready

It takes literally seven ingredients to make this salty, gooey goodness that will have your guests raving all night. Pro tip: the brinier the olive, the better.

Get the recipe from Butter Be Ready.

10. Pizza Puffs Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Garnish, Recipe, Potato, Plant, Root vegetable,

Taste of Home

Sure, everyone loves the microwave kind, but these homemade pizza puffs take snacking to the next level.

Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

11. Baked Spinach Balls With Parmesan Cheese Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Leaf vegetable, Produce, Vegetarian food, Muthia, Recipe, Saag,

Diana Rattray

This snack might not make you as strong as Popeye claims, but it sure will boost your spirits.

Get the recipe from Diana Rattray on The Spruce Eats.

12. Spaghetti and Meatball Nests Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Meatball, appetizer, Produce, Dessert, Baked goods, Recipe,

Good Housekeeping

A cute bite-size take on the feel-good meal. That's amore.

Get the recipe from Good Housekeeping.

13. Crab Cakes Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Fried food, Fishcake, Cutlet, Fritter, Produce, Meat,

All Recipes

They're a snack standard for a reason. You can't go wrong with these flavorful New England noms.

Get the recipe from Allrecipes.

14. Garlic Parmesan-stuffed Mushrooms Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Stuffed mushrooms, appetizer, Produce, Staple food, Finger food, Recipe,


Beside looking gorgeous these also taste delicious. Goodbye, cheese and crackers. Hello, cheesy mushrooms.

Get the recipe from Tasty.

15. Crème Brûlée Cups Dish, Food, Cuisine, Blackberry, Ingredient, Dessert, Berry, Crème brûlée, Produce, Custard,

Chelsea's Messy Apron

Maybe not a "traditional" snack food, but who says these little delights can't be set out for a classy party. Sounds like the best time ever, tbh.

Get the recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron.

16. Poblano Pineapple Salsa Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Vegetarian food, Garnish, Superfood, Pineapple, Recipe,


Taste the rainbow, then dip your chips in it. This show-stopping salsa will have your guests ready to party.

Get the recipe from HelloFresh.

17. Mediterranean Flatbreads
Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, appetizer, Finger food, Meal, Produce, Vegetarian food, Flatbread,

Purple Carrot

This shareable snack calls for spring veggies like asparagus, but you can mix and match to create what's basically an adult pizza.

Get the recipe from Purple Carrot.

18. Baked Brie Bacon Jam & Crispy Crostinis
Dish, Cuisine, Food, Fried food, Ingredient, Side dish, Fast food, Junk food, Comfort food, Produce,


Hot, melty cheese + divine bacon jam + toasty breads = bliss, amirite?

Get the recipe, by Chef Tyler Florence, on Innit.

19. Pigs in a Blanket Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Sausage roll, Börek, Baked goods, appetizer, Produce, Breakfast roll,

Trois Petits Cochons

Has there ever been a more perfect crowd-pleaser? Prep these the day before your shindig, then throw 'em in the oven right before people arrive. Perfection.

Get the recipe from Les Trois Petits Cochons.

20. Zucchini Chips with Creamy Basil Avocado Dip Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Tzatziki, Side dish, Recipe, Fried food, Zucchini,

Purple Carrot

Uh, come to mama, vegetables disguised as fried treats. Think of these as French fries—but green.

Get the recipe at Purple Carrot.

21. Lobster Deviled Eggs Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Hors d'oeuvre, À la carte food, Produce, Recipe, Canapé, Meat,

4 Star Restaurant Group

We now give you permission to get fancy. To make these luxe bites, slice 12 hard-boiled eggs in half and remove the egg yolks. Combine yolks with ½ cup of mayo, 2 tablespoons French's Mustard, and ½ tablespoon Sriracha in a blender, and blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine 4 oz. cooked lobster meat and 3 tablespoons of spicy mayo. Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture, and top with the lobster mixture. Garnish with chopped scallions.

Recipe by Chef Dan Harris, executive corporate chef at 4 Star Restaurant Group.

22. Yogurty Guac

Cuisine, Tortilla chip, Food, Dish, Junk food, Ingredient, Guacamole, Totopo, Potato chip, Corn chip,

Two Good

Sure, Queer Eye's Antoni caused a commotion when he suggested we "put yogurt in guac" (gasp!), but it's actually a low-key excellent idea.

Recipe from Two Good Yogurt.

23. Butternut Squash Kale Mac and Cheese Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Comfort food, Produce, Recipe, Stuffing, Staple food, Strata,

Planet Oat-Oatmilk

Who says mac and cheese isn't a snack food? Demons, that's who. Set out a tray of baked pasta, and let your guests go wild.

Get the recipe from Planet Oat.

24. Easy Chicken Skewers with Jalapeño Cheddar Dip Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Finger food, Produce, Comfort food, appetizer, Recipe, Vegetarian food,

Helluva Good

This combo is a total dream: A creamy, cheesy dip makes the perfect topping for simple chicken skewers.

Get the recipe from Heluva Good and Dear Chrissy.

25. Two-Ingredient Cream-Cheese Frosting Food, Cuisine, Dish, Ingredient, Frozen dessert, Produce, Cream, Vegetarian food, Fruit, Frozen yogurt,

Two Good

AKA 100 percent the easiest sweet dip situation you'll ever make. Serve with fruit, pretzels, or anything else you wanna shove straight into your face.

Recipe from Two Good Yogurt.

26. Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips with Peach Salsa Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Pico de gallo, Produce, Junk food, Staple food, Finger food, Recipe,

Purple Carrot

Why even bother choosing between sweet and savory? By mixing a tangy, fruit-y dip with these French toast-y chips, you get to have everything.

Get the recipe at Purple Carrot.

27. Nutella Banana Pizza Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Flatbread, Staple food, Dessert, Baked goods, Recipe,


Don't make your guests choose between dessert and pizza. Just bring out this showstopper toward the end of the party to keep things lit.

Get the recipe from HelloFresh.

28. S'mores Caramel Popcorn
Food, Cuisine, Dish, Marshmallow, Snack, Kettle corn, Ingredient, Confectionery, Dessert, Popcorn,

Planet Oat

Give the people what they want (s'mores), but without the smoke, bugs, or dirt.

Get the recipe from Chocolate Moosey.

29. Green Chile Loaded Mac n Cheezy Nachos Cuisine, Food, Dish, Ingredient, Produce, Taco, Recipe, Vegetable, Vegetarian food, Nachos,

Hold the Olives

Hello, lover. This skillet, full of mac and cheese, Beanfields chips, and nacho toppings is the ultimate grab bag for those unafraid to use their fingers.

Get the recipe from Hold the Olives.

30. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Finger food, Vegan nutrition, Produce, Naan, Comfort food, Dip,

Rock Recipes

If you can blend a margarita, you can blend this hummus. Set it out with fluffy pita slices and cut-up veggies.

Get the recipe from Rock Recipes.

31. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Stuffed peppers, Comfort food, Recipe, appetizer, Vegetable,

Green Chef

Like loaded baked potatoes but cuter. Just add guac or sour cream.

Get the recipe from Green Chef.

32. Baked Mango Cauliflower Wings Dish, Food, Cuisine, Fried food, Ingredient, Meat, Pakora, Finger food, Produce, Recipe,

Purple Carrot

A "chicken" wing even your meat-loving friends will love. These bb cauli bites are so addictive that they'll win over your guests, whether you're hosting friends for the big game or for a Bachelor-watching sesh.

Get the recipe from Purple Carrot.

33. Restaurant-Style Salsa Dish, Cuisine, Food, Ingredient, Ajika, Gazpacho, Muhammara, Produce, Pappa al pomodoro, Salsa sauce,

A Cedar Spoon

Sure, you can run to your fave taco joint and pick up their secret sauce, or you can blend up some of your own at home. Serve with tortilla chips of your choosing, plus cilantro.

Get the recipe from A Cedar Spoon.

34. Buffalo Parmesan Hummus
Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Dip, Side dish, Produce, Comfort food, appetizer, Hummus,

The Frugal Foodie Mama

Give your hummus a boost with two party-snack staples: cheese and buffalo sauce.

Get the recipe from The Frugal Foodie Mama.

35. Sweet Potato Toasts Two Ways Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Bruschetta, Goat cheese, Finger food, Produce, appetizer, Comfort food,


PSA: Little rounds of roasted sweet potato yield adorable appetizers. Top 'em with tahini, hazelnuts, and honey or goat cheese, radish, and watercress.

Get the recipe from HelloFresh.

36. California-Style Smoky-Sweet Tofu Avo Toast
Dish, Food, Cuisine, Ingredient, Produce, Staple food, appetizer, Recipe, Finger food, Vegan nutrition,

House Foods

This one's ideal for your veggie friends who are always complaining that there are never enough options for them. Plus, your carnivorous friends would never turn down avo toast.

Get the recipe from House Foods Tofu.

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