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Easy Party Appetizers and Cocktails

Throwing a festive bash? Find recipes for party-perfect nibbles, snacks, and sips.

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5 Bar Strategies for a Fabulous Party
Follow these tips to make sure your bar is stocked and the drinks keep flowing all party long.

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10 Recipe Ideas for Crostini

With these party-perfect snacks, you’ll be the toast of the town.
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Best Cocktail and Punch Recipes

Cheers! Mix up one of our tasty drinks fit for any occasion.
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3 Easy Prosciutto Appetizers

These simple recipes prove the Italian specialty is delicious with pretty much anything.
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3 Instant Hors d’Oeuvres

Start with a cup-shaped tortilla chip for these simple appetizer recipes.
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Spicy Black Beans and Avocado Canapés

Quick Party Bites

4 pieces of bruschetta

Favorite Appetizer Recipes
Tried-and-true party recipes.

Red peppers

Start With: Roasted Red Peppers
Transform this colorful pantry staple into three jarringly easy hors d'oeuvres.

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Henckels Five Star 8-Inch Chef’s Knife

Day-Before Dinner Preparation Checklist

Prep these ingredients up to a day in advance to avoid the predinner rush.

  • Wash, trim, and chop vegetables and herbs. Bag and refrigerate.
  • Peel and cut up potatoes. Place in a bowl, cover with water, and refrigerate.

    Related: Common Types of Potatoes

  • Blanch green beans, broccoli, and other green vegetables. Cook in boiling water until crisp-tender. Run under cold water to cool; drain and refrigerate.

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