10 Easy Appetizer Recipes for a Cocktail Party

When you want to celebrate on short notice, a simple cocktail party is the perfect way to spend an evening with friends. Any of the below recipes can become your standby line-up requiring little prep time and just a few key ingredients. They will make entertaining at home almost as easy as heading out to your favorite local restaurant!

Choose recipes that scale easily so you can alter them depending on your guest list. If you’re hosting an event outside of mealtime, pick a few recipes and plan on one to two bites per person. And if you choose elegant main nibbles, try offering fun comfort foods like s’mores bites or cookie sundaes as a dessert surprise. Add a few bottles of wine or your signature “house” cocktail and you’re ready to celebrate. Cheers!

1. Baked Brie with Wine-Soaked Blackberries

Source: Lemon Tree Dwelling

2. Smoked Salmon Crostini

Source: Sweet and Savory by Shinee

3. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Source: Damn Delicious

4. Cucumber Cups With Basil Pesto Filling

Source: Naomi Cakes

5. Rosemary Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Skewers

Source: Mom on Timeout

6. Guacamole Shrimp Bites

Source: Well Plated

7. Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Source:  Five Heart Home

8. Onion and Cheese Puff Tart

Source: Jerne J Kitchen

9. S’mores Mini Dippers

Source: Kevin and Amanda

10. Ice Cream Sundae Cookie Cups

Source: Lovely Little Kitchen

  • I cannot wait to try these, especially that baked brie and prosciutto wrapped asparagus (yum)!

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  • Love these ideas, particularly the baked Brie. Thank you.


  • Nikki Laraja

    Brie and WINE soaked berries, yes plsssss!


    • Right?! Brie and berries is magical….

  • leu2500

    That’s a lot of individual, fussy, time consuming things. You’re better off making a few big things that can be cut up, using store bought stuff, etc. take a page from Ina garten: things like nuts, her Ham & cheese pitivier that’s easily assembled, salami & cucumber, something like tapenade & crostini, etc. the point of a cocktail party isn’t the food – it’s the visiting.