These Make-Ahead Appetizers Feed Your Guests & Let You Mingle Too

Aug 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET
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We love entertaining. There really aren't too many things in life that are as satisfying as throwing one kick-butt party — it really is quite the buzz. The only problem? If you're busy making sure all the adorable little finger foods are ready on time when the guests are ready to snack, sometimes you miss out on the fun.

But when you prepare everything in advance, you have cute, tasty appetizers, well fed guests and you get to join in on the festivities. Perfection. 

All it really comes down to is a little creative planning and a wee bit of precooking to save yourself literal hours to spend with your friends. Because you deserve to kick back and have some fun too.

These make-ahead appetizers are perfect.

Originally published December 2014. Updated August 2017.

1 /18: Sausage-cheddar balls

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1/18 :Sausage-cheddar balls

2 /18: Buffalo deviled eggs

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2/18 :Buffalo deviled eggs

3 /18: Individual 7-layer dips

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3/18 :Individual 7-layer dips

4 /18: Cheesy mini quiche

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4/18 :Cheesy mini quiche

5 /18: Cocktail meatballs

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5/18 :Cocktail meatballs

6 /18: Easy queso dips

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6/18 :Easy queso dips

7 /18: Maple bacon-cheddar twists

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7/18 :Maple bacon-cheddar twists

8 /18: DIY marinated cheese

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8/18 :DIY marinated cheese

9 /18: Sweet potato skins

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9/18 :Sweet potato skins

10 /18: Easy antipasto skewers

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10/18 :Easy antipasto skewers

11 /18: Parmesan and rosemary sables

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11/18 :Parmesan and rosemary sables

12 /18: Olive spread

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12/18 :Olive spread

13 /18: Spicy roasted chickpeas

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13/18 :Spicy roasted chickpeas

14 /18: Mozzarella, salmon and arugula appetizer

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14/18 :Mozzarella, salmon and arugula appetizer

15 /18: Bite-size turkey-bacon grilled cheese

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15/18 :Bite-size turkey-bacon grilled cheese

16 /18: Mini jalapeño-kielbasa cornbread muffins

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16/18 :Mini jalapeño-kielbasa cornbread muffins

17 /18: Ranch cucumber bites

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17/18 :Ranch cucumber bites

18 /18: Pin it!

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18/18 :Pin it!