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35 Drool-Worthy Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party  

Jessica Lawshe
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You've sent the invitations and planned the playlist, so you’ve just got one more thing to nail down before throwing the most epic bash ever: the party food! Did you completely blank on what to feed your guests? Relax! We've got you covered with the best dinner party food ideas.

First off, what kind of party are you throwing? Is it for a special occasion, like a kid's birthday party? Maybe you're hosting your first cocktail party, or perhaps just a really simple back-yard BBQ? Regardless of how fancy or low-key the occasion is—whether you're hosting a bunch of co-workers and a boss you're trying to impress or just having friends over for a laid-back afternoon—you need awesome and easy dinner party recipes to make sure your food is fantastic.

Throwing a theme party? We got you covered there too! On this list of cocktail party recipes, you’ll also find frighteningly fun Halloween party food, some dainty tea-party delights, and festive and comforting holiday treats. Apps, desserts, and everything in between. Just add friends and family and you've got yourself an awesome party. And no fear! You don't have to be Martha Stewart to prepare these super easy party food recipes.

Our list is chock-full of various food fare - from healthy to down-right artery clogging. Whip up a few of these party appetizer recipes to keep everyone's taste-buds happy! Let's us know which recipes make your mouths tingle and which ones you'd toss to the dog!
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Tea Sandwich: Bacon, Lettuce,
Tea Sandwich: Bacon, Lettuce, is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 35 Drool-Worthy Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party
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Modernize your tea party with this new twist on an old favorite. 

(Oh, How Civilized)
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Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp wit... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35 Drool-Worthy Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party
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For lighter fare, use garlic, dried pepper flakes, and basil to create a delicious appetizer or side dish. 

 (Joyful Healthy Eats)
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Ham and Cheese Sliders
Ham and Cheese Sliders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35 Drool-Worthy Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party
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If you want to fill your guests up with something hearty and delicious, these mini-sammies will do the trick! Topped with a homemade poppy seed sauce, they're absolutely irresistible.

(The Girl Who Ate Everything)
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Sweet Chicken Bacon Bites
Sweet Chicken Bacon Bites is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35 Drool-Worthy Recipes for Your Next Dinner Party
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Bacon, brown sugar, and chicken. Do we need to say any more?

 (Jo Cooks)
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