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Gourmet Flatbread

Particularly if you don't have enough seating for everyone at your gathering, you will want people to be able to eat easily while standing. A simple flatbread is a great choice. Just make sure you cut it into small slices first. This version uses the unique (and delicious) combo of apple and pancetta.

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avocado pomegranate crostini
Photo: Love & Lemons

Colorful Crostini

Crostini is pretty much the easiest app you can make, and luckily, it's also a crowd pleaser. Make it visually appealing by choosing vibrantly colored toppings like avocado and pomegranate seeds.

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Fried Pickles

While it's not unusual to serve a deep-fried app, have you ever made deep-fried pickles? Pair with a homemade ranch dip for a fun party snack.

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Baked Brie

Who doesn't love food on a stick? These foodie-friendly individual baked bries definitely take small bites to a whole new level.

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Favorite Sliders

Famous for your grilling expertise? Transform your go-to recipe into slider proportions or try out this turkey burger with bacon and tomatoes.

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Potstickers & Sauce

While this isn't the easiest recipe on the list (especially for new cooks), your efforts will be well worth it when you're showing off a platter full of homemade potstickers.

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cranberry brie tart
Photo: Baker Bettie 

Cranberry Brie Tart

This cranberry brie tart features great flavors and beautiful, seasonal colors. It's not a finger food, so make this if people are able to sit down and enjoy it with utensils.

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spicy popcorn chicken
Photo: Pinch of Yum

Popcorn Chicken

Do you and your friends prefer your food on the spicy side? These extremely snackable (for reals, they go from "I'll just have one" to "Where did they all go?" in a flash) popcorn chicken bites are terrific for fans of all things cayenne.

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Savory Souffle

Don't freak out. Forget everything your mother has ever told you about souffles. They are not the most impossible things in the world to make. They're actually really reliable. If you follow the instructions, they should turn out (and even if they don't, they still taste incredible). This recipe is a cheese and herb version that you can serve with water crackers.

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Chips & Dip

Last minute party? All you really need for a gathering is something awesome to drink and a killer dip. This onion dip is a modern version of the holiday classic.