Bookmark These Easy Recipes for Your Next Party
Our deliciously simple recipes—which include everything from appetizers to entrées to desserts—take the stress out of entertaining. Add these dishes to your menu and you'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying time with family and friends.
From easy yet elegant crostini fit for a classy cocktail hour to interactive appetizers for game day (such as the Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket that you see here), this collection of recipes is full of great ideas and simple recipes that are ideal for entertaining. No matter the occasion, it's a great idea to keep your menu—and the recipes within them—as simple as possible when you're having guests over. After all, if you have less chopping and stirring to do in the kitchen, you'll have more time to spend with spend with guests. And as the host, it's your job to create a nice and joyful ambience (which is something your guests are more likely to remember than the complexity of the menu), and you can't do that when you're standing over the stove all night long.
The recipes included here were all chosen specifically because they ensure the host spends a fraction of the time prepping than usual. In the Asparagus-Gruyere Tart, for instance, the long stalks are a feature of this stunning starter, so you won't have to spend precious minutes chopping and arranging. Store-bought ingredients can also play a major role in making hosting any party a stress-free experience. For the Baked Feta-Marinara Dip, all you need to do is assemble two flavor-packed ingredients in the same dish and let your oven meld them into dippable perfection.
Throwing a party can mean more than serving just a few appetizers; if you're planning a full meal, we've got you covered, too. Assembling all of the components of a dish ahead of time, like for our Baked Rigatoni with Mini Meatballs, means that you don't have to worry about dinner right before your friends arrive. What about when you need to feed any unexpected guests? Make ahead and then stash some of our special Bolognese sauce in your freezer so you can pull it out and serve a delicious pasta dinner to loved ones whenever they drop by.
Finally, it's always nice to end a party on a little something sweet, and from a No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake that can feed an army with ease to a cozy bread pudding you can assemble the night before, this recipe gallery has you covered with smart ideas for easy dishes sure to delight your guests.
Baked Feta-Marinara Dip
Some of the best easy recipes come from simply putting a few personal touches on good store-bought ingredients. Here, marinara is spiked with some smoky piquillo peppers and baked with a slab of tangy feta cheese for an irresistible dip for pita chips or crostini.
Roasted Pork Shoulder with Sage and Coriander
Rub a simple spice blend on the pork shoulder the night before, then let it cook low and slow in the oven all afternoon the day of the party. Once it's fall apart tender, serve it in slices over something like polenta; for a more casual party, shred it up for sandwiches, tacos, or pasta.
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Pear, Walnut, and Ricotta Crostini
Instant Pot Turkey Chili
Apple Pie Bread Pudding
Chicken and Black Bean Nachos
Easy to make, a fan favorite, and you never have to worry about having enough utensils: What's not to like about nachos? For an extra-speedy shortcut, use a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Seared scallops get much of the press and foodie fanfare, but they require constant attention at the stove which isn't ideal when you are trying to host guests. This dish circumvents the skillet and bakes in an irresistible mixture of crème fraiche, garlic, and white wine instead.
Strawberries and Cream Stack Cake
Store-bought lady fingers, usually reserved for tiramisu, show off their range in this summery make-ahead stack cake.
Baked Rigatoni with Mini Meatballs
Seven-Layer Ice Cream Cake
When it's hot out, who wouldn't scream for some ice cream? Here's a neat and tidy way to serve up summer's favorite treat: in the form of a layered ice cream cake. It's made with mostly store-bought ingredients, the effort is put into the assembly which will get done way before the party even starts.
Taco Truck-Style Guacamole
This dip is an easy recipe triple threat: make-ahead, low-prep, and just four ingredients. Made entirely in a blender, this bright and smooth guacamole gets its sparkle from tomatillos, which add acidity and will prevent the avocados from browning too quickly.
Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak with Peppers and Onions
Flank steak is an affordable cut of beef that cooks quickly, will feed a crowd, and is super flavorful, especially when given a chance to marinate for a while. Serve this recipe as is or use it as the filling for some fajitas for a crowd.
No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake for a Crowd
This recipe lets you have the best parts of a cheesecake without all the work, and it's no-bake nature means it's the perfect thing to make for a warm weather affair.
Asparagus Gruyere Tart
Hosting a party doesn't have to mean chopping vegetables all morning. You could just make this simple and elegant asparagus tart that is so beautiful precisely because of their long and intact stalks.
Salmon with Cucumber-Radish Relish
Roasting a whole side of salmon is one of the quickest ways to feed a group, whether it's brunch, lunch, or dinnertime.
Baked Raspberry Custard
Commit just ten minutes to prep this sweet dessert for the oven, and you'll have an impressive yet easy dessert ready just as the dinner plates are being cleared.
Roasted Tomatoes and Cheese with Thyme
Oven appetizers are clutch for easy entertaining where the goal is to spend less time in the kitchen. Right before guests arrive, pop this sweet, cheesy app in to bake until caramelized and melty. As you mingle, the timer will go off and all you need to do is remember to serve it with crusty slices of bread.
Pressure Cooker Corn Risotto
In this elegant and seasonal vegetarian main, whole cobs of corn are added to the Instant Pot at the same time as the rice, creating a broth that infuses the whole dish with corn flavor. The best part is that this won't require constant stirring and attention, so you can carry on with more important matters like fixing you and your guests a refreshing aperitif!
Easy Chocolate Truffles
If you're looking to serve something small and sweet at your next party, consider these delicious and easy five-ingredient truffles as your answer.
Spring Pesto Dip
Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream
Pick up a pound cake at the store, then make it your own by following the recipe for this peachy stunner.
Caramelized Mustard-Marmalade Wings
The citrusy-sweet mustard sauce these wings are coated in make them an app that guests will remember; since these wings are baked in the oven and a relatively hands-off affair, the host will be happy, too!
Instant Pot Shrimp Boil
Texas Sheet Cake
No stand mixer required for this classic cake that is deeply chocolatey and bakes up in a common casserole dish.
Spinach-Feta Pizza Slab Pie
Store-bought pizza dough makes this savory pie a cinch to pull together for a casual get together. Serve slices up with a salad and you'll delight your vegetarian and omnivore guests alike.
Crispy Cereal Treats
Great for a party with lots of kids (or a party with kids-at-heart in attendance!), these crispy cereal treats are endlessly customizable and come together quickly.