Throwing a party? Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or just feeling festive, there’s really no better (or tastier!) way to welcome friends and family into your home than to serve up an assortment of delicious appetizers and finger foods.

And while your guests might be entertained by the sight of you running around mixing ingredients and pulling trays out of the oven, they came for your company, not to watch you cook! So why not prep a little in advance and take the stress and overwhelm out of hosting, so you can actually ENJOY your party!

These 12 make-ahead appetizers can be made in advance or thrown in the crockpot on the day of your party and are sure to wow your guests!

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Roasted Eggplant Hummus

This Roasted Eggplant Hummus is absolutely delicious and super easy to make (not to mention packed with protein!) With just 6 ingredients you have a tasty healthy holiday appetizer that everyone will love!

sweet & sour meatballs-Throwing a party? These 12 make ahead appetizers can be made in advance or thrown in the crockpot on the day of your party and are sure to wow your guests!

Sweet & Sour Crock Pot Meatballs

Trust us, this is the BEST recipe for Sweet & Sour Crockpot Meatballs! With just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of time, these meatballs are always the hit of any holiday party! 

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Looking for a delicious party dip? This classic spinach and artichoke dip is kept warm in a slow cooker for a perfect party dish your guests will love! Serve with red bell pepper strips to make it a festive holiday treat!

Freezer-to-Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings at parties? These ridiculously easy buffalo wings go straight from the freezer to crock-pot for a simple make ahead appetizer that is guaranteed to score points with your entire crew.

Sloppy joe pinwheels-Throwing a party? These 12 make ahead appetizers can be made in advance or thrown in the crockpot on the day of your party and are sure to wow your guests!

Sloppy Joe Pinwheels

Your party guests will go crazy for these Sloppy Joe Pinwheels! Since there is no chopping required, this is the perfect recipe to get your kids to help out in the kitchen and get them excited about cooking.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This easy buffalo chicken dip recipe only calls for five ingredients that you probably already have on hand! Perfect for a holiday party, this dip comes together quickly and tastes great!

Corn & Blackbean salsa-Throwing a party? These 12 make ahead appetizers can be made in advance or thrown in the crockpot on the day of your party and are sure to wow your guests!

Corn & Black Bean Salsa

This delicious Corn & Black Bean Salsa couldn’t be easier…it comes together in minutes using just five easy ingredients!

Spicy Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs are not only super simple to make and freezer friendly but are full of flavor and the perfect make ahead appetizer for your next party! 

Quick & Easy Pimento Cheese

Equally delicious served on a cracker or topping a burger, this super easy Pimento Cheese comes together in minutes with just a handful of ingredients. Find out what all the fuss is about with this can’t-miss classic Southern recipe! 

Easy Crockpot Lettuce Wraps

Like P.F. Changs’ famous lettuce wraps? Then you’ll love this delicious freezer-to-crockpot recipe! Can be made with chicken or vegetarian crumbles for a meat-free appetizer that is sure to be a hit at your next holiday party

Hot Crab Dip

Looking for a delicious seafood dip? This creamy crockpot crab dip is the perfect dip to serve at a get together. Serve with crackers or baguettes.

Best ever deviled eggs with bacon-Throwing a party? These 12 make ahead appetizers can be made in advance or thrown in the crockpot on the day of your party and are sure to wow your guests!

Best Ever Deviled Eggs w/ Bacon

Want to know the secret to making the world’s best deviled eggs? This super simple, easy-to-follow recipe for perfect deviled eggs with bacon is a MUST make ahead appetizer that you NEED at your next holiday party! Did we mention that there was BACON?

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Jessica Bowman
Jessica Bowman is the editor-in-chief of Elite Blog Academy, as well as a content contributor for Living Well Spending Less and Growth Manager for Ruth Soukup Omnimedia. Jessica and her husband are foster parents who live in Georgia with their kids and fur babies. When she is not at work, you can probably find her singing karaoke or playing Pokemon Go!
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