Party Apps & Snacks Made Easy!

Hosting a party?  Keep reading for some easy tips and great appetizer ideas.  Attending a party?   Keep reading for some great appetizer ideas.  

Not a party person? Keep reading, no worries just make some of these all for yourself, they are delicious!

Let’s start with the party tips:

  • Offer 3 appetizers and something sweet.  That’s plenty, don’t go crazy with a zillion different types.
  • Appetizers often take longer than you expect, plan accordingly and recruit help!
  • Prepping ahead can ensure your toasting together with your guests!
  • Make a game plan.  
    • 1 that can easily be table ready
    • 1 served cold
    • 1 that you are heating in the oven as guests arrive
    • 1 sweet-at my house it’s a plate of store bought sweets (baking and I don’t get along-trust me it’s not pretty!)

Add a few of our favorites to your recipe box today:

Table Ready – recipes below

  • Holiday Snack Mix
  • Guacamole Bites
  • Goat Cheese Pistachio Dip


  • Stuffed Black Olives – My mom’s favorite appetizer for every Christmas Eve, black olives stuffed with softened cream cheese and sprinkle a little paprika on top.  We had a problem with these, my sister’s and I ate these faster than we could make them…
  • Tomato Basil Cheese Tortellini – Just cook frozen tortellini per package directions, toss with basil pesto and cool in the refrigerator for a couple or hours.  Skewer on tooth picks with a half of a grape tomato-yum!
  • Blue Cheese Honey Dip – recipe below

Hot – find the recipes at the other Sunny Side Up Blogs here at

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip-2 Easy Ways!
  • Quick Quesadillas
  • Sauce Meatballs – Make the Sauce from the Got Sauce? blog, just make your meatballs smaller for an awesome appetizer.  

I can be reached at for any questions and to help you plan the perfect party.  

Have a great evening and happy party planning!  


Holiday Snack Mix

Serves:    4 (~1/2 cup per person)

1 cup Chex Corn Mix Cereal

1/2 cup colored M&M’s

1 cup mini pretzels

  1. Mix together & enjoy!

Guacamole Bites

Serves:    4 (2 scoops/2 cucumber slices per person)

1 avocado

8 scoop chips

8 seedless cucumber slices


2-4 tsp salsa

1/4 red bell pepper

  1. Dice red bell pepper finely.
  2. Slice avocado and discard pit & skin.  
  3. Mix avocado with salsa & salt with fork.
  4. Scoop into chips & cucumber slices.
  5. Sprinkle red bell pepper on top.

Goat Cheese & Pistachio Dip 

Goat cheese log, softened

Guava paste, thinly sliced

Pistachios, shelled & chopped finely


  1. Spread goat cheese on wax paper.
  2. Place guava on center of goat cheese.
  3. Roll goat cheese in log with guava and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  4. When ready to serve; roll in pistachios and drizzle with honey. Serve with your favorite crackers or baguettes.

Blue Cheese Honey Dip

2 tbsp honey

1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp bbq seasoning

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp salt

1 cup sour cream

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1.  Make a day ahead when you can. Taste it and season a little more if needed before serving with your favorite chips or crackers.