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17 Easy And Eye-Catching Party Appetizer Idea That Your Need To Try

17 Easy And Eye-Catching Party Appetizer Idea That Your Need To Try

Who doesn’t love having a few great friends over and throwing a small party or gathering? Or having a larger theme party? There are a million different appetizers and foods you can make, and here are a few fun and easy options that are always well-received. Be prepared not to have any leftovers!

With the holidays here and in full swing, I’ve also included a fun and kid-friendly (and adult-approved!) party dessert, too!

1. Taco Eggrolls by MyFridgeFood.com.

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    This is a super simple recipe for taco eggrolls that are baked instead of fried, and serves as a great base recipe to making your own changes. A fun addition would be sauteed peppers and onions! Try adding some spice for an additional kick, or sriracha sour cream as a dipping sauce!

    2. Meatballs from MyRecipes.com.

    meatballs

      Meatballs are a party favorite, and a great appetizer with toothpicks and amazing sauce. This recipe makes your life easier by using frozen precooked meatballs, and then creating your own sauce. Sure to be a hit!

      3. A Cheese Ball from MyRecipes.com.

      Photo Editor: Paden Reich, Art Director: Bob Perino, Prop Stylist: Buffy Hargett Miller, Food Stylist: Erin Merhar. Food: Hot Brown Bites, Cheese Ball, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Flatbreads, Shrimp dip, Trout crostini.

        This feta and olive and herb cheese ball is very eye catching and interesting! It’s coated in parsley and green onion, and you can customize it as you like. It is delicious with a hearty cracker or some crostini! This one asks you to use a heavy duty stand mixer, but my hand mixer was up to the job.

        4. 2-ingredient Pigs In A Blanket from DamnDelicious.com.

        pigs

          This is one of my favorite party appetizers! Everyone loves pigs in a blanket, and I typically serve them with ketchup, mustard, and sriracha mayo options. To make this recipe even easier (if that’s even possible!), you can pick up precooked mini hotdogs or sausages at most major grocery stores.

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          5. Classic Guacamole from JamieOliver.com.

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            This is a pretty easy and impressive guacamole recipe. Leave out the chili for a less spicy version! Guacamole is always a great option for a party appetizer and is especially perfect for vegetarians!

            6. Creamy Deviled Eggs from MarthaStewart.com.

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              Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer option. This is an easy to make recipe, and if you like a little more crunch in your egg mixture, add a bit of relish!

              7. 5-Minute Hummus from RealSimple.com.

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                This is one of the easiest and fastest recipes you’ll ever make! There is no cooking or baking involved, and I have made this recipe using my blender and not a food processor. I own a Ninja blender, and it is plenty powerful enough to puree the chickpeas. This is a HUGE favorite of my significant other, and we have used it in conjunction with dinner recipes, and not just as a dip with pita chips. (Try hummus-crusted chicken breast for a twist on an easy chicken dinner!)

                8. Arancini with Marinara Sauce from JustATaste.com.

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                  I loooove rice balls, and this is one of the easiest recipes I have come across for it. And there aren’t that many ingredients! Rice balls are great, and for a party, you can try making these half size and get more balls!

                  9. Baked Brie from Ina Garten at FoodNetwork.com.

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                    Baked brie cheese is something I had for the first time fairly recently, and I have decided I was completely deprived previously! Baked brie is one of the simplest things to make, but is gooey, delicious, and a very share-able snack! As an appetizer, you can do more, even a whole wheel! Serve with crackers, apples slices, carrots, and anything you enjoy covered in delicious brie!

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                    10. Baked Goat or Feta Cheese Appetizer from MarthaStewart.com.

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                      If you aren’t a fan of brie cheese, this is a similar baked cheese recipe for goat cheese or feta cheese! Use this for a fancier version, and you can add cranberry or even some preserves to this after baking for additional flavors. Play around with it!

                      11-15. Flatbreads and Pizzas from TheKithcn.com.

                      I tried to pick just one flatbread to show you for the on-trend idea of flatbread and pizza appetizers for parties. I’ve seen these at fancy cocktail parties, super bowl parties, restaurants, and more, and there are a lot of ways to customize, tone down, or fancy-up your flatbread and pizza recipes! These can also be made to be kid-friendly and family-friendly for fun meals at home. Here are a few examples from this site:

                      sweetpot

                        This one is a fantastic-looking Sweet Potato, Ricotta, and Arugula Flatbread.

                        tomato

                          The Three Cheese Tomato Tart

                          asparagus

                            Stovetop or Broiler Pizza with Asparagus, Shiitake, and Mozzarella.

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                            grilled

                              Grilled Potato, Gorgonzola, and Prosciutto Pizza.

                              16. Pizza Rollups from DamnDelicious.com.

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                                I have made these and other similar versions for every super bowl party and game night I have ever thrown or attended! These pepperoni and cheese stuffed crescent rolls are crazy easy, and take only 8-10 minutes in the oven! Other versions I’ve made are: ham slices and cheddar crescent rolls, and even dessert rolls like nutella and mini-marshmallow crescent rolls! These little buttery rolls always catch peoples’ eyes and are a big hit for finger foods!

                                17. Jemma’s PB&J Cupcakes on JamieOliver.com.

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                                  So this may seem like more of a dessert, but with the savory peanut butter and the crumble on top, with the jam, these sweet and savory cakes will be a new, amazing, dazzling addition to your party foods. And who wouldn’t want a little dessert before dinner anyway??

                                  Bonus! Kid-Friendly, Adult Approved Easy Party Dessert:

                                  A super simple, no bake, and only 3 ingredient Peppermint Bark! This is one of my personal favorites to make for a fun and simple winter dessert that everyone loves! This is own my recipe:

                                  Makes 1 cookie sheet worth peppermint bark.

                                  -1 12 oz bag of milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

                                  -1 12 oz bag of white chocolate baking chips

                                  -1 box of regular peppermint candy canes (or about 25-30 of those round white and red peppermints)

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                                  Recipe:

                                  In a microwave safe mixing bowl, melt all of the milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave. It will take about 1 minute to 1 minute and 15 seconds.Stir with baking spatula until smooth.

                                  Pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with a sheet of parchment or wax paper. Use the spatula to spread the chocolate out into a thin sheet covering the pan.

                                  Put the whole thing in the refrigerator for no more than 15 minutes (you want it set but not be completely hardened yet).

                                  Melt the white chocolate in the microwave the same way as before.

                                  Pour the white chocolate on top of the milk chocolate layer, using your spatula to spread it evenly (you may get some mixing of chocolates, that’s fine!).

                                  Throw all of your crushed peppermint right on top of the white chocolate, and use your hands or the spatula to press the mint down into the white chocolate layer.

                                  Put the whole thing in the fridge for an hour or until completely hardened.

                                  Break it up into pieces and dig in!

                                  P.S. For a stronger peppermint taste, you can add 1.5 teaspoons of peppermint extract to one of the melted chocolate layers and mix it in, before spreading it out onto the cookie sheet.

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                                    Featured photo credit: Jen and David – 218 by Parker Knight via flickr.com

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                                    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                    Video Summary

                                    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                    One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                            5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                  How to hold a plank position

                                                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                    • Prolapse
                                                    • After prolapse surgery
                                                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                    • Previous childbirth
                                                    • Overweight

                                                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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