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30 Brilliant Recipe Ideas For Unforgettable Parties

30 Brilliant Recipe Ideas For Unforgettable Parties

1. Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

    Try your hand at making some of these delicious taco cupcakes. Bite-sized and universally loved, this is a great healthy choice instead of tacos.

    2. Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups

    Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups

      This party snack is great for anyone who loves pizza—so, most people! Filled with delicious cheese and pepperoni, this party recipe is an awesome way to make mini pizza bites.

      3. Crock Pot Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

      Crock Pot Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

        This dish comes with three ingredients and five minutes prep time—perfect to save you feeling any pre-party stress. Use lean ground beef for your meatballs as a healthy alternative.

        4. Bacon Wrapped Smokies

        Bacon Wrapped Smokies

          This dish is a tasty treat for any bacon lover. With a simple recipe, this is an easy and fun way to treat your guests.

          5. Parmesan Tortellini Bites

          Parmesan Tortillini Bites

            These crisp, crunchy, cheesy bites are so tasty, you may want to make a bowl for yourself as well as your party.

            6. Crack Bread
            Crack Bread

              Filled with butter, bacon, cheese and ranch seasoning, this tasty recipe idea is ideal for casual events.

              7. Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

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              Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

                These salty sweet snacks are unique and creative, so try them out at your next party.

                8. Sweet And Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

                Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps

                  This easy-to-make finger-food recipe is great for meat lovers.

                  9. Caramel Apple Nachos

                  Caramel Apple Nachos

                    This is another party stress saver—easy and quick for you to make! This recipe is also kind to your body, counting towards one of your five a day.

                    10. DIY Easy Antipasto

                    DIY Easy Antipasto

                      This easy-to-make and tasty appetizer is as simple as opening up packets and cans—no cooking! Filled with protein and vegetables, this recipe makes a healthy party snack.

                      11. Mexican Corn Dip

                      Mexican Corn Dip

                        This dip is so good it can be eaten without anything else! This recipe idea takes only a few minutes to make, and the corn is filled with vitamin A—great for your body.

                        12. Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

                        Liquor Lollipop Bouquet

                          If you are attending a party and you don’t know what kind of alcohol to bring, try making these unique lollipops. You can use whichever spirit you like, and don’t worry—they are more sweet than strong!

                          13. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

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                          Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

                            This recipe idea combines the flavor of gingerbread and the rich creaminess of cheesecake—delicious. This dip is easy to make, and every taste will remind you of the cold months.

                            14. Fire Crackerz

                            Fire Crackerz

                              This is another simple and easy-to-make recipe. Make the crackers as spicy as you’d like!

                              15. Shrimp Scampi Dip

                              Shrimp Scampi Dip

                                This creamy, cheesy dip is a great party recipe idea. Just make sure you have enough bread for dipping!

                                16. Melted Rainbow Cake

                                Melted Rainbow Cake

                                  If you want to try a more challenging recipe, try your hand at making your own stunning rainbow cake.

                                  17. Dried Beef Pickle Roll Ups

                                  Dried Beef Pickle Roll Ups

                                    This pickle recipe tastes great, only uses three ingredients and doesn’t take long to make, so it is perfect for people who love pickles, but not cooking. Try this for any last minute gatherings and parties.

                                    17. Crab and Artichoke Dip

                                    Crab and Artichoke Dip

                                      This crowd-pleasing dish is cheesy, filling and delicious—a perfect crab dip.

                                      18. Teriyaki Meatballs

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                                      Teriyaki Meatballs

                                        This recipe idea is great for the whole family. If you’re looking to serve more than snacks at your party, try adding a bed of rice to make a tasty meal.

                                        19. Crab Rangoon

                                        Crab Rangoons on white paper

                                          Crab Rangoon is a great party recipe idea if you like finger foods that don’t create mess! This recipe is crunchy and full of flavor.

                                          20. Brownie Bowl Sundaes

                                          Brownie Bowl Sundaes

                                            If you love brownies, try making this delicious crowd-pleaser. Perfect for children’s parties—or adults if you feel like it!

                                            21. Pumpkin Pie Dip

                                            Pumpkin Pie Dip

                                              This delicious pumpkin dip recipe idea is perfect for fall. Try dipping in apple slices for a great flavor combination.

                                              22. Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion

                                              Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion

                                                This dish is simply a fried and seasoned onion—unbelievably tasty and simple to make. Works with almost all dips, and onion is good for your body, filled with vitamins, potassium and iron!

                                                23. Kale and Artichoke Dip

                                                Kale and Artichoke Dip

                                                  Enjoy this healthy, cheesy, tasty kale and artichoke dip all year round. Kale and artichoke are both filled with vitamins and minerals; a great party snack that benefits your body.

                                                  24. Jingle Jangle Punch

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                                                  Jingle Jangle Punch

                                                    This fruity punch is delicious, summery and beautiful, Impress your guests by whipping up a refreshing batch!

                                                    25. Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Chips

                                                    Paramesan Garlic Zucchini Chips

                                                      This recipe idea is a great alternative to normal chips; but with a cheesy garlic coating you can guarantee they will still be a huge success!

                                                      26. Rainbow Pasta

                                                      Rainbow Pasta

                                                        Rainbow pasta is a fun recipe idea for a child’s party. Simple and easy to make, but sure to impress the kids!

                                                        27. Tortellini Salad

                                                        Tortellini Salad

                                                          This yummy tortellini recipe idea is filled with tomatoes, salami and olives—a great source of vitamin E. Delicious and one of your five a day!

                                                          28. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

                                                          Chocolare Covered Strawberry Hearts

                                                            These sweet treats are both tasty and beautiful. If you want to make to make your guests feel loved, this is an extra special way to do it.

                                                            29. Ocean Water

                                                            Ocean Water

                                                              Ocean water is great fun for a child’s party, and it only takes a minute to make. Add ice cubes to impress the children!

                                                              30. Hummus Cups

                                                              Hummus Cups

                                                                These healthy hummus cups look and taste great, count as one of your five a day, and take under half an hour to make. Chickpeas are known for lowering cholesterol, so hummus cups are an awesome and tasty healthy option to serve at your party.

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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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