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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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                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                10. Find some competition.

                                                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                11. Go exercise.

                                                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                12. Take a good break.

                                                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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