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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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                                                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                                Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                                your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                                  Why You Need a Vision

                                                                  Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                                  How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                                  Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                                  What Do You Want?

                                                                  The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                                  It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                                  Some tips to guide you:

                                                                  • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                                  • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                                  • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                                  • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                                  • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                                  Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                                  • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                                  • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                                  • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                                  • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                                  • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                                  • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                                  • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                                  • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                                  • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                                  • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                                  • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                                  It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                                  What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                                  Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                                  A few prompts to get you started:

                                                                  • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                                  • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                                  • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                                  • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                                  • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                                  • What would you be doing?
                                                                  • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                                  • How are you dressed?
                                                                  • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                                  • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                                  • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                                  It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                                  Plan Backwards

                                                                  It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                                  • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                                  • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                                  • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                                  • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                                  • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                                  • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                                  • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                                  • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                                  • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                                  Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                                  It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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