3 Easy Party Appetizer Ideas

Easy party appetizersMy philosophy when it comes to planning a menu for a party is pretty much this: what will taste delicious and be really easy to throw together. I don't like spending a whole party in the kitchen by myself. No thank you.

If I'm preparing for a dinner party with multiple courses, then I do anticipate more prep work. But for our housewarming party, I had decided to just serve small, bite-sized items. And if folks ended up staying later, we could always order pizza. 🙂

Anyway, I thought I'd share three appetizers I served in case any of you have a party coming up that you'd want some ideas for.

Ricotta and blueberry toastsFirst up, I "made" these blueberry ricotta toasts. They are topped with honey and a little salt + pepper. I like to serve them with a fragrant herb on the serving board since they don't have a strong aroma. I used basil (because I already had some), but rosemary or sage would be a good option as well.

Super easy appetizer ideasI toasted the bread the day before the party and stored it in a gallon-sized ziplock bag. Then about forty-five minutes before guests arrived, I spread on the ricotta and topped with blueberries and honey. Easy.

If I had been ambitious, I could have made my own ricotta. But… I was not that week. 🙂

Watermelon and feta skewersSecond, I made watermelon and feta skewers. I can't remember where I first had this combination together. I feel like it was at someone's wedding reception. Hmm. I don't remember. But the juicy, sweet watermelon goes great with sharp feta. I don't have a photo of the table, but I served this along side a balsamic vinegar reduction guests could drizzle or dip with. But these are great without that too.

Watermelon and feta skewers The only trick to preparing these is to cut the watermelon into cubes about the same size as your feta cubes. This makes for a pretty presentation. Also, remember to buy a seedless watermelon to save your guests some trouble. 🙂

Cheesy tomato tartsThese mini cheddar tomato tarts were the most difficult item on the menu, but they were also my favorite. They sort of taste like pizza, so of course I loved them. 🙂

You simply cut out small circles (or hearts) of puff pastry with a cookie cutter. Brush with olive oil, sprinkle on a little white cheddar cheese (shredded), then top with a tomato slice. Bake at 325°F for 20-25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown and look crispy. Top with a little basil leaf (or just chopped basil) just before serving. 

Easy tomato basil tartsI made my tarts earlier in the day and just rewarmed them in the oven before guests arrived. 

Now I want pizza. 

Thanks for letting me share! If you have any easy party recipes you're known for making, tell us. xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

  • All of these ideas are wonderful. I must try them. Thanks for the Inspo. Love all of your stuff

  • Wow, they really look great! Can’t wait for a party to show these off.
    Love, Maxime ~ fortifesti.blogspot.nl

  • I don’t know why but whenever I have a party I must make brie bites! A little bit of brie slightly melted into a flaky crust? Then topped with some raspberry jam? Yes please! My sister would fall in love with those tomato tarts!

  • These are so cute! I love how I can connect with your blog so easily and the photography is stunning!

    Janet Little

    A Little South

  • These look amazing. Such a lovely selection of treats! I’d love to eat them all! I like that they’re all veggie friendly too!

  • The Italian favourite of Parma ham with melon is always a fave. I just love anything that allows me to make cute little melon balls. Skewers of rolled up pieces of Parma ham and melon balls look so beautiful, almost toy like. Especially if you use different coloured melon balls on one skewer.

  • I love this! Such a great list of appetizers, and I love how each dish is displayed! SO lovely!


  • For a party I held recently I bought a premade pizza dough and covered it with goat cheese, red onion and rosemary. After baking, I cut in small snack-size pieces.

  • I would have never thought to pair watermelon and feta cheese, but that really does sound amazing. And like it would go over really well at a party.

  • Thanks for these tips! I’m planning our own housewarming for this October! I know those cheddar tomato tarts will be a hit. At parties we’ve served scewers with a little mozarella ball, snack tomato and a basil leave, a golden combination!

  • I’m digging those cheddar tomato tarts. The heart is so cute & I am obsessed with anything pizza-esque. :] // http://www.itscarmen.com ☼ ☯

  • I love those adorable little heart-shaped tarts! Cute and delicious.


  • Those blueberry tarts look so beautiful!! Can’t wait to serve these soon.

  • You had me at the blueberry toasts…Have to make and thanks for sharing 😉 Love that these are all so easy to make!

  • You folks in Greece know how to do it right I guess, love that combo. 🙂


  • Whoa, whoa. Pomegranate-sage cheese ball? You had me a cheese ball but then you added two of my favorite holiday flavors!!!!


  • Really! How about you just send me your shopping lists and I’ll never had to wonder what to buy again.

    (I just tricked you into being my personal shopper. Sucker)


  • Yum! Goat cheese is so wonderfully delicious. I sometimes avoid it for parties because of the smell, but it’s just so yummy especially with honey. 🙂


  • Yes, and like I said… you can always order pizza if people stay longer or if you run out of food. Who doesn’t love pizza? 🙂


  • I bought a french baguette from the grocery store. I like the round shape baguettes allow for the toast. But you could use any kind of bread you prefer (sourdough would be amazing!)


  • Emma, thanks for the new recipe. Can you please, please share where you got this dress and the green one (looks kid of similar)? Thank you!

  • watermelon and feta is truly a delicious combination! i first tried these skewers at a bridal shower this summer but the host added a fresh mint leaf to each one.

  • oh my goodness!! beautiful pictures as always, can’t wait to try these out! thanks for sharing! x


  • I’m always on a look out for easy throw together party recipes. My boyfriend loves hosting parties but they always come with a thick slice of a lot of cooking! Thanks for these, they are definitely going into my recipe book!

  • What i love more in this post is the lace white dress! ; )


  • Aaaaand I now have the perfect app for my daughter’s 3rd this weekend. A Beautiful Mess FTW as always. Seriously, you guys make everything so accessible!!

  • all of these are gorgeous! I’m especially craving those watermelon ones..so delicious and they actually seem pretty healthy, easy, perfect. thanks for sharing!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Wow it looks delicious … many compliments!


  • Those three look so good! I’ll have to try it myself anytime soon! Thanks for the tips!!
    With love,

  • Wow it’s looks delicious…. many compliments..

  • Some amazing appetizers! I made something very similar to the tomato bites.


    The heart idea is such a great addition!

    Bec x

  • i never thought of eating watermelon with feta. It sounds amazing! Tanks for sharing 🙂

  • Tomato tarts and watermelon cubes are most adorable and looking yummy. Thanks for sharing such a different and amazing trick. It will rock our parties!!!

  • All look delicious, specially blueberry ricotta . I love little bites for partys and dinners. Give us more ideas!!


  • I usually eat watermelon with feta cheese, and it is very common in Turkey 🙂 They all look delicious but mini tarts! LOVED them! Never thought cutting puff pastry with my cookie cutters. Definitely try these for my guests.

    Love xoxo

  • I was soo surpised when I saw on the menu Watermelon and feta cheese! In Greece this is how we eat watermelon sometimes. A slice of watermelon with a piece of feta cheese! Everything looks great and yummy!

  • Yum! I am going to a get together this Friday and one of these would be the perfect thing to bring. I usually make my specialty pomegranate-sage cheese ball for parties!

  • My girlfriend and I just hosted a cocktail party. This pimento cheese dip was a smashing success (and super easy to make)! http://scissorsandsage.com/2014/09/22/how-to-make-pimento-cheese/ -Victoria

  • All three look delicious and super easy to make. I will definitely be trying these recipes.

  • These are so cute! Wish I was having a celebration to make them!


  • I think blueberry ricotta would be awesome to serve to small parties. I might try it with my friends (like around 5) next week, and see how it works. Hope they’ll like it.

  • They look reallz delicious and sound so simple! My favorites are the tomato tarts and you can make so many different shapes if you want. I simply just have never thought of using mu cookie cutters for puff pastry:)
    greetings Sarah

  • A friend asked me to come over and photograph some of her appetizers for her – and oh my heavens! I fell in love with the Blackberries with Goat Cheese and Honey. All of the appetizers she made were amazing combos that I’d never had before! http://songskatesang.com/2014/06/17/summertime-party-ideas/

  • Where is the dress and shoes from?

    Beatrice Balaj

  • These are all so cute and look delicious! Definitely want to make them 🙂

    Carina | http://carstina.com

  • These are SO picture perfect! Watermelon and feta skewers is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while, but just haven’t had the opportunity yet. Now I suddenly have a craving to try it, like, tonight, haha.


  • I love all three of these ideas! The most intimidating part of throwing a party to me is prepping the right amount of food, and having it come out with the right timing, and I feel like this alleviates a lot of those worries!

    Always, Anita

    • I would like to know the same thing, what kind of bread did you toast for the blueberry recipe?

    • I am guessing, but it looks to be a slice of packaged crescent or biscuit rolls.

  • These look super yum, and i must say too pretty to eat… those mini pizza hearts are yum!!



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