If you’re the kind of person who could exclusively eat tapas-style snacks and appetizers all the time and never miss having a real meal, we’d get along well. I’m instantly on board with anything you can eat with your fingers, that comes in a bite-sized portion or family-style dip. Maybe it’s the absence of forks and knives or the association of finger foods with parties, but appetizers feel festive to me, even if it’s just me and one other person splitting them. (Or, you know, just me.)
And if you have some fun fall occasions coming up—Halloween parties, Friendsgivings, dinner parties—the 25 recipes below will score you big-time points as a guest or host. From guilty pleasures like nachos and dips to to healthier picks like stuffed squash and hummus, consider this your party menu planning guide.