cocktail party

Three glasses of Champagne cocktail with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

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Prosecco being added to a Prosecco and Aperol cocktail, with two partially filled glasses behind it.

Prosecco and Aperol Cocktail

Bitter. Sweet. Floral. Herbal. Citrusy. Elegant. Classic. Fizzy. Magical in all ways. That’s what folks are saying about this lovely little cocktail. Cin cin.

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A layer of parmesan twists on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Parmesan Twists

There’s lots to love about these crowd-pleasing twists. How they look. How they taste. How they come together with ease. (Need we go on…?)

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An assortment of chocolate covered pretzels with white and dark chocolate coating and sprinkles

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

An impressive (and blissfully last-minute!) hostess gift or cocktail party nosh with an incredibly satisfying salty sweet thing. And spectacularly simple to make. Decorate as much or as little as you like.

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A stack of five lemon, thyme, and sea-salt shortbreads on a wooden board with a dish of sea salt and a lemon beside them.

Thyme, Lemon, and Sea Salt Shortbread

More savory than sweet, these shortbread go magnificently with booze of any sorts, from the most genteel of cocktails to your go-to wine from the corner store.

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Baked spiced pecans on a sheet of parchment that is resting on a wooden serving board.

Spiced Pecans

“Super easy.” “Great with beer.” “Disappear fast.” “Yummy!” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe that’s a little sticky, a little sweet, a little spicy, and incredibly stunning.

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Two mushroom strudels on a silver tray, one cut in half, with a knife resting on top.

Mushroom Strudel

Crackly phyllo that’s crisp as autumn leaves give way to tender wild mushrooms in this simple, sumptuous savory strudel.

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Two coupe glasses filled with martinez cocktail and a strip of orange zest with a cocktail shaker and more orange zest in the background.

Martinez Cocktail

The Martinez cocktail is a classic mix of gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and bitters that creates a perfectly balanced and smoooooooooooooth sip.

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Several plates with fluorescent glowing Jello molds

Glow in the Dark Jello

The spirits summoned for this ghostly glow-in-the-dark Jello hail from a bottle, not the supernatural. Whew. It’s just a gin and tonic under a black light. Who knew?!

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White pan of 24 orange-red chorizo golf-ball-size meatballs

Chorizo Meatballs

Quite frankly, these remind us why meatballs are a thing of magnificence. It owes its loveliness to chorizo, Cheddar, chili powder, and cilantro.

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A wooden bowl filled with Manchego potato chips and sprinkled with more Manchego cheese.

Manchego Potato Chips

Magnificent. Marvie. Munchable. Manchego-y. Mmmm. That’s how we think of these glammed-up potato chips (and you can use a shortcut by

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Four mini apple tarts made from apple slices in puff pastry shells on a plate

Cheater’s Apple Tarts

You’re going to feel like a cheat when you serve these obscenely simple tarts to guests. Shhhh. Your secret’s safe with us.

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A white cake stand with four spirals of pumpernickel bread, salmon mousse, and smoked salmon

Salmon Mousse Pinwheels

Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.

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Pimm's Cup cocktail in a class with ice, slice of cucumber, on a flowered tray

Pimm’s Cup

The iconic summer cocktail. Gin. Lemonade. Ginger ale. Citrus. Cucumber. Mint. Yes, please.

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