16 Three-Ingredient Party Appetizer Recipes for the *Lazy* Hostess
Whether you’re planning a TV viewing party, bridal shower or game day gathering, does this ever happen to you? You start out all ambitious, with a grocery list for some outrageous guacamole and crazy-impressive appetizers, but before you can get to a store, inertia sets in. Why does hostessing have to be so HARD? The whole point of *socializing* is to just enjoy hanging with friends. We feel you, and we’ve got your back. Here are 16 appetizers that bring on some BIG flavor using just three ingredients. Lazy girl for the win!
1. Grilled Cheese Roll Ups: It’s a grilled cheese literally rolled up, featuring ooey-gooey cheese slices, melted butter and a crunchy golden crust. These babies are perfect dunkers, so open a can of tomato soup and you’ve got just the right easy dipping sauce. (via Damn Delicious)
2. Baked Jalapeño Poppers: Now, no one is knocking the many complicated versions of poppers out there, where the peppers have been fire roasted over a mesquite smoker or even deep fried. But this recipe proves simple food cooked simply can be the very best. A bacon-wrapped pepper stuffed with cheese is a delicious thing, indeed. (via Macheesmo)
3. Baked Mozzarella and Marinara Dip: This dip is about as easy as it comes. Better make two if you’re serving it banquet-style and you want to avoid a traffic jam at one end of the table. (via Recipe Runner)
4. Three-Ingredient Beer Battered Artichoke Hearts: Anything beer battered is going to taste phenomenal, and this app does not disappoint. Make it for your next game day gathering and you’ll have a crowd of new veggie-loving converts on your hands. (via Neurotic Mommy)
5. Cheese Grape and Pistachio Truffles: Are you having friends and family over during the holidays? Even if it’s just a few girlfriends over for a glass of wine, these easy-to-prep apps are a one-bite delight. (via Delightful E Made)
6. Garlic Basil Parmesan Crisps: This one’s for the GF peeps in the house. It’s so rare to find a crispy dipper that’s 100 percent grain-free and 100 percent cheesy deliciousness. Even the non-GF folks will be gobbling them up. (via Bless Her Heart Y’All)
7. Crock Pot Kielbasa Bites: If you’re looking for an easy appetizer, this slow cooker kielbasa is always a crowd pleaser. Just toss your three ingredients in the pot, and let it bubble away happily, freeing up your kitchen counter space — and your time. (via Cakescottage)
8. Three-Ingredient Pulled Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker): All you need is some pork tenderloin, cola and your fave BBQ sauce in order to have a delicious appetizer on the table with zero fuss. Prepare for the onslaught, because everyone is going to be begging for the recipe. (via Plain Chicken)
9. Baked Fontinella Cheese Dip: Move over, cheddar — there’s a new cheese in town. White cheeses like Fontinella, Emmental or Gruyère, when melted with herbs and olive oil, make an easy peasy fondue that’s so simple, yet so impressive. (via Eazy Peazy Mealz)
10. Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates: These little bites are deceptively effortless, but OH SO satisfying. When creamy goat cheese, salty bacon and sweet dates are combined, the taste is pure foodie nirvana. (via Fox and Briar)
11. Watermelon-Feta Bites: Need something a little lighter to balance out your food spread? Putting salad on a stick makes it much more appealing — and so much easier for your guests to eat while mingling. (via Mantitlement)
12. Crockpot Sriracha Meatballs: The sauce for these store-bought meatballs could not be simpler to make; just mix a jar of grape jelly with some chili sauce and voila! Spicy meatballs. But the real star of this show is the Sriracha in the chili sauce. It gives everyone’s fave appetizer an extra zing. (via Budget Girl)
13. Three-Ingredient Cheesy Monkey Bread: Cheesy, flaky, buttery monkey bread, served piping hot out of the oven, is pretty much irresistible. You’d better make a double batch, because it’s going to go sooooooo fast. (Brit + Co)
14. Easy Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips: If you’re a lover of salt and vinegar — and who isn’t? — do yourself a favor and make a batch of these chips right now. They’re perfect for a party, because food this delicious simply must be shared. (via The Suburban Soapbox)
15. Lemon Garlic Chicken Skewers: This one’s for the clean eaters in the house. These chicken kabobs are gluten-free, Paleo and even Whole30-compliant, plus they’re chock full of delicious flavor. (via What the Fork)
16. Little Potato Stacks: These baby hasselback taters on a stick are a triple win. They’re tasty, as only an oven-crisp potato can be, and they’re as beautiful to look at as they are to eat. (via Food Well Said)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)