40+ Make-Ahead Appetizers, the Secret Weapon of Smart Hosts Everywhere
With many moving pieces to manage, planning and hosting a cocktail party can frazzle even a seasoned host. But, it doesn't have to be that way — at least, it doesn't have to be as stressful as you might imagine. The smart host's secret is to do as much of the party prep as you can in the days prior to your party. That means choosing a pitcher-friendly punch recipe over cocktails, stocking up on beer and wine in the days leading up to the party, and relying mostly on make-ahead appetizers, like the 40+ options that we've rounded up.