6 Easy snacks for parties your guests will love

by Jacqui Zuzgo 09/04/2022

Some would say that food is the most important aspect of entertaining, and that snacks for parties are essential for a good time. However, it can be easy to get lost in the myriad options available for serving the perfect party appetizer.

If you want recipes for easy party snacks beyond your basic baked brie or deviled eggs, here are some more ideas for your next party:

Hummus & crudités

Fresh hummus and crudités is a classic party snack packed with nutrition. Fresh hummus is smooth, nutty and has an elegant simplicity which can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Include plenty of cut veggies for dipping. To add a twist, customize your hummus with additional ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, pesto or spicy chili powder.

Jalapeños popper cups

Make your own variation on favorite party food by creating jalapeño poppers in individual cups with puff pastry. You can also use wontons as a crispy container for cream cheese, sugar, smoked jack cheddar, diced jalapeños and bacon. Provide ranch dressing, blue cheese dressing or sour cream to cool off these sweet and spicy puff pastries.

Cheese balls

Cheese balls are an iconic party snack and excellent accompaniment to crackers, fruit or veggies. Experiment with different varieties of cheese and fun additions like toasted pecans, cranberries or green chilies.

Pigs in blankets

Are the festivities really incomplete without pigs in a blanket? Great for grazing, guests young and old love these savory, bite-sized party snacks. Use homemade batter or store bought crescent rolls to wrap the cocktail dogs. 

Guacamole, salsa & queso

Guacamole, salsa and queso make up the triumvirate of party dips. With tons of options for flavor, ingredients and spiciness, each of these dips make for a simple yet always-appreciated addition to a party. 

Caprese skewers

Caprese salad skewers are a particularly great snack for the warmer months when tomatoes are in their prime. Simply skewer a cherry tomato, basil leaf and a blob of mozzarella cheese with a toothpick. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or leave the final step to your guests for maximum crowd-pleasing potential.

About the Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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