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A Cocktail Party Menu for Your Next Gathering

How are you celebrating the end of the decade? It’s been a doozy!

And so it seems more important than ever to me to reach out and connect with other people. Even to host a gathering.

It doesn’t have to be a big to-do. I’m all for the simple and even spontaneous opportunities to spend time with friends.

A quick cocktail. A nibble. Sharing food is a gift. And time is precious.

Here are some of my favorite bites and nibbles to serve. Select one or two to accompany your favorite festive beverage. Or, you can make more for a full-on cocktail party.

Cocktail Party Menu Ideas

Labneh {Yogurt Cheese} in Olive Oil

Labneh is one of the simplest fresh cheeses to make at home and stored in olive oil, it is a quick appetizer to serve with olives and pita bread.

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

Turn baked sweet potato fries into an appetizer for everyone to serve with peanut dipping sauce.

Savory Rugelach

baked rugelach
These tiny rolled and filled rugelach are my favorite holiday cookie re-envisioned as scrumptious savory appetizers.

Smoky Tamari Almonds

tamari almonds with cocktails
Smoked and salted tamari almonds are the perfect pairing for a holiday cocktail. Feel free to substitute walnuts, pecans, cashews or a combination for an easy, make-ahead appetizer. 

Loaded Hummus

plate of hummus with cauliflower
Wake up hummus with this simple, make-ahead recipe featuring roasted cauliflower appetizer to serve with warm pita bread and crudites.

Crispy Tempura Green Beans

Tempura green beans with yogurt sauce at
Here’s a fun and quick appetizer recipe for tempura green beans served with yogurt dip.

Thai-Style Meatballs

Miniature grassfed Thai-style meatballs at
Cook and serve these Thai-style meatballs on skewers and serve with sweet chili sauce.

Rosemary White Bean Dip

Quick, easy and satisfying, this white bean dip–flavored with fresh rosemary, balsamic and garlic–is great for a crowd or for healthy snacking any time.

Cherry Tomato Tartlets

Tomato confit tartlets recipe at
A quick cherry tomato confit fills these celebratory filo, goat cheese tartlets.

Here’s to your new year!


and become a forager

What’s your favorite food for celebrating? Let me know in the comments below or tag a photo #lynnesforage on Instagram or Facebook.

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