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Forget the fork! Impress your neighbors with killer portable (and adorable!) eats.

Summertime is just beginning to wind down, but dry your eye, because it means that everyone's pulling out all the stops for end-of-summer bashes – including block parties, last-chance pool parties and National Night Out celebrations.

In case you haven't heard, National Night Out (NNO) is an event where neighborhoods across the country gather with law enforcement officers, civic groups and organizations to take a stand against crime in their area. Wanna get in on the fun? Check out the NNO site for more info.

When organizing your bash, don't forget about the eats. Since plates and silverware just get in the way of the fun, be sure your goods are nice and portable. We've compiled our top 10 recipes for foods you can just pop in your mouth.

tacco cupcakes

1. Taco Cupcakes

Tacos are most def high on the list of the best party foods EVA. These come in nifty cupcake form for all of your portable eating needs.

super summer subs

2. Super Summer Subs

Pick up a rotisserie chicken, cut into bite size pieces and have these awesome subs ready for your party peeps in less than a half hour.

mini cheddar popover snacks

3. Mini Cheddar Popovers

Only have a few ingredients on hand? No prob, Bob. These popovers require just the basics: oil, milk, eggs, flour and cheese. Oh, and they're dang tasty, too.

mini crescent dogs

4. Mini Crescent Dogs

Hot dogs are great, but let's face it, who really wants to break out the grill to serve 50+ people? You can bake these little guys hours in advance and set them out for your guests to get their dog fix.

mushroom and bacon pies

5. Mushroom and Bacon Mini Pocket Pies

These hearty little pies will satisfy the whole bunch, as they combine savory mushrooms, salty bacon and creamy cheddar all contained in a handy pastry pocket. YUM!

mini buffalo chicken pies

6. Impossibly Easy Mini Buffalo Chicken Pies

At first glance, you might think these were cupcakes. But think again, friends, because these are even better: savory, spicy, meaty and cheesy little pies.

mini stout pies

7. Mini Stout Pies

These little meat pockets take just a touch more effort than some of the other recipes here. But, one day you'll come to learn that good things are worth the wait. Case in point: mini stout pies. You'll be the most popular person on the block, no doubt.

mini calzones

8. Mini Calzones

These little calzones are great for a party because you can make a variety, to suit all tastes. Mark the tops of your calzones with a 'V' for veggie an 'M' for meat so that vegetarians and carnivores can party in perfect harmony.

lemon blueberry cupcakes

9. Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes

Okay, dessert time, everyone! These little cakes combine the beloved summer flavors of sweet blueberries and tart lemon for a totes crowd-pleasing treat.

peanut butter cheesecake

10. Mini Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Aside from being positively adorable, these cheesecakes are much easier to make than traditional versions of the cream cheese-based dessert. Plus, who can say no to the combination of peanut butter and chocolate?
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