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