Fake it ’til you make it. Top store bought pleasing Appetizers that will save you time .

What?! You don’t have time to make the mushroom canopies, beet cannelloni with goat cheese filling, or mini cheese puffs? Bummer.. I always say, try to make it at home, it’s better for you and usually cheaper… but, if you can’t, don’t beat yourself over the head, or worst, not throw a get together; just fake it till you make it.

My one rule to this is not to forget to have a generous cheese selection, just in case.

  • Spanakopita (Spinach pies)- I find the ones sold at Whole foods and Trader Joes to be yummy.
  • Mini Quiche
  • Marinated Mushrooms and Peppers
  • Stuffed Olives
  • Cheddar cookies or straws
  • Mini puff pastry filled anything yummy
    • Stuffed with:
      • Crab
      • cheese
      • Caramelized Onions
      • Really the selection is endless… choose whatever you like, just make sure to put a little note stating what they are. Don’t want any food allergy choking victims at your party.
  • Spreads
    • Tapenade: its like an olive pesto.. delicious
    • Sun dried tomato pesto
    • Crab spread
  • Nuts 
    • Caramelized
    • Spiced
    • Roasted and Salted
  • Smoked Salmon: place on the side slices of lemon, a small dish of capers, and red onion chopped up finely

NOTE: Don’t forget to buy plenty of Water Table Crackers (I love Carr’s but you can find a much cheaper version at Trader Joes), mini toasts, and or sliced fresh French baguette.

Important Tip

  • Remember Always to remove from plastic containers when serving. Presentation is what will make the food appealing. Place in real dishes please!



  1. Dawn Snyder01.04.13

    I love your website. My grandmother is impressed with all of your tips.

    • VK03.20.13

      Thank you Dawn! Having your grandmother’s approval is a hugeee compliment! XO