I got apps here!

I love the holidays! I love holiday parties! I love all of the appetizers that are usually plentiful at said parties!I'll be helping to host two parties this year. One this weekend in NYC with Anthony and one closer to Christmas in ATL with mom and sis. I'll be making apps/finger foods for both parties so have been gathering together some new things to try and some of my stand by old favorites.

Tasty treats to shove in your pie hole (clockwise from top left). Indulge now and deal with the consequences in '09, I say!

-Pigs in a Blanket (I ALWAYS make these, so easy and such a hit. Wrap tiny wieners (HA) in crescent roll dough and bake according to the package, they will disappear almost instantly).
-World's Easiest Artichoke Dip (My mom's recipe that I have now adopted. Equal parts mayo, parmesan (or could do mozzarella, or Italian cheese blend) and canned artichokes chopped. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 or so. Just make sure it's hot inside and golden brown on top. Yum, this is one of my favorite things to eat. Serve with pita/bagel/tortilla chips. I'm going to attempt making it in my new slow cooker so it stays warm and fresh.
-Bacon Wrapped Dates I've had these at Tapas places and they are simply divine, and you can't stop eating them. This recipe from Martha S. seems easy enough to make, and I've never had them with almonds inside.
-Crescent Bacon-Cheese Tarlets This dough seems to be a staple in many tasty apps. Here's a Food Network recipe using bacon and cheese. Mmmm bacon and cheese. These look cute and pop-in-you-mouth-able.
-Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpea I'm officially in love with the chickpea. And the idea of roasting them with spices and olive oil seems pretty swell. Here's a simple recipe (via The Kicthn) that looks like an easy and perfect party food.
-Marinated Olives I was never a huge olive fan, in fact I pretty much avoided them. But recently (maybe an Anthony influence?) I've really started digging them. Especially when they are all marinated in flavorful goodness. And, to boot, we got an adorable olive boat that is such cute way to serve them. I think this recipe for marinated olives via Tyler Florence/The Food Network sound divine. And easy to prepare.