The Best Apps To Serve At A Spring Cocktail Party

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the gardens are dreamy, overflowing with the most colorful blooms. Spring has finally sprung and, after a long winter, that means it's definitely time to make some fun plans to get together with your favorite people.

One of the best ways to combine all of your friend groups at the same time is to have a spring cocktail party. From backyard garden parties with lavender gin sips to rooftop soirees with Aperol Spritzes at sunset, you have a case of spring fever — and that's perfectly alright. We can relate. But, when you're hosting a spring cocktail party, you need just the right seasonal cocktails and a fresh menu that's sure to impress your guests. That's where we swoop in to help you out.

Appetizers are easy to make and a ton of fun to eat. That's why we here at Mashed have prepared a menu of scrumptious recipes that will go perfectly with every beverage and make your soiree a huge success. While you're at it, choose a vibrant spring color for your paper plates and napkins, add vases filled with fresh wildflowers, and scatter lots of candles throughout to set the vibe of the party. Then, select the dishes you'd like to prepare and get ready to serve up some springtime fun.

Bruschetta is a spring cocktail party staple

Bruschetta is always a classic dish that everyone looks forward to eating. You can put this recipe together in 15 minutes, and it's a great cocktail item for your guests to enjoy while mingling and catching up. You can top your bruschetta off with mozzarella, juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and prosciutto, or even a combination of all three. Or, add some roasted peppers and ricotta to your bruschetta.

To prepare your bruschetta, all you will need is a loaf of crusty bread, olive oil, and a clove of garlic. That's it! Arrange this classic on a glass platter and it will be a major hit among your party guests.

Deviled eggs will look pretty displayed on a tiered cake stand

Our deviled eggs are a must-make for any cocktail party since so many of your guests are sure to love them. And it's no secret they're so pretty to serve, with yellow yolks and red paprika sprinkles that add such great color to your table. In order to whip up this recipe, you will need eggs, mayonnaise, sour cream, yellow mustard, chopped chives, salt, and pepper. Display them on a fun platter, on large leaves of romaine lettuce, or even on a tiered cake stand for extra visual impact. With these deviled eggs, your cocktail gathering is sure to rate high in everyone's book. 

Falafel collard wraps add vibrant color to your spring cocktail party

It's great to have a few traditional favorites on your menu, but it's also fun to try a few unique recipes each time you entertain as well. These falafel collard wraps are certainly a yummy choice, and they will add a new flavor and a bright pop of color to your appetizer spread.

To prepare these wraps, you will have to pull together collard leaves, 1 can of chickpeas, 1 cup of hummus, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, baking powder, parsley, dill, 1 lemon, white onion, 1 bell pepper, greek yogurt, olive oil, mustard powder, sea salt, and pepper. This recipe will take 55 minutes to make, but take our word for this one — it's worth the time and effort!

These five-ingredient garlic cheddar biscuits are a cocktail party treat

Just the name of this recipe most likely has you saying, "Yes, please!" Not only are these five-ingredient garlic cheddar biscuits absolutely scrumptious, but you can whip them up in just 17 minutes. Plus, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry. 

Like the recipe name says, you'll only need five items: self-rising flour, buttermilk, garlic powder, unsalted butter, and sharp cheddar cheese. Just be sure to make some extra biscuits, because none of your guests will be able to eat just one of these cheesy, buttery treats.

Copycat Auntie Anne's pretzels should definitely be invited to your spring cocktail party

Pretzels are a great tasty treat to serve at your gathering, and our copycat Auntie Anne's pretzel recipe is to die for. Your friends will love them since these little snacks are a really fun twist to have on your table. The list of ingredients includes flour, active dry yeast, warm water, brown sugar, powdered sugar, salt, vegetable oil, baking soda, butter, and coarse salt. 

You can put out a few dipping sauces too, like hot or spicy mustard. If you want to go the sweet route, consider some lavender honey or even giving your freshly-made pretzels a dip in some cinnamon sugar before serving. These pretzels take 49 minutes to make, but nobody will realize that you made these beauties come together in such a short amount of time. Take our recommendation and invite these pretzels to your spring cocktail party.

Coconut shrimp is a spring cocktail party favorite

Coconut shrimp is an all-time cocktail party favorite, and our easy recipe is absolutely exceptional. Not only is it really scrumptious, but it will look incredibly good and supremely appetizing on your serving platter. In order to prepare this app, you will only need shrimp, eggs, breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, and vegetable oil. When you place it on your serving plate, be sure to sprinkle some fresh parsley and even sliced lemon to add a bit of color and extra flavor to this Pinterest-worthy dish. Don't forget to add a bowl of cocktail sauce for dipping!

Salmon patties will add some variety to your spring fling

This cute little salmon patties recipe is a cocktail party staple that's undeniably refreshing for spring. The little seafood cakes are delicious and, almost as important for your guests wandering around the party, they're convenient to eat. Plus, it's nice to have a little variety of seafood choices in your spread. 

In order to whip up these patties, you will need canned salmon, fresh dill, onion, low-fat mayonnaise, lemon juice, panko breadcrumbs, Dijon mustard, 1 egg, black pepper, and cooking spray. A few cherry tomatoes, lemon slices, and fresh dill will dress up the platter nicely.

These shrimp rolls will look almost too pretty to eat

Shrimp rolls are a great option to serve as a seafood appetizer. This recipe is so tasty, it will most definitely be a crowd-pleaser. In order to make this recipe, you will need shrimp, red cabbage, honey, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, horseradish, minced jarred garlic, peanut butter, two to three bell peppers, chives, vermicelli noodles, fresh cilantro, and carrots. The ingredient list may seem overwhelming, but take heart, as this appetizer only takes 20 minutes to pull together and is utterly delicious to eat.

Nothing beats homemade olive tapenade with tortilla chips

Tapenade is a must-have appetizer for your party, for two pretty great reasons. Our tapenade recipe is undoubtedly delicious, and you can prepare it in just five easy minutes. You will need whole pitted black olives, pimento-stuffed green olives, minced garlic, olive oil, horseradish mustard, dried oregano, and dried thyme to pull this appetizer together. 

Serve it up in a bowl surrounded by veggies or chips to dip. And if you're feeling like tackling another recipe, ditch the store-bought chips for some homemade tortilla chips while you're at it. They are truly the ultimate pairing.