Party Food and Drink

Staff Picks

Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.

Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
In the South, mac 'n cheese is like everyone's favorite aunt—and this best-ever recipe beats out the rest.

Mamie Eisenhower's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
This used to be the go-to recipe for fudge in the 1950s and 60s. Because it took advantage of packaged products from the grocery store, such as chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and a jar of marshmallow cream, this new-fangled fudge was considerably less persnickety than traditional cooked fudge that seems to look for any opportunity to turn grainy.We're told that this fudge was a family favorite of the President and Mrs. Eisenhower, which might or might not be true. It hails from an era when the wives of politicians were often asked to share recipes for family favorites. Sometimes these requests were fulfilled by the wife and other times from a staff assistant. Newspapers across the land printed the fudge attributed to Mrs. Eisenhower shortly after she became First Lady in 1953. The recipe had appeared previously under the name Million Dollar Fudge, but from that point on, this type of fudge was more often called Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge or simply Mamie's Fudge. It became so strongly associated with her that a copy of the recipe appears in the archives of the Eisenhower Presidential Center.By any name, it remains a benchmark for chocolate fudge. It's delicious, creamy, and fool-proof.

Over the Moon Chocolate Pie Recipe

This mile-high chocolate pie is inspired by a Southern classic: the MoonPie.

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Rating: 4 stars
With 9 ingredients and 4 steps, this cobbler is our easiest ever.

Cheese Dreams Recipe

Rating: 1 stars
These cheesy gems will be the first appetizer to disappear.

Fresh Apple Cake Recipe

Rating: 4 stars
It isn't hard to understand why this recipe is a top-rated reader favorite dessert.

Ham Delights

Attend any gathering in the South, and you'll spot at least one plate of Ham Delights. Beloved by guests of all ages, these personal-sized sandwiches make delightful additions to tailgates, girls' nights, and neighborhood gatherings.

Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
Candied pecans and a rich, buttery icing turn a simple pumpkin Bundt cake into a grand finale dessert.

Million Dollar Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars
Our Million Dollar Pound Cake is just that good (really).

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Rating: 5 stars
When you're looking for a delicious layer cake that is easy to make, look no further than this Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake.

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Recipe

Rating: 5 stars
Nothing makes a house smell more like Christmas than the sweet and spicy aroma of a freshly baked pan of old fashioned gingerbread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spectacular Sheet Pan Party Recipes
Sheet pans can do more than dinner.
50+ Easy Breakfasts Fit for a Crowd
When you're hosting over the holidays, there's so much to prepare for–including morning meals. These delicious, crowd-pleasing ideas can be made ahead of time and freeze beautifully.

Best-Ever Succotash Recipe

Rating: 5 stars

Our Test Kitchen surprised us with a few twists on this traditional dish.