One of our favorite last minute gatherings is the do-it-yourself Crostini Party. Simply prep a selection of toppings ahead of time (see 10 of our favorites below), pick up a few good baguettes, set, slice and serve. Not only are finger foods everyone's not-so-guilty pleasure, the mere prospect of an interactive snack buffet will draw a crowd.
The best part of it all? You'll be calm, cool and collected -- not stuck in the kitchen, but building your own perfect bites, right alongside your happy guests.
Have room for another course? Check out these dessert recipes from Food52.