Sure, the main course matters when you entertain, but don’t underestimate the power of party appetizers. After all, appetizers set the stage for everything that follows, and when they’re good, they can totally steal the chow-down show. While you don’t want to compete with your main course (or dessert, for that matter), you also don’t want guests to get too hungry while they mingle. Which is why appetizers are a key element to throwing an epic gathering. And no, they do not need to be complicated or gourmet and they certainly don’t need to take you all day to prepare.