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Easy and Delicious Holiday Appetizers

The best holiday appetizers that are perfect for the season and will delight your guests!

Easy Holiday Appetizers and Party Food

From Thanksgiving to the New Year, we gather with family and friends over tasty treats and toast the holidays. Music, conversation and laughter abounds but food will always be the focal point of any holiday party.

Whether you’re planning a casual cocktail soiree, a formal Christmas dinner or a blowout New Year’s bash, this holiday appetizer recipe roundup with amazing party food from some of my favorite bloggers will help make you the toast of the party!

How many holiday appetizers do I need?

For every 10 guests, it’s ideal to have at least 5 appetizer selections, with each selection serving 10-12 guests. You can multiply this base amount by each group of 10 you have and subtract 2 to get an approximate amount. This will ensure you don’t run out of food. As the number grows, you can double up on amounts and worry less about the number of appetizer selections.

20 guests = 8-10 appetizer selections
30 guests = 13-15 appetizer selections
40 guests = 18-20 appetizer selections
(at this point, do yourself a HUGE favor and make it potluck or hire a caterer!)
50 guests = 20-25 appetizer selections

Buffet Layout with Party Food

Consider investing in or renting warming trays or a buffet server if you plan to serve several warm appetizers. If possible, have the food spaced out in several stations and have plates, napkins and utensils set-up in several locations to avoid too much traffic in one area.

No matter what, your party will be a hit with these delicious holiday appetizers (and maybe a cocktail or two)!

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Photo: The Spruce, Diana Rattray

1. Cheddar Bacon Puffs

These easy-to-bake cheddar and bacon puffs are airy little cheese puffs with loads of flavor. Partygoers will be addicted.

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Photo: Taste of Home

2. Slow Cooker Candied Nuts

These candied nuts are perfect on a holiday party buffet and for holiday gifts too!

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Photo: Brian Woodcock

3. Herbed Cheese Ball

A savory cheese ball is ubiquitous with holiday gatherings and this one delights with toasted pine nuts covering a creamy, herb-filled cheese ball.

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Photo: Mom’s Mimosa

4. Mistletoe Mimosas

This elegant holiday mimosa, made with pomegranate and rosemary, is perfect for holiday gatherings. Cheers!

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Photo: The Recipe Critic

5. 5 Million Dollar Dip

5 Million Dollar Dip is made with, you guessed it, 5 ingredients. It’s simple, easy and deliciously addicting! Serve with buttery round crackers or toasted baguette slices and your golden.

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Photo: Half Baked Harvest

6. Cranberry Brie Pastry Tarts

Half Baked Harvest promises everyone will love these sweet and savory tarts and I agree!

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Photo: Carlsbad Cravings

7. Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries

Easy Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries make the perfect holiday appetizer! These grown-up version of fries are perfectly seasoned with a crispy exterior and creamy buttery interior.

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Photo: Joyful Healthy Eats

8. Prosciutto Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini

This is the perfect holiday party food that has a delicious combination of sweet, salty and creamy. And no utensils required!

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Photo: The Cookie Rookie

9. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

What could be better than shrimp wrapped in bacon?! This simple shrimp appetizer has a bit of a sweet and spicy mix and will become one of your favorite holiday appetizers.

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Photo: Jo Cooks

10. Cranberry Meatballs

Meatballs make a perfect appetizer, especially for the holidays. And this meatball recipe with an incredible cranberry sauce is out of this world.

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Photo: Dinner at the Zoo

11. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

These crab stuffed mushrooms filled with tender crab and three types of cheese and baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant appetizer that can be assembled ahead of time!

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Photo: With Salt and Wit

12. Creamy Spanakopita Tarts

These delightful tarts pay homage to the classic Spanakopita! These festive and foolproof mini phyllo tarts are filled with a lighter spinach and feta filling. And they are amazing.

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Photo: High Heels and Grills

13. Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups

A delightfully tangy mustard glaze make these Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups standout from the crowd.

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Photo: Delish

14. Reuben Egg Rolls

These are not your traditional Chinese restaurant egg rolls. They are savory and tangy and utterly delicious!

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Photo: The Cozy Cook

15. Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

These Fried Tortellini Bites are surrounded by a crispy Parmesan Crust and make a fantastic appetizer with some warm marinara sauce for dipping!

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Photo: Taste of Home

16. Caprese Salad Kabobs

Trade in the usual crudité platter for these fun kabobs. Finish with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar and your guests will devour them.

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Photo: Love & Olive Oil

17. Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews

Peppadews have a sweet, briny flavor with an oh-so-subtle kick. As yummy as they are on there own, stuffing them creamy goat cheese makes these delightful little peppers absolutely addictive!

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Photo: Girl and the Kitchen

18. Puff Pastry Caviar Canapés

A holiday party isn’t complete without bubbly and caviar. And these bite size puff pastries are stuffed with savory butter and bright, briny caviar. Pour a glass of champagne for the perfect accompaniment.

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Photo: Delicious Magazine

19. Smoked Salmon Latkes With Scandinavian Horseradish Cream

These crisp, rösti-style potato pancakes are topped with smoked salmon and fresh horseradish cream. Partygoers will adore these!

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Photo: My Sweet Mission

20. Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bites

These delicious Sweet & Spicy Chicken Bites are a family favorite holiday appetizer.

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Photo: Feast in Thyme

21. Pretzel Pastry Pigs with Hard Cider Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Classic pigs in a blanket are taken to the next level here. Wrapped in homemade pretzel dough and served with a tangy cheese and cider sauce for dipping, these piggies are perfect for any party!

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Photo: A Spicy Perspective

22. Tamale Bites

These festive and zesty Tamale Bites are a sure-hit for all your gatherings and holiday parties!

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Photo: Mom’s Mimosa

23. Caramel Apple Cider Mimosas

These Caramel Apple Cider Mimosas are decadent and delicious. As you know, I love a good mimosa recipe, and this is my favorite one for the holidays!

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Photo: Spoonabilities

24. Sausage Bites with Fig Mustard

The combination of the mustard with fig is superb and perfectly pairs with sliced sausage.

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Photo: Home Cooking Recipes

25. Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Need an easy dip recipe? This Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip is delicious and made in the crock pot with lots of cheeses, fresh spinach and artichoke hearts.
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Photo: Mom’s Mimosa

26. Caviar, Kettle Chips and Crème Fraîche

Caviar and crème fraîche are a classic canapé combo. Substitute traditional blinis with homemade kettle chips and you have a decadent appetizer that is addictively delicious!
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