38 Best Holiday Themed Appetizers

by Alli

Do you need a few ideas for Holiday Themed Appetizers? You’ve come to the right place. These appetizers are all easy to make. Plus, they are perfect for the holidays. 

When it comes to the holidays, it seems like there’s a party every weekend. If I’m not hosting a holiday party, I’m attending a gathering. 

Why Host An Appetizer Party?

An appetizer is a small bite to stimulate your appetite for the main meal. However, these days, appetizer parties are all the rage. Forget the main course!

Holiday Themed Appetizers

I always call myself a before-and-after hostess because I like to plan and host an appetizer and dessert party. It’s my favorite way to entertain. 

The holidays are the perfect time to gather your friends for an appetizer party. As a result, you’ll be the toast of the town. 

Plus, an appetizer party is an easy way to entertain. When you don’t have enough seating for a sit-down dinner, host a holiday-themed appetizer party.  And, it’s a great way to feed a crowd. 

When it comes time to celebrate the holidays, appetizers rule! If you’re planning a traditional red and white themed Christmas party, you’ll find plenty of recipes below to match your theme. Themed parties are so easy to plan. 

Appetizers are also perfect to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Serve appetizers a little while before the feast. It gives your guests something to do and keeps them out of the kitchen – unless you want them there. 

The Importance of Holiday Themed Appetizers

Are appetizers necessary? Yes! Appetizers take less time to prepare. They are a great way to get your guests mingling and talking. Guests are usually seated during the main course but appetizers are portable and encourage people to socialize. 

Tips For Hosting A Holiday Appetizer Party

  • Offer A Variety of Appetizers – hot and cold
  • Make Sure to Offer Non-Alcoholic Drink Options
  • Map Out Serving Stations (keep traffic moving and not clogged up in one place)
  • Include Make-Ahead Appetizers.
  • Make Enough Food (usually about 8 appetizer servings per person when you’re serving appetizers only)
  • Don’t Forget a Holiday Music Playlist
  • Relax, Take A Deep Breath And Enjoy

Cheesy Christmas Trees

The easiest holiday-themed appetizers are Cheesy Christmas Trees. You can find the recipe below. I love making these appetizers because they are delicious and easy to make.

Plus, most of us have a Christmas tree cookie cutter. If not, use my affiliate link and buy one on Amazon. That’s where I got mine and I’ll make a small commission if you use my link. Thanks!!

Cheesy Christmas Tree Shaped Appetizers

Another recipe that I always make during the holidays is Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball. It’s a dessert type cheeseball and is served with graham crackers. Guests are always pleasantly surprised when they find a sweet appetizer to go along with all the savory bites. 

Best Holiday-Themed Appetizers

Appetizer Skewers for Appetizer Party

Holiday Themed Appetizers don’t have to be hard to make. Check out all the festive holiday appetizer recipes below. I’m sure you’ll find the one that’s just right for your next party. 

Holiday Themed Appetizers

These easy-to-make holiday-themed appetizers will be the hit of your party.


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Amber Myers September 23, 2019 - 8:31 am

Well, now you’ve made me hungry. All of these options look incredible. I will have to make some for my family or when I go see my parents. We really don’t host parties since I’m a bit of an introvert. But I love to eat 😉

Jenn September 23, 2019 - 8:37 am

I love the idea of an appetizer party. That way you can try such a variety of different foods. Now my mouth is watering. YUM!

cait September 23, 2019 - 10:35 am

oh my gosh this is one an amazing idea and two i love that you shared so many amazing varieties of thins to serve! now its my one stop shop to go and grab what i need!

Melissa Chapman September 23, 2019 - 10:38 am

These appetizers do look so good I have to try to make one or two to take to a party. I have to get past haloween then i can think about the holidays and cooking.

Sarah Bailey September 23, 2019 - 10:53 am

Now these all sound amazing, what a great way to kick off a get together with appetisers like these. I wouldn’t know which one to serve up first!

Deborah von Donop September 23, 2019 - 12:22 pm

oh my, you have been busy. I don’t know which one to make first. I must try the Cranberry Cream Cheese (vegan) recipie….. great for a party tray when attending other parties too.

Tasheena September 23, 2019 - 5:06 pm

With the holidays right around the corner. I can’t wait to give some of these recipes a try. They all look so yummy.

Pam September 23, 2019 - 7:05 pm

Those cream cheese Christmas trees are too cute. I love holiday themed appetizers.

Chef Dennis September 23, 2019 - 7:29 pm

I will really need these themed appetizer ideas for the coming Halloween and Christmas! With lots of parties going on..this will be perfect!

Terri Steffes September 23, 2019 - 9:25 pm

I’ve bookmarked this page. I have made a few of these apps but some were new to me, which I love! What a fun holiday party these would make.

Liz Cochico September 23, 2019 - 11:26 pm

All these made me hungry! Cute appetizers. Bookmarking this post. I’d love to try the recipes.

Karen Morse September 24, 2019 - 2:55 am

I can’t believe we’re approaching the holiday season! It’s really exciting but at the same time, I’m also taking notes and planning as early as I can so it won’t be stressful. Love the appetizers you shared! I really appreciate posts like this!

Ruth I September 24, 2019 - 4:20 am

You are such an appetizing guru! You know so many great things about it. Preparing appetizers is no joke.

Vyjay Rao September 24, 2019 - 8:53 am

This is nothing less than a real treasure. Such a range of appetizers and the best part is that each one looks like a work of art. Also love the way that you ensure that different tastes are covered in your list. The post is indeed a reference to be bookmarked.

Rena September 24, 2019 - 11:17 am

What a great roundup! I love appetizers and don’t make them often enough, but this is making me feel like I need to have a party very soon!

Lynndee September 25, 2019 - 8:05 am

Nom, nom, nom! This is making me so excited for the Holidays. My SIL always prepares superb food. I think I’m going to prepare one or two of these appetizers for our gatherings this year.

Jona Shares September 29, 2019 - 11:34 pm

Woah, I drool for a while seeing the pictures! Indeed this would be a great addition for the coming holiday season.

Vicki Finn October 3, 2019 - 1:02 pm

My favorites are the cheesy Christmas trees and the melted snowman soup! Haha I know my kids would love both of those.


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