38 Best Holiday Themed Appetizers

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. 

38 Best Holiday Appetizers

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.

These Cheesy Christmas Tree Appetizers are so good and easy to make.

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Chocolate Chip Cheeseball is a sweet surprise among all the savory appetizers!

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This Pineapple Cheese Ball is a favorite among friends and family! It's coated in chopped pecans and has pecans inside!

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These appetizers are so easy to make and they disappear fast.

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Sausage pinwheels are great as an appetizer or served at breakfast or brunch.

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A festive and super easy holiday recipe, Christmas Wreath Appetizers look fabulous on your appetizer table and will be scarfed up in no time. The perfect Christmas finger food!

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This Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves is a delicious appetizer for your next dinner party. The creamy cheese mixture is filled with toasted pecans and pairs perfectly with the strawberry preserves.

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This Santa hat appetizer made with red peppers, cream cheese and crackers is so festive and easy to make!

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These melted snowman cheese and crackers are the perfect festive appetizer for kids and adults! Fun for the kids to help make too!

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These pretty and delicious appetizers include ham, cheese, and Jalapeño Jelly!

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Melted snowman soup is made with potatoes, onions, garlic, and warming spices. Get the whole family involved to decorate their snowmen – with a carrot for a nose, black olive eyes, and sun-dried tomato mouths.

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This eye-catching holiday appetizer is full of vibrant color and flavor. Zesty cranberry salsa is put over non-dairy cream cheese for a tangy mixture of sour and sweet.

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This vegetable wreath with dip is the perfect way to dress up your holiday table. You can also offer guests this healthy appetizer to munch on before the main course!

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Guests will love this tasty red and green appetizer featuring cranberry relish and cream cheese and you'll love how quick it is to prepare!

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These adorable Easy Pepper Jelly Christmas Trees make a great appetizer for holiday parties and they can be whipped up in minutes.

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Easy and festive Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread. Great appetizer for holiday parties.

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Balsamic Jalapeño Pomegranate Brie Cheese with pecans makes an elegant gourmet holiday appetizer that is ready in 5 minutes with only 4 ingredients.

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 Pepperoncini Gruyere Cocktail Crostini is an easy yet delicious party appetizer that is perfect for your holiday parties.

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This Monster Bean Dip is an easy and tasty appetizer that's perfect for any Halloween party. Ready in minutes and sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Cranberry Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls, with their festive holiday colors of red and green, are the perfect Christmas appetizer to serve to your family and friends or take to a holiday party.

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Delicious Caprese Skewers can be made ahead of time and are perfect for your next party.

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Light Brie and Cranberry Cups are festive, pretty and so easy to make.

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Delicious tangy melted cheese topped with colorful cranberry

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Easy holiday appetizer! This Sausage Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip is cheesy, colorful and great for a holiday party or gathering.

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This savory white cheddar sage pumpkin dip is an easy, make-ahead appetizer for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any fall gathering. Savory pumpkin dip goes well with crackers, chips or pretzels.

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The melted cheese and tomatoes pair perfectly with the crunchy bread. It's a beautiful appetizer to serve during the holiday season.

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These Crockpot Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs are bursting with flavor. They’re easy to make and warmed in the slow cooker. The perfect holiday party appetizer!

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This Asparagus with Prosciutto and Creamy Lemon Tarragon Sauce recipe is a decadent way to enjoy asparagus! It’s served with a flavorful dipping sauce.

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These tasty party potatoes are easy to make and add a touch of elegance to the holiday appetizer table.

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Smoked salmon, mustard and whipped cream cheese are nestled in puff pastry shells. Delicious!

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This mouthwatering appetizer features crispy polenta with a black olive tapenade.

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Mummies are an easy, fun and festive appetizer to spice up your Halloween party.

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Baked Brie with Cranberries always adds a festive and delicious appetizer to your holiday party.

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How to make a beautiful and festive Christmas Appetizer – a Brie Wreath! Baked Brie is always a crowd-pleasing appetizer during the holidays and like most of my easy recipes, just takes a few ingredients to make!

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Cranberry Wensleydale toast rounds are a festive appetizer and savory addition for afternoon tea. These canapés taste delicious and are so easy to make!

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This Maple & Cranberry Goat Cheese Appetizer is a simple yet elegant holiday appetizer that's ready in 20 minutes and is gluten-free!

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Comments

  1. 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 😉

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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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