50 of the Best Appetizers for the Holidays that will impress your guests. Everything from easy to elegant we have you covered.
To me since this time of the year I become all about the food. So I went and found 50 of the Best Appetizers for the Holidays to share with you today. Honestly, for me, the hardest part of party planning for the holidays whether it is a small or a large crowd is deciding what to serve as an appetizer. Anyone else have the same issue?
I love to dress to impress, not necessarily in what I am actually wearing but what my table looks like. And no I am not talking what silverware or china I use, I am talking about the food. I love bright, vibrant colors and spreads that make people oh and awe. But I also want to make dishes that people will actually eat. Considering I have 5 young kids still at home you can guarantee that some of these get-togethers need to be kid friends but that also doesn’t mean that your table needs to be a drag. So I went searching for what I would consider the best of the best. I have some classics like brie and fondue and then some dishes that I would have never even dreamed of.
So what are the best finger foods for a party?
Here are just a few ideas:
- Buffalo Chicken Poppers
- Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes
- Baked Ham & Cheese Rolls Ups
- Bang Bang Chicken Wings
- Bacon Bombs
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs
From nuts to shrimps and dip to spreads one thing is for sure that this holiday my guests will not go hungry.
Welcome to the holiday season friends, where cooking for many is apart of the season and parties and celebrations last 2 months long.
How many appetizers do I need for 10 guests?
For every 10-12 guests ideal to have at least 5 appetizer selections, each selection serving 10-12. You can multiply that by each group of 10 you have, but remove 1-2 appetizers for good measure, don’t worry, you won’t run out of food.
- 20 guests = 8 appetizer selections
- 30 guests = 12 appetizer selections
- 40 guests = 15 appetizer selections
- 50 guests = 18-20 appetizer selections, don’t worry you can double up on some of the recipes, that’s what I do.
Looking for more holiday ideas? Try one of these below from cookies to decor we have you covered.
- 50 of the Best Holiday Cookies
- 50 of the Best Holiday Candies
- 50 of the Best DIY Christmas Decorations.
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Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip – A Dash of Sanity
Five Minute Million Dollar Dip – The Recipe Critic
Ranch Cream Cheese Vegetable Pizza – High Heels and Grills
Shrimp Wontons – A Dash of Sanity
Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberries – Honey and Birch
Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes – Carlsbad Cravings
Berries & Brie Crescent Rolls – A Dash of Sanity
Baked Ham & Cheese Rolls Ups – High Heels and Grills
Spicy Blood Orange Lil’ Smokies – Sugar and Soul
Antipasto Skewers – Dinner at the Zoo
Mixed Candied Nuts – A Dash of Sanity
Crab Cream Cheese Wontons – Baking Beauty
Chiptole Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp – Simply Recipes
Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip – Gimme Some Oven
Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball – I Heart Naptime
Cheese Platter – Iowa Girl Eats
Buffalo Chicken Poppers – A Dash of Sanity
Slow Cooker Chex Mix – Show Me The Yummy
Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs – Yellow Bliss Road
Easy Meatball Crostini Appetizer – Reluctant Entertainer
Cheese Fondue – A Dash of Sanity
Fried Jalapeno Poppers – Serious Eats
Garlic Butter Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – Cafe Delites
Warm Bacon Cheese Dip – Spend With Pennies
Soft Pretzel Bites – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Caramel Fondue – Creme De La Crumb
Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix – Half Baked Harvest
Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta – Center Cut Cook
Mushroom Marsala Fondue – A Dash of Sanity
Blue Cheese Appetizer – Half Baked Harvest
Mexican Layer Dip – The Pioneer Woman
Light Tex Mex Shrimp Bites – Julie’s Eats and Treats
Slow Cooker Chili Con Queso – Creme De La Crumb
Best Ever Candied Almonds – A Dash of Sanity
Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle – Iowa Girl Eats
Pumpkin Hummus – Food Faith Fitness
Creamy Bacon & Shrimp Dip – A Dash of Sanity
Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs – Mom On Timeout
5 Layer Greek Dip – I Heart Naptime
Bacon Bombs – Love Bakes Good Cakes
Maple Pecan Baked Brie – Fake Ginger
Firecracker Chicken Meatballs – Little Spice Jar
Sweet Potato Cake with Black Bean Salsa – A Dash of Sanity
Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil – Simply Recipes
Best Ever Fruit Dip – Layers of Happiness
Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs – The Recipe Rebel
Everything Parmesan Cheese Crisps – Just a Taste
Roasted Grape Crostini with Walnuts – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Holiday Cheese Ball Bites – Six Sisters’ Stuff
Parmesan Garlic Smashed Potatoes – Little Spice Jar
*This post has recently been updated since 2015.