Holiday parties are a staple of the holiday season. But with everything else going on around the holidays, they can end up causing more stress than “holly-jolliness,” especially if you’re hosting. So I’m here to share some of my go-to appetizer recipes to make your next holiday party a breeze!
I’ve been hosting an annual holiday party with my girlfriends since high school. It’s one of the things I look forward to most about the holiday season! The only thing that’s really changed over the years is the type of gifts we give at the white elephant gift exchange. From nail polish and body lotions in high school….to wine and assorted alcohols once we reached age 21….then more wine as we got older…and now it’s usually a nice assortment of wine and bath items and home goods (so I guess the gifts haven’t evolved that much.)
I’ve tried to keep the holiday parties interesting by trying out new themes and recipes, from Italian, to Mexican, to just a big ol’ breakfast. But honestly some years I just don’t have the time to go all out and do something original, so I just fill my friends full of my go-to (and generally cheesy) appetizers instead (no one complains.)
Yes, the holidays can be stressful and I feel like they just get more stressful as I get older, but that doesn’t mean we should have to forego one of the best parts of the season – getting together to celebrate with friends and family!
So to make you holiday parties even easier, below I’m sharing some of my “old faithful” appetizer recipes as well as a few new ones that might just be easy and delicious enough to add to my holiday party repertoire.
Caprese skewers are a tried and true classic. Everyone likes them, they look pretty, and all it involves is sticking stuff on a tiny stick. Presenting them as a wreath just makes them even more festive and gorgeous!
Confession – I probably make a version of this at every party I host. It’s just TOO EASY AND GOOD. I like this variation for a holiday party, but if you don’t like apricot feel free to sub with apple butter or cherry preserves.
Some people like to call me the queen of crostini (no one has ever said it out loud but I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking.) Crostinis are another item I always have at parties. There’s just so many varieties that you can do depending on the season – and for the holidays, fig and goat cheese is one of my absolute favorite combos.
I’m finally sharing something that doesn’t involve cheese! (Though you can certainly serve this over a fat block of cream cheese as shown in the recipe.) This salsa would be delicious with some cinnamon tortilla chips!
I don’t personally eat meat, but I still love to serve something wrapped in prosciutto, because it looks FANCY. These prosciutto pear rolls are actually incredibly easy and will look beautiful as a part of any holiday party spread!
My sister has the BEST recipe for stuffed mushrooms – it’s probably my most requested appetizer – but it does involve a few extra steps that I don’t always have time for. So when I’m in a pinch I love to make stuffed mushrooms using a garlic and herb cheese spread, it saves a ton of time and still tastes amazing!! I like to sprinkle the mushrooms with grated parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs before baking.
I love the presentation of these guys! (Although it will only last until someone digs in, which won’t take long.) I also think you could totally leave the cheese filling part out of the recipe if you want something lighter (because doughy balls are definitely light.) The end result will taste more like garlic knots, but who’s ever had a problem with that!?
This recipe is so easy it almost doesn’t require a recipe! (And when I don’t have a ton of time – that’s definitely the best kind of recipe.) I highly recommend using a package of the green spinach tortellini as shown in the photos – it gives these skewers some holiday pizzaz!