50 of the Best Appetizers for the Holidays

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:

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 appeiers for good measure, don’t worry you won’t run out of food.

  • 20 guests = 8 appetizer selections
  • 30 guests = 12appetizer 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.

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50 of the Best Appetizers for the Holidays that will impress your guests. Everything from easy to elegant we have you covered.

Five Minute Million Dollar Dip – so easy and the crowd will love it.

5 Minute Million Dollar Dip

Ranch Cream Cheese Vegetable Pizza – So easy to make and serve. Party must have.

Ranch Cream Cheese Vegetable Pizza

Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip – something every party needs.

SLOW COOKER CHILI CHEESE DIP – cheesy and full of flavor, this easy recipe will score a win on game day and be a hit during the holidays.

Shrimp Wontons – fancy up your servings with these easy and delicious bites.

These BAKED SHRIMP WONTONS are a deliciously easy appetizer. Simple and elegant, your guests will love this twist on rangoons. 


Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberries – this is so gorgeous you could make it your center piece.

Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberries

Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes – take a break from the crackers and chips and try these.

Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes

Baked Ham & Cheese Rolls Ups – this is a great meal or appetizer, a monthly must have in our home.

Baked Ham & Cheese Rolls Ups

Spicy Blood Orange Lil’ Smokies – I would eat the entire batch. Addicting!

Spicy Blood Orange Lil' Smokies

Berries & Brie Crescent Rolls – a twist on a classic.


Antipasto Skewers – a gorgeous addition to your holiday table.


Crab Cream Cheese Wontons – my kids eat these up every time. This never lasts at a party.

Crab Cream Cheese Wontons

Chiptole Lime Bacon Wrapped Shrimp – this flavor combination is perfect for entertaining.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip – best served with baguettes but a cracker or a spoon will work too.


Mixed Candied Nuts – easy, delicious and make a great gift.


 Cranberry Orange Cheese Ball – grab a cracker and dig on in.
Cranberry Orange Cheeseball

Cheese Platter – makes for easy entertaining.

Cheese Platter

Slow Cooker Chex Mix – start this early and have it done just in time. Less mess, less hassle.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs – make a large batch, these will be the first to go.

Spicy Cranberry Orange Meatballs

Easy Meatball Crostini Appetizer – Everyone young and old will enjoy these.

Meatball Crostini

Cheese Fondue – perfect for every holiday get together. Who doesn’t just love melted, gooey cheese?

Cheese Fondue

Fried Jalapeno Poppers – my dad and hubby’s favorite thing to eat before any party even gets started.

Fried Jalapeno Poppers

Garlic Butter Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus – anything wrapped in “bacon” is good.

Garlic Butter Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Warm Bacon Cheese Dip – something for those bacon lovers, you know who you are.

Warm Bacon Cheese Dip

Soft Pretzel Bites – both kids and adults will love these.

Soft Pretzel Bites

Caramel Fondue – dessert or a starter? Why not both!

Caramel Fondue

Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix – I love all of the ingredients in this, can’t wait to try!

Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix

Buffalo Chicken Poppers – one of my absolute favorites!

Buffalo Chicken Poppers

Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta – a copycat recipe from the Olive Garden.

Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta

Mushroom Marsala Fondue – this is my favorite way to eat cheese.

Mushroom Marsala Fondue PIN

Blue Cheese Appetizer – pull apart bread as an appetizer, genius.

3 Ingredient Blue Cheese Appetizer

Mexican Layer Dip – my dad brings this to every holiday party and it is always a hit!

Mexican Layer Dip

Light Tex Mex Shrimp Bites – my husband would devour every last one.

Light Tex Mex Shrimp Bites

Slow Cooker Chili Con Queso – I love this dip and could eat it all day long.

Chili's Con Queso Dip

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds – great to have on hand for any occasion.

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Sweet Potato Cake with Black Bean Salsa – a family tradition here in our home.

sweet potato cake

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle – this eye catching appetizer is in minutes.

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

 Pumpkin Hummus – this is so good. Be sure to grab pita chips!

Pumpkin Hummus

Creamy Bacon & Shrimp Dip – serve with crackers, bread or just a spoon.

Creamy Bacon & Shrimp Dip

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs – so easy & crowd pleasing.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs

5 Layer Greek Dip – I love how fresh this looks.

5 Layer Greek Dip

Bacon Bombs – for all you bacon and cheese lovers out there, we have you covered.

Bacon Bombs

Maple Pecan Baked Brie – a holiday classic that your table should not go without.

Maple Pecan Baked Brie

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs – I can’t hardly wait to make these for New Year’s.

Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil – a classic that I see at every holiday party and one of my favorites.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Best Ever Fruit Dip – you can have more than just veggies at the table, fruit is always a hit.

Best Fruit Dip

Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs – be sure to have enough these always go fast.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Everything Parmesan Cheese Crisps – I love how gorgeous these are.

Parmesan Cheese Crispis

Roasted Grape Crostini with Walnuts – I love the flavor combination here and they are just gorgeous.

Roasted Grape Crostini

Holiday Cheese Ball Bites – adorable decor for your holiday spread.

Holiday Cheeseball Bites

Parmesan Garlic Smashed Potatoes – I love this as an appetizer or a side dish.

Parmesan Garlic Smashed Potatoes

*This post has recently been updated since 2015.

50 of the Best Appetizers for the Holidays that will impress your guests. Everything from easy to elegant we have you covered.


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