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25 best foods for your office Christmas party

This post was updated in November 2019.

So you’re in charge of organizing your office’s Christmas party. Now what?

Well, we’ve written a post on the ten tips to get you through the holiday season. But what about the Christmas cookies, holiday treats and winter foods that we all crave this time of year? What foods are a must at every workplace holiday party—no matter the occasion, really?

You’re in luck, because here are our top 25 best foods for your upcoming office Christmas party. Plus, we’ve thrown in a few tips on where to order each depending on where your office is.

25 foods for your office Christmas Party

1. Cupcakes, cupcakes and more cupcakes. They’re the perfect one-bite snack at any party. Go for Christmas-coloured cupcakes like red velvet alcohol-infused cupcakes. Order from Delights by Dawn bakery, Atlanta or Yours Truly Cupcake, Denver.

2. Bruschetta. Toasted crostinis with tomatoes and olive oil works at any party, especially when there’s a platter of them—sharing style. Order from 360 Uno Pizzeria, Austin.

3. Antipasti board platters. Eat your fill of vitamins and minerals with a variety of seasonal vegetables arranged beautifully. Order from Bellina Alimentari, Atlanta.

4. Cakes. Nothing says Christmas party treats like a moist, beautifully decorated cake. Try Bailey’s spice cake for those workplaces that allow alcohol. Order from Delights by Dawn bakery, Atlanta or T & Cakes, Boulder.

5. Chicken wings. Looking for a party-sized platter of hot chicken wings? What meat-eater isn’t? Order the smoked jumbo BBQ chicken wings with sides from DBA BBQ, Atlanta.

6. Ice cream sandwiches. It might be cold outside, but hopefully, things are heating up at your holiday party. Ice cream sandwiches are not only delicious, but they’re also party-friendly as they tend to make things a little less messy. Order from Mister, Vancouver.

7. Christmas cocktail fixings. For those offices that allow it, why not order in some Bailey’s for your coffees or vodka to concoct the perfect holiday drink? Order from Blueprint, Vancouver.

8. Beet salad. Beets are welcome on any salad, especially around the holidays. They add a beautiful colour pop against any greens, plus they’re very good for you. Order from Kale Me Crazy, Highlands, Denver.

9.Cookies. A classic dozen—or two, or three—belongs on every Christmas party table, especially if they’re gingerbread people. Order from Cookies of Course, Vancouver.

10. Doughnuts. These are like every Christmas party planner’s best friend. Everyone loves doughnuts, especially when diets fly out the window for the holidays. Order from Bougies Donuts and Coffee, Austin or Cartems, Vancouver.

11. Mini empanadas. Okay, this is fairly specific. But, let’s be honest, any baked treat that’s easy to eat and full of delicious, spicy meat or vegetables is welcome at my party table. Order from Lazo Empanadas, Denver.

12. Sushi. Sushi is the perfect party favour. The rice fills people up, there’s a wide variety of vegetarian and fish options for everyone and they’re super easy to eat at a party. Check, check, check. Order from Hapa Sushi, Boulder, Hapa Sushi Grill, Denver or Daddy’s Kitchen, Vancouver.

13. Macarons. These sweet treats come in all colours and flavours. Go for an assortment that will satisfy everyone in your office. Order from Nadege, Toronto or Butter Avenue, Toronto.

14. Meat and vegetable skewers. Meat and veggies on a stick are easy to dunk and eat at any party, especially for the holidays. Order from Chopped and Skewered, Austin.

15. Candied popcorn. Salty and sweet… need I say more? Just be sure to order enough. Order from Reel Popcorn in Austin or Toronto Popcorn Company, Toronto.

16. Cold-pressed juices and smoothies. Hydrate your office with something other than alcohol this holiday season. Plus, there are so many fruit and vegetable juice combinations that you could order an assortment. Then everyone’s happy. Order from Greenhouse Juice Co, Toronto or Blended for you, Vancouver.

17. BBQ sandwich buffet. Have your guests make their own BBQ meat sandwich, grab a side of slaw, beans and mac n’ cheese. I’ll bet that “thing they had to do” on the night of your work party can suddenly wait… Order from KT’s BBQ, Boulder.

18. Pizza. This timeless party dish comes in all sizes, flavours and has toppings for everyone. Order from Pizzarev, Boulder or Assembli, Toronto.

19. Chocolate. The perfect Christmas treat for everyone in the office. Go nuts on an assortment of chocolates. They’ll all be gone in no time. Order from Deiter’s Chocolate, Denver.

20. Fresh loaves of bread. What cheese and meat platter doesn’t come with fresh cut bread and crackers? Go ahead and get a sourdough for the team. Order from Rebel Bread, Denver.

21. Meat and vegetable pies. Just like the empanadas, these are like little pockets of delicious hearty stews, wrapped up in crispy dough. Yum. Order from Pie Commission, Toronto or Aussie Pie Guy, Vancouver.

22. Greek salad, family-style. Fresh, crunchy vegetables always go well with feta and olives. Order from Cameli’s Pizza Joint, Atlanta.

23. Beer. For all those office parties that are allowed (or willing) to serve alcohol, beer is an absolute must. Go ahead and let loose a bit. You’ve worked hard all year. Order from 33 Acres, Vancouver or Postmark Brewing, Vancouver.

24. Nut mix. Sweet, salty, spicy or savoury. You choose. Or just get them all. Maple pecans, salty peanuts, peppery cashews, you name it. They’re the perfect snack to go along with any holiday cocktails. Just double check that no one’s allergic. Order from The Nut Merchant, Vancouver.

25. Charcuterie meat and cheese board. This is the ultimate holiday party platter and can be easily made up with a collection of cheeses, meats, crackers, fruits, and nuts.

Still can’t decide on what your party needs? We also partner with places like Pantry Catering in Toronto and The Common Cafe Catering in Vancouver that have holiday menus available per person. You could go for the roast turkey dinner, for example, with stuffing, cranberry sauce, roasted root vegetables, gravy and so on. Or, go for it all and order the artisan cheese board appetizers, dinner, and dessert.

Learn more about how Foodee brings meals to modern offices for daily and weekly lunches—and parties just like yours.

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Looking for Christmas-themed food ideas for the annual office potluck party? There are countless holiday-themed recipes available online but many of them are time-consuming, difficult and expensive. That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the web for the very best Christmas party food ideas that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and won’t break the bank! Amaze your co-workers this holiday season with one of the super easy (but still delicious and unique) party food ideas below.

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1. Green and Red Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is the best idea for a potluck. Not only does everyone love it, but its also incredibly easy to make and doesn’t require any effort once you get to the office. Simply put it in a large container in the fridge and pull it out when you’re ready. It’s that easy!


2. Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels will be a sure hit with your co-workers. Buy some pretzel sticks and mini pretzels at the grocery store – along with some chocolate and sprinkles and you’re good to go. Melt the chocolate in a matter of seconds, dip the pretzels in the chocolate, then the sprinkles and you have a wonderfully delicious holiday treat.


3. Christmas Veggie Kabobs

This healthy and tasty appetizer requires about 5 minutes and 10 dollars. All you need is a couple of green peppers, Greek yogurt dip, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and some skewers. Cut up the vegetables and cheese and alternate each along the stick, as shown in the photo. A holiday-inspired appetizer that everyone will love.


4. Christmas Goat Cheese Toast Bites

These little appetizers look so fancy and delectable that everyone will think they took hours to make. Luckily, they take just minutes. All you have to do is buy a pack of melba toast crackers (garlic ones work really well), a brick of goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and balsamic reduction. Place the toasts on a sheet. Once all of the toasts are done, you can either serve them as-is or, if your office has a toaster oven you can throw them in for a few minutes to warm them up.


5. Turkey Veggie Tray

This is the item that everyone will be copying for years to come. Why? Because vegetables are a must-have at any potluck or get-together and this one is very festive and incredibly easy. Place the vegetables on the tray as you see them laid out in the photo. If you happen to find a festive little bowl, put the dip in that – it’ll add an extra touch of Christmas to this fantastic turkey veggie tray.



6. Cheese and Grape Christmas Tree Tray

Another easy snack that everyone will love. Who doesn’t like cheese and grapes? Simply purchase a variety of cheeses and a bundle of green grapes and place them on a board in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use a stick of celery as the base of the tree and decorate throughout with a few leaves for garnish. This delicious and festive appetizer takes about 10 minutes to create – start to finish. It doesn’t get any better than that!


7. Mini Christmas Pita Pizzas

These are really easy – and equally delicious – but will probably only work if your office has some type of toaster oven (or possibly microwave if you’re really desperate). If your office has a toaster oven, these are so easy to make and your co-workers will appreciate the festive, deliciousness they bring to the party. You can dress them up with whatever vegetables you like – red and green are obviously the best.


8. Christmas Nacho Cups

These festive little nacho cups are an easy and great way to contribute to your holiday potluck party. Simply add guacamole, cheese and cherry tomatoes with cilantro. They’re perfectly bite-sized and delicious. If you want to spice things up a little, you can add a small piece of jalapeno pepper to each cup as well.


9. Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad

Bringing a salad to a potluck is a fantastic way to ensure your friends and family get some greens in their bodies to even out all those heavy pasta dishes that are sure to show up! If you have spinach, sliced almonds, dried cranberries and sesame seeds on hand, this salad will be easy for you to throw together in minutes.



10. Cranberry and White Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

These sweet little cups of goodness will be the belle of the potluck ball when dessert time comes around! The best part about this is that you make one mixture and simply divide it up into mini mason jars. Top with sugared berries and a sprig of rosemary and you have a snow-covered treat ready to be enjoyed by all.


11. Cranberry Walnut Holiday Cheese Log

A cheese log is a hit no matter what potluck you go to, and now you can color coordinate it to match the Christmas holiday season. With the help of cream cheese, cheese and walnuts, you can emulate nature’s winter colors while using dried cranberries and green onion to add the festive pop of color.


12. Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta

Bruschetta is often a savory dish that you can enjoy before a big meal. This time, while the purpose of bruschetta is the same, now it is a sweet and savory dish! With the natural sweetness of the pomegranate and the tart cranberry finish, your guests won’t know if they’re eating an appetizer or dessert, but no matter what they think it is, they will love it!


13. Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Pinwheels are a crowd favorite any day of the week. They’re savory, filling and often packed with some of our favorite foods such as cheese and meat! This Christmas create delicious pinwheels that look like the holiday season. Much like the other recipes, dried cranberries come to the rescue to make these pinwheels, Christmas wheels!



14. Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus

Get your side dish and croissant all in one! This side dish not only looks creative but tastes absolutely amazing! The green and white are perfect for Christmas. All you will need is pastry dough, asparagus, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and an egg. It’s so simple yet absolutely gourmet.


15. Vegan Blinis with Red Pepper Relish

These little crostinis are the perfect alternative for those who are eating a vegan diet but still want to be included in the holiday festivities. With bright red pepper relish, you’ll find yourself humming Christmas carols as you arrange them on your favorite holiday tray.


16. Simple And Easy Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Tree Brownies

Potlucks are fun but with limited time in the weeknights, you need something easy. This recipe screams easy and you’ll have a delicious dessert to contribute in no time. You’ll need store-bought two-bite brownies and just a few other ingredients. Follow our tutorial and recipe and you’ll discover just how easy this is!


17. White Christmas Tree Dessert Toppers

This is essentially the same idea as the green trees but we’re sharing it to show you what else you can do with those incredibly easy chocolate trees. Swap green chocolate wafers for white and add candied silver balls for an elegant decoration. You can use these white Christmas tree toppers to transform an ordinary cake into a Christmasy one. You could also consider adding them to cupcakes or any other dessert, let your creativity run wild!



18. Cheese Christmas Cracker Snack

Whip up a platter of crackers and cheese and add a dash of creativity for your Christmas potluck. This idea is so easy you’ll only need 3 store-bought ingredients. If you don’t have a set of Christmas cookie cutter’s we’ve included a link so you can get your own. Here you’ll use the cookie cutters for the cheese but you’ll find yourself using these all season long whether it be baking cookies or cutting other soft food into fun shapes for the whole family.

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19. Strawberry Santas

This idea is so easy it doesn’t need a recipe. Share a healthy treat and put a festive spin on it. These strawberry Santas are so easy to put together and everyone will get a kick out of them. All you’ll need are strawberries, whipping cream and a couple black sesame seeds for eyes.


20. Cozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Every potluck needs a fun beverage. Keep the festive theme going strong and contribute a slow cooker that is filled to the brim of delicious peppermint hot cocoa. This recipe only requires a few ingredients and then you’ll let the slow cooker do all the work. Bring your slow cooker to the potluck along with fun party cups and some delicious toppings such as whipped cream and crushed candy canes.


21. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer Brownies

If you’re considering whipping up a batch of brownies for your potluck why not add a few additional steps to create festive Brownies for Christmas. These reindeer brownies are so easy to make and look adorable too. Those you share them with will certainly appreciate them and the best part is they didn’t require much work.



22. Christmas Lights Chocolate Bark

Chocolate Bark is one of the easiest treats to make in large batches which is why it’s great for potlucks. It’s also something you can customize to suit almost any theme! For Christmas, we’ve created a fun Christmas light chocolate bark that you’ll have fun creating and eating! You’ll only need 4 ingredients and a microwave to create this exciting treat.


23. Rice Krispie Cone Christmas Trees

Rice Krispie treats are enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Just like chocolate bark, you can get creative and make them suit any theme. For your Christmas potluck, you need to try these Rice Krispie cone Christmas trees. Instead of marshmallows chocolate will bind the Rice Krispies together and a parchment paper cone will mold the shape.


24. Reindeer Oreo Balls

These oreo balls are sort of like a chocolate truffle but require minimal effort. These reindeer balls are filled with crushed Oreos and cream cheese. Then they’re dipped in chocolate and decorated with candy eyes, pretzels, and Sixlets candies.


25. Christmas Cornflake Wreaths

Like Rice Krispies, Cornflakes can make an excellent ingredient for treats. You’ll combine Cornflakes with melted marshmallows and butter to form the wreath shapes. Green food color provides the vibrant color and red cinnamon candies are added for the finishing touches! These are so easy you can let your kids help you prepare them.



26. Easy Cheese Puff Pastry Christmas Trees

These cheesy puff pastry Christmas trees would be perfect for your Christmas potluck. They’re so easy to make and only require 3 simple ingredients. Serve up a platter of flaky irresistible pastry trees for an unforgettable treat.


27. Grinch Popcorn

Every Christmas season I have to watch the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. So why not put on the film and get making your own grinch popcorn. The red and green color is perfect for your Christmas potluck and everyone will gobble it up in no time.


28. Boozy Christmas Cherry Bombs

Change things up and bring a boozy Christmas snack to your next potluck! Just make sure those of age are indulging in this treat. Boozy cherries are made from red maraschino cherries that are soaked in a vanilla flavored vodka. They’ll soak for up to 24 hours but make sure to save the vodka to mix into your favorite cocktail later. To add a Christmasy touch dip the cherries in a melted candy coating and decorate with festive sprinkles.


29. Christmas White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are always a crowd-pleasure so whip up a batch and bring them to your potluck. These chocolate chip cookies get a few upgrades to make them perfectly festive for the party. Firstly, you’ll trade milk chocolate chips for white chocolate. Then, you’ll add a few drops of red and green gel food coloring.



30. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Are you considering a dip to bring to your Christmas potluck but want to contribute one that has festive traits? Look no further and bring this gingerbread cheesecake dip. You’ll trade savory flavors for sweet with a hint of traditional flavors of the Christmas holidays. Along with cream cheese, this dip contains flavors of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Serve with graham crackers or your favorite wafer cookie.


31. Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks

Getting creative with your food can still be easy and this recipe proves how. Transform store-bought thin crust pizza crust into a delicious pull apart breadstick appetizer. The breadsticks are filled with a tasty spinach dip. Follow the recipe and directions and you’ll have this edible Christmas tree made swiftly.


32. Reindeer Chow

Puppy chow, or in this case, reindeer chow is a popular snack item. It’s sweet and super addictive and would be a great treat to contribute to a potluck. This reindeer chow is made up of holiday M&M’s, peanut butter cups, pretzels, and homemade muddy buddies. The red and green M&M’s added the perfect holiday colors to this snack.


33. No-Bake Baileys Bonbons

If you didn’t love the boozy cherries you’ll probably like these no-bake Baileys bonbons. They’re so easy to make and only require 4 ingredients. These bonbons are chocolatey, creamy, and definitely rich in flavor. Once complete, you can decorate them with festive red and green sprinkles.



34. Candy Cane Fudge

Another crowd pleaser, especially around the holidays would have to be fudge. This fudge recipe is simple yet remains stunning and full of flavor. You’ll only need 3 ingredients, white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed candy cane powder. They only take minutes to make and then will need to harden in the fridge overnight.


35. Triple Layer Vintage Christmas Jell-O

This triple layer vintage Christmas Jell-O will give you a blast from the past and you’ll be glad you brought it to your Christmas potluck. Lime jello makes up the bottom layer while the middle is made up of lemon jello and fluffy marshmallows. The top layer is a classic cherry but together they create an unforgettable bite.


36. Candy Cane Cookies

Not only do these cookies take on the shape and colors of a traditional candy cane but they are flavored with peppermint too. They’re easy to make and would make an excellent contribution to your holiday potluck. You’ll need just a few ingredients to make these cookies. Follow the recipe and directions to whip these candy cane cookies into shape.


37. Festive Fruit Platter

Potlucks are often thriving in sugar treats so why not share a delicious fruit platter instead! This example may be small scale but it shows how you can make a simple fruit platter festive by creatively arranging the food. You can create the layers of the Christmas tree with any fruit you like. Once your coworkers see your fruit platter they’ll devour it in no time.



38. Caprese Salad Skewers

This idea may not be exactly Christmas themed per se, however, the colors are perfectly festive for the holiday! Share a platter of these kabobs and your coworkers will go crazy for them. These skewers take the ingredients of Caprese salad and transform them into convenient finger foods that you can share. To create the skewers layer cherry tomatoes with basil, and mozzarella balls. To garnish, drizzle a savory balsamic glaze.


39. Santa Hat Brownies

Who doesn’t love an ooey-gooey fudgy brownie? Share a plate of these Santa hat brownies at your office potluck and you’ll watch them disappear in minutes! This is a simple brownie recipe that requires minimal ingredients. To create the Santa hats use a strawberries and whipped cream!


40. Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This 4-ingredient treat is stunning in color and delicious in flavor. All you’ll need to create this gumdrop nougat is butter, white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and red and green gumdrops. This treat will only take you 15 minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge until you’re ready to share at work!


41. Gingerbread Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting

Do you enjoy fudgy brownies? Then you’ll love these gingerbread bars! They’re soft and chewy and perfectly seasoned to taste just like gingerbread! Bake the bars in the oven and then whip the cream cheese frosting together. Decorate the bars with the frosting and festive sprinkles of your choice.



42. JELL-O Santa Hat Cookies

These JELL-O Santa hat cookies would look adorable on a platter and your coworkers will go crazy for them. These cookies truly melt in your mouth! To create them you’ll need egg whites, strawberry JELL-O, white chocolate, mini marshmallows, and just a few other ingredients.


43. Devilled Eggs With A Holiday Twist

Devilled eggs are one of the most popular potluck food items! To create a festive platter consider trying this recipe! It’s a regular devilled egg recipe but what makes them unique is their coloring. You’ll use red and green food coloring to transform this appetizer into one that is perfect for the holidays.


44. Christmas Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

Red velvet cookies are perfect for Christmas! These cookies are bold red and incredibly delicious too! From start to finish you’ll only need 20 minutes to create them. Once they have cooled decorate using a homemade cream cheese frosting and garnish with festive red, green, and white sprinkles!


45. Santa’s Favorite Cookie

Another excellent cookie option would be these red, white, and green cookies! If Santa loves them so will your coworkers! You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make these and you’ll most likely have them on hand already! To transform these cookies with festive colors mix in festive colored sprinkles and red and green M&M’s.



46. Holly Jolly Cookie Stick

Do you despise baking? No problem! Try creating these holly jolly cookie sticks! This recipe is so easy because it requires all store-bought premade ingredients. To create the cookies dip Pirouette French Vanilla cookie sticks in melted white chocolate. Then, garnish using Christmas sprinkles of your choice!


47. Cranberry Fluff Salad

Tired of green leafy salads? Try a sweet salad for a change! This cranberry fluff salad is a vintage recipe but remains exciting in both flavor and texture. This salad is made up of cranberries, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, and whipped cream topping.


48. Christmas Salad

Another great alternative to a leafy green salad is this Christmas salad. It’s savory, creamy and oh so delicious! This simple recipe combines broccoli and cauliflower florets with red onion and cherry tomatoes. Smother those ingredients in a simple creamy dressing that your coworkers will surely enjoy!


49. Cheese Ball Bites

Cheese balls are great for parties, especially potlucks! Instead of creating one cheese ball you need to make these cheese ball bites! They are so easy to make too! To make them festive coat them in alternating red, white and green ingredients. Some great examples of these toppings are walnuts, dried cranberries, fried onions, chives, crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.



50. Pesto Tortellini Skewers

This pesto tortellini can be served both chilled and at room temperature. If your office doesn’t have a fridge big enough to store potluck food items then you need to make this recipe! Considering they can remain at room temperature, they won’t turn rancid (phew)! To build these skewers you’ll use tortellini, pesto, sundried tomatoes, and small wooden skewers. It’s so easy you have to try it!


51. Easy Peppermint Brownie Truffles

Share a platter of decadent truffles with your coworkers this holiday season. They look gourmet but are actually quite effortless to create. To make this recipe even easier start by baking your favorite boxed brownie mix. Once the brownies have cooled use a fork to create crumbles. Then, form the crumbles into bite-sized balls and freeze. Setting them in the freezer will help them keep their shape. Lastly, dip them in melted chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes and a drizzle of white chocolate!


52. 5-Minute Festive Cranberry Salsa

This cranberry salsa is unlike any snack you’ve tried before! Spicy jalapenos balance the flavors of tart cranberries and together create one tasty treat! In addition to fresh cranberries and jalapenos, you’ll need red onion, fresh cilantro, and a few seasonings. Place the salsa on top of a soft brick of cream cheese and serve with crackers or chips of your choice!


53. Cranberry Bliss Bars

Cranberry bliss bars are every Starbucks addicts favorite! If they weren’t one of your favorite holidays treats before they will be now! This is an easy copycat recipe of the Starbucks classic holiday treat. Your coworkers will be astounded to discover you made them yourself!


54. Peppermint White Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars are rich and super easy to make! They’re infused with lovely flavors of peppermint and decadent white chocolate. To create these bars start with a delicious crust. Then mix together the cheesecake filling and top with white chocolate baking squares and crushed candy canes. As a bonus, this recipe is also gluten-free!


55. Candy Cane Christmas Dip

Chip dip is a crowd favorite so there is no wonder that a dessert dip would be popular too! This candy cane dip is perfect for the holidays and your coworkers will love it! The ingredient list is short, all you’ll need is marshmallow fluff, cream cheese, peppermint extract, crushed candy canes, and red food coloring. Serve the dip with your favorite wafer cookie!


56. Cherry Almond Cream Cheese Crescent Danish Tree

Share a warm flaky danish with your coworkers. This holiday tree is festive and edible! Start with store-bought crescent roll dough. Instead of unrolling the dough you’ll cut the roll of dough into 11 rounds. Form the Christmas tree shape and top with a delicious cream cheese. Bake them in the oven and then garnish with cherries and a delicious frosting drizzle!


57. Christmas Tree Treats

Create a stunning Christmas tree pastry to bring to your office potluck! You’ll only need 6 ingredients. These include store-bought puff pastry, pecans, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and icing sugar to garnish! They’ll come together in a hurry and everyone will enjoy them.


58. Funfetti Shortbread Bites

Funfetti shortbread bites are a delectable little snack that would be perfect for your office potluck! This shortbread recipe is short and simple and you’ll have this treat made quickly! First, you’ll need to mix the ingredients to create a dough. Don’t forget to add the festive sprinkles! Place the dough in a square pan and chill in the fridge. Lastly, cut the dough into little squares and finish by baking them in the oven.


59. White Chocolate Ting-A-Lings

This no-bake recipe comes together effortlessly and tastes lovely too. To create these white chocolate clusters you’ll need chow mein noodles, salted peanuts, white chocolate, and festive sprinkles. All you have to do is melt the chocolate, pour over the chow mein noodles and peanuts and form the clusters onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Garnish the cluster with sprinkles and set in the fridge to harden.


60. Easy Christmas Peppermint Patties

These sweet peppermint patties are incredibly easy to make and don’t require any baking. This recipe requires 6 simple ingredients all of which you’ll most likely have on hand. Use food coloring to create the different colors and infuse the patties with peppermint extract for a delicious holiday flavor!

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Like a lot of folks, I’m always searching for Christmas appetizers that will tantalize taste buds and add a festive touch to holiday celebrations.

Over the past few years, I’ve posted many recipes that do just that. This collection highlights some of the Christmas appetizers that my family and friends and I have especially enjoyed. Each delectable treat is part of joy-filled holiday moments that begin with creating and serving and end with eating and savoring.

(Click the recipe name or image for a link to the full recipe.)

Christmas Appetizers: Classics with a Twist:

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
I amped up this standard with thick-cut bacon and used an entire water chestnut in each to balance all that bacony goodness. Yummy!

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas appetizer that’s exceptionally delicious and easy to make, this is it. To punch up their flavor, toss medium-sized shrimp in olive oil, spices, Parmesan, and fresh garlic. Then roast the shrimp in the oven and serve them with cocktail sauce.

Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa

These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.

Really Good Jalapeño Dip
The recipe for this dip came from my dad’s wife. The recipe name is an understatement. It truly is the best jalapeno dip I’ve ever tasted. It has just the right amount of heat, but you can make it hotter if you like.

Mini Cheese Truffles
My fondness for cheeseballs is widely known. (Find all of my cheeseball recipes here.) These Mini Cheeseballs/Cheese Truffles are a cute and delicious take on this ever-popular Christmas appetizer. What’s especially great is that the presentation stays neat and lovely throughout your event.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball
Speaking of cheeseballs, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball is one of the most popular recipes on Inspired by Charm. While I originally created it to look like a pumpkin, you can shape it into a ball to suit any season.

Christmas Appetizers – Forever Favorites:

Cranberry Meatballs
The addition of cranberry sauce in the glaze nicely complements the onion and other seasonings in these meatballs. Your guests will ooh and aah about them and immediately go back for more!

Really Good Veggie Dip
Although veggies are tasty on their own, this dip will take them to another level. To me, this veggie dip is the “best of the best.” I was lucky enough to get the recipe from the deli in my hometown.

Artichoke Wonton Wrappers
My mom has often made these for family Christmas Eve get-togethers. I love the look and taste, and recently found out how easy they are to create. A Christmas appetizer triple win!

More Merry & Bright Christmas Appetizer Bites:

Red Pepper Jelly
Red pepper jelly goes beautifully with cream cheese and crackers. I’ll show you how to make your own red pepper jelly, so you can get just the right amount of heat.

Christmas Tree Cheeseball
Deck the halls with cheese and fun! This colorful tree-shaped cheeseball is a show-stopper that is also a delight to put together. (IBC readers know how much I enjoy decorating Christmas trees!)

Fried Ravioli
This recipe is a fan-favorite probably because it’s super easy and oh-so tempting. It uses store-bought ravioli and three ready-made sauces for dipping. I even recorded a video to show you what to do.

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers
These Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Peppadew Peppers are a delicious bite-sized appetizer that’s ideal for the holidays. Sweet peppers, cream cheese, AND bacon. Could it get any better than that?

Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These mini-portobello mushrooms are divine! Their rich and hearty flavor and convenient bite-size make them a perfect nibble. I promise your guests will be begging for the recipe.

If you’re bored with the classic taco dip, switch things up and try this BLT Dip recipe. It’s a personal favorite!

Olive Wreath Holiday Appetizer
This Olive Wreath is a delicious and beautiful holiday appetizer idea. You can assemble it in minutes, and it adds a tasty and colorful touch to any party spread.

Want more tasty Christmas treats? Try these:

  • The Best Christmas Cocktail Recipes
  • My Favorite Christmas Cookies
  • Cheeseball Recipes for Every Season

I hope this round-up of ultimate Christmas appetizer recipes has inspired you.

Which recipes will you be making for your next big party? Which ones will you be surprising your friends or family with on a quiet evening at home during the holiday season? I’m confident everyone will love the Christmas appetizers you create.

21 quick Christmas party food recipes

1. Brie and pastrami melts

Prep time: 10 min

We wish we could eat party food every day when it tastes as good as this; olive and walnut toasts make the perfect base for a heavenly flavour combination of pastrami, oozing brie and pickled cornichons. This is one showstopper of a canapé.

2. Cheese fondue

Prep time: 15 min

The party hasn’t officially started until the fondue comes out. Cheesy, indulgent and perfect for cold-weather feasts – it doesn’t get much better than an oh-so-gooey fondue.

3. Salmon tartare blinis

Prep time: 15 min (+ curing time)

Salmon in its most saintly form, you can’t get any more classic than a tray full of gorgeous salmon blinis. If you’re looking for a canapé which takes minimal effort but supplies maximum flavour, this tartare blinis recipe is your guy. Perfect for a light bite on Christmas morning too.

4. Anchovy rarebit

Prep time: 25 min

Salty, savoury canapés like this anchovy rarebit recipe have a special place in our heart; you can leave it as it is or take it to the next level with delicate slivers of toast with capers and shallots. Bite-sized, savoury goodness indeed.

5. Spiced paneer with quick-pickled cucumber

Prep time: 25 min (plus marinating)

Could this be the new cheese and pineapple? We know these paneer bites will catch on; they’re topped with quick pickled cucumber to cut through the cheesy goodness and honestly, who could resist after taking one look at them…

6. Red onion chutney, olive and goat’s cheese twists

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min

There’s no doubt that red onion chutney, olive and goat’s cheese makes one heavenly trio. These extremely more-ish cheese twists are easier to make than you think, and you can create them up to 12 hours in advance. Sounds like a recipe for success.

7. Stilton date and walnut sausage rolls

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 25 min

It’s universally acknowledged that sausage rolls make the ultimate party food. We’ve taken this classic recipe one step further for the festive period, with a gorgeous combination of salty sausagemeat, stilton and sweet dates.

8. Cheesy choux wreath with hot smoked salmon and horseradish dip

Prep time: 35 min
Cook time: 25 min

Perhaps the easiest and most effective way to entertain, excite your dinner guests with an impressive tear-and-share cheesy profiterale wreath, served with a fiery smoked salmon, horseradish and cream cheese dip. It’s bound to get the party going.

9. Mini crayfish and crab brioche bites

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 15-20 min

We know that the seventies-style prawn cocktail is a dinner party staple, but it’s time to ramp things up a bit. These mini crayfish and crab brioche bites are the new nibbles in town, and they taste pretty perfect, if we do say so ourselves.

10. Cheesy polenta fritters

Prep time: 45 min

Dainty and cheesy morsels such as these polenta fritters will always go down a treat at any gathering. This recipe makes about 20 so it’s perfect for feeding a crowd; give them a go and watch them disappear in seconds.

11. Salmon terrine

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 15-20 min (plus overnight chilling)

A lovely little centrepiece to place on your festive table, this is a classic salmon terrine with a burst of pickled celery to cut through the richness. Simply delicious.

We’ve got mini versions too which would work well as a dainty starter.

12. Crab croquetas with romesco dipping sauce

Prep time: 1 hour (plus chilling)

It’s hard not to love croquetas, hailed for their crispy exterior and smooth, creamy insides. This gorgeous crab croqueta recipe with romesco dipping sauce will rival all others and will be the talk of the party.

13. Chocolate meringue kisses

Prep time: 10 min

Yes you heard that right… these charming chocolate meringue kisses only need three ingredients and take 10 minutes to make. A simple and effective sweet treat for the festive season.

14. Christmas pudding ice cream

Prep time: 10 min (plus freezing)

If you’ve got Christmas cake or pudding to spare, this recipe is a must. Use up any leftovers to make this knockout Christmas pudding with shop-bought ice cream, and you’ll be finished in just 10 minutes.

15. Mince pie rings

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 25 min

Adorable, more-ish and fittingly festive, these mini mince pies offer a twist on a classic recipe and will certainly draw in the crowds.

16. Brandy snaps with Baileys espresso martini cream

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 60 min

We’ve brought back the brandy snap for Christmas, and we think you should too. This Christmassy recipe is filled with a wonderful Baileys espresso martini cream for extra oomph. So good, so more-ish, they’ll be gone before you know it.

17. Vanilla pannacottas with sloe gin and rosemary jelly

Prep time: 35 min (plus setting)

Shop-bought pannacotta pales in comparison to these beauties. This is a gorgeous mini pud recipe, with a festive fuse of rosemary and gin-spiked jelly taking it from classic pannacotta to a really special dessert. Make these and it’ll be a party to remember.

18. White Russian roulade

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 10 min (plus cooling)

This is a sweet roulade recipe that’s bound to impress; a light chocolate sponge is filled with whipped cream and covered in chocolate curls. It’s Christmas, so we’ve also laced the cream with coffee liquer and vodka for a white Russian-inspired flavour. Devilishy boozy indeed…

19. Banana and hazelnut chocolate pots

Prep time: 40 min (plus chilling)

Arguably the ultimate dinner party pud, make this chocolate pot up to two days in advance to achieve unadulterated, chocolate heaven…

20. White chocolate, orange and ginger profiteroles

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 23 min

No one can resist the call of profiteroles, especially when they look this good. We’ve revitalised a 1970’s classic with white chocolate drizzle and a luscious orange and ginger cream filling to create a classic dessert with an exciting twist. The perfect festive mouthful!

21. Eggnog layer cake

Prep time: 60 min
Cook time: 30-35 min (plus chilling)

Looking for a festive show-stopping layer cake to adorn the Christmas party table? Say hello to this eggnog layer cake. Strictly for adults only, wait until you slice through rum-laced eggnog frosting to reveal a rich chocolatey interior, with more eggnog custard. You can slice it up and serve it to the crowds at your festive get-together.

With the holiday season in full swing, there are so many opportunities to get together with friends, family, and coworkers. But what are you going to serve?

Whether you’re planning a casual cocktail soiree, a formal Christmas dinner, or a blowout New Year’s bash, our round up of recipes from some of our favorite bloggers will help you to leave your guests with a smile on their faces, asking for the recipe. If you need just one plate to bring to a potluck, or a full buffet spread for your extended relatives who are arriving this weekend (with hungry appetites in tow), this is the round up for you!

Many of our holiday tables are a mashup of childhood favorites, cultural go-tos, and on-trend experiments, and many of the recipes below cross categories as well. We’ve done our best to fit them into a set of prevailing themes, but feel free to mix and match. The more, the merrier!

Start with a Little Starch

Pastry, pretzels, breads, crackers, cookies, and potato puffs – so many of our favorite finger foods for snacking are members of the carb family of culinary delights, and this is no exception at the holidays.

Pretzel Pastry Pigs with Hard Cider Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Photo © Feast in Thyme

Kristen Roberts takes classic pigs in a blanket to the next level, wrapped in homemade pretzel dough and served with a tangy cheese and cider sauce for dipping.

Get the recipe on Feast in Thyme.

Caprese Stuffed Baked Potato Skins

Photo © Evolving Table

You’re going to love this idea: new red potatoes, scooped out and filled with all of the makings of a caprese salad, drizzled with balsamic and melted under the broiler.

You’ll find the recipe on Evolving Table.

Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Bites

Photo © Fork in the Kitchen

Homemade sweet potato chips spread with goat cheese sprinkled with rosemary and thyme, and drizzled with honey. These impressive bites take just a few minutes to make.

Learn how to make Becca’s recipe now at Fork in the Kitchen.

Garlic and Rosemary Grissini

Photo © Flour Arrangements

These crisp Italian breadsticks are flavored with garlic and herbs, and you can make them into whatever shapes you like. These are perfect on a cheese platter, or served with antipasto before an Italian meal.

Check out Suzanne’s recipe now on Flour Arrangements.

Send Out the Seafood!

As a kid, I loved shrimp in all of its many forms. Whether it was a jumbo cocktail dipped by the tail into horseradish-laden sauce or those itty-bitty guys that they put in the egg rolls at my locals Chinese restaurant, I was a fan. That is, until I found out a few years ago that I apparently have a shrimp allergy. Please don’t bring these to my party, but feel free to enjoy them at your own!

Smoked salmon, on the other hand, is one of my all-time favorites. This recipe will undoubtedly make a splash at a ball drop or New Year’s brunch near you.

Spanish Garlic Prawns with Simple Garlic Butter Sauce

Photo © Compass and Fork

Smoked paprika plus lots of garlic and butter are the flavorful secrets to success for this recipe. Plus, there’s a shrimp buying guide in the post to help you purchase the best seafood to start your recipe off right.

Mark and Elizabeth share the recipe on Compass and Fork.

Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Photo © Evolving Table

Shrimp spring rolls made with brightly colored fresh veggies and herbs make a lovely presentation on your holiday table. Perfect for New Year’s, your guests can start the year off right with this healthy appetizer.

Get the recipe now on Evolving Table.

Breaded Prawns with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Photo © Rachel Phipps

Breaded in regular breadcrumbs or matzoh meal, these deep-fried shrimp are a fun alternative to the more traditional chilled cocktail.

You’ll find Rachel Phipps’ recipe here.

DIY Gin and Dill Cured Salmon

Photo © Rachel Phipps

Ready to try salmon sliced thin and cured at home with fresh dill, dried juniper berries, and a botanical gin? This holiday treat is so worth the extra effort! Served on homemade blini and topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprig of dill, your guests will be coming back for seconds and thirds of this brunch favorite.

Check out Rachel’s recipe here.

Beyond Fruitcake

Figs and other types of dried fruit are popular wintertime selections. For those who aren’t fans of fruit cake, we suggest the following small bites.

Fig and Cheddar Thumbprint Cookies

Photo © Feast in Thyme

Savory shortbread cookies filled with sweet fig jam, these bites take the messy element out of preparing a cheese platter for your guests. No cheese slicers, snack plates, or slate boards required! (OK, you can still serve them on slate if you want to…)

Get the recipe on Feast in Thyme.

Devils on Horseback

Photo © Compass and Fork

A festive retro treat, these bacon-wrapped prunes come from a recipe that dates back to Victorian times. The choice of prunes was a later addition (in place of oysters) but we think you’ll love the toothsome texture and the combination of sweet and savory flavors in this dish. Plus, with just two ingredients and a stack of toothpicks, you’re ready to party!

Find the recipe on Compass and Fork.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Medjool Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto

Photo © Feast in Thyme

Another satisfying combo of sweet and savory, these are easy to make, with no cooking required. Just stuff, wrap, and go!

Kristen shares the recipe on Feast in Thyme.

Fig Compote, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Photo © Fork in the Kitchen

Fig compote made with dried fruit, red wine, thyme, and cinnamon is slathered on toasted baguette slices with crispy bacon and goat cheese. It’s easy to make a vegetarian version sans bacon for the non-meateaters, but we’re betting the full version will be gobbled up in a flash.

Becca will teach you how to make these on Fork in the Kitchen.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts and Dates

Photo © Real Balanced

Bacon lovers will flock to this snack, the perfect combination of salty, crunchy, and sweet.

Sara at Real Balanced shares the recipe.

Sausage Bites with Fig and Pomegranate Mustard

Photo © Spoonabilities

Mini sausages on edible pretzel sticks, dipped in a fruity mustard. This one’s fun to eat, and you won’t find skewers and toothpicks stuck inconspicuously all around the house when the party’s over.

Find the recipe now on Spoonabilities.

Fresh and Fruity

No, we’re not talking about a special at your favorite diner. Fresh fruit makes a delightful appetizer, and there are so many different forms that are ideal for presentation at a holiday gathering.

Tangy Fruit Salsa with Baked Cinnamon Chips

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

A sweet fruit salsa is a nice surprise in a sea of savory options. Skip the fruit salad and serve this dippable blend of raspberry, blackberry, lime, kiwi, and peach instead, with home-baked cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.

Get the details from Amanda Mason on Recipes Worth Repeating.

Basil Strawberry and Cream Cheese Appetizer

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

Strawberries and basil are a winning combo with a touch of balsamic vinegar, and using frozen fruit sweetens the deal since it’s easily available year-round, and requires hardly any prep at all.

Learn how to make it on Recipes Worth Repeating.

South of the Border

Tex-Mex delights aren’t just for game day! Get the fiesta going with these cheesy, spicy bites.

Tamale Bites

Photo © A Spicy Perspective

Tasty finger food with simplified prep, these bites can be filled with your favorite shredded protein, whether it be chicken, beef, or pork.

Sommer shares the recipe on A Spicy Perspective.

6-Layer Mexican Pinwheels

Photo © Minimalist Baker

Filled with a homemade vegan Mexican cheese spread, refried beans, salsa, and fresh vegetables, a few of these are sure to tide your guests over until dinner is served.

Get the recipe now on Minimalist Baker.

Cheesy Bacon Jalapeño Corn Dip

Photo © Blooming Bites

Pure deliciousness in a bowl, you will be dipping your chips into this dip again and again. Cream cheese and mozzarella serve as the base for crispy bacon, corn and jalapeño, basil, parmesan, and cayenne, all baked to perfection in a cast iron skillet.

Tessa and Sammy share the recipe on Blooming Bites.

Taco Potato Skins

Photo © Eat Something Delicious

Want to save yourself some effort? Skip dinner and serve these instead! They’re everything you want in a cheesy beef taco, stuffed into a potato – dinner party success, with time leftover to bake a few batches of cookies.

Check it out on Eat Something Delicious.

Veggie Forward

A little crudité never hurt anyone. In fact, veggies are one of my favorite appetizers since they can be so hard to come by at otherwise decadent and comfort food-filled meals, with dessert to follow. Alongside the carrot sticks and bell pepper strips, try these roasted, raw, baked, blended, and fried options.

Baba Ghanoush Hummus

Photo © Felicia Lim

Two Mediterranean favorites in one, this tasty dip combines roasted eggplant with traditional hummus ingredients. Serve it with sliced veggies for dipping, or if you have time, triangles of homemade sour barley pita.

Get the recipe now on Foodal.

Vegetarian Wonton Bites

Photo © The Domestic Dietitian

Back in the day, when I helped to manage a catering business and cafe in Philadelphia, wonton cups were one of our favorite party tricks. They’re simple to make, with pre-made wonton wrappers in a mini muffin tin, and can be filled with just about anything. This version is stuffed with hummus and veggies, and topped with spicy sriracha.

You’ll find Brynn McDowell’s recipe at The Domestic Dietitian.

Gut-Friendly Artichoke Dip

Photos © Erika’s Gluten-free Kitchen

This gut-friendly dip is lactose-free and low FODMAP, so many diners will be able to indulge without rumbling tummies (in a bad way) as a result. Artichoke hearts are blended with dairy-free cheeses and sour cream, and the results are delightful.

Find the recipe now on Erika’s Gluten-free Kitchen.

Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Photo © The Fitchen

There’s no reason to overcomplicate things when it comes to stuffed mushrooms, and we love this version from Jordan and Clark Cord. Baby bella mushrooms play nicely with goat cheese that’s flavored simply with garlic, thyme, and a little salt and pepper.

Learn how to make these at The Fitchen.

Tahini-Free Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Photo © Real Balanced

This tahini-free hummus made with home-roasted peppers, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne is a flavorful and colorful alternative to the typical chickpea-based spread.

Sara shares the recipe at Real Balanced.

Veggie Tower with Creamy Cilantro Dip

Photo © Flour Arrangements

Like party games? Depending on the rowdiness of your guests, this one might end up on the floor. But before it’s reduced to a pile of veggie rubble (plus cheese and salami, if you like), they’ll marvel at the spectacle of this architectural presentation.

Suzanne will teach you how to build your own tower at Flour Arrangements.

Simple Thai Springrolls

Photo © Compass and Fork

Filled with ground pork, glass noodles, cabbage and other healthy veggies and pan-fried until golden, these spring rolls make a delectable finger food, served with plum or hoisin sauce for dipping. And the visual tutorial makes rolling these babies a piece of cake.

Get the recipe at Compass and Fork.

Start with Something Sweet (Chocolate Edition)

Some guests have more of a sweet tooth than others, and though my preferences tend towards the savory (or those delightful combos of savory and sweet) for noshing before a meal, people like what they like – and to each his own!

But I never say no to chocolate, and I know I am not alone. Don’t leave those chocoholic guests hanging. Select a few of the following appetizers that are on the sweeter side.

Brownie Roll-Out Cookies

Photo © Nikki Cervone

Get out the cookie cutters and roll out a batch of these delicious chocolate brownie cookies, then decorate them for a lovely presentation. If you’re not already a decorating pro, our guide to mastering royal icing can help!

Find the recipe now on Foodal.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

Photo © Eat Something Delicious

Cheesecake is a decadent favorite, and serving it in dip form is fun for guests. Well, at least for those guests who can still eat lactose-laden treats as adults, and who aren’t stressed about their holiday waistlines…

Surprise! This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and paleo. Served with crisp plantain chips, this will be the best guilt-free chocolate chip cheesecake you’ve ever had.

Learn more from Meagan at Eat Something Delicious.

Fudge Fat Bombs

Photo © Real Balanced

Fat bombs are beloved by adherents to the ketogenic diet, and coconut oil is a key ingredient. This fudge version will keep appetites at bay until dinnertime, made with healthy almond butter, coconut oil and flour, and a touch of Himalayan pink salt.

Sara at Real Balanced shares the recipe.

Sea Turtles

Photo © Eat Something Delicious

What makes these chocolate, pecan, and date clusters sea turtles, rather than some other variety? The sprinkling of sea salt on top, of course! A fun project to make with the kids, these candies are also dairy free.

You’ll find the recipe on Eat Something Delicious.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patty Fat Bombs

Photo © Real Balanced

Minty and sweet, these chocolatey treats are stuffed with creamy shredded coconut.

Check out the recipe on Real Balanced.

Go Nuts!

Nothing says “holiday time is here” like a bowlful of nuts in their shells, with a nutcracker alongside it. But this serving method can be messy, and is often eschewed in favor of more flavorful snacks. Dress up those nuts with these sweet suggestions.

Healthy Homemade Snickers Protein Bars

Photo © One Clever Chef

This copycat recipe is even better than the real thing, made with a homemade nougat base, layer of caramel, and a peanut topping, all coated in dark chocolate. Plus, these bars are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!

Gabriel shares his instructions at One Clever Chef.

Green Tea Walnuts

Photo © I Eat the Peach

A welcome alternative to the usual holiday spiced nuts, these are sweet and refreshingly bitter, with a deep walnut flavor. Plus, they’re rich in healthy antioxidants.

You’ll find Zoe Fenson’s recipe at I Eat the Peach.

Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars

Photo © Eat Something Delicious

Turn your favorite pie into finger food with this delicious recipe. Plus, they’re gluten free and dairy free, made with coconut flour, tapioca starch, coconut milk, and dates.

Check it out now on Eat Something Delicious.

Make the Carnivores’ Mouths Water

This was by far the most popular category among our contributors, and there are so many different cuisines and styles of cooking represented. If your crowd of meat-lovers will be gathering around the fire together this winter, try a few of the ideas in this section first.

Sticky Hot Chicken Wings

Photo © Spend With Pennies

These spicy baked wings are made with a secret ingredient to make them extra crispy. Sure, they’re messy. But the gang will love them!

Holly teaches us how to make them at Spend with Pennies.

Asian Steak Roll-Ups

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

Love steak? These grilled roll-ups are tasty parcels of a variety of vibrant veggies wrapped in thin-sliced sirloin, and marinated in ginger, garlic, and soy sauce.

Learn how to make these at Recipes Worth Repeating.

Asian Teriyaki Meatballs

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

These marinated and baked teriyaki beef meatballs are sprinkled with sesame seeds and brushed with a bit of extra teriyaki sauce before serving. Don’t forget the toothpicks!

Get the details now on Recipes Worth Repeating.

Pulled Pork BBQ and Sweet Potato Bites

Photo © Blooming Bites

Slow-cooked pulled pork served on roasted sweet potato slices with a smear of tangy cheese and topped with green onions. This ingenious app is so packed with flavor, we won’t blame you if you find yourself hovering around the buffet table for the rest of the evening when this dish is served.

Learn more on Blooming Bites.

Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

Photo © Evolving Table

Can you say irresistible? Take the work out of pre-dinner wings and serve shredded buffalo chicken instead, stuffed into celery sticks and drizzled with ranch dressing (or my personal preference, a chunky blue cheese).

London Brazil shares the recipe on Evolving Table.

Italian Antipasto Platter

Photo © Compass and Fork

An Italian antipasto platter is easy to throw together with a little something for everyone. But Mark and Elizabeth’s directions will help you to elevate your humble offerings to a level appropriate for a holiday fete with just a few simple twists.

Swap out the usual sliced cheese and cured meats for Parmigiano Reggiano with balsamic vinegar from Modena, a fresh caprese salad, and prosciutto with melon, and your guests will thank you.

Mark and Elizabeth share their instructions and tips at Compass and Fork.

Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaf

Photo © Compass and Fork

These traditional Thai tidbits are a special treat that you have got to try, if only once a year. And what better time to serve them than at the holidays?

The list of ingredients is long, but your taste buds will sing with the flavors of ground beef, garlic, ginger, shrimp paste and dried shrimp, galangal, palm sugar, lemongrass, fish sauce, and betel leaf on offer here. If these ingredients aren’t commonly found in your pantry at home, you should be able to find everything you need at your local Asian grocery store, and the results will be so worth it.

Get the recipe at Compass and Fork.

Calzone Rolls

Photo © Eat Something Delicious

For a pretty presentation that’s also delicious, this is one of my favorites on our list. The traditional calzone tends to be heavy and unwieldy, the kind of food that will lead you to curl up and take a nap shortly after eating it. But these mini bites stuffed with sausage, peppers, onions, pepperoni, mozzarella, and fresh basil, offer big flavor in a tiny package.

Just roll out your dough, layer with ingredients, and roll into a log, then slice and bake. Don’t forget the pizza sauce for dipping!

Meagan shares the recipe on Eat Something Delicious.


Ponying up to the buffet table at a holiday party can be a bit like diving into the deep end for those with food allergies and intolerances. Remember to check with your guests before your party to find out if they have any special dietary needs, or invite them to bring a platter to share. Eating with loved ones is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the holidays, and a little bit can go a long way in terms of making your guests feel welcome and included.

Soft Ginger Cookies

Photo by Felicia Lim

These gluten-free cookies are a nice alternative to the traditional holiday gingerbread, sweet and delicately spiced, and full of the ginger flavor that Santa and his elves (and holiday partygoers everywhere) so crave.

Find the recipe on Foodal.

Corn Dog Bites

Photo © Erika’s Gluten-free Kitchen

Love corn dogs? This homemade version is gluten free, and delicious with a dollop of mustard.

Get the recipe now on Erika’s Gluten-free Kitchen.

Spicy Cheese Straws

Photo © Queen of My Kitchen

A blend of gluten-free flour, parmesan, and cayenne pepper, these spicy cheese sticks are crisp and flavorful, and easy to cut into fun shapes for a nice presentation.

Mona shares the recipe at Queen of My Kitchen.

Easy Asian Deviled Eggs

Photo © Rachel Phipps

Miso, mayo, and sriracha flavor this Asian twist on classic deviled eggs, topped with a sprinkling of black sesame seeds, scallions, and cilantro.

Check out the recipe now, from Rachel Phipps.

Vegan Vittles

As with the gluten-free category, the items listed here are not necessarily the only vegan items on our list, but they stand out as recipes that vegans might typically be precluded from enjoying. I’d make it a point to let your vegan guests know that they can enjoy these specialties, but no one else needs to know that the cheese or fudge that they are gobbling down is actually vegan!

5-Minute Vegan Cheese

Photo © Hello Spoonful

This vegan cheese dip is made with macadamia nuts and nutritional yeast, and it’s easy to whip up in just a few minutes.

Elizabeth shares her recipe at Hello Spoonful.

Chocolate-Covered Coconut Protein Bounty Balls

Photo © One Clever Chef

These vegan coconut candies are sweetened with maple syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Oh, and don’t forget to add just a sprinkle of fleur de sel before the chocolate dries!

Learn how to make them at One Clever Chef.

Chive and Tahini Mini Twists

Photo © Kitchen Window Clovers

Put a twist on the usual flavored crackers and serve this chive and tahini version from Annie McGee instead. With a simple pizza dough base, you can easily make a gluten-free version of these braids as well.

Check out the recipe on Kitchen Window Clovers.

Vegan Vanilla Fudge

Photo © One Clever Chef

Yes, vegan fudge is a real thing, and it is delicious. Made with just four ingredients, these tasty bites are packed with protein.

You’ll find the recipe on One Clever Chef.

Add a Little Booze

A little drink before dinner is always nice, but it can be hard to juggle a martini glass and a plate full of snacks. For the best of both worlds, serve a few of these alcohol-infused appetizers instead.

Whiskey Chocolate Truffles

Photo © Felicia Lim

Whiskey and chocolate make an enticing combination, and what better way to enjoy it than in truffle form? If you’re a homemade candy newbie, you’ll love the simple presentation of these cocktail-inspired bites.

Learn how to make them now on Foodal.

Healthy Chocolate Rum Balls

Photo © One Clever Chef

Another vegan candy recipe that’s full of flavor, these bites are made with a base of almond flour, dates, cocoa powder, and plenty of dark rum.

Head over to One Clever Chef for detailed instructions.

Bourbon Caramel Popcorn

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

Coated in homemade bourbon caramel, this recipe is much simpler to make than the traditional popcorn balls, and easier to nibble on before the big meal as well.

Learn more on Recipes Worth Repeating.

Crostini, Toast, and Bruschetta

Whatever you call them, little circles of bread topped with sweet and savory ingredients, drizzled with something festive, and sprinkled with something fresh, make a satisfying snack to stave off hunger until the big meal arrives. And best of all, they’re some of the simplest appetizers to put together – so you can steer clear of holiday stress and enjoy the party.

Maple Pear Crostini

Photo © Mike Quinn

Buttered toast, ripe pears, salty parmesan, and sweet maple syrup all come together to form this simple, satisfying appetizer. If you can wield a knife and work a toaster oven, you can make this simple recipe.

Learn how to make this app now on Foodal.

Homemade Balsamic Bruschetta

Photos © Hunger Thirst Play

Match your decor with this red and green holiday bruschetta, made with fresh plum tomatoes and basil. And if you really want to go for it, add the optional mozzarella for extra decadence.

Lauren Falardeau Pariseau shares the recipe on Hunger Thirst Play.

Roasted Cherry Goat Cheese Crostini

Photo © Fork in the Kitchen

If you can find cherries in your neighborhood at this time of year, you absolutely must try these. Fresh cherries are pitted and then roasted with thyme, served on toasted baguette slices with a smear of goat cheese and a sprinkling of chopped basil. If you’re a fan of pairing savory herbs with sweet stone fruit, you will love these.

Check out the recipe on Fork in the Kitchen.

Garlic Mayo Chicken and Gruyère Crostini

Photo © Recipes Worth Repeating

Garlic mayo, chicken, and cheese, topped with a sprinkling of fresh basil and arranged on baguette rounds. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Prep the chicken breast and the mayo ahead of time, and enjoy the party.

Amanda shares her instructions on Recipes Worth Repeating.

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwich Bites

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Made with aged cheddar on crispy baguette slices, the addition of sauteed mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and fresh herbs takes these mini sandwiches over the top.

Learn more on Blooming Bites.

Cheese Platter

If you’re of the mind that no gathering would be complete without cheese and crackers, don’t forget to throw some added interest into your offerings. Make it something special with the following recipes.

Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie

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Made with frozen wild blueberries, shallots, and jalapeños, this tangy chutney pairs so nicely with the creamy brie.

Check out the recipe on The Domestic Dietitian.

Easy Cheddar Cheese Ball with Butter Roasted Apple Chips, Pecans, and Rosemary

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You’ll be in homemade cheese ball heaven with this holiday crowd-pleaser from Charity Beth Long – creamy cheese coated in a tasty mix of apple chips and pecans oven-roasted in butter, and chopped fresh rosemary.

Get the recipe on Vintage Kitty.

Puff Pastry Baked Brie with Fresh Fig Jam

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Repeat after me: you don’t have to be afraid of puff pastry, you don’t have to be afraid of puff pastry, you don’t have to be afraid of puff pastry.

Maybe you’re not ready to tackle making it from scratch just yet, but the frozen version is so easy to work with. You’ll love enrobing a wheel of brie with it, and topping it with homemade fresh fig jam.

Learn more on Hunger Thirst Play.

Marinated Cheese

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Super simple to make, two types of cheese are layered and marinated in a white wine vinegar dressing made with pimientos, garlic, parsley, scallions, and basil. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

Get the details on Recipes Worth Repeating.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

Photo © Fork in the Kitchen

Sweet with a touch of heat and packed with tangy goat cheese, these stuffed peppers come together in just minutes.

Learn how to make your own at home from Becca at Fork in the Kitchen.

Classic Cheese Straws

Photo © Rachel Phipps

Crunchy, buttery, and full of cheesy flavor with just a touch of spice, these classic crips are delicious served on their own or with hummus or your favorite dip.

Rachel Phipps shares the recipe.

Pimiento Cheese

Photo © Anne Wolfe Postic

No southern Christmas would be complete without a bowlful of pimiento cheese dip. Anne Wolfe Postic isn’t a purist, and her recipe allows for a lot of flexibility.

Anne says it’s easy to make with the ends of cheeses leftover in your fridge, Duke’s mayonnaise or even Miracle Whip (though I must say, I’m a lifelong Hellmann’s fan myself…), pimientos, worcestershire, hot sauce, and mustard.

But hold on a second – she says you can swap out the pimientos for whatever pickles you have on hand, or olives, and you might even be inclined to mix in some miso paste or Vegemite! Unconventional choices for sure, but I love Anne’s kitchen sink approach to making something great for a party with what you have on hand, and you will too.

Get the details here.

Cheese and Charcuterie Tree

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This fun snack arrangement designed for fall can take on a new form when it’s reworked for the holidays. You’ll have fun arranging evergreen-shaped boughs and putting those Christmas cookie cutters to work to make colorful decorative elements.

With Theresa’s guidance, let your imagination run free and make a lovely visual display that’s perfect for the season. Don’t forget to take a picture, because this one won’t last!

Learn more on Chewable Structures.

It’s Party Time!

Armed with these recipes, you’re ready to meet the pre-meal and snacking challenges of whatever events come your way this winter. There are so many delicious possibilities!

And to make your table complete, don’t forget to check out our guide to decorative napkin folding, and for a simple DIY evergreen arrangement tutorial.

What will you serve at your home, or bring to your next get-together this season? Share with us in the comments.


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About Allison Sidhu

Allison M. Sidhu is a foodie from Philly who is based in Los Angeles, where she loves exploring the local restaurant scene with her husband. She holds a master’s degree in gastronomy from Boston University. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up something tasty (or listening to the latest food podcasts while she does the dishes!) you’ll probably find Allison tapping away at her keyboard, curled up with a good book (or ready to dominate with controller in hand in front of the latest video game) on the couch, or devouring a food-filled magazine at the beach.