One of my favorite holiday traditions is my family’s annual Christmas party every December. We spend several days cooking and preparing our party spread, complete with my dad’s Swedish meatballs, my mom’s caramelized onion and feta cheese pizza, and my selection of seasonal desserts. Then on a Sunday night, we fill our house with dear friends and enjoy a fun night of laughter and holiday merriment. Since I’m miles away from home and missing out on the festive affair this year, I’m living vicariously through some of my favorite holiday recipes on the web, storing them away for next year. These party appetizers don’t equal hours in the kitchen (meaning more time for fun!), and are guaranteed crowd-pleasers at any gathering. Click through for 10 recipes that have me drooling, and let me know what your go-to party appetizer is this season!


Avocado and Pomegranate Crostini, Love and Lemons

Colorful Crudite, Saveur

Herbed Cheese Straws, Camille Styles

Baked Camembert with Pears, Food & Wine

Upside-Down Mushroom Tartlets, Martha Stewart

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles, How Sweet Eats

Goat Cheese and Apricot Truffles, Saveur

Corn Fritters, Country Living

Prawn, Caper and Chive Crostini, Gratinee Blog

Buttery Roasted Chestnuts, Bon Appetit

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Comments (7)
  1. 1
    louie and coco December 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Great post, we will definitely try the “Baked Camembert with Pears” recipe. Hopefully, it will end up on our Christmas menu.

  2. 2
    Christina December 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Yumm! These all look amazing! xoxo

  3. 3
    Katya December 12, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing these pretty and yummy ideas!

  4. 4
    Elizabeth Dunn December 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    These all look great! Right now I’m loving goat cheese stuffed figs wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and then baked. A friend of mine also made homemade pepper jelly from peppers from her garden that she gifted me with…so cheese and pepper jelly and crackers!

  5. 5
    preppyandfunny December 15, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    love appetiers in general and these ideas are amazing!

  6. 6
    Jenna November 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I’m not sure if it is the website or my devices but on both my phone and separate computer, this webpage doesn’t let me view the gallery. Would love to read more about the apps!