~ These Cute Christmas Appetizers make any gathering feel more festive! Loaded with personality and far more pizazz than typical appetizers, these recipes have real WOW factor! Great ideas for everything from appetizer buffets to holiday potluck get-togethers, or as starters for a special Christmas dinner. ~
Everything should feel more festive at Christmastime – and food is no exception. (I mean … why stop with only decking your halls, when you can deck out your tables, too!?!)
At this time of year, you want your recipes to be extra-special. To be true attention-grabbers that everybody comments on … and eagerly requests year after year.
These cute Christmas appetizers are perfect examples!
They go beyond typical party snacks to really shout “Merry Christmas”!
They’re the kind of nibbles everyone at the party will gravitate to. Practically worthy to be centerpieces!
You’ll notice that some of these Christmas-themed appetizers rely on clever shapes. Like turning “regular” recipes into cute things like ornaments, Santa, or Christmas trees.
And, some of them are just so darn Christmas-y because of their colors and holiday flavors.
Some of ’em have it all – fun shapes, Christmas colors, cute presentation … the works!
Choose one … or several. Tuck the ideas away for last-minute gatherings that pop up, and for the moments you really, really want to impress.
These look just like little ornaments! Green chives and crimson cranberries lend lots of festive color, and pecans add irresistible crunch – both inside, and out. They can be made ahead, too (but be sure to note the suggestion to add the pretzels just before serving).
An absolute party headliner! Layers of scrumptious, bold Mediterranean flavors make it addictive … and its cute holiday “tree” shape makes it the centerpiece of any buffet. But, luckily, it’s quick and easy to whip up. (We’re talking 10 minutes here – seriously!) So, you definitely won’t mind when everyone requests that you make it year after year!
To make this showstopper, simply arrange antipasto skewers into a cheer-filled wreath shape and decorate with aromatic rosemary. Includes a long list of possible ingredient options, plus suggestions for keeping the color scheme Christmas-y.
These minis are adorably petite – an ideal size for guests to pop in their mouthes as they breeze by the food table. These would be great practically any time of year, but the red and green colors make them holiday-perfect!
I love her "Lighten Up" tip to swap in nutritious ingredients like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, and maybe even make the top star out of a bell pepper. So many options ... and super cute no matter what you choose!
This idea is so easy to assemble, and it gives everyone plenty of options to pick and choose just the snackies they like best. My favorite part of all might be her suggestions on how to make those cute rosettes out of the deli meats!
For a heartier Christmas appetizer, cut mini sandwiches into iconic winter shapes, like these little Christmas trees. (With suggestions for the best cutter shapes to use and different fillings to try.)
When you're talkin' easy Christmas appetizers, this is seriously about as easy as it gets ... but still so darn cute! Notice the extra-special touch of cutting the accompanying toasts into ornament shapes – ingenious!
Tasty bruschetta toasts are arranged like a Christmas tree, then made even more jolly with the addition of mozzarella balls and rolled prosciutto "decorations." You can offer extra toasted baguette slices and a bowl of additional topping, so people can make their own bruschetta appetizers as they choose.
Does your party's guest list include young kids? They'll adore these charming Grinch hats and Banana Santas!
Cute Christmas First Course Ideas
If you're looking for more of an appetizer course – an impressive starter to kick off a plated, sit-down meal – then what you might need is actually a fun, Christmas themed salad. Any of these next ideas would be a terrific choice!
The beloved, classic chicken Cobb salad gets a holiday twist! Hearts of romaine lettuce are perfectly suited to become a “Christmas tree,” complete with tomato-ornaments, a golden pepper-star … even packages under the tree! Surprisingly simple to make, and can even be made ahead!
A refreshing option for holiday brunches, or to break up a heavy, savory Christmas dinner menu. And don't worry if you can't find star fruit for the adorable toppers – we've got tips for using pineapple instead!