Whether you're throwing a full-fledged party or just having a few friends over, these 10-minute Holiday Appetizers will keep your mouth full and your stomach happy.
Browse this list of 36 quick and easy appetizers to find something tasty to make for your holiday gathering or Christmas day snacking. And it will only take 10 minutes!
Small plate appetizers are one of my favorite food groups. My family loves to do a movie night in with a meal of small bites.
And when it comes to having people over near the holidays, it's a great way to entertain without having to make a full meal.
Why These Recipes Work
With so many reasons to celebrate during the holiday season, your calendar is probably filled with parties.
Whether you’re hosting or need a dish to bring to a get-together, there’s no reason to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a delicious menu item.
With the help of these 10-minute holiday appetizers, you can whip up a tasty treat for your next party in a matter of minutes!
But just because these low-prep recipes are quick and easy to make in 10 minutes doesn’t mean they don’t look and taste amazing.
From no-bake snacks perfect for a party to yummy appetizer recipes made with a handful of ingredients, each of these quick recipes are perfect for any get-together.
Your guests will have no idea they only took 10 minutes to prepare! For sure these are the best appetizers for the holidays.
Hint: Your appetizer menu will depend on what type of party you are hosting and how many people you invite.
How Many Appetizers Do I Need
If you are just hosting another family, you could get away with one batch of 2-3 holiday party apps. If you are hosting a larger party, you may need to do a little more calculating.
A good rule of thumb is if there will be dinner served, account for 6 pieces per person. If you are having a cocktail party, plan on 12 pieces per person.
You can fill in these appetizers with dips, and store-bought items like veggies trays, salads and a charcuterie board.
Holiday Appetizer Serving Tips
After you prepare these delicious Christmas party appetizers, you’re going to want to create an amazing display! I spent a few years in catering at a hotel and set up SO MANY appetizer tables.
With these simple tips, you can set up a beautiful food display for your Christmas party in minutes:
Pick the Right Plates
The key to creating an amazing holiday party display is to select the right serving dishes. Using solid colors, like white or silver, will help the food stand out. The plates don't need to match but should coordinate.
After that, try creating a more interesting display with plates in different shapes and sizes.
Most food looks better served on smaller plates where they take up more space and that includes serving. The table will look more full and decadent if there is less white space from the plates.
Set out appetizer plates for guests to use which will keep them from loading up and wasting food. They are always welcome to get another helping but you want to make sure they don't take too much at once.
Another simple way to create a more visually interesting food display is to add height to your food table. Tiered serving trays are perfect for displaying appetizers.
Or use food risers to lift up some of your dishes and easily add some height to your display. An easy way to do this is to grab a sturdy box from your garage and wrap it in fabric or an extra tablecloth. (Or wrap it like a Christmas present!).
Then just set the serving platter on top of the box. Different levels are easy to achieve and a nice (and easy) visual look to the table.
Fill with Holiday Decor
After arranging your serving platters and trays on your table, use holiday decorations to fill in blank spots on the table.
Evergreen sprigs, a fun garland, colorful ornaments, and twinkle lights are all simple ways to quickly add a holiday look to your appetizer table.
You can fill jars with sugar and bottle brush Christmas trees to create fun wintery scenes.
Hang a DIY knotted garland on the wall behind the table (or laid on the table) for a super simple decoration that you can easily make beforehand.
If you want to keep things really simple, simply create a food station on the counter and have guests serve from there.
After all, entertaining should be about spending time together and not making things harder on yourself.
How Do You Keep Appetizers Warm
There’s nothing worse than biting into a cold appetizer when it’s supposed to be warm! Make sure your guests enjoy their food the way it’s intended with these quick tips:
Use the Oven
Set your oven to warm, then place all your hot appetizers on baking sheets. Cover the sheets with foil to keep the food from drying out, then store the appetizers in the warm oven until your guests arrive.
Use a Slow Cooker
Appetizers like dips and meatballs can be served in your slow cooker to ensure they stay warm for your guests. Set the slow cooker to warm, then add your appetizers, along with a serving spoon to make it easy for your guests to serve themselves.
A Buffet Warming Tray also works like a slow cooker without taking hours to heat up.
Try Chafing Dishes
Another great way to keep your food warm for your guests is with the help of chafing dishes. These dishes are set over burning flames, helping keep the food inside warm for an extended period of time.
Chafing dip appetizers are especially great if you have a larger crowd to serve.
Aluminum foil is a simple way to seal in the heat in your dishes until you’re ready to serve them. As you’re arranging your serving platters on your food table, cover each of the plates with foil.
The foil will help seal in the heat as you wait for your guests to arrive. Right before the party starts, remove the foil to display the best holiday appetizers.
Shop Appetizer Supplies
- Mini Tong Set in Gold (includes 6 tongs)
- This sectioned Condiment Tray would look great on any party table.
- 6-Inch Skewers are a great way to serve meatballs or other small bites that don't really need a fork.
- These Wood and Gold Food Stands are cute and are made to be seen.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
- Artichoke Dip Sliders are a fun twist on a classic party dip.
- A Dried Beef Cheese Ball is a great make-ahead appetizer that only takes a few minutes to prepare.
- Beer Cheese Dip is full of flavor and a great hearty warm dip to serve a crowd.
- Blue Cheese Potato Chips Nachos will have everyone fighting over the tray.
- Mediterranean Bites with Feta in phyllo shells are crunchy and full of flavor!