37 Holiday Appetizers Perfect For Parties or Entertaining

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As much as I love to cook a big holiday meal, there’s a lot to be said for a meal that consists entirely of hors d’oeuvres. Growing up, my family always had appetizers on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas Day we’d have a big breakfast and head to family friends’ for Christmas dinner.

I thought our holiday appetizers tradition was unique until about five years ago.  Since moving to Chicago, I started spending the holiday with local friends and families, and as it turns out, a lot of families share in the Christmas Eve appetizer tradition in lieu of making two big dinners on Christmas, and again on Christmas Eve. 

If you don’t have holiday hors d’oeuvres on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and happens to be a perfect opportunity for easy yet elegant holiday appetizers. Here are a few must-try holiday appetizers that have one thing in common: they all pair perfectly with champagne.

Cheese Balls

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Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball from Creme de la Crumb

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball from Chef in Training

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Photo: Lemons for Lulu

Roasted Garlic Asiago Cheese Ball from Lemons for Lulu

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Photo: How Sweet Eats

White Cheddar, Roasted Almond and Crispy Sage Cheese Ball from How Sweet Eats

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Photo: Carlsbad Cravings

Bruschetta Cheese Ball from Carlsbad Cravings

Bacon Wrapped…

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Photo: Pinch of Yum

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese by Pinch of Yum

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Marinated Bacon Wrapped Scallops from Dishes Delish

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers from Add a Pinch

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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites from She Wears Many Hats

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Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce from Joyfully Healthy Eats

Crostini

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Cranberry Crostini from Cookie + Kate

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Photo: The Reluctant Entertainer

Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini from Reluctant Entertainer

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Photo: The Wanderlust Kitchen

Honey, Walnut and Goat Cheese Crostini from The Wanderlust Kitchen

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Onion & Fig Jam Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Brie and Prosciutto from Cooks with Cocktails

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Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Crostini

Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Crostini from Wry Toast

Dips and Spreads

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French Quarter Cheese Spread from Creative Culinary

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Garlic Herb Tomato Goat Cheese Dip from The Cookie Rookie

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Photo: The Kittchen

Classic Artichoke Dip from The Kittchen

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Photo: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Hot Crab Dip from Spicy Southern Kitchen

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Photo: Carlsbad Cravings

Brie Spinach Dip from Carlsbad Cravings

On a Stick

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Photo: Kitchen Swagger

Lamb Lollipops with Garlic and Rosemary from Kitchen Swagger

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Chicken Lollipops with Sweet & Spicy Sauce from Center Cut Cook

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Antipasto Skewers from The Sweetest Occasion

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Deep Fried Ravioli on a Stick from Just a Taste

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Pizza on a Stick from Artisan Bread in Five

Meatballs

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Photo: The Cozy Apron

Crispy Caprese Meatballs Stuffed with Mozzarella from The Cozy Apron

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Photo: Recipe Runner

Bourbon Apple Cider Glazed Turkey Meatballs from Recipe Runner

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Photo: The Food Charlatan

Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs from the Food Charlatan

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Cranberry Orange Meatballs from Meatloaf and Melodrama

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Firecracker Chicken Meatballs from Little Spice Jar

Just Plain Awesome

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Photo: Host the Toast

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread from Host the Toast

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Photo: Fox and Briar

Cranberry and Brie Mini Tarts from Fox and Briar

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Photo: Oh Sweet Basil

Ranch Slow Cooker Chex Mix from Oh Sweet Basil

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Photo: Eclectic Everyday

Christmas Tree Pull Apart from Eclectic Everyday

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Photo: Healthy Seasonal

Roasted Cranberry and Goat Cheese Flatbreads from Healthy Seasonal Eats

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Photo: Always Order Dessert

Puff Pastry Shells with Chorizo, Dates and Pine Nuts from Always Order Dessert

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Photo: Inspired Taste

Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups from Inspired Taste

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