On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when the family visits, there are appetizers. Having an idea of great appetizers prior to the day is important. Planning with your family the menu and then who will bring what is key. This year, have the menu planned out with the best appetizers for your Christmas party. Read on to find out what appetizers you should have this year!
1. Shrimp and cocktail sauce
To begin, let’s talk about a classic dish that many families keep out on during appetizers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This is a quick, easy and delicious appetizer that you can refill multiple times throughout the afternoon with more. It is simple to make and put together and everyone will love it. I know that during our Christmas Day festivities, we probably go through two pounds of shrimp.
2. Olive Oil and dipping bread
Another great easy appetizer to have out on Christmas Eve and Christmas and Day is Olive Oil and dipping bread. EVOO brand Olitalia has a great tasting olive oil that is perfect and goes really well with small cut pieces of Italian bread. Olitalia believes all great cooking revolves around great oil. Olitalia is the #1 brand most used by chefs in Italy and is now available for home cooking in the US. Look for Olitalia at Eataly locations.
Just like as the restaurants, we love to show off a bit by including tasty treats. The best way to store olive oil is in a dark and cool location in your home. Do not put it in the refrigerator! You can create your olive oil dish the same day of the party and do not save the olive oil appetizer after it has been used.
3. Christmas Vegetable Tray
If you are having appetizers, why not create a fun Christmas looking one? All you need are a few different types of veggies, hummus and an imagination! Creating a Christmas wreath out of broccoli, peppers and tomatoes is an easy and creative way to decorate your appetizer table for your Christmas party. The video below shows how moms can make their Christmas veggie tray.
4. Crab stuffed mushrooms
Another great appetizer to have on the table is crab stuffed mushrooms. These do need to be prepped before hand and made the day before. Then on the day of the party, put them in the oven to warm them up! But once they are made, they are worth the effort!
5. Grinch Kabobs
Looking for a fun and healthy snack? Grinch Kabobs are the best appetizers for Christmas parties! These are super easy to make. Toothpicks, strawberries, bananas, grapes, and marshmallows. Watch the video below to see how to make them! Quick and easy healthy snacks are a favorite during the holidays!
6. Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
Seriously, these are amazing! Got our recipe over at Inspired By Charm and it is super easy to make and will not disappoint your guests! Cooking time is about 7-9 minutes and prep time is minimal.
7. Cheesy Artichoke Dip
Who doesn’t love artichoke dip? Especially when it includes cheese! You wont be able to keep your guests away from this one. Topped with toasted breadcrumbs makes it even more irresistible!
In the end, Christmas parties are about spending time with family and your loved ones. Working moms are always busy and trying to find time to get anything done, so make sure to enjoy it! Creating an exciting party with great food is just a benefit. Enjoy every minute that you can with your guests and keep the creating to us! No matter what you put our your guests will love it. Keep it simple by following our ideas above and spend the extra time with your guests. Merry Christmas!
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