Easy Appetizer Ideas
Whatever the holiday season, it often means a reason to celebrate. Whether you are hosting a party for friends and family or the company work party, complicated and expensive appetizers are not necessary. Stick to these simple (and tasty) party snack ideas. Your guests will enjoy great food and conversation – and you won’t drain your budget or energy!
Simple Party Food Ideas
Meat & Cheese Cubes and Veggies & Fruit: These basic appetizer options are always great to serve. Not only are they easy, but they offer something for everyone to enjoy. Also, skip the premade trays to save some money. Head to the grocery store to find items like bags of cubed cheese, bite-sized smoked sausage, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes. Making your own trays can save you money and is worth the little bit of prep. Be sure to search for grocery coupons before heading to the store.
Appetizer Pinwheels: These are a classic party appetizer and my go-to recipe for parties. Why? Because they are easy-to-make crowd pleasers! Some classic ingredients and a few simple steps later you have appetizer pinwheels (at a fraction of the coast to buy them premade). See how I make my appetizer pinwheels here.
Almond Bark Coated Items: Almond bark (aka white candy/chocolate coating) is a staple baking item during the holidays. I love to use it to coat all kinds of items. Our family faves are Oreos and pretzel rods. Sprinkle on some colored sugars and you have a festive little treat.
A new favorite is what we call Celebration Crunch Snack Mix. This sweet and salty mix is perfect for munching at a party. Popcorn, almond bark, Cheerios and pretzels are the base of this recipe, but you can add in lots of other goodies too.
Grinch Fruit Kabobs: And just because every holiday party needs a little humor, try making Grinch Fruit Kabobs. These cute kabobs are sure to be conversation starters. Just layer a green grape, slice of banana, strawberry and mini marshmallow on a toothpick to bring the Dr. Seuss classic to life on your buffet.
What are the simple menu items that often appear at your parties?
I host a party for hubs coworkers each year. Many of the above items are my staple “go-tos”, but I would love to get some more party food ideas from you!
And want even more ideas on easy appetizer options? Check out the appetizer recipes from some of my blogging friends:
UPDATE: This has become another “go-to” on my party menu list. In fact, I often get asked, “Mary will you be bringing the corn dip”…
Black Bean, Corn and Feta Dip…. SOOOO Good!