Easy Holiday Appetizers for Relaxed Entertaining

Easy Holiday Appetizers on AprilJHarris.com
I’m convinced that the secret to relaxed holiday parties are easy holiday appetizers. Serving appetizers and cocktails keeps things informal, your guests relaxed, and makes things easy on the hosts as well. All of the appetizers I’m sharing in this post are either easy to put together at the last minute or make ahead wonders that will make entertaining a breeze. Pin this post for easy reference!

I almost always start with a vegetable tray as part of my appetizer selection.

Easy Holiday Appetizers on AprilJHarris.com

The veggies can be prepared ahead and refrigerated until your guest arrive. Sliced vegetables look so colourful and they  go perfectly with just about any dip, especially this one.

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Easy Holiday Appetizers

Easy Holiday Appetizers on AprilJHarris.com

Served with tortilla chips as well as a veggie tray, My Easy Nacho Dip is definitely the easiest of my easy holiday appetizers. It takes less than ten minutes to put together and everyone loves it.

Red Pepper Crostini Topping on AprilJHarris.com
You can make my Red Pepper Crostini Topping ahead of time. It’s incredibly versatile and can be used for canapés, crostini or even to top mini pizzas. It also makes a great meze dish.

Easy Holiday Appetizers on AprilJHarris.com
My Crab Pate can be used to make canapés or top biscuits or bruschetta and it can be made up to a couple of hours ahead of time too.

Easy Holiday Appetizers on AprilJHarris.com

This Bacon Cream Cheese Appetizer is a real show-stopper. Cut open the deliciously easy crust (made from crescent rolls or chilled ready made croissant dough) to reveal melted cream cheese laced with bacon, onions and parsley. Guests can cut pieces off to enjoy or dip crackers into  the creamy cheesy goodness. There’s a vegetarian option as well. Let’s just say I usually make two!

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I sometimes serve cookies or squares with coffee to round out the evening. An alternative to this is a fruit plate, a little taste of summer in the cooler months.

The great thing about these easy holiday appetizers is that you can keep the ingredients for many of them on hand. This makes them perfect for serving to last minute guests as well as at parties planned in advance. I generally keep a bowl of Red Pepper Crostini Topping on hand in the fridge ‘just in case’, as well as the ingredients for Nacho Dip and the Bacon Cream Cheese Appetizer. And although I like to use fresh crab meat for my Crab Pate, you can use canned in a pinch. This means you can keep the ingredients for that in your store cupboard and fridge as well.

Easy holiday appetizers are definitely the key to relaxed holiday entertaining – so you can have just as much fun as your guests!

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.

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  1. The appetizers look so delicious , festive and easy to put together, April!

  2. These appetizers all sound so good. I love anything that you can easily throw together with things you have on hand.

  3. I love anything that makes Christmas day easier. Such great ideas! I especially love that red pepper crostini topping.

  4. These all look and sound delicious! And I agree…simple and flavorful is the way to go for a stress free party!

  5. I totally agree, the host needs to have a good time too. These are all delicious appetizers to serve, thank you for sharing.

  6. Such a great post.. Those appetizers look so delish..!! Love ideas that help make Christmas day easier.

  7. Hi April,
    What a great collection of appetizers and perfect for all the holidays! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  8. April, I love your selection of easy holiday appetizers you can assemble quickly. So colorful and festive! Shared around! Happy Holidays my friend!

  9. April, I just love your collection of holiday appetizers…so festive and easy to make! Enjoy the holiday season my friend!

  10. Some lovely ideas here April, making me hungry 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop.

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