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11 Tasty Appetizer and Cocktail Ideas for Your Christmas Party

Celebrate the holiday season by whipping up these festive foods and drinks.

Lilly Blomquist


Your post-Thanksgiving food coma has finally started to subside, but the tasty treats haven’t stopped. As soon as Thanksgiving dinner ends, gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate replace pumpkin pies and apple cider. The month of December is the perfect excuse to indulge in delicious holiday delicacies, and there’s no better way to enjoy the endless food and drink concoctions than by serving them at a Christmas party.

Food and drinks are an important part of any celebration, especially during the holiday season. Since the holidays are a special time of year, Christmas parties deserve extraordinary starters and beverages. But, the pressure of finding the perfect recipe that fits your party can be stressful and exhausting, and that’s before you start getting busy in the kitchen. 

To keep your stress levels in check, we’re here to share some ideas for Christmas appetizers and cocktails, which will add a festive flair to your holiday party and please any crowd. These items not only taste delicious, but they’ll also double as holiday decorations with their Instagram-worthy appearances. From Christmas shapes to red and green hues to seasonal ingredients, these appetizers and drinks will create the right ambiance for your Christmas party. Plus, they’re easy to make! (And, dare we say it: fun!)

Whether you’re looking to prepare hors d'oeuvres and drinks for a cocktail party or want to tide everyone over until you serve the food at a dinner party, these festive and flavorful dishes and drinks will enhance any party’s atmosphere. 

First up, here are five tasty appetizer ideas:

1. Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini 


Photo Credit: The Recipe Rebel

These bite-sized apps are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The mix of fresh and juicy cranberries plus salty and sizzling bacon over an ooey-gooey mound of cheese will melt in your mouth. Top that off with a crunch from the baguette and walnuts, and everyone will be reaching for seconds.

Read the full recipe at The Recipe Rebel.

2. Gluten-Free Chip and Guacamole Bites


Photo Credit: My Gluten-Free Kitchen

A pre-portioned serving of chips and guacamole is a great option if you want to steer clear from anyone who might double dip or take more than their fair share. And the appetizers look like mini Christmas wreaths, so they’ll supplement your holiday decor. They have the perfect dip-to-chip ratio, and they’re super easy to make. 

Read the full recipe at My Gluten-Free Kitchen.

3. Cranberry Caramelized Onion Cheese Spread


Photo Credit: Recipe Girl

Cheese and crackers are the quintessential party appetizer. This Christmas version puts a sophisticated spin on a crowd favorite by adding seasonal cranberries and caramelized onions. The cranberries will give the dish a Chrissmasy red color, and the sweet and salty flavors will satisfy anyone’s palate. 

Read the full recipe at Recipe Girl.

4. Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Bites


Photo Credit: Well Plated by Erin

With just one bite, you’ll get a yummy taste of sweet sun-dried tomatoes, creamy pesto and melted cheese. The red and green garnishes will top off the appetizer, and they’ll also add a finishing touch to your party decor.

Read the full recipe at Well Plated by Erin

5. Guacamole Christmas Wreath Appetizer 


Photo Credit: Veggies Save the Day

Yes, guacamole is on this list twice, but it’s not just because avocados are a trendy superfood. Preparing guacamole doesn’t take much effort, and the green hue fits any Christmas color scheme. Serve guacamole in the shape of a Christmas wreath, and add cherry tomatoes and cilantro to look like holly. This guacamole wreath is perfect if you’d rather dive in and take as much guac as you want than serve individual portion sizes.

Read the full recipe at Veggies Save the Day.

Now that we have the apps taken care of... cocktail anyone? Here are our six favorite Christmas cocktail and drink ideas.

6. Christmas Sangria 


Photo Credit: Cake ‘n Knife

If you’re looking to wash down all of the delicious apps with something cool and refreshing, a glass of sangria will do the trick. The seasonal fruit paired with the chilled alcohol will satisfy your sweet tooth and add a nice kick to the beverage. Garnish the drink with rosemary sprigs for an earthy flavor and a Christmas decoration.

Read the full recipe at Cake ‘n Knife

7. Grinch Punch


Photo Credit: Eating on a Dime

Just like the Grinch tried to steal Christmas, this Grinch punch will steal the show at your Christmas party. This is a good non-alcoholic drink option to serve at a family Christmas party. But, the best part is: This drink has only three ingredients, so the whole preparation process will be painless and stress-free.

Read the full recipe at Eating on a Dime

8. North Pole Cocktail


Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

Taking a sip of this chocolatey, creamy cocktail will feel like you’ve been transported to the North Pole. Give everyone at your party the gift of a winter wonderland with an alcoholic beverage that tastes like dessert. Use peppermint sticks and whipped cream for a festive garnish and an additional sweet treat.

Read the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

9. White Christmas Mojito


Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, whip up a batch of these mojitos to make it feel like your wish has been granted. Coconut rum and coconut milk give this drink its white-as-snow color, and the pomegranate seed and mint leave garnish combo gives all the Christmas feels.

Read the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

10. Holiday Mule 


Photo Credit: Home Sweet Jones

Wondering how you can serve up a taste of the summer in the cold weather? This festive spin on a mezcal mule combines cranberry juice and ginger beer for a fresh and seasonal drink. Add orange slices to the cocktail for a citrusy tang. 

Read the full recipe at Home Sweet Jones

11. Eggnog Cocktail 


Photo Credit: Mantitlement

Taking a few sips of this smooth and rich cocktail will get any Christmas party started. If you feel like getting creative in the kitchen, you can make homemade eggnog. But, if you want to save yourself from doing extra work, pair store-bought eggnog with a hint of cinnamon and a splash of vodka.

Read the full recipe at Mantitlement.