The Best 35 Appetizers and Cocktails for your Holiday Party

35 of the Best Holiday Appetizers and Cocktails to serve at your next party! Bring one of these creative appetizers or cocktails and I guarantee you’ll be the star of the party – everything is easy to make, can be prepped ahead of time and absolutely delicious!

Need more holiday appetizer or cocktail inspiration, check out my roundup of 45 of the Ultimate Holiday Party Recipes or my 32 Easy Party Appetizers for a Holiday Party.

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My Favorite Holiday Appetizers & Cocktails

Do you host parties during the holidays or do you just attend them? In either case, you are going to have to make an appetizer, dessert or cocktail to bring to that party.

Am I right?

Well, today I’m taking all the stress out of “what to bring.” I’m giving you 35 of the BEST Holiday Appetizers and Cocktail Recipes to bring to your next party! These are ALL tried, tested and approved by ME! And trust me, I’m probably the hardest critic! So you are going to love the flavor and ease of each of these recipes! So let’s get started, shall we?

Holiday Appetizers

How to Make an Epic Holiday Cheese Board – this post is awesome because it has step by step photos of how to board your board. Makes things super easy!

close up photo of an epic holiday cheese board

Easy Garlic Marinated Olives & Feta, you only need 6 ingredients for this one and 15 minutes. Can’t get easier than that!

garlic marinated olive and feta recipe

Mini Baked Crab Cakes made in a muffin tin, each bite is filled with lump crab meat, lemon, gluten free panko and yogurt then topped with a spicy Sriracha Sauce.

photo of mini baked crab cakes with sriracha sauce on a plate

Easy Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp baked in the oven in just 10 minutes! The perfect party appetizer for the holidays.

overhead photo of baked lemon garlic butter shrimp

Bacon Wrapped Figs filled with a herb goat cheese make the perfect sweet & salty combo. But you’re gonna want to make a double batch of these. Trust me!

overhead photo of bacon wrapped figs with herb goat cheese on a fork and plate

Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms make the best savory appetizer! Each mushroom is stuffed with a cream cheese spinach sausage mixture that you’ll swoon over!

photo of cheesy sausage stuffed mushrooms on a plate

This Caprese Skewer Wreath served with a bowl of pesto in the middle makes such a festive appetizer for the holidays! Perfect for a party!

overhead photo of caprese skewers wreath with peso and a hand grabbing a skewer

Smoked Gouda & Apple Crostini drizzled with Honey, this crostini hits all the high notes – sweet, salty, savory and crunchy!

smoked gouda and apple crostini with honey

Easy Caprese Chicken Skewers drizzled with a homemade Balsamic Glaze – these make the ULTIMATE party appetizer! 

Easy Caprese Chicken Skewers drizzled with a homemade Balsamic Glaze absolutely irresistible and make the ULTIMATE party appetizer! Just watch these gluten free caprese bites disappear from the appetizer table! #ad

Say hello to the star of your appetizer table – Crock Pot Cranberry BBQ Meatballs. Each meatballs is covered in a sweet & savory Cranberry BBQ sauce that’ll make you swoon.

crock pot cranberry bbq meatballs

Easy Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp made in the oven in 10 minutes, served with a homemade Cocktail Sauce. I guarantee you’ll fall in love!

garlic herb roasted shrimp with cocktail sauce

Crispy Garlic Parmesan Baked Chicken Wings – these healthy chicken wings are still as crispy and delicious as ever! The perfect party appetizer that I guarantee will disappear quickly.

CRISPY GARLIC PARMESAN CHICKEN WINGS - baked instead of fried but these classic chicken wings are still as crispy and delicious as ever! The perfect party appetizer or game day treat! | joyfulhealthyeats.com | Gluten Free Recipes

Asian Crockpot Meatballs covered in a sweet & spicy asian sauce you’ll love! An effortless way to make tender & delicious meatballs that are perfect for a party!

asian crockpot meatballs with skewers in them

Festive Christmas Wreath Antipasto Skewers with peppered salami, mozzarella balls, olives, cherry peppers, artichokes and fresh basil. An easy healthy appetizer that’s perfect for the holidays.

overhead photo of christmas wreath antipasto skewer

Wow your guests with these Tender Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Bites charred on the grill and served with a homemade creamy horseradish sauce! OMG!

A game day appetizer you'll be fighting over! Tender Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin Bites chargrilled and served with a homemade creamy horseradish sauce! OMG! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #ad

Light & Fresh Cucumber Bites topped with a zesty Herb Cream Cheese and sweet Piquillo Peppers. The perfect refreshing appetizer recipe for your next party!

Fresh Simple Cucumber Bites topped with a zesty Herb Cream Cheese and sweet Piquillo Peppers. The perfect refreshing appetizer recipe for your next party! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree #vegetarian

Easy Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip Wonton Bites filled with homemade spinach artichoke dip and topped with a tomato. It’s festive and delicious!

Spinach Artichoke Dip Wonton Bites | Easy Healthy Appetizer Recipes

Gimme all the Bruschetta! Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Whipped Goat and a Balsamic Reduction Drizzle a quick appetizer that everyone will love!

Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Whipped Goat and a Balsamic Reduction Drizzle - an appetizer that everyone will love and only takes minutes to make! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Everyone loves a good cheese ball, but your guest will fall in love with these bite size Assorted Holiday Goat Cheese Balls! Coat each one differently for a fun look – fresh dill, chives, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds!

assorted holiday goat cheese balls

Delicious Balsamic Italian Sausage Crostini topped with Whipped Goat Cheese and caramelized onions. YES! This is the perfect savory party appetizer for the holidays.

This Balsamic Italian Sausage Crostini topped with Whipped Goat Cheese is the perfect party appetizer to wow your guests for the holidays. It's fancy, delicious, and so easy! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks wrapped in wonton wrappers, filled with gooey cheese, baked until golden brown and served with marinara sauce. Definitely a holiday must!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks wrapped in wonton wrappers, filled with gooey cheese, baked until golden brown and served with marinara sauce. These mozzarella sticks are the perfect party appetizer, sure to please a crowd!

Easy Holiday Cocktails

First things first, know how to pair your wine with each course like a rockstar sommelier with this easy to follow Wine Guide.

a photo red and white wine bottles

Harvest Apple Bourbon Cocktail, cinnamon infused Bourbon mixed with apple juice and sparkling water make this holiday cocktail flavorful, easy and light. 

harvest apple bourbon cocktail in a pitcher

Mulled Apple Cider spiked with spiced rum makes for a fun cocktail for the holiday season! Infused with cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove and allspice to warm you right up!

hot spiked mulled apple cider in a cup

Every party needs a sangria and this Holiday Cranberry Sangria filled with citrus, brandy, cranberry and hints of cinnamon is super festive and perfect for the holidays!

photo of holiday cranberry sangria with rosemary in a glass

Eggnog is a must for the holidays, but you are going to LOVE this Dairy Free Holiday Spiked Eggnog with Amaretto and White Rum! It’s a delicious creamy cocktail for the holidays that’s the perfect boozy treat for a crowd!

Dairy Free Holiday Spiked Eggnog with Amaretto and White Rum - a delicious creamy cocktail for the holidays. This Spiked Eggnog is a boozy treat perfect for a crowd!

Lighten up your cocktails with this Holiday Cranberry Mojito Recipe all made in one pitcher! It’s sure to be a hit at your next holiday party!

fresh cranberry mojito recipe

You can’t get easier than this 2 ingredient Apple Cider Mimosas – they are the perfect bubbly cocktail to start off your holidays!

apple cider mimosas in a glass

Pomegranate Margaritas made with pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liquor and a little something extra! Cheers to holiday margaritas!

pomegranate margarita recipe

An easy Apple Cider Moscow Mule made with hard Apple Cider, Citron Vodka, Ginger Beer, lime juice, and a hint of cinnamon!

Apple Cider Moscow Mules | Easy Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Have you ever made mulled wine? It’s such a fun tummy warming cocktail! Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine is an easy party cocktail that’s perfect for a crowd.

Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine, an easy party cocktail that will please a crowd. This Mulled Wine is perfect for any Holiday Party and sure to warm you up from head to toe! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Bring on the giggle juice! This 4 Ingredient Sparkling Pomegranate Mimosa is perfect for the holidays, easy and delicious!

sparkling pomegranate mimosas

Sure to be a hit with your crowd this holiday season, these Cranberry Moscow Mules are filled with rosemary infused vodka, ginger beer & lime juice. 

cranberry moscow mule

A Holiday Pomegranate Gin Cocktail that looks and tastes like Christmas! This refreshing gin cocktail is so smooth and filled with orange, pomegranate, honey and thyme. 

overhead photo of pomegranate gin cocktail

The Ultimate Holiday Sangria filled with citrus, pomegranate, pear and cinnamon for one irresistible cocktail! This is a staple at our holiday parties!

The Ultimate Holiday Sangria Recipe filled with citrus, pomegranate, crisp pear, and cinnamon for one irresistible sip! Find out my secret method to making the BEST sangria! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

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