30 easy make ahead Christmas Appetizer Recipes that will impress your guests! These easy recipes are simple, beautiful and always crowd pleasers!
There’s nothing fun about working away in the kitchen while all your guests arrive. These make-ahead appetizer recipes allow you to prep in advance, creating an effortless entertaining spread that everyone will love!
My years in catering taught me that anything that can be prepped in advance is ideal for entertaining. Honestly, I still live by this motto today! If it can be prepared ahead, it’s often more likely to be a part of my holiday menu.
That’s because when guests are arriving, the last thing I want is to get stuck in the kitchen working away at the last minute. First and foremost, I want things to be stress free.
Even if your traditional Christmas entrée requires some last minute baking, frying, slicing or dicing, your appetizers can surely be carefree. This round-up of my favorite make ahead appetizers for Christmas is one you’ll want to pin and save for later!
We’ve all been there, sweating and racing around the kitchen, worrying about our timeline. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Make your holiday celebrations so much easier this year with these make ahead Christmas appetizers.
Make Ahead Appetizers for Christmas
Small finger foods are also known as Hors d’oeuvres, and I’ve been professing my love for them for years. There are some great traditional holiday hors d’oeuvres listed in this round-up, because some of my favorite Christmas finger foods can certainly be made ahead!
In addition, you’ll find plenty of options for sharing. There are dip recipes and cheese balls that can be prepped ahead, and thrown in the oven or finished with a small flourish as guests arrive.
In fact, there are fruit dips, veggie dips, and cheese dips both chilled and warm. Like I said, there will be something for everyone – and all of them are created with ease in mind. Delicious and oh-so-easy? Everybody wins!
If you love these recipe round-ups, don’t skip Easy Appetizers for a Crowd.
- Plan Ahead – Get organized a week or so in advance, if possible. This allows you to get your groceries ordered or take an efficient shopping trip!
- Prep – Each of these 30 make ahead appetizers for Christmas can be made ahead, but some need to be warmed in the oven prior. Do all your chopping, mixing and creating in the 48 hours prior to your event. The more you accomplish ahead of time, the better you’ll feel on the day of your party!
- Arrange Serveware Ahead – I like to think ahead about which dishes, bowls and platters I’ll need for serving and get them lined up on our island or table. Of course, same goes for the bar area!
30 Make Ahead Christmas Appetizers
An elegant, easy appetizer drizzled with olive oil and marinated in herbs and spices for delightful flavor!
Incredibly easy Bacon Cheese Dip that’s always a favorite for game day or get togethers! This creamy mix of bacon, cheddar, cream cheese and sour cream topped with green onion is irresistible!
This warm dip comes together quickly with simple ingredients and is low carb and keto friendly.
If you’re short on time, you can make this dip the day before by tossing all the ingredients together in a baker and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake and take.
These bacon and cream cheese Stuffed Mushrooms are an easy crowd pleasing appetizer made with just a few simple ingredients. This stuffed mushroom recipe is perfect for parties and perfectly poppable! You can’t stop at just one!
Make filling and stuff mushrooms. Then you’ll keep them covered for up to a day in the fridge and bake as directed before serving.
French Onion Dip is an easy crowd pleasing appetizer you can make in ahead in minutes! Caramelized onions are folded into a creamy dip for amazing flavor in every bite.
Make this dip as directed and let it cool to room temperature to make ahead. Keep it covered in the fridge. It will last well for 3 to 4 days.
This Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheeseball is so cute and festive for the holidays! Shaped into a charming reindeer, this Christmas cheese ball will be the hit of your parties this year – a bacon cheese ball has never looked so cute!
These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with decadent cream cheese… it’s the ultimate combination of sweet and savory flavors. Textural, creamy and oh-so-delicious, you’re going to love this incredible appetizer!
To make ahead, follow the prep directions as noted. Refrigerate up to a day in advance, and bake as directed when ready to serve and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Mini cheese ball bites are the ultimate easy appetizer to serve at parties! They are filling, savory and delicious… not to mention so easy to customize.
To make ahead, simply wrap tightly and add toppings and pretzel sticks just before serving.
Why buy a boring store bought cheeseball when it’s so easy to make your own? This recipe is a savory Christmas cheese ball with a vibrant taste of sweet and sour pomegranate seeds.
This is delicious at room temperature but it can certainly be served cold right out of the fridge. Great either way, which is why it’s such a perfect make-ahead party food!
A Chèvre Cheese spread is one of the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make! With just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes hands on time you’ll have a Goat Cheese Spread that will have everyone talking!
This Pesto Cheeseball wreath makes the most festive holiday Pesto Appetizer. Cream cheese, basil and cherry tomatoes create a Pesto Cheese flavor explosion! Easy to make with just five ingredients, this gorgeous wreath will be the star of your Christmas party.
This easy Baked Artichoke Dip Recipe is a hot artichoke dip with cream cheese and mayo that pairs well with beer bread, sourdough, veggies and more.
Refrigerate covered for up to five days. Before warming, allow to set out 20-30 minutes to prevent dish from breaking between refrigerator and oven.
This sweet and spicy cranberry salsa is an incredible way to spice up your holidays! When you blend the tart juicy bite of fresh cranberries with fiery jalapeños, magic happens.
This salsa is the ultimate addition to your holiday appetizer spread – it’s one of the prettiest, most festive Christmas appetizers ever!
This is such an amazing cream cheese spinach dip that is full of flavor! Perfect for pairing with tortilla chips, flatbread, veggies or crostini.
Perfect to prep ahead and throw in the oven right before guests arrive!
This pesto cheese dip is so easy and quick to make, it’s the perfect appetizer for the holidays, game days or general entertaining. You need just three ingredients for this simple recipe that’s perfect for a crowd.
Full of flavor, you can serve this as a hot dip or make it ahead of time.
The best veggie dip recipe that will have everyone begging for the recipe! This vegetable dip makes a large batch perfect for get-togethers!
This vegetable dip keeps well and is great to make ahead, refrigerated for up to five days in an airtight container.
This Blue Cheese Dip Recipe is made with just 5 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. It’s the perfect addition to holiday get-togethers and more! It pairs well with chips, veggies and chicken wings.
Make this dip up to three days ahead of time, and always allow the flavors to marinate for at least 4-5 hours prior to serving.
Little Smokies are the easiest appetizer! They’re made with just three ingredients in minutes! This Little Smokies recipe is the perfect party food to serve a crowd.
To make ahead, wrap the weenies in the bacon and secure them with the toothpicks and place them in the pan and cover with brown sugar. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Bake and enjoy!
Homemade Boursin is a soft, creamy cheese blended with garlic and herbs – the most delicious herb cream cheese! This Boursin Cheese Recipe is so irresistible, you’ll want to dip on repeat.
Make ahead and store in an airtight container up to two weeks.
Goat Cheese Spread is an easy goat cheese appetizer made with whipped goat cheese, honey, herbs and fresh cracked pepper. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and is always a crowd pleaser!
Refrigerate for up to one week in an airtight container.
Get the secrets to make the best deviled eggs. These deviled eggs with relish make a great appetizer year round or you can dress them up for holidays.
Deviled eggs can be made up to two days in advance!
This peppermint fruit dip is made with just 3 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. An indulgent sweet dip that’s perfect to serve a crowd.
This peppermint dip is perfectly festive and made for the holidays, it’s such a great Christmas appetizer!
Queso Blanco, a recipe for a restaurant-style white queso dip without a lot of effort. This creamy, cheesy Queso Blanco is made on the stovetop (or in a CrockPot) with just four ingredients; white cheese, heavy cream, jalapeño and tomato!
Make ahead and allow to warm through in a crockpot.
This easy creamy pimento cheese recipe also makes a great dip or spread for crackers and veggies.
Make ahead and refrigerate overnight for the very best flavor!
Cream Cheese Fruit Dip is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful fruit platter. It’s sweet, yet balanced and made with just three simple ingredients!
Store in an airtight container or in a bowl covered with saran wrap for up to five days refrigerated. It’s a great make ahead dip for entertaining!
This easy Santa Fe Cheese Ball recipe is a deliciously addicting last-minute appetizer recipe that’s always a crowd pleaser.
These frozen grapes marinated in wine are the most refreshing adult treat you’re going to love! Light on calories and bursting with fresh flavor, this is a decadent dessert without the guilt.
Make it festive this holiday season with a delicious Cranberry Cheese Ball shaped like Santa’s hat! This is one of the most adorable Christmas appetizers ever – and it’s so easy to make!
Cheese balls are perfect for making ahead. Read all the details in my complete cheese ball guide.
The best Sour Cream Dip that is delicious, mild in flavor and always a crowd pleaser. It’s the ultimate sour cream dip recipe for game day, summer get togethers and beyond!
Allow it to marinate for up to 24 hours for the best flavor, but it can be served immediately. It stores well for up to five days!
This creamy dip recipe is an easy make-ahead appetizer you can serve with vegetables, chips, crackers, and bread! This is wonderful for more than a Christmas appetizer – it’s great all year round.
I’d love to hear from you! What are you making for the holidays this year? And what’s your favorite appetizer to bring to Christmas parties?
30 Make Ahead Appetizers for Christmas
- Amazing Bacon Cheese Dip
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Homemade French Onion Dip
- Reindeer Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball
- Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
- Blue Cheese Dip
- Little Smokies
- The Best Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe
- Whipped Goat Cheese Spread
- The Best Deviled Eggs Recipe
- 3 Ingredient Peppermint Fruit Dip
- Queso Blanco White Queso Dip
- Easy Pimento Cheese Recipe
- Chilled Queso Recipe
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- 3 Ingredient Santa Fe Cheese Ball Recipe
- Frozen Grapes Marinated in Wine
- Cheese Ball Bites
- Ornament Cheeseball | The Cutest Pomegranate Christmas Cheese Ball
- Marinated Chèvre Cheese
- Festive Pesto Cheese Appetizer
- Bacon & Gruyere Dip
- Incredible Baked Artichoke Dip Recipe
- Cranberry Salsa
- Spinach Dip with Cream Cheese
- Quick and Easy Pesto Cheese Dip
- Irresistible Veggie Dip Recipe
- Santa's Hat Cranberry Cheese Ball
- Easy Sour Cream Dip
- Easy Dill Dip
- Each of these make ahead appetizers for Christmas can be prepped up to 48 hours in advance!
- Plan ahead! Get organized a week or so in advance, if possible. This allows you to get your groceries ordered or take an efficient shopping trip!
- Prep early. Each of these 30 make ahead appetizers for Christmas can be made ahead, but some need to be warmed in the oven prior. Do all your chopping, mixing and creating in the 48 hours prior to your event. The more you accomplish ahead of time, the better you’ll feel on the day of your party!
- Arrange serving platters and glassware ahead, too. I like to think ahead about which dishes, bowls and platters I’ll need for serving and get them lined up on our island or table. Same goes for the bar area!