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Party Appetizer and Dessert Ideas for Your Holiday Open House Back
Party Appetizer and Dessert Ideas for Your Holiday Open House

Get the celebration started with these sweet-and-spicy bites and fun ideas for your Christmas or New Year‘s get-togethers and parties.

The most wonderful time of the year is here! Whether it’s Christmas Day or a New Year’s Eve open house, these holiday party appetizers and dessert ideas are sure to wow your family and friends. Welcome loved ones with a fabulous spread to make your celebration merry and bright.

Our Asian Party Pak is a party favourite. An effortless choice, this tasty appetizer platter saves you time that you can dedicate to adding fun, festive touches to your spread instead. Add holiday flair to your platter by making your own dipping sauce and serving it in a unique bowl or cup. Hummus, yogurt, mustard or mayo all make great bases you can tweak and mix to taste. Or try any of M&M Food Market’s delicious dipping sauces for guests to dip into.

Shrimp is a popular go-to when elevating any affair. Bring it home for the holidays by adding some edible decorations to your shrimp platter for colour, aroma and flavour. Lemon wedges and sprigs of fresh dill or chives dress up a Shrimp Ring or Shrimp Platter. You can also add shrimp, topped with sour cream, to toast or crackers, to take it to the next level.

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and ask about dietary needs and restrictions when making your invite list. Be sure to include plenty of vegetarian appetizer options, too. These Jalapeño and Cheddar Cheese Sticks feature mozzarella, cheddar and diced jalapeños in a crunchy panko breading for cheese sticks with a kick.

The best kind of wrapping is bacon, and these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Shooters™, prepared from jalapeño pepper halves filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, deliver zesty flavour and delicious texture.

To serve appetizers at your holiday party, mix-and-match heights, colours and textures on your buffet, using a variety of linens, platters and cake stands. Wooden serving boards and fresh herb sprigs give the affair a rustic festive look.

Next, up your open house game by adding small bowls of olives, pickles, nuts, grape tomatoes and berries to your spread to complement mouth-watering appetizers, like these delicious Garlic Shrimp. It will give guests something to snack on while they wait for their chance to get at the most delectable bites!