As the weather gets colder and the holidays start coming around, people start gathering with their friends and family more for parties. It's always nice to see friends and family that you haven't had much time to hang out with over Christmas and it's a time when many people decide to have a party to get everyone back together to catch up on what's been going on for the past year. One of the most important parts of having a party is having some delicious food! Seriously, what would the holiday season be without all kinds of delicious party foods?
Whether it's an appetizer, a main course, or a dessert, it's important to serve all the best foods at your Christmas parties to keep your guests happy. There are some foods that are classics like sugar cookies, cheese and cracker trays, and other bite-sized treats like meatballs, but it's always good to freshen up your Christmas party recipes to surprise your guests with a little something new. Luckily, the Internet is full of all kinds of delicious recipes that guests to any Christmas party would be happy to snack on while they catch up, make new friends, and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season. That means there are all kinds of recipes to try out and serve up for guests this Christmas at your next party!
To see 20 of the most unique and delicious Christmas party recipes that any guest is sure to love - even The Grinch!
20 Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Everyone knows that the holidays mean there's a ton of food. And all that food means there's definitely going to be leftovers. Luckily, the Internet is full of all kinds of delicious recipes for leftovers that can even be used as tasty party foods. These fried mashed potato balls are an excellent way to reuse leftover mashed potatoes and no one at a party where you serve them would know they're leftovers!
Gather for Bread has a recipe for these that you'll be wanting to make year round because they're so tasty. They're crispy on the outside and have creamy mashed potatoes inside. Yum!
19 Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
Getting ready for the holidays can be pretty stressful. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to help ease that stress. Making simple recipes that have a short ingredient list and don't take a long time to bake or cook is definitely one way to reduce some of the holiday stress!
This tasty dessert recipe comes from Sugar and Soul and has a really short list of ingredients and requires no baking time! It's a super festive and delicious gingerbread dip that is perfect for holiday cookies, slices of fruit like strawberries or apples, or even pretzels if you want something a little sweet and salty.
18 No-Bake Christmas Wreaths
Some people can get pretty creative with their holiday snacks and treats but that doesn't mean that the classics aren't still great. They're classics for a reason, after all! These no-bake Christmas wreath cookies have been a classic for a long time because they're so cute and easy to make. They look just like a real wreath that gets placed on the door during Christmas and they taste so sweet and chewy!
Taste of Home has a super simple recipe for these easy no-bake cookies that are sure to be a hit at Christmas parties for years to come. Delicious!
17 Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Pizza Dip
Pizza is delicious. There's a reason that there are so many recipes for pizza-themed treats around the Internet that people just can't stop making and serving. This recipe is one that's perfect to put out for a party. Guests can come grab some for themselves and enjoy it while they have a good time. But watch out! It's so delicious that it's definitely not going to last long.
This recipe comes from Delish and uses a can of biscuits to make it super easy and quick to put together before you toss it in the oven and finish putting up your party decorations.
16 Strawberry Santa Hats
How cute are these little Santa hats? These are a super simple way to set out a slightly healthier treat that seriously takes no time to prepare and looks totally perfect for the season!
These Santa hats are made by simply putting some deliciously sweet vanilla rose buttercream on the strawberries to make them look like Santa Claus' iconic hat. Fun and Food Cafe has the perfect recipe for how to make the vanilla rose buttercream for these, but other icing or whipped cream would definitely work for these as well if you're not into that buttercream. These are almost too cute to eat!
15 Parmesan Asparagus Tart
Who doesn't love putting some delicious cheese on their food? A little cheese makes just about every recipe better. This recipe uses Parmesan cheese which is totally delicious on a big plate of warm pasta, but this recipe uses it in a totally different way.
Neighbor Food Blog has a recipe for this Parmesan Asparagus Tart that will be perfect at any Christmas party. It only takes about half an hour total to make which means that it's a quick and easy recipe for any holiday get together. Best of all, it goes on a base of refrigerated puff pastry, so it doesn't take a ton of prep work!
14 Pomegranate And Cream Cheese Bruschetta
If you're trying to cut some of the dairy out of your diet this week, this recipe can be made totally vegan! It uses vegan cream cheese but if you're not into that, it would definitely still work with the traditional kind. Or, it could be made half and half if you've got some vegan friends coming over to your Christmas party and you want to have some options laid out for them as well.
My Darling Vegan has a recipe for this Pomegranate and Cream Cheese Crostini that looks so festive with the red and green and is a perfect way to use pomegranates while they're still in season.
13 Rudolph Brownie Bites
How cute are these reindeer brownie bites? These are perfect for any party that will have younger children but let's be honest, how many adults would be able to resist these cute little sweet treats? Definitely not us!
The recipe for these Christmas-themed dessert bites comes from Life Family Fun and uses a box of brownie mix. But, if you've got that perfect recipe for brownies from scratch that you've been itching to dig out this Christmas, these would be totally delicious with it too. The best part is that all the pieces of the face are totally edible too!
12 Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad
Cranberries aren't just for the canned cranberry sauce that people set out at Thanksgiving! Cranberries are in so many recipes during this time of year and so many of them are totally delicious. Whether you're having a Christmas party and want to serve a super seasonal salad before the main course or you just want to eat something a little lighter for lunch this winter, this salad is perfect.
The recipe for this Cranberry Almond Spinach Salad comes from The Iron You and uses dried cranberries which means that, if you really fall in love with it this winter, it can be made year round!
11 Christmas Star Sandwiches
These adorable sandwiches are perfect for a snack at a party or would also be great in a kid's lunch for something a little more special and festive. The best part is that the fillings can totally be adapted to whatever you, your little ones, or your party guests want to eat, so this recipe can be super customized!
This recipe comes from In the Playroom and is so easy to make. It just requires two different sizes of star-shaped cookie cutters, bread of your choice, and sandwich fillings of your choice. Yum! These are so cute and unique and sure to be a hit this Christmas.
10 Balsamic Beats & Goat Cheese Toast Bites
So many Christmas treat recipes around the web are sweet. That's great and there's definitely a reason that Christmas cookies are a classic! But there are some times when you just want to eat something a little more savory. That's when a recipe like this one comes in handy. These are a quick and easy recipe that are a great appetizer for any Christmas party this season.
This recipe comes from The Noshery and only takes about half an hour from start to finish to get these crispy, savory little bites ready for your guests to enjoy. They won't last long once your guests take their first bite!
9 Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
This party snack is not only delicious but it's sure to catch the eyes of all your guests because of that super clever Christmas tree shape! If you fall in love with this recipe and want to serve it at all your parties year round, it can also be adapted to be made in other shapes so it's not quite so Christmas-themed if you're serving it during the spring or summer.
This recipe comes from It's Always Autumn and uses a refrigerated tube of pizza crust for the bread part of this Christmas tree, but it can also be made using your favorite homemade pizza crust if you've got a recipe you love!
8 Apple Pie Bites
What's a classic dessert that always gets served during holiday dinners? Pie! There are so many different kinds of pie that are all super tasty and a classic for holiday meals for a reason. Although making and serving those pies is great, there are some parties when you just want something smaller and easier for your guests to eat while enjoying themselves at the party.
That's where a recipe like these Apple Pie Bites comes in! The NY Melrose Family has this recipe for some that are so warm and delicious with cinnamon on top. They're made with a can of crescent rolls to make the preparation really easy!
7 Spinach And Feta Pizza
Let's be honest, pizza isn't exactly the healthiest choice that a person can make when it comes to food. Although it's delicious, it's not always healthy. But that doesn't mean that it can't be made healthy and delicious!
This recipe for a slightly healthier pizza comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything and is a perfect pizza to serve up at a Christmas party when you just don't feel like ordering something loaded with cheese and pepperonis from the delivery place down the street. The crust is whole wheat and it's loaded with toppings like spinach, feta cheese, and mushrooms to give it a delicious flavor.
6 Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake
Appetizers and main courses in meals are great, but what good would a holiday get together be with no dessert? It's definitely the best part of any meal and the holidays are the perfect time to indulge on some sweet treats and really enjoy dessert whenever possible.
This recipe for a sweet winter dessert comes from Mom On Time Out and is for a deliciously creamy and sweet White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecake. Cheesecake is delicious and there are a ton of recipes for different kinds around the Internet, but this cranberry and white chocolate one is really unique and perfect for Christmas.
5 Peppermint Chocolate Coated Pretzels
Pretzels that have been coated in creamy melted chocolate are a popular treat all year long. For good reason, too! They're salty, sweet, and crunchy and taste so good. But, as anyone who loves Christmas will know, everything is made better during this time of year by crushing up some candy canes to add an extra crunch and minty flavor.
Well Plated has a recipe that takes our favorite chocolate coated pretzels and adds a deliciously Christmas addition to them with candy cane pieces. These even use peppermint extract in the melted chocolate mix to add some extra minty flavor and really ramp up the sweetness.
4 Easy Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
Garlic bread is a warm and delicious side dish that goes amazing with just about every dish. No matter what you're serving at your holiday parties this winter, a plate of savory garlic bread will definitely be a welcomed addition to your table.
Simply Today Life takes garlic bread to a whole new level by making this cheesy pull apart version of our favorite side. This recipe is super easy to make with a big loaf of bread that gets sliced up into pieces and then has cheese stuffed inside it. Yum! Your guests won't be able to keep their hands off this delicious garlic bread.
3 Churro Almonds
Churros are a delicious sweet treat that are made from frying batter and rolling them up in cinnamon and sugar. Yum! While those are good, they can be pretty time consuming to make and aren't exactly a creative treat for a holiday party.
Delish took the churros we all know and love from our favorite amusement parks and carnivals and made them into a super special treat. These almonds are coated and cooked in a mix of cinnamon and sugar until it's all crystallized, crunchy, and irresistible. These churro almonds are a deliciously clever treat and the warm flavor of the cinnamon is perfect for the cooler months of the year.
2 Mango Pomegranate Guacamole
Who can resist a big bowl of guacamole when they're eating nachos or tacos? It's made of avocados and it tastes so good to dip chips in or smear on your favorite taco for an extra creamy texture and fresh flavor.
Honest Cooking put the coolest twist on guacamole and took it to a whole new level of deliciousness. It uses mango to add some super fresh sweetness and uses pomegranates to add a seasonal twist since pomegranates hit the shelves in the fall and winter. This is perfect for an appetizer at a party or to just spice up your regular game day nachos!
1 Roasted Cranberry And Goat Cheese Flatbread
This flatbread is a super seasonal and unique twist on a regular pizza. Instead of having a bunch of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and tons of pepperonis, this flatbread uses goat cheese and fresh cranberries on a base of flatbread for something super warm and wintery.
Healthy Seasonal Recipes came up with this really unique recipe and it's definitely something different for any Christmas party. It may not seem like the most traditional thing to serve up at a party and it's sure to surprise guests, but in the best possible way because it's so tasty and perfect for this time of year.