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Christmas Party Food: 70+ Delicious Ideas to Delight Your Guests

When it comes to hosting a memorable holiday celebration, the cornerstone lies in crafting delectable dishes that embody the spirit of the holiday season. Christmas Party Food takes center stage as the heartwarming aromas and flavors of curated culinary delights. It fills the air and sets the stage for an unforgettable gathering. This delightful array of over 70 mouthwatering ideas is poised to tantalize taste buds.

70+ Tasty Christmas Party Food That Delights Your Guests 

Appetizers and Finger Foods for Christmas

1. Christmas Salad Wreath

Christmas Salad Wreath

A little artful arranging can turn an ordinary side salad into a real work of art suitable for the holiday dinner table.

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2. Pear Salad

Pear Salad

Make sure to have something nice and fresh to serve—like this salad studded with seasonal fruit—with the hearty main meal.

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3. Ham And Cheese Sliders

Ham And Cheese Sliders

If you’re looking for a heartier appetizer that’ll please kids and adults alike, look no further than ham and cheese sliders! They’re warm, toasty, and great for a crowd.

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4. Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Skip the lines at the airports and make an appetizer inspired by a warm-weather vacation! These crispy shrimp are coated in toasted coconut and served with a sweet, sticky Thai chili sauce.

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5. Savory S’mores

Savory S'mores

Careful! With these prosciutto, brie, and honey “s’mores” in the appetizer rotation, your guests might not have much room left for dinner.

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6. Cranberry Brie Tartlets

Cranberry Brie Tartlets

Is there anything more festive than cranberry? And who doesn’t love melted Brie cheese? These crowd-friendly appetizers come together easily.

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7. Pomegranate Brie Crostini

Pomegranate Brie Crostini

Top slices of fresh baguette with melted Brie, ruby red pomegranate arils, and a single sprig of rosemary to make an eye-catching holiday appetizer.

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8. Ricotta And Tomato Jam Jar

Ricotta And Tomato Jam Jar

You might be missing some of that bright summer flavor by now, but this easy appetizer will bring you and your guests back to longer, warmer days.

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9. Roasted Cauliflower And Parsnip Soup

Roasted Cauliflower And Parsnip Soup

Soup isn’t off the table if you’re not hosting a sit-down meal. Serve up the warm appetizer in mugs so your guests can mingle while they enjoy the first course.

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10. Antipasto Bites

 Antipasto Bites

Fresh tortellini makes this the hearty party appetizer of our dreams. If you do not like olives, pepperoncini peppers would be a delicious substitute!

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11. Spiced-Up Potato Chips

Spiced-Up Potato Chips

Potato chips are an easy addition to any spread of appetizers. Make these spiced-up chips that involve jazzing up a store-bought bag.

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12. Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

This crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer requires just five main ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes—max!—to put together easily.

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13. Hummus And Caramelized Onion Crostini

Hummus And Caramelized Onion Crostini

This simple finger food is vegan, so all of your guests can enjoy it. Plus, it’s easy to give it a festive treatment—just top each one with a rosemary sprig.

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Christmas Main Course Selections

14. Herb And Butter Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Herb And Butter Roasted Beef Tenderloin

When your mission is to impress, beef tenderloin is the way to go. This cut of meat cooks up perfectly with a brush of brown butter and herbs.

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15. Porchetta Pork Tenderloin

Porchetta Pork Tenderloin

For a meal not nearly as costly as beef tenderloin but just as impressive, turn to this bacon-wrapped, herb-infused pork tenderloin.

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16. Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

Of course, spiraled ham is another suitable option for your Christmas dinner party since it easily feeds a large group.

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17. Oven Roasted Branzino

Oven Roasted Branzino

If you’re hosting the Feast of the Seven Fishes, this whole-roasted Branzino is a main course stunner that fits right in amongst the rest of the spread.

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18. Lentil Roast With Balsamic Onion Gravy

Lentil Roast With Balsamic Onion Gravy

Don’t forget about your vegetarian dinner guests. This easy, satisfying loaf is a great way to ensure that anyone with special dietary considerations gets enough to eat.

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19. Parmesan Puffs

Parmesan Puffs

Need something to keep snackers satisfied before the main meal? Try these make-ahead parmesan puffs—and make extra; they’ll be gone in a flash.

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20. Steak And Bearnaise Profiteroles

Steak And Bearnaise Profiteroles

Everyone loves mini roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and this year, we’ve added a cheffy twist to this party staple with sirloin steak and Béarnaise sauce.

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21. Stuffed Leg Of Lamb

Butterflied leg of lamb stuffed with fresh spinach, feta, and walnut makes for a show-stopping special dinner fit for a special occasion and works well on a buffet.

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22. Classic Roasted Duck With Orange-Bourbon-Molasses Glaze

The secret to crispy skin is a dry duck. Pat ducks with a paper towel before, during, and after refrigerating. Store uncovered in the back, coldest part of your fridge, for up to two days ahead.

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 23. Creamy Shrimp Piccata

 Creamy Shrimp Piccata

Save on prep time by buying shrimp peeled and deveined. Lemons, herbs, and cheese add a refreshing flavoring to this pasta dish. Garnish with fresh, flat-leaf parsley if you prefer.

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24. Glazed Pork With Fresh Plums

Glazed Pork With Fresh Plums

This sweet and savory dish is ready in 30 minutes. After cooking the pork, stir vinegar and plum preserves into drippings and cover over medium-high heat. Stir constantly until the sauce is slightly thick.

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25. Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin With Mustard-Cream Sauce

Spice-Rubbed Tenderloin With Mustard-Cream Sauce

Since beef tenderloin has little fat, it can quickly dry and be overcooked. Don’t cook past a meat thermometer registering 130°F in the center for tender slices.

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26. Hoppin’ John Cakes With Tomato

Hoppin' John Cakes With Tomato

We suggest cooking rice one to two days before so it has time to dry out. Use wet hands to shape the balls before flattening them and placing them in the freezer. Serve with Tomato-Jalapeño Gravy.

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27. Beef Short Ribs With Mushrooms

Beef Short Ribs With Mushrooms

This dish looks so impressive but requires little effort. Wait until the last few minutes of cooking to add the mushrooms. Finish by tossing the short ribs in parsley.

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28. Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder

Ask your butcher to butterfly it if you want to dress up the humble pork shoulder roast. Sprinkle the spice rub all over both sides of the pork. Finally, roll and tie it with kitchen string before browning.

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29. Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken

Tangy-Sweet Lemon Chicken

Mediterranean flavors meld deliciously in this chicken dish. Bone-in breasts are meaty and cook perfectly in the moist heat of the braise. Garnish with lemons and oranges, and serve with sauce.

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30. Beer-Braised Brisket

Beer-Braised Brisket

There’s nothing quite like a traditional holiday roast, especially when covered in a beer braise. This dish pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Use remaining roast (if available) to make tasty leftover sandwiches.

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Complementing Christmas Side Dishes

31. Horseradish Cauliflower Au Gratin

Horseradish Cauliflower Au Gratin

A zesty, flavorful (and comforting) side that pairs well with nearly any main, from beef tenderloin to ham.

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32. Roasted Kabocha Squash With Pomegranate Pepita Relish

Roasted Kabocha Squash With Pomegranate Pepita Relish

Seasonal squash gets a festive upgrade thanks to some red and green garnishes, including pomegranate arils and pumpkin seeds.

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33. Black Pepper And Lemon Asiago Dip

Black Pepper And Lemon Asiago Dip

Take advantage of peak citrus season with this zesty lemon dip. It tastes great served with dippers of all kinds, from pita chips to veggie sticks.

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34. Brussels Sprout Chips

Brussels Sprout Chips

We can’t get enough of Brussels sprouts. They not only make a great veggie side but are also a perfect salty, crunchy! This garlic-parm version begs to be dipped in creamy Caesar dressing, but ranch wouldn’t be a bad idea either. 

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35.  Dill Dip

 Dill Dip

If you plan on a big Christmas feast and lots of cookies for later in the night, you might want to keep the starters on the lighter side. Serve up this fresh dill dip with plenty of healthy veggies.

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36. Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts

You coat these sprouts in a cheesy, garlicky mixture before baking on high heat, giving them an ultra-crispy crust perfect for dunking in homemade Caesar dressing.

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37.  Curry Rarebit 

 Curry Rarebit 

These speedy curry rarebits use naan slices of bread for the base and then are topped with a cheesy curry topping. What’s not to like?

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38. Fried Stuffed Olives 

Fried Stuffed Olives 

Choose between anchovies or sundried tomatoes to stuff into your olive, then fry until golden and crispy. The perfect snack with beer or bubbly!

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39. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Mac 'n' Cheese Bites

You’ll definitely want to eat more than one of these. Each bite bursts with the classic flavors you love, making them a hit at parties, gatherings, or as a quick and delicious snack. 

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40. Bacon-Shrimp Skewers

Bacon-Shrimp Skewers

Bacon-wrapped anything is always a win. However, there’s something extra special about these bacon, pineapple, and shrimp skewers.

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41. Christmas Pizza

Christmas pizza

Pesto, cleverly shaped dough, and artfully arranged toppings turn your average pizza into a dish worthy of your Christmas party.

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42. Mini Scotch Eggs 

Mini Scotch Eggs 

Scotch eggs are easy to make and go down as a treat with family and friends. These miniature versions of the classic dish feature a savory blend of seasoned sausage wrapped around a perfectly cooked quail or chicken egg.

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Assorted Breads And Rolls On Christmas Meal

43. Garlic Herb Parker House Rolls

Garlic Herb Parker House Rolls

No holiday meal is complete without a tray of these soft, buttery dinner rolls. They make a perfect addition to any meal with a soft and fluffy texture, from holiday feasts to everyday dinners. 

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44. Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche is popular for daytime celebrations since it can be made, frozen, and warmed before mealtime.

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45. Baked Brie Puffs

Baked Brie Puffs

Frozen phyllo dough makes quick work of these easy, cheesy little bites topped with sweet jam and crunchy pistachios.

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46. Spinach Puffs

Spinach Puffs

If you love baked spinach dip, you’ll love these baked puff pastry puffs. They’re filled with a mixture of sautéed onion, garlic, spinach, and cream cheese and baked inside little puff pastry cups in a muffin tin. Bet you can’t eat just one!

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47. Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Here’s another appetizer that’s big on the nostalgia factor. It’s a delicious homemade spin on their favorite microwavable snack!

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48. Overnight Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

The only thing that can possibly make the traditional brunch food even better? An infusion of eggnog and a smattering of festive sprinkles.

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49. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Baby Bella mushrooms are stuffed with garlicky, herby bread crumbs, and plenty of cheese. Honestly, what could be better? Stuff them ahead of time and bake them off when you’re ready to serve!

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50. Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet potato casserole is a classic at any holiday celebration, so we turned the staple dish into a bite-size app! When you don’t have time to cook up a whole casserole, put marshmallows, pecans, and maple syrup on top of your sweet potatoes for a super-simple alternative.

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51. Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread

Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread

Pull-apart bread reaches a whole new level thanks to brie and cranberry sauce. Use your favorite homemade sauce recipes, but store-bought works if you’re short on time.

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52.  Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Pizza Dip

 Pull-Apart Garlic Bread Pizza Dip

Your family isn’t ready for this…, but they’ll love it. With pre-made biscuit dough and a homemade cheesy pizza dip, this app has it all.

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53. Pesto-Ricotta Crostini

Pesto-Ricotta Crostini

You might even like pesto better on bread than you do on pasta. Crostini is the easiest party app—simply put your delicious toppings on tiny toasted bread. Plus, pesto makes everything better. 

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54. Christmas Tree Spinach Breadsticks

Christmas Tree Spinach Breadsticks

One thing is for sure: Once you put this Christmas version of gooey spinach and cheese pull-apart bread on the buffet, it’ll be gone in a flash.

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55. Toasted Ravioli

Toasted Ravioli

Breaded and fried, eating ravioli with your hands and dipping it in plenty of marinara is so fun. Bonus: Toasted ravioli works in the air fryer, too! Try these with all those seasonal raviolis you can find this winter for the perfect holiday app.

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56. Chocolate Chestnut Christmas Roll Cake

Chocolate Chestnut Christmas Roll Cake

Consider this the Christmas version of the beloved pumpkin roll. If you have the time to spare, you can even decorate it like the traditional yule log.

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Delectable Christmas Desserts

57. Eggnog Bundt Cake

Eggnog Bundt Cake

Put this on the list, too. Each slice of the eggnog-infused cake is rich, moist, and oh-so-delicious. Plus, who could resist a sweet rum glaze?

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58. Christmas Crunch Mix

Christmas Crunch Mix

The kids will go crazy for this sugar explosion. To make it a school-friendly snack for classroom parties, simply omit the peanuts.

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59. M&M Christmas Sugar Cookies

M&M Christmas Sugar Cookies

If piping icing isn’t your forte, try these easy-to-decorate alternatives. They’re just as tasty and attractive but much less complex.

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60. Saltine Toffee

Saltine Toffee

There’s a reason this sweet and salty dessert is so popular: It’s hard to eat just one. Put a platter on your dessert buffet, or send guests home with a bundle as a party favor.

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61. Brownie Christmas Trees

Brownie Christmas Trees

Create these cute handheld desserts with just a single tray of brownies, some frosting, and holiday candies.

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Holly Cookie Cups

These perfectly poppable treats get a little Christmas flair from shaped melted chocolate and red M&Ms.

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63. Dark Chocolate Honey Fig Walnut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Honey Fig Walnut Truffles

When everyone’s so full from the main course that they can barely move, these poppable snacks provide just the right finishing touch.

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64. Mirror Glaze Christmas Ornament Cakes

Mirror Glaze Christmas Ornament Cakes

For a formal, adults-only Christmas dinner party, try your hand at this ultra-chic dessert. Your guests will definitely wonder what bakery window you plucked these from.

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 Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Another great option for a crowd is leaving the platter on a coffee table and letting guests graze at their leisure.

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66. Crispy Rice Cone Christmas Trees

Crispy Rice Cone Christmas Trees

These adorable crispy rice treats double as decor for the dessert table, but don’t be surprised how fast they disappear once it’s time to dig in.

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67. Pumpernickel Bites

Pumpernickel Bites

Smoked salmon is always a hit, but if you’re cooking for vegetarians, cubed beetroot works just as well for this recipe.

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68. Stilton Fruit Bites

Stilton fruit bites

If it’s a simple plate of canapés you want to pass around, these easy bites will fit the bill nicely.

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69. Mini Chicken Poppadoms

Mini Chicken Poppadoms

Light, fresh, and full of flavor, these chicken bites will add a touch of Indian spice to your party.

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Festive Christmas Beverage

70. Matcha Marshmallows With Fresh Mint Hot Cocoa

Matcha Marshmallows With Fresh Mint Hot Cocoa

Don’t forget to have something on hand for your guests to sip. This peppermint-spiked hot cocoa will hit the spot on a chilly winter’s night.

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71. Christmas Punch

Christmas Punch

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72.  Pear Manhattan

 Pear Manhattan

Do you think your guests might prefer something a little boozier? Try this Manhattan. Thanks to the addition of fresh pear, it has a seasonal spin that makes it worthy of the occasion.

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73.  Champagne Jelly Shots

 Champagne Jelly Shots

For one last hurrah before guests call it a night, have a special Christmas toast with these gorgeous—and very tasty—unique make-ahead Champagne treats.

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74. Bloody Mary Prawn Shots

 Bloody Mary Prawn Shots

​​Sweet, succulent prawns perfectly match the spicy Bloody Mary shot.

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Final Words,

When it comes to celebrating, These delectable Christmas Party Foods have the power to unite friends and family in shared merriment. From savory to sweet, each bite brings people together, creating happy memories that stick around long after the meal. They’re the heartwarming expression of your hospitality, weaving a tapestry of flavors that enhance the festive spirit and foster connections among those who gather to partake.

Benjamin Collins

I’m Benjamin Collins, a gift ideas creator at Loveable. We specialize in unique and personalized gifts for any occasion. With my honed skills, I recommend gifts tailored to the recipient’s personality and interests, whether it’s Halloween, Christmas, or any other celebration.

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