Hosting your family over the holidays? Inviting your in-laws for Thanksgiving? Or celebrating with a few close friends for New Year’s Eve?

Whatever’s on your calendar this holiday season, relax! Holiday entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful. (Now, to be fair – you may still have to clean your house. But we can take care of the food!)

Check out 30 of our most effortless and delicious appetizers for the holidays, guaranteed to keep it simple and make it special.

30 Easy Apps & Party Foods

1. Sweet Pepper Cream Cheese. So fresh. So festive. So fun. Simply spoon Sweet Pepper Jalapeno Jam over cream cheese, and serve with an assortment of crackers. It doesn’t get any easier!

Tip: Brimming with bright colors, this luscious appetizer makes a gorgeous addition to holiday charcuterie boards, too.

2. Stuffed Chicken Parmesan Mushrooms. For an easy yet elegant appetizer, stuff Chicken Parmesan Warm Dip into mushroom caps. Sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs, and bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until tender. I love to broil these bite-sized beauties for 1-2 minutes for a little extra crunch and deeper golden color, too. (Just watch them closely, so they don’t burn!)

Tip: For the holidays, garnish your serving platters with a few fresh sprigs of thyme, parsley or rosemary. Fresh herbs always smell divine, plus they add the perfect pop of color.

3. Bayou Chili Meatballs. Three ingredients – that’s it! Let these sweet-tangy meatballs simmer in your slow cooker until it’s time to party.

Tip: Feeling a little fancy? Serve ‘em on cocktail picks, skewered with thin slices of English cucumber.

4. Bountiful Beer Bread Bowl with Spinach Herb Dip. It’s always the hit of the party! Filled with fresh, creamy and dill-licious dip, this golden and buttery bread bowl is so easy to make.

Tip: For entertaining, arrange it on a wooden serving board, overflowing with bread cubes and a variety of fresh veggies for dipping. If you prefer, you can bake your beer bread in a traditional loaf pan, too. Either way, it’s easy to wrap in foil and transport for potlucks and parties!

5. Balsamic & Basil Appetizer Kabobs. Sweet tomatoes. Salty-smoky salami. Crisp cucumbers. Hearty cheese tortellini. Stacked with all kinds of delicious tastes and textures, these cute little kabobs are always a crowd favorite.

Tip: To cut down on your party prep, make them a day in advance. Just pop ‘em out of the fridge when your guests arrive!

6. Chicken Bacon Bites. Brushed with brown sugar bourbon sauce, these smoky-sweet, bacon-wrapped chicken bites are so easy to make. Best of all, you only need a few ingredients!

Tip: These are delicious made with Honey Teriyaki Sauce in place of Bayou Bourbon Glaze, too. I make them every year for Christmas Eve, and they are always the first dish to disappear!

7. Cheesy Artichoke & Spinach Dip. Who doesn’t love a gloriously gooey, cheesy dip? Simply toss everything into your slow cooker to make this creamy dip, loaded with spinach, artichokes, red bell pepper and melted pepper jack cheese.

Tip: Serve with cubed Bountiful Beer Bread®, tortilla chips, crackers or crostini.

8. Bacon Pepper Brie Bites. Creamy brie. Smoky-sweet jam. Crunchy pistachios. So pretty, petite and poppable, these colorful bite-sized tartlets are a fresh, modern twist on traditional baked brie. You can assemble them in minutes, too!

Tip: These easy apps can be served warm or at room temperature, making them great for fuss-free entertaining.

9. Deviled Egg Pumpkins. With a hint of smoky BBQ sweetness, these creamy and delicious deviled eggs are unbelievably addictive. Simply spoon in the filling to assemble your eggs, or use a piping bag if you’re feeling fancy.

Tip: For fall entertaining, garnish with snipped chives to resemble stems.

10. Honey Teriyaki Peanut Dip. Filled with a fresh fusion of Asian flavors, this distinctively different dip is layered with seasoned cream cheese, diced chicken, chopped peanuts and sesame-kissed teriyaki sauce. So good with crackers!

Tip: In a hurry? Substitute chopped rotisserie chicken or even canned white chicken breasts.

11. Holiday Cranberry Cheese Log. Made for wine and cheese lovers! Rolled in sweet dried cranberries, crunchy pecans and chopped fresh parsley, this festive appetizer is perfect for the holidays.

Tip: If you aren’t a fan of gorgonzola or blue cheese, no worries! Substitute shredded white Cheddar cheese instead.

12. BBQ Chicken Flatbread. Cutting flatbread pizzas into small squares or triangles can be a great way to feed your holiday crowd – without breaking your budget. Try this simple and smoky version, layered with saucy BBQ chicken, crumbled bacon and melty mozzarella.

Tip: By using naan flatbreads, you’ll save a ton of time and effort, too. (The Stonefire® brand is my personal fave.)

13. Avocado Egg Salad Canapés. Ready in only 10 minutes – that’s it! With creamy avocado, crisp cucumbers and a touch of dill, these cute and colorful little canapés offer a burst of bright, fresh flavor in every bite.

Tip: You can easily substitute pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits as a timesaver.

14. Everything Bagel Cheese Ball. Yes, the cheese ball is a classic for good reason, my friends. Everyone loves them! Rolled in a crispy-garlicky goodness, this simple party food is perfect with fresh veggies, crackers and chips.

Tip: You can stuff the cream cheese mixture into mini sweet peppers, too!

15. Baked Pizza Dip & Dippers. Have kids coming to the party? They’ll love this extra-cheesy dip, bubbling with mozzarella, Parmesan and mini pepperoni – complete with golden pull-apart biscuits for dipping.

Tip: For a pretty presentation, bake your dip in an 8-inch cast iron skillet, and tie a holiday towel around the handle for serving.

16. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower. Looking for something a little lighter? Grab your air fryer to make these crispy cauliflower bites, tossed with butter, Parmesan and spicy buffalo goodness.

Tip: Serve with celery sticks, ranch and/or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

17. Cinnamon Apple Butter Board. Butter boards are all the rage right now, and this one couldn’t be simpler. With swirls of butter, walnuts, warm spices and a drizzle of honey, it will be a comforting addition to any holiday table.

Tip: Prefer something on the savory side? Try this Italian Garlic Butter Board recipe, too.

18. Loaded Baked Potato Bites. Quicker and easier than potato skins, these perfectly poppable potato bites are topped with crumbled bacon, Cheddar cheese and delicate little dollops of dip.

Tip: Garnish with fresh chives or chopped green onions for entertaining. Great for game days, too!

19. Sweet Pepper Margarita Shrimp Cocktail. Planning a cocktail party for New Year’s Eve? Try this fresh twist on shrimp cocktail with a kick of tequila, sea salt and tangy lime.

Tip: Chill your serving platter in advance to help keep everything cold and crisp.

20. Champagne Berry Baked Brie. Perfect for your holiday table, this creamy and gorgeous baked brie is ready with only three ingredients. That’s it! Serve it with your favorite bottle of bubbly, along with crostini or crackers for dipping.

Tip: Choose a mix of fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for a burst of bright holiday colors.

21. Disappearing Dip. Fun fact: did you know this recipe was developed years ago by Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple’s own Founder & CEO? Layered with fresh salsa, melty cheese and seasoned ground beef, this warm-from-the-oven dip is completely addictive – and completely lives up to its name.

Tip: I love to warm up my tortilla chips in the oven for just a few minutes to serve alongside it.

22. Bloody Mary Chicken Wings. From game day to late-night holiday parties, these wonderfully tangy wings are the perfect finger food, tossed in a bloody mary glaze with a hint of honey and black pepper. Oh, and don’t worry – they’re not too spicy!

Tip: Get ahead of the game! Toss ‘em into the fridge to marinate the night before your big event for easy party prep.

23. Citrus Raspberry Shrimp. Fresh, fast and festive, these grilled shrimp skewers are drizzled with sweet-tangy raspberry dressing – and delicious served as appetizers.

Tip: Garnish your serving plate with fresh raspberries and chopped Italian parsley for a holiday pop of color.

24. Classic Ranch Oyster Crackers. Don’t forget the party mix! With only three ingredients, these crunchy seasoned snack crackers are perfect for the kiddie table. But the grown-ups will love grazing on them, too, particularly paired with an ice-cold beer or cocktail.

Tip: If you’re creating a holiday charcuterie board, these cute seasoned crackers make a great addition, too!

25. Prosciutto Wrapped Pears & Cheese. Ripe pears. Creamy brie or gorgonzola. Sweet drizzles of honey and balsamic. Simple yet sophisticated, these easy appetizers will wow your guests.

Tip: Toss your cubed pears with lemon juice to prevent any browning.

26. Roasted Garlic & Red Pepper Artichoke Dip. A fresh twist on a classic appetizer, this warm and bubbly dip will become your new favorite for entertaining.

Tip: Top with a sprinkle of shredded mozzarella during the last 5 minutes of baking, and serve with crostini, crackers and/or fresh veggies.

27. Everything Chicken Berry Satay. Keep it light with these seasoned chicken skewers, complete with a creamy berry balsamic dipping sauce. Best of all, these are super simple to make in your air fryer!

Tip: No air fryer? No problem. Bake ‘em at 400°F for 15 minutes or until they are cooked through.

28. Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread. Everyone will gather around the table for this cheesy and family-friendly appetizer, bursting with gooey mozzarella and buffalo chicken.

Tip: For easy entertaining, assemble and wrap it in aluminum foil the day before, and simply bake it 30 minutes before your guests arrive. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing on the side.

29. Mini Wild Rice Quiches. Having a holiday brunch? Make these mini quiche bites baked with Cheddar cheese, eggs, wild rice and fresh spinach. So great for large gatherings!

Tip: Serve with fresh fruit. These blissful little bites reheat beautifully, too.

30. 7-Layer Peanut Butter Caramel Dip. Appetizer? Dessert? Yes, I admit: it’s a fine line. But with seven sweet sinful layers of creamy peanut butter, chocolate, whipped cream and more, well – either way, you’ll want to add this dreamy dip to your holiday spread.

Tip: Serve it with sliced apples and graham crackers.

Enjoy, and don’t forget – you can find more delicious recipes for easy entertaining on Tastefully Simple’s website, too.

Wishing you and yours “app-y” holidays, my friends!

– Jen