Best Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers

Holiday Make Ahead Appetizer

As the holidays approach, entertain stress-free with these Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers. We’ve gathered the best recipes we could find and that can be prepped at least the night before.

From bake to no bake, assembled, refrigerated, and even frozen, these make ahead holiday appetizers will have your family and friends asking for seconds. And probably the recipe too!

6 Chef Tips for Making Ahead Holiday Appetizers

St. Louis Executive Chef Greg Ziegenfuss offers tips for creating party-perfect appetizers that will wow your guests.

1. Prepare 2 to 3 Appetizers and Purchase the Rest

Depending on the number of guests, prepare 2-3 appetizers from scratch, and purchase and assemble the rest. For example, purchase a delicious assortment of meats, cheeses, olives, tomatoes and crackers and use beautiful platters and bowls to serve them.

2. Make Ahead Appetizers When Possible.

Prepare home-made items in advance whenever possible. Save the final reheating, plating and garnishing for right before guests arrive.

3. Think Color

Place platters of colorful fruits around the serving table. Fresh sprigs of mint and fresh flowers make pretty garnishes, both on the platters and in small vases.

4. Use the Slow Cooker

Serve one hot dish in a crockpot. Whether it’s spinach-artichoke dip or melt-in-your-mouth meatballs, serving one dish in the a slow cooker is always easy and everyone will know it’s homemade.

5. Don’t Forget the Beverages

Consider offering pitchers of a “signature” drink. 

6. Don’t Forget the Desserts

Everyone enjoys tempting desserts. To take the pressure off party day, either bake and freeze items in advance, or visit your favorite bakery the morning of the party and buy a selection of tasty treats. Make sure and set out a pot of hot coffee near the dessert station.

Best Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers

Entertain stress-free with these easy Make Ahead Holiday Appetizers and pro chef tips. We've gathered the best recipes to make your party perfect!

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