Holiday Appetizers for a Cocktail Party

Get holiday appetizers recipes to pair with cocktails for an easy party during the fall and winter holiday season. These finger foods are great for pre-dinner hors d’oeuvres and drinks. 

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Pre-Dinner Holiday Appetizers

When we host big meals for the holidays it’s always scheduled for later in the day. This is very different from how I grew up – those family gatherings always took place at around 1 or 2 pm…. and then we would pick at the leftovers all evening long. That works well if everyone is bringing a dish and you cook the turkey at 4am, but I’m usually doing it all because guests are from out of town, or have earlier plans. So we end up eating our big Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at around 5 or 6pm – a true “dinner.”

To tie us over for the day we usually have a late filling breakfast, and then I set out a spread of tasty appetizers and cocktails. This way we stay satisfied through the afternoon but don’t get full before the main meal. I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes for entertaining, plus a delicious seasonal cocktail, and with the help of Mariposa’s String of Pearls collection I’m doing it in style!

Setting up Holiday Appetizers and Cocktails

You know gold has been THE trendy color for the past couple of years, and it’s still going strong. However, nothing is as classic as a few quality silver-toned serving pieces – don’t we all beg for grandma’s old silver set! Keeping this in mind I teamed up with Mariposa to feature some of their items and let you know about their String of Pearls Celebration. The sent me two pieces from the collection, that I use most, and I created this appetizers and cocktails display.

  • For something as casual as pre-meal noshing, I set up the snacks on our bar that overlooks the morning room. This way I can still cook in the kitchen without having my work surfaces occupied. I can also conveniently grab a nibble my self as I’m standing in the kitchen. 😉
  • I used the pearled wavy ice bucket to hold bottles of spiced apple pie cocktail {recipe below}. I dipped the rims of glasses in apple juice and cinnamon sugar, and placed a cinnamon stick in each. Pretty presentation complete!
  • The food consists of easy-serve things like fruits, cheese, nuts, and olives, plus this DELICIOUS chicken-artichoke cheese spread {I love this stuff}. Get this recipe below, which I placed in the pearled individual bowl.
  • Here’s what I love about silver-toned serving pieces:  1.) they don’t have to match ‘perfectly’ – something like these new Mariposa pieces look great right alongside my silver-plated urns;  2.) they can be dressed up and formalized, or can be paired with wood for a casual, rustic feel. I have chosen the later for this display, by adding the wooden serving board, and a small vintage platter that belonged to my great grandmother.

I think this snack bar looks warm and inviting, as well as tasty!

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Get the recipe for my spiced apple pie cocktail here. For this one I actually doubled the amount and I’m letting you know which liquors I used. It’s really good and a great seasonal drink!

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  1. I am still a huge fan of silver-toned and pewter serving pieces! I have a big collection and the holidays are the best time to pull them out!

  2. I love the cocktail – what a great idea to rim the glasses with cinnamon sugar! Fabulous idea and perfect for fall!

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