If you’re dieting for the holidays this year, you’ve come to the wrong place – the My Big Day team has rounded up ten of our favorite guilty pleasure party appetizers. No counting calories allowed!
Whip up any of these recipes (double or triple them to feed a crowd), and you’ll be getting all the compliments. To promote safe partying during the pandemic, we’ve chosen bite-sized apps for your guests. Bonus: Dishes are optional and clean-up is easy.
Whether you need a little help planning your next event, or want to show up the day-of with everything done, our team with over 15 years of experience in the event industry is here to help. Book now.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
A little spicy? Yep. Super indulgent? Yes. Totally addictive? You bet.
Yield: 12 poppers
Cream Cheese Tortilla Bites
Quick and easy (only 4 ingredients!) and vegetarian.
Yield: 36 bites
Feta and Spinach Puff Pastry Appetizers
These fancy pastries look as good as they taste and are sure to impress. Vegetarian.
Yield: 27 pastries
Ritz Crackers Party Sandwiches
Yes, the nostalgic snack is still a party favorite. Customize with your own favorite cheese and meat, or cheese and roasted veggies.
Yield: 48 sandwiches
Crockpot Apple Butter and Bourbon Meatballs
Sweet and tangy. Add hot sauce for an extra kick.
Yield: 32 meatballs
Cranberry Havarti Bites
Decadent, creamy, and tangy.
Yield: 16 bites
Cranberry Brie Crostini Bites
Cranberry + brie is a sophisticated holiday combo, and this recipe can be made in advance and then assembled in just minutes on party day.
Yield: 24 toasts
Twice Baked Potato Bites
Like a mini baked potato with all the toppings, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
These snacking skewers are like a portable charcuterie board, without the touching-something-someone-else-has-touched.
Yield: 18 skewers
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls on a Pretzel Stick
These salty, satisfying game-day snacks make a popular party app.
Visit our Party Appetizers Pinterest board for many more party-worthy recipes. For more party planning tips and ideas, follow My Big Day on Facebook and Instagram.
Pre-Dinner: Champagne and Strawberries
Why: A sexy appetizer to get your taste buds ready.
Drink: A glass of red wine
Why: Grape skins contain the antioxidant resveratrol, the closest thing we have to an actual aphrodisiac. It increases estrogen production, say Northwestern University researchers, and that heightens sexual appetite and makes lubrication easier for her later in the evening. Red wines from muscadine grapes have a higher resveratrol content than other reds do, say researchers at Mississippi State University.
Appetizer: Shrimp cocktail
Why: The zinc-dense shrimp increase sperm levels and make orgasms more powerful, according to a study in Fertility and Sterility. They also contain a stress-reducing amino acid and the feel-good hormone serotonin.
Entrée: Filet mignon au poivre (6 oz) (Garlic, ginger, mustard, pepper rub, porcini mushrooms)
Why: High-protein foods boost production of dopamine and norepinephrine, hormones that increase alertness and assertiveness.
Black pepper aids digestion, according to an Indian Journal of Medical Research study -- helpful for any energetic activities after dinner.
Side: Baked sweet potato
Why: It's high in potassium, which helps reduce stress--a great way to curb performance anxiety later that night.
Top the potato with a dollop of sour cream, another source of libido-friendly protein.
Side: Spinach salad (Spinach, Arugula, Pine nuts, Basil Vinaigrette, Parmesan cheese, carrots )
Why: Spinach is a potent source of magnesium, which helps dilate blood vessels, ensuring the smooth bloodflow that's crucial for strong erections, according to Japanese researchers.
Dessert: Fresh raspberries drizzled with melted dark chocolate
Why: British scientists have discovered that women release four times more endorphins after eating chocolate than they do after making out. The caffeine in chocolate also increases your alertness for what's to come after dessert. Try using Dark Chocolate on the raspberries, and pair them with a glass of port. You'll get a double dose of polyphenols -- antioxidants that increase your HDL (good) cholesterol.
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