10 Quick party appetizers

Nov 3, 2009 at 3:47 p.m. ET

Thanksgiving through New Year's can be a hectic time, but that's no reason to give up on the idea of throwing the perfect cocktail Christmas party. All you need are a few go-to dishes that are not only easy to make, but also are sure to win over any crowd.

Here are 10 easy Christmas party appetizers to get your party started quickly. Just click the recipe title for complete directions.

Cheese board

Cheese board

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People love cheese trays. They look great, and they're super easy for party hosts to pull together. Just go to your local cheese market, ask for some nicely sliced squares and place everything on a tray with crackers and grapes. It can be nice to add cold cuts as well, such as salami, turkey and ham.

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