Hosting, preparing and serving a multi-course meal for friends or family over the holiday season may sound stressful — but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, you’ll have to brush up on your hosting and entertaining skills; and yes, you’ll have to perfect the balancing act of giving your guests the attention they deserve while also preparing the table for the memorable meal ahead. But when you’re armed with shortcuts, you can accomplish anything. And when it comes to holiday gatherings, our favorite hosting hack is distracting guests with mouthwatering, impressive-looking appetizers that require no cooking whatsoever.
No-cook holiday appetizers are an actual godsend, especially when hosting a holiday meal for a large group. And when you’re able to have them prepped and ready to serve ahead of your guests’ arrival, even better. The best part is, Pinterest is brimming with no-bake holiday appetizers, from irresistible Smoked Salmon Cheese Balls to poppable Cranberry Brie Bites and almost-too-pretty-to-eat Vegan Charcuterie Christmas Wreaths.
Ahead, we’ve gathered 12 of our favorite no-cook holiday appetizer that’ll make hosting a breeze this year.