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Holiday Party ideas?

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for savory holiday party snacks that aren't too frou frou but are still above chips and dip. I don't feel like cooking so I'm looking for cheap and easy. Thanks!

Oh, and some things I already had in mind are the standard cheese & bread, spiced nuts... popcorn?

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  1. I'm sure I'll get snubbed by some for this, but I love it. Cream cheese, make a well in the center, put raspberry jam in the well and serve with Ritz.

    Up a few steps, serve Cambazola cheese with a nice chutney and better crackers.

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    1. re: scuzzo

      My dad does something similar, only it's cream cheese, garlic, and chopped green olives.

      1. re: scuzzo

        I do cream cheese with some sweet pepper relish over the top of it and serve with crackers... yummy!

      2. An easy bean dip is to throw black beans and Rotel together in a crockpot...the beans practically melt. Add some cheese and green onions before serving, and it's really good, hearty stuff. It could definitely stand up to some pita chips.

        1. Can't go wrong with hummus (pretty easy to make or you can buy it) with pita chips and I like it on celery now, too.

          1. I'm making crostini with gorgonzola, walnuts and honey for a holiday party this week. Anything on crostini is wonderful, festive, inexpensive (usually) and definitely above chips and dip. How about an Olive tapenade, or proscuitto, melon and balsamic. Also Asparagus wrapped in proscuitto and roasted is wonderful too.

            1. For a holiday party we did a few years ago we tried to keep the appetizers simple from a prep point of view as we also were doing a big dinner buffet. We put out:

              A cheese and fruit tray with appropriate condiments

              Rosemary and potato pizzettes

              We bought some gourmet sausages and cut them up, put them in a chafing dish and offered with a couple condiments(a couple mustards and I forget what else)

              Gravlax

              Two types of nuts: mixed salted and spiced pecans

              A few different types of olives