Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites

 Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites -  Baker by Nature

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites - Baker by Nature

I can hardly stand it! Christmas is almost here... just around the corner... it's a week away. Where has the time gone? It seems that no matter how hard we try to get everything accomplished ahead of time - whether shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning - there's always something that gets forgotten or accidentally put on the back burner. We've all been there. Some of us more than others. While we love the energy and the excitement that comes with the holiday season, we find ourselves harried, a bit over-stressed and wishing there were more hours in the day. 

For those of you who will be entertaining visiting friends and family in the next couple of weeks, I've pulled together some fun and fairly simple appetizers that can be put together at the last minute. 

1. A fruit and cheese platter will always please. Select from both hard and soft cheese, sliced breads, crackers, cheese straws. Offer sliced pears, apples, blackberries, raspberries and grapes for color. 

2. Little phyllo shells can be filled with just about anything: spinach and feta, baked brie, hummus, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella and drizzled with balsamic vinegar, mushroom and gorgonzola, chicken salad, egg salad, sausage and cheese. Basically anything you want to fill them with you can. They come pre-made and all you have to do is fill them!

3. Miniature meatballs served on decorative toothpicks or forks are fun, festive and easy to eat. 

4. Pigs in a blanket. Does one ever really outgrow these? Perhaps serve with an assortment of mustards.

5. Stuffed mushrooms

6. miniature polenta bites

7. Potato Pancakes, either on their own with toppings on the side or topped with creme fraiche 

8. Nuts, pretzels and chips served elegantly in silver serving dishes

9. Assorted olives and cornichons 

10. grilled zucchini roll ups stuffed with herbed cheese

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites  Krafted Koch Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Puffs

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Krafted Koch Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Puffs

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites  Left Side of the Table French Deviled Eggs

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Left Side of the Table French Deviled Eggs

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites   Grilled Fish Cocktail from Momma's Gotta Bake

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Grilled Fish Cocktail from Momma's Gotta Bake

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites   Greek Lamb Meatballs, Nutmeg Nanny

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Greek Lamb Meatballs, Nutmeg Nanny

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites   

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
 

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites Sweet Paul, Oysters and cocktail sauce

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Sweet Paul, Oysters and cocktail sauce

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites  Mushroom and Marscapone Tarts, The Curvy Carrot    

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Mushroom and Marscapone Tarts, The Curvy Carrot

 

  Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites  Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, 17 Dove Street    

Simple, festive and elegant last minute holiday bites
Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, 17 Dove Street

 

 Simple Festive and Elegant last minute holiday bites  Events at Oliver Bonacini 

Simple Festive and Elegant last minute holiday bites
Events at Oliver Bonacini