Holiday entertaining is always easier when you plan a finger food menu instead of a big, complicated sit-down meal. Everyone will find something they like and eat as little or as much as they want, all while mingling and drinking. For a diverse but frugal menu of appetizers, dips, treats, and snacks head to Costco and grab some of these party favorites. Not a Costco member? Apply here.
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There are three dips in this one container, all made with whipped feta cheese. They’re flavored with cilantro, garlic and chive, and sundried tomato and basil.
Queso is a crowd pleaser, and if you put this white queso made with mild green chiles out in a mini crockpot at your next party, it’s going to be gone in no time.
Need something besides chips to dip in that queso? These organic flautas are filled with white meat chicken, black beans, cheese, and green chiles.
$10 per pound
No holiday gathering is complete without shrimp cocktail. Costco does all the work for you with its deli-made version. It even comes with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
Take all the guesswork out of putting together a cheese plate with this prepackaged flight. It comes with Gruyere, balsamic Bellavitano, soft chevre, tangy pecorino, and fontal.
Turn that cheese flight into a whole grazing board with this charcuterie kit. It comes with Italian cured meats including coppa, dry sausage, and soppressata.
For the less adventurous cheese eaters there’s this variety pack that comes on its own tray. It includes aged cheddar, Jarlsberg, creamy havarti, and gouda.
For something completely unique on your cheese tray, grab these little goat cheese balls. They have dried cranberries mixed in with a filling of fig jam.
These Greek feta and spinach triangles make great finger foods. The phyllo dough crisps up in the oven, but don’t worry if they sit out for a while because they’re tasty at room temperature, too.
These fully cooked wontons are filled with chicken and cilantro. They just need a couple minutes in a pan or steamer, and the mini size makes them perfect finger food.
$6 per pound
For a more substantial finger food there are these popular roller sandwiches. Deli meat, cheese, vegetables, and spreads are rolled in a tortilla-like flatbread that’s filling and delicious.
Standard onion chip dip gets an upgrade with sweet caramelized onions and sharp Gruyere cheese. Dip chips, toast, or veggies in it.
Who says you can’t have finger foods for brunch? Pull these florentine and three-cheese mini quiche out on Christmas morning, and your house guests will love them.
You don’t have to be a kid to love these franks in a blanket — though kids love them, too. Smoked pork sausage is wrapped in a parmesan-dusted puff pastry and would be great with honey mustard for dipping.
If you haven’t jumped on the pimento cheese trend yet, why not? The Southern specialty is a creamy spread made with cheddar cheese, mayo, and sweet peppers.
Wings are expensive right now, which makes these fully cooked wings a steal around $18 for four pounds. They’re fully cooked so they’re ready quickly and they come with buffalo sauce. A Sweet Chipotle BBQ flavor is also available.
For a traditional treat try these already-roasted chestnuts. They’re organic, already-shelled so your guests won’t have to do any work, and come in pouches so they stay fresh until you serve them.
Gooey spinach and artichoke dip is usually reserved for restaurants, but you can treat friends and family this holiday with this version that can be served hot or cold.
$10 per pound
For a cold shrimp app that’s a little more unique than cocktail, try this shrimp ceviche. The shrimp are mixed with onions, bell peppers, cilantro, and lime in a Mexican-inspired dish.
People love crab cakes, but they’re expensive and don’t fit into a finger food setting. Both those problems are solved with these mini-versions that come 36 to a package. Set out some tartar sauce or remoulade for dipping.
Japanese-style fried shrimp in an airy tempura batter cook up crispy in the oven or deep fryer. You can dip them in cocktail sauce, but they also come with a soy-based sauce.
Your guests will need something to scoop up all those creamy dips. These organic bagel chips are coated in garlic and herbs and are good enough to eat on their own.
No finger food party would be complete without a bowl of fancy olives. These extra large Greek olives are pitted and brined in extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Ferrero Rocher candy makes a great gift, but why not set the little gold-wrapped chocolates out for your guests? For some people, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without them.
Nothing is easier than a bowl of crunchy snacks. This pub mix, with a variety of pretzels, breadsticks, and rye chips with savory seasoning, feels more festive than the usual potato chips.
Peppermint bark is a classic holiday treat. Give it an upgrade from your usual brand with these Ghirardelli squares. The package includes individually wrapped dark and milk chocolate peppermint bark squares.
A bowl of nuts is a must have during winter parties. Forget cracking whole nuts and go with this sweet blend of almonds, pecans, and cashews in a cinnamon and caramel glaze.
If the holidays aren’t the time to buy a whole jamon Serrano, then when is? Slice paper-thin pieces of this cured ham to impress your guests. The whole-leg-ham comes with its own wooden holder so you can keep carving for weeks to get your $100 worth.