Holiday time is an exciting time of the year; it's a time when family and friends get together to create both joyous and happy memories. If you've been put in charge of the holiday festivities at the end of the year, you're probably meeting the challenge with mixed feelings. On the one hand, you're honored to be able to celebrate the season with those closest to your heart, but at the same time, you realize that there is a lot of planning and work involved with putting together the season festivities. Your guests will be looking for tasty appetizers to start off the evening and the flavors you deliver will set the mood for the rest of the evening. Here are some ideas for the best Christmas party appetizers that are easy to make so your party will be a raving success.

Puff Pastries Appetizers:

For magical pastries you need to make the most of flavors that your guests won't get any other time of the year. That way, even if you're not an expert at creating a masterpiece they won't be able to tell. One way to do this is by using puff pastry. With just a little practice, you can transform a box of puff pastry into a tart, pizza dough, rolls, and containers for all sorts of flavorful delicacies. You don't have to take the time to create and roll the dough yourself as many puff pastry delights can be found in the freezer section in your local supermarket. While you can make the puff pastry earlier, it is best to make it right before your guests arrive so that it still has its delicate texture and buttery flavor that your guests will "ooooh" and "ahhhh" over.

Add A Little Shine:

Of course, you can always serve your puff pastry as it is, but to make it one of the best Christmas party appetizers give it the shine that most baked breads are known for. You can add just a little touch before they go in the oven. The step takes only a few seconds and will make a lasting impression on your guests. Beat together an egg and a teaspoon of water and lightly brush the tops of the dough before it goes in the oven. When it comes out, it will glisten like a new "Christmas Penny" and your guests will feel that you slaved for hours over it.

How To Use The Puff Pastry:

You can flavor the pastry any way you want to get the holiday flavors everyone loves. Favorites among many are pecans, cinnamon, fruit, and cheeses. Take the pastries and stuff them as much as you dare so that when your guests take a bite they will have a burst of flavor to add to their holiday cheer.

Preparing for a holiday event does not have to be full of hours slaving away in the kitchen or leaving you so exhausted that you can't enjoy your guests when they finally arrive. With just a little creativity and ingenuity you can create a holiday experience with the best Christmas party appetizers that your guests will rave about until the next year when they'll want you to do it all over again.