Appetizers & Hors d’Oeuvres

From cocktail parties to Thanksgiving dinner, appetizers & hors d’oeuvres can play an important role in your event. Whether they’re the only food you’re offering or are just a preview for the multi-course dinner to come, appetizers & hors d’oeuvres let you and your guests enjoy small, bite-sized morsels of delicious things like meats, cheeses, vegetables and pastry. Williams-Sonoma offers a selection of appetizing appetizers you can order for home delivery, making it a snap to provide tasty finger foods for your next gathering. If you would rather spend your prep time focusing on an elaborate main course or you simply want to be sure that you have high-end snacks on hand for impromptu celebrations, this product category has plenty of options to suit your need.


Cheese plates and charcuterie boards are a fantastic option for appetizer or hors d’oeuvre courses. No matter what your hosting style, you can always count on a selection of meats and cheese or cheese and vegetarian accompaniments such as fruit and nuts. These simple arrangements provide a variety of different delights for people with a variety of different dietary restrictions; folks as varied as low-carb carnivores and gluten-free vegans can find something they love on a charcuterie and cheese plate. Provide separate dishes for foods like sliced vegetables, roasted nuts and dried fruit, so guests with restrictive diets or nut allergies are included in the mix.


While our appetizers arrive to your door almost fully prepared and requiring only a few simple prep steps, you can do your own presentation work to make the finished spread look divine. With a serving platter, prepared hors d’oeuvres and some garnish, you’ll create a mouth-watering spread that will disappear quickly as your guests savor every delicious bite. Arrange mixes of different items on plates scattered across your entertaining space or group appetizers by type. The latter technique is the best approach when your guest list includes individuals with dietary restrictions. For garnish, everything from a sprinkle of chopped herbs to a dusting of colorful spice such as smoked paprika can make the finished product look extra appetizing.


Our appetizers & hors d’oeuvres are available with a variety of fillings, including cheese, meat, vegetables and fruit. Some of our selections come in the form of prepared items such as puff pastry pinwheels, devils on horseback or tiny hand pies. Others require a bit more prep work from you, with options including roasted chestnuts, candied dried fruit, crackers and veggie dips such as hummus. For large gatherings that include dinner or dessert courses you’re making yourself, focus on the items that come in a nearly ready-to-serve form. Items such as our mini pie bites or dumplings ship frozen, meaning you’ll simply have to heat before presenting to guests.


If your dinner party includes entrees with a distinct theme, you can select appetizers & hors d’oeuvres that pair well with your chosen style of cuisine. For example, if you plan to make an Asian-food feast such as a homemade sushi spread or Chinese-spiced steak, select hors d’oeuvres that bring out similar flavors of ginger and garlic, such as potsticker dumplings served with a vinegar and soy dipping sauce. If you are creating a Middle Eastern menu, appetizers such as meze platters and hummus with flatbread will adequately whet guests’ appetites without creating a jarring flavor contrast between first and main courses.


Appetizers & hors d’oeuvres provide small bites of cheese, meat and other savory flavors to prepare the palate for a main course or provide a satisfying snack over cocktails. With this aspect of your meal squared away, don’t forget to check out our selection of desserts and baked goods to bookend your evening with delicious delights that require very little prep work from you, letting you focus on other elements of the perfect evening.

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