Funny Appetizers: the impressive recipe you can’t miss

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist

If you want to create some excitement at your next holiday party, why not make these funny appetizers? Looking like penguins, ladybugs, and flowers, this is an easy, fun collection of appetizers perfect for holidays.

To make them, you will need cream cheese, breads (two different kinds), olives, carrots, and tomatoes. The combination of raw veggies and cream cheese gives a great balance of crunch and creaminess. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Better yet, you can make these ahead of time, so they’re great for entertaining. These funny appetizers will be a hit with both children and adults! You’ll love it!


For these appetizers, it’s best to use the freshest ingredients you can find. Look for bright-red, plump tomatoes, shiny olives, and leaves that aren’t wilted.

You can leave the carrot peels on if you like, but if you’re using large carrots, they might taste biter.

The bread used for the flower appetizers can be toasted before using. Not only will it create more texture, but the bread will also hold its shape better.

You can make all these appetizers ahead of time. Slice all the pieces of bread and vegetables, and assemble the appetizers. Place on a large sheet and wrap with plastic wrap. Dot the ladybugs with balsamic glaze just before serving.

How To Store Funny Appetizers

Store leftovers in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 3 days.

for the penguins
Black olives
Cream Cheese
for the ladybug
Cherry tomatoes
Black olives
Toasted bread
Cream Cheese
Basil leaves
for the flowers
Sandwich bread
Cream Cheese
Smoked salmon
basil leaves, for garnishing

How To Make Funny Appetizers

Penguin Appetizers

To make the Penguin appetizers, you will need carrots, black olives, and cream cheese. The carrots will be used to create the penguin’s ‘feet’, while the olives and cream cheese create the penguin's body.

To make the penguin’s body, cut the olives in half.

Fill the olive halves with cream cheese.

Slice the carrot into slices.

Create triangles out of the rounds—these are the feet. Use some of the extra triangles to make a beak.

Do this by putting the small triangle in the opening of the olive.

Put everything together and stick the toothpick through the penguin.

Ladybug Appetizers

For these pretty ladybug appetizers, you will need cherry tomatoes, black olives, toasted bread, cream cheese, and basil leaves.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half, and separate them slightly to create the body of the ladybug.

Slice the tops off of the olives—this will create the head. Set aside.

To create the ladybugs, spread the cream cheese on the toasted bread and add the basil leaf on top.

Add half of the cherry tomato and the piece of olive to assemble the body and head of the ladybug.

Use a toothpick and balsamic glaze to create dots on the ladybug.


Flower Appetizers

To make the flower appetizers, you will need bread slices, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and basil.

Take each slice of bread and cut it using a flower-shaped cookie cutter.

Working with half of the slices, use a circle cutter to remove the center part.

Spread the cream cheese on a solid flower slice.

Cover with the slice that has a hole in the middle.

Add a piece of smoked salmon to the middle.

Place the bread flowers on a plate and decorate it with basil leaves.

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