Refreshingly Bright Holiday Planning: From Decor to RITZ Crackers Appetizers


This post is sponsored by Ritz Crackers.

The holiday season is a great time to break out gold and silver for home décor, and the colors work especially well in the dining room.  Although some say never to mix silver and gold, I disagree.  I like how they work together.  Adding in some bright colors—be it red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Chanukah, brown and orange for fall/Thanksgiving, or any other color you like—adds another dimension.  Even if it’s just some ribbons as accents here and there, I think you’ll be impressed with how well most colors look paired with metals.

Refreshingly Bright Holiday Planning: From Decor to RITZ Crackers Appetizers
If you celebrate Christmas and have ornaments, think of breaking them out a little early, as some double nicely for the dining room.  Woven baskets and bowls can also be a nice touch, especially when used for presenting food.  Even if they aren’t fully integrated with the meal, they can help set the mood of the room.  For example, I have a small gold bowl that I just adore, but the size is too small to hold food.  I like it too much, though, and sometimes just place it off in a corner even if it’s empty (or holding non-food items like polished stones).  On that note, have fun with your holiday décor and make it your own. ritz-crackers-appetizer-recipes Prosciutto has become a favorite in my family.  The savory taste is a favorite from Italy, especially when hand-sliced freshly right in front of you at a deli.  Some people like it thick (I do, as well), but most people use thinly sliced prosciutto to wrap around other foods. Figs, asparagus, melon, and cod are just a few examples of the wide-ranging foods that taste amazing wrapped up in prosciutto. ritz crackers balsamic tomatoes appetizer recipe
In this recipe, I opted for scallops.  They have a soft, light taste that is smooth in consistency and a great contrast to the prosciutto.  Add in a light amount of cream cheese/cheese and some sun-dried tomatoes, and place it on a Ritz Cracker.  You have now quickly made an appetizer that will hopefully add some joy to your holiday party. Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops We have found it helpful to always keep some Ritz Crackers on hand for these types of dishes.  They can instantly transform a dish like scallops, which normally need plates and forks, into fun finger food.  As you can see from the pictures, it still looks elegant yet is enjoyable even for kids (my 5-year-old couldn’t get enough of them!).  It’s easy to add other accompanying taste combinations on their crackers, as I have done here. Need more Ritz Cracker recipes? Check out my previous post Easy and Delicious Finger Foods Perfect for a Party. ritz crackers appetizer recipe

Roasted Balsamic Tomatoes
Author: Posh Journal
  • 20 Plum Tomatoes halved
  • 4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Black Pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. Place the tomatoes on a baking pan
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper
  4. Roast for about 20 minutes
  5. Serve on top of Ritz Crackers
Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops
Author: Posh Journal
  • 10 Scallops
  • 10 slices of Prosciutto
  • Salt/pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of White Wine
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  1. Wrap each scallop with sliced prosciutto
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet pan on medium heat then cook each scallop for about 2 minutes on each side ( do not overcook). Drizzle with white wine and cook for another 1 minute
  3. Put aside and serve with sun-dried tomatoes, cheese/cream cheese on top of Ritz Crackers


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  • Reply Heather Lawrence Dec 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Wow your organized!! I haven’t even thought that far yet. I’m still trying to get all of my shopping done. I have never tried scallops but they look delicious.

  • Reply Candice Dec 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Great fun easy holiday snack to complete your Christmas spread. Looks fancy …

  • Reply Sophie O'Reilly Dec 5, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Your pictures look so stunning, very pretty! I’m a big fan of Ritz, they are so delicious.

  • Reply Erica Brooks Dec 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, your decor looks amazing! We’re hosting this years holiday party. I’ll have to add these appetizers to our menu.

  • Reply Marielle Altenor Dec 5, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Oh my! Those prosciutto-prapped scallops looks amazing. Loving the gold theme decor!

  • Reply strangedazeindeed Dec 6, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Your table looks stunning and those finger foods gourmet! What a wonderful idea. I adore prosciutto.

  • Reply Amanda Tempel Dec 6, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Oh, wow! I’ve never really thought of using RITZ like that. Such an awesome idea for entertaining!

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy Dec 6, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I love your tablescape! I agree that it’s fabulous to mix gold and silver- so elegant! And those Ritz crackers look so elevated with the way you prepared them! Perfect appetizer idea for the holidays!

  • Reply tonyacoleman Dec 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Great ideas for party food! Just in time for my holiday parties coming up. Thanks!

  • Reply Claire'scomfycorner Dec 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Wow! I love your party food, the scallops look so tasty wrapped up 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Jacqueline Lewis Dec 6, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    What a wonderful display! My son loves Ritz crackers! He’d enjoy this holiday decor, heck, so would Mom and Dad!

  • Reply Valerie Dec 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I love the pretty gold decor! We love to snack on Rtiz crackers so I think they would make he best appetizers!

  • Reply jmanandmillerbug Dec 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Your table is stunning! I love Ritz crackers for entertaining because they are so easy and delicious! I would love to have my table set up just like this at our holiday party.

  • Reply Fashionable Librarian Dec 6, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Looks good….you are very talented

  • Reply Heather Dec 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Looks like a wonderful appetizers. I love using different spreadable cheeses with ritz crackers!

  • Reply Ana De Jesus Dec 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Who knew that ritz crackers could be so posh, I would have mine with cream cheese, cucumber and sea salt and pepper.

  • Reply Jeanette M Dec 6, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I wish I could get my table to look that good. Great job with that!

  • Reply Jaime Nicole Dec 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Your table is really beautiful! I love Ritz crackers – and you did an elegant job with them – love the scallops!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. Dec 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    I really love the Holiday set-up! It’s festive and it’s classy. Gold really looks nice during this time of year. Thanks for the ideas on the ritz biscuits!

  • Reply thelesleyshow Dec 6, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    I like the lightly salted Ritz crackers, those are very good. I love your presentation, makes me wish I was a little fancier with my crackers.

    • Reply Liz Mays Dec 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      They definitely look good enough for a dinner party. I need to start using Ritz in more creative ways!

  • Reply Shann Eva Dec 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Yum. Great appetizers. We always have appetizers on Christmas Eve. I love the decorations too.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc Dec 6, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Amazing pictures! I love how you’ve made the ordinary Ritz crackers so appetizing! I would use these ideas the next time I am hosting.

  • Reply victoria Dec 6, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    What a beautiful display i want this Decorations for the birthday of my son.

  • Reply Liz Mays Dec 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    The tomatoes look so tasty and are the perfect size. I also like how silver and gold play together!

  • Reply Eileen xo Dec 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    This is a love love love recipe post for me! I love Ritz crackers, tomatoes ,prosciutto and crab! Yum! I am in charge of apps for Christmas Eve, these will be made, thnk you so much for sharing these lovely and tasty recipes

  • Reply Linda Grant Dec 7, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I love Ritz but havent thought to use them for appetizers. you present some great options for my christmas parties.

  • Reply Rosey Dec 7, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Appetizers reallyare the best. I look forward to those more than the meal sometimes. 🙂

  • Reply MyTeenGuide Dec 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I love how you arranged everything. So pretty. I will try the Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops.

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle Dec 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Wowza! Those are the fanciest appetizers ever! You can never go wrong with a Ritz base.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose Dec 7, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    his makes me drool! LOve the setting as well, very festive!

  • Reply Megan Elford Dec 7, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, you’ve made Ritz crackers look so much classier than I’ve ever seen them. Nice! This will impress my guests for sure 😉

  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Dec 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Those sound awesome. I love easy app ideas like this. I might make these when I host Christmas 🙂

    • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc Dec 8, 2015 at 5:28 am

      I have the same idea, Robin. These Ritz crackers would be a hit with the guests this Christmas.

  • Reply lisa @bitesforbabies Dec 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Your decor is fabulous…and Ritz never looked to classy 😉

  • Reply Kwi Dec 7, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    What posh holiday decor! You made Ritz Crackers look fancy!

  • Reply Melissa Dec 7, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    These look like some yummy foods to serve at a holiday party. Plus I really like the setup ,great color choices!

  • Reply Miles L. Dec 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I admire your gift of creativity. Your table looks very beautiful. Those appetizers looks awesome too!

  • Reply Maurene Dec 7, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Those appetizers look so delicious. You also have an awesome tablescape. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply Terri Ramsey Dec 8, 2015 at 1:59 am

    This would be perfect for our Christmas Party, I’m sure my family would love it. I love your creative and yummy ideas of Fritz.

  • Reply Happily Simple Mama (@simplemama2013) Dec 8, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Your table setting is beautiful. I love Ritz crackers. You can add so many different foods to them and make them so presentable looking.

  • Reply Ricci Dec 8, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I love Ritz crackers!!! I also love your table setting, I need to try this recipe asap!!

  • Reply JanetGoingCrazy Dec 8, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I love seeing all the gold decor this time of year. Aren’t Ritz just a staple for a holiday party, too?

  • Reply lisa Dec 8, 2015 at 9:22 am

    What a gorgeous table setting! I love the gold. And the Ritz crackers are perfect for holiday appetizers.

  • Reply Diana Villa Dec 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Ohhhhh! Those decorations are breathtaking so beautiful, and the crackers look yummy 😀

  • Reply Up Run for Life Dec 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    These look like delicious appetizers. I love Ritz crackers, they are the perfect snack.

  • Reply Lynndee Dec 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Those tomatoes are mouthwatering! Yum! And your table decoration is absolutely fab and chic. Love it!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor Dec 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Ritz Crackers are indeed great crackers for appetizers. I find these recipes interesting but I have to be honest and same they are not to my liking. My family may eat them though. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia Dec 8, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Your table looks amazing. I love the gold accents. I am designing my table right now.

  • Reply R U S S Dec 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I am so doing this for our Noche Buena or even for New Year’s. I love how these recipes are easy-to-prepare. Oh, and you’re table set-up is just lovely! Black. Gold. White. And beautiful food. I am inspired to be extra creative this year.

  • Reply tyra Dec 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    These look amazing! So elegant and it looks so yummy. And everything is better wrapped in bacon so yum!

  • Reply Maggie Branch Dec 9, 2015 at 4:51 am

    I never would have thought of prosciutto wrapped scallops! This Ritz appetizer looks delicious!

  • Reply Bonnie @wemake7 Dec 9, 2015 at 5:50 am

    What a great recipe and I love your décor! I really want that butterfly piece. =)

  • Reply Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy Dec 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Your tablesettings look amazing! I never think to put ornaments in a bowl or vase. Then I see others do it, and I think, wow, so beautiful.

  • Reply ascendingbutterfly Dec 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I would love to know where you got the butterfly napkin rings? I LOVE them! I need those! 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • Reply Mimi Green Dec 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    With that beautiful decor I don’t care what we’re eating. Lol

  • Reply Tiffany @ Daily Leisure Dec 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Who knew a cracker could look so fancy? I really really love the set up, and the food looks catered!

  • Reply livingoffloveandcoffee Dec 9, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    That is some very beautiful table setting! I wish I was finished with out remodeling to get out house ready for entertaining.

  • Reply April Mims Dec 10, 2015 at 4:07 am

    I love balsalmic roasted vegetables so I’ll have to give this a try. I love your table setting – it looks so glamorous!

  • Reply Katarina Dec 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I’d love to try to make everything from here. The decoration is simply brilliant!

  • Reply HilLesha Dec 11, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I don’t eat meat, but I do have a weakness for plum tomatoes! I can easily envision myself eating something similar sans the meat. Finger foods like this certainly would be a big hit for any holiday soiree!

  • Reply Rosey Dec 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

    What a great way to use the Ritz. Makes me hungry. 🙂

  • Reply Claudia krusch Dec 11, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Your pictures are so gorgeous! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

  • Reply Alyssa C Dec 11, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    What a gorgeous set up you have! And those appetizers are making me so hungry!

  • Reply Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex) Dec 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Oh these sound so delicious! I love your table layout -so pretty. Kaz x

  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen Dec 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love the gold and black motiff! I also love your appetizer.

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