Our Favorite Mother's Day Appetizers that Say "We Love Mom"
Treat the special women in your life to delicious and totally doable Mother’s Day appetizers. Let’s be honest, nothing tastes better than Mom’s cooking, so being able to put something together that makes her feel special is a wonderful gift. These appetizer recipes are easy to make and don’t take much time. Set up everything buffet-style, with a few floral arrangements to make Mom’s day. This is perfect for a casual gathering. The finger foods on the menu can be eaten in a few bites so everyone can mingle. Does Mom like things done a certain way? We’ve got the perfect solution. Set up a Mimosa Bar and a Shortcake Dessert Bar so everyone can make their treats to their liking. These appetizers will be bringing everyone back to the table to grab more, so don’t be afraid to make extra. And the recipes can be easily doubled depending on your RSVP list. We’ve included some twists on retro Southern recipes in our appetizer round up. We’ve made sure to include recipes ranging from sweet to savory. These Mother’s Day appetizers will satisfy the toughest critic. Just make sure you have the perfect Mother’s Day gift to go along with it.
Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Retro ham salad meets its match with crunchy homemade cheese puffs. You can make the cheese puffs ahead of time and freeze until Mother's Day.
Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
These sweet bites will be the first to disappear off the table.
Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders
Recipe: Shrimp and Bacon Salad Sliders
Would it really be a party without shrimp salad? We didn’t think so. Our Shrimp and Bacon Salad gets loaded on toasted buns for fun sliders.
Deviled Egg Salad and Asparagus Tartines
Remember mom’s egg salad? We’ve given it a kick and a crunch with this beautiful, seasonal appetizer.
Baked Fingerling Potatoes with Smoked Salmon and Capers
This fancy finger food is a gorgeous and hearty way to present smoked salmon as an appetizer.
Breakfast Sausage Meatballs with Apple Butter Dipping Sauce
What would a brunch be without sausages? Ditch the patties and go with easier to eat meatballs. Stick them with toothpicks in advance and provide mini bowls of the dipping sauce to family members for more personal portioning.
Avocado Fritters with Lime Cream
Recipe: Avocado Fritters with Lime Cream
We gave avocados the Southern fried treatment to make these delicious, dippable fritters.
Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
Recipe: Bite-Size Potatoes O’Brien
We updated this colorful, classic breakfast hash to a finger-friendly appetizer using bite size potatoes.
Shortcakes with Lemon Cream Filling
Set up a build-your-own-shortcake station and let family members top these flaky cream biscuits with their favorite fresh fruit.
Basic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are practically a requirement at Southern Easter gatherings.
Recipe: Carrot Hummus
Your family will hop right to the table to enjoy this springy spin on hummus.
Strawberry Caprese Salad
Recipe: Strawberry Caprese Salad
Start your meal with a spring-forward version of your favorite caprese salad served over crostinis.
Shrimp on Seasoned Crackers with Pepper Jelly and Cream Cheese
Instead of serving pepper jelly and cream cheese for the crowd to continuously dip into, try these crackers that everyone can individually pop on their plates.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
This lightened-up dip recipe won’t spoil your crew’s appetite before the big Easter meal.
Chipotle Cheese Straws
Recipe: Chipotle Cheese Straws
Your family will love the smoky flavor chipotle chile powder gives classic cheese straws.
Pickled Shrimp-and-Citrus Endive Cups
This elegant little appetizer will blend right in with your Easter color scheme.
Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
Recipe: Creamy Feta Phyllo Bites
These colorful little bites aren’t unhealthy like many cheesy appetizers out there.
West Indies Crab Salad
Recipe: West Indies Crab Salad
This light but flavorful crab salad originated in Mobile, Alabama, and we’re sure your Mama is going to request it again next year.
Easy Egg Salad
Recipe: Easy Egg Salad
Perhaps no dish says “spring luncheon” more than a pretty tray full of tea sandwiches.
Baked Goat Cheese Spread with Pepper Jelly
You can prep this dip a day in advance and bake it before your Mother’s Day meal to save you time if you’re hosting.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
Deviled eggs and potatoes…What’s not to love about this appetizer recipe?
Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Recipe: Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
These pretty little bites are like mini tomato pies, but they’re so much easier to make.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Artichoke Bites
These tiny delights are a mess-free way to enjoy your favorite creamy dips.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
These healthy veggie bites are a gorgeous addition to your Mother’s Day lineup.
Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
Recipe: Mini Crab Cakes with Cajun Sauce
If you’re really looking to impress Mama this Mother’s Day try an appetizer that sets the bar high for the meal.
Recipe: Eggplant-Yogurt Dip
This creamy eggplant dip is our version of baba ganoush, and it looks so pretty when paired with fresh spring veggies and crackers.
Chicks in a Blanket
Recipe: Chicks in a Blanket
These addicting bites will start your Mother’s Day brunch off on a happy note.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon Mayonnaise
We turned your favorite tomato sandwich into an effortless appetizer the whole family will gobble up.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
You’ll be amazed at how perfectly balanced the flavors are in this one-bite appetizer.
Recipe: Peach-Ricotta-Prosciutto Toasts
These crostinis have everything Mama loves on a charcuterie board in a personal portion.
Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
Recipe: Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
You know a dish is going to be good when it includes fresh crab meat and Old Bay seasoning on the ingredient list.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
This is our go-to, super-easy appetizer for any type of gathering, any season.
Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
Recipe: Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
Homemade cheese puffs add an elegant element to simple homemade chicken salad.
Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Sausage Balls
Mama won’t even be offended that you didn’t use her old sausage balls recipe when she tastes this new take on the classic.
Mini Shrimp Rolls
Recipe: Mini Shrimp Rolls
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a porch luncheon that starts with fresh seafood.
Recipe: Cheese Dreams
The name says it all, y’all. These cheesy bites are truly an appetizer dream.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Bacon Deviled Eggs
According to Test Kitchen Pro Ann Taylor Pittman, "A good deviled egg is one with a well-seasoned, firm filling." This recipe's filling is both, thanks to a heaping of thick-cut bacon.