I thought this might be fun. At our gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas (although I'd love to hear about other nation's holidays) I typically take pleasure in creating some of the appetizers. It's always been a fun creative process, although I've learned sometimes people just want a normal pickle and a slice of roast beef and turkey! I have to admit a relish tray along with a good meat and cheese tray still rank high as my favorites.
I would love to share some of the things I've done, and see ideas from others. I'll be tasked again this year for at least two large dinners so I'm ready to get my game on!
A couple years back I did a "juicy lucy" platter. This was an OK idea, but it was difficult to get the components together in a form factor that was easy to eat. I thought they looked tasty though!
Along the classic sandwich route, one of the first times I posted on Cheftalk looking for ideas on how to accomplish an app, I got some good feedback for "mini BLT's". These came out better and were easier to manage.
I once did a grilled Mediterranean themed crostini with feta, kalamata olives, sundried tomato, and garlic marinated shrimp. Again while delicious seemed to be a little on the big side and took 3-4 bites.
I'm sure I'll dig some more up. Would love to hear what your favorite appetizer offering is for really any occasion.