The difference between hors d’oeuvres and appetizers is appetizers are served sitting down at the table, while hors d’oeurves are served away from the table.
Depending on the main course, this can be one or two items; one hot and one cold. It also depends on the season. They can be served inside or, if you have a balcony or deck, outside. Try a few of these and you will see how easy it is. One step I cannot stress enough: plan ahead! Do as much as you can the day before so you can spend more time with your guests. That was the purpose of getting together, wasn’t it?
Be sure the portions are not too large. You want them to be able to enjoy the rest of the evening delights.
Always take the time to chat a bit before serving the wine and hors d’oeurves. Serve them one type at a time spreading out the time so that after one to one and one-half hours you are ready for the first course. Before you ask guests to come to the table, make sure you light the candles, and pour the ice water. Also, you can now pour the wine for the table.
Take another look at the table; everything is perfect; now take a deep breath and invite your guests to come to the table. When they are all seated and only then, start with the appetizer.
Your evening is off to a great start so it is now a bit of a relax time. The rest is a breeze. Enjoy!