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It’s (almost) here! It’s started and I’m counting down. I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I didn’t love Christmas and all things festive: the parties, the food, that warm tingly feeling you get for everything and everyone (often fuelled by a few glasses of mulled wine).

Even the most “bah humbug” of people can’t ruin it for me. It’s the perfect time to spread the love, spend time with family and friends and show how much you care. I never feel quite as sociable and eager to please as I do at Christmas.

Of course, party planning does take time and a bit of money, but it needn’t break the bank or mean you spend hours slaving away over dishes that are devoured in seconds. With a bit of thought and prep it’s easy to be the host or hostess with the mostess, so these are my top tips for a thrifty, super-easy party:

MULLED WINE AND CIDER

They may be obvious choices for a Christmas party beverage, but hear me out. Mulled wine and cider are always big hits – they’re quaffable, festive and warming and – importantly – fuss-free and cheap. All you need to do is make a tasty mulled syrup base in advance and when your guests ask, “What should I bring?”, simply ask for bottles of inexpensive red wine that you then gently heat and add the syrup to.

For mulled cider, pour as many bottles as you can into a large saucepan and sweeten with a few tablespoons of golden caster sugar. Add slices of apple, star anise, cinnamon and a few scrapings of nutmeg and simmer for around 10 minutes to infuse. Taste, adding a touch more sugar if it needs sweetening, and serve. You could also try adding a little sliced red chilli for a kick – my sister’s favourite mulled cider tip!

CHRISTMAS CHAI

I know what you are thinking: chai isn’t just for Christmas, chai is for life! True, chai is one of my all time favourite drinks, however the combination of spices definitely has a festive feel and makes a great alternative to eggnog (I love eggnog, but not many do!).

So how does chai work for a party? Easy. Before the party, make the tea base in advance by infusing a large vat of milk with chai spices (or teabags) over a low heat. Heat until the milk almost reaches the boil, then leave to one side to infuse for around 10 minutes, or until you have a lovely deep chai flavour.

Discard the spices or teabags then sweeten with golden caster sugar. When you’re ready to serve, place in a pan on the hob to warm through at the last minute. Or try this alcoholic version with lots of cognac or your choice of brandy or spiced rum. Perfection!

CHEAP FIZZ!

The trick here is to keep an eye out for online supermarket bargains as you can get fantastic offers on Champagne, Prosecco and Cava if you buy by the case or order your shopping online. Serve your fizz as is, or make a flavoured base and pour it into the glasses before your guests arrive, then simply top with bubbly as and when needed. Try something seasonal, such as freshly squeezed clementine juice for a twist on Buck’s fizz.

If you want something a little more fancy, poach peeled and chopped quince in sugar and a little orange juice until tender. Or, use tinned peach slices for an inexpensive and quick alternative – simply blitz until you have a smooth, pourable purée, then add a few spoonfuls to your Champagne glasses before you top them up.

But what’s a glass of fizz without a canapé to go with it? Try these super-simple and effective DIY party combos.

SLOW-COOKED PORK IS PERFECT FOR PARTIES…

For one of my first-ever Christmas parties I went all out, or so it seemed to my guests. I bought a shoulder of pork from my butcher, rubbed it with salt, pepper and fennel seeds and slowly cooked it in the oven the morning of the party (this involved very little work on my part). Then I made a simple apple sauce and bought lots of small bread buns. When the guests arrived the kitchen was a haven – there was a pot of mulled wine warming on one side and a large hunk of slow-cooked pork on the other. I left the warm pork on a large wooden board, next to a platter of buns and bowls of apple sauce so everyone could just tuck in! Perfect party food, and you’ll have insanely happy guests. Also, it really doesn’t cost that much at all – pork shoulder is an inexpensive cut and you’ll save on all those fiddly little dips and nibbles.

… AND SO IS DOING IT SWISS-STYLE

For another simple yet still effective party spread, go for an Alpine theme. Buy boxes of cheese such as brie and camembert that come in wooden containers and make fondues. Remove the plastic coating, then pop the cheese back in the box. You can simply bake them as is in their boxes, or pimp them a little. I like to pierce little holes into the top of the cheese and poke in slithers of garlic, seasoning, and a few sprigs of thyme. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes (depending on the size of your cheese) at around 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4, or until gooey in the middle. Serve with bowls of cornichons, radishes and par-boiled new potatoes for a Swiss raclette feel, or with a few fresh baguettes for dipping. Delicious!

So there you have it. Some of my top Christmas party tips, hopefully making life a little simpler, and you more popular! Please share your own great ideas in the comments box below or tweet us @JamieOliver.


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Christmas party food ideas - Recipes

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all looking for great appetizer recipes. If family and friends are coming over, appetizers are a great way to feed your guests without making a whole meal. You can also start a meal by passing these appetizers around. Make these ahead of time so you can enjoy the time with your guests without slaving away in the kitchen. We have some classic appetizers like spinach dip and stuffed mushrooms, but also some unique ones like spring rolls and edamame.

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9. Giant Jalapeno Poppers

This fiery appetizer makes a great start to a get together. They are salty from the bacon, spicy from the jalapeno pepper, and creamy with the cream cheese. Make these spicy treats milder by scraping out all of the fiber and seeds from the inside of the peppers.

8. Fried Stuffed Olives

These salty appetizer bites are great to get your appetite up before a big meal. The filling is made from pork and prosciutto for an extra richness. Pair these stuffed olives with a dry white wine or a cold beer for a perfect combination.

7. Mini Ham and Cheese Tarts

These adorable miniature tarts are flavored with ham and cheese. The dough is simple to make, but if you’re in a rush you can always use store bought puff pastry. The filling is made from cheese, ham, and scallions, mixed with an egg custard. Feel free to use your own filling combination.

6. Baked Chicken Meatballs

Meatballs make a perfect appetizer. Use toothpicks to let your guests eat them without getting their fingers messy. You can make a dipping sauce for them, but this recipe has a ton of flavor without that addition.

5. Fried Spring Rolls

This dish originates in Vietnam and the dipping sauces vary from region to region. Use plum sauce for the dipping sauce. Should the plum sauce be too sweet and not spicy enough simply warm it up and add a little vinegar with chopped hot chili peppers.

4. Crockpot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This delicious dip is a great way to start a party. The best part of this recipe is that it uses the crockpot. That keeps things easy for you so you can prepare the rest of the food and forget about this dish as it cooks itself. Serve the dip with a variety of vegetables and crackers.

3. Edamame

Salty snacks are the best way to start a meal. The salty food makes you hungry. This Japanese appetizer can be found in the frozen section of big grocery stores. Steam the pods and toss with sea salt. You eat them by popping the beans out. The shells are fibrous so only eat the insides.

2. Stuffed Mushrooms

This classic appetizer is delicious and addictive. Savory mushroom caps are stuffed with bacon, garlic, and cream cheese. These are great hot or cold, and make a perfect side dish too.

1. Mediterranean Hummus

This beautiful appetizer is also very healthy. This recipe takes you through how to make hummus with a classic flavor. It also shows you how to decorate the dish with delicious toppings. Serve this dip with vegetables and pita for dipping.

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Pomegranate Glazed Pork

You'll be amazed at how much flavor a simple glaze gives this pork roast. Warming winter spices like cinnamon and cloves are balanced with sweet maple syrup, tart pomegranate and savory thyme.

Pizza Wreath

A sausage and pepperoni pizza transforms into a festive wreath for the holiday season. Top with a golden-brown dough bow and sprinkle with fresh basil for a dish that's almost too cute to eat.

Gigantic Standing Snowman

This impressive centerpiece is perfect for feeding a crowd at your ugly sweater party this holiday season. Coated with a meringue frosting, these bite-size cupcakes are as light as snow and easy to pull off and enjoy during the festivities.

Tortellini Skewers

Ree uses festive colors for these tasty skewers: store-bought spinach tortellini and fresh mozzarella for white, cherry tomatoes for red and adrizzle of pesto for green.

Birch De Noël

If you're hosting a winter wonderland-themed party then this spin on the classic Yuletide cake is a perfect choice. Instead of the original meringue mushroom-covered log, this one is made to look like a lovely white birch instead.

Spinach and Feta Rugelach

One of your favorite appetizers (spinach dip) is the perfect flavor inspiration for this savory spin on buttery, rolled rugelach. Molly smartly uses feta for just the right amount of saltiness.

Ranch Dressing Cheese Log

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Candy Melt Trees

When you need a quick and easy (but oh-so-festive) decoration for holiday desserts, use candy melts instead of chocolate &mdash no tempering required!

Wine-Poached Figs

This simple and elegant appetizer is ready in only 15 minutes. Pair the poached figs with bread, a boldcheese and your choice of wine for easy holiday entertaining.

Standing Rib Roast

When you need an impressive centerpiece for your dinner table, try Anne's roast.

Cinnamon Roll Wreath

At your holiday brunch, tell guests to have fun with this pull-apart treat and enjoy with coffee or tea.

Snowman Banana Nog

This snowman decoration comes together in a few minutes and makes a sweet way to serve a winter mocktail. The creamy white nog is dazzled with the wintry flavors of nutmeg and allspice.

Gingerbread Spiced Nuts

These sweet-and-spicy nuts are the perfect addition to any holiday cheeseboard or cocktail party spread.

Prime Rib au Jus

Gorgonzola-Pear Toasts

Individual Meringue Swan Lakes

Light-as-air meringue swans float upon individual meringue lakes filled with rich vanilla creme anglaise. This dessert is almost too beautiful to eat.

Potato-Beef Canapes

Hot Corn Dip

Herb Coeur a la Creme

Ina's 15 minute cream cheese round is an easy yet elegant way to start your party.

White Chocolate Caramel

Roasting high-quality white chocolate magically turns it into an addictive caramel. Stir it into hot chocolate, sandwich it between two cookies or drizzle it over ice cream.

Potato Puffs

Horseradish Shrimp

Winter Hat Cake

With a variety of pastry tip shapes, you can create a knitted-wool look for this cozy cake. And after your guests are finished admiring, slice into it for a chocolate candy-filled surprise.

Salt Cod Dip

A creamy spread of salt cod, potatoes and garlic is perfect for dipping crisp crackers.

Peppermint Fried Dough

Can't wait to sneak one of the candy canes off the tree? Try these pepperminty fried dough bites, instead!

Filet of Beef with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

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Snowman Punch

This creamy and cool punch &mdash inspired by a Ramos gin fizz &mdash is a real knockout, complete with a snowman chilling out in drifts of bubbles. To make it ahead, you can assemble the snowman body in advance and pop it in the freezer, adding the scarf just before serving.

Struffoli

Christmas Queso

Savory Cheese Palmiers

Holiday Roll-Ups

Bacon Ranch Cream Cheese Wellington

Baked Prosciutto and Brie with Apple Butter

Chocolate Chip Biscookie

The holiday season is synonymous with cookies, and the most well-loved cookie of childhood is probably the chocolate chip variety. Melissa's recipe is part cookie, part biscotti &mdash sweet and soft enough to eat like a cookie, but hard enough to be perfect for coffee dipping.

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Miss Mickey's Peanut Butter Balls

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Try both the sweet and savory versions of Alton's crepe recipe. Stuff with a filling or simply top with powdered sugar for an elegant treat.

Butter Spritz Cookies

Cheese Fondue

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Chorizo Bites with Smoked Paprika and Piquillo Pepper Aioli

Herbed Hazelnuts

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Asparagus and Jack Cheese Frittata

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Buttermilk Scones

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Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Ellie's red pepper and walnut dip is quick and easy to make (it's done in 15 minutes!) Set it out alongside a vegetable platter for an elegant appetizer spread.

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Comments

Another idea…if the meat budget is tight, put the side dishes first. There’s usually more varieties of those (especially if it’s a potluck where everyone contributes an item), and most people want to sample a little of each. When the meat is at the beginning of the line, they take a large portion, much of which is often wasted.

Also, pre-slice and serve the meat in appropriate portions. I’ve seen turkeys and hams served in slices large enough for two to three normal portions.

Growing up my dad was a chef. He’d set up a beautiful buffet and put the dinner rolls and breads first. They take the most room on the plate, then the meats second, but many will load up so much on meats that the people at the end of the line would have nothing but scraps. Have napkin rolled sivlerware at the very end, or even at the place settings. The bevvies and desserts can be at another table of space allows. Appetisers should be be on the same table prior to the desserts.

As a new hostess, I appreciate this, but where should I put butter, gravy, etc. With drinks?

Well, mom is the “hostess with the mostess” so I may be wrong but I think the answer is yes.

Now I understand why the gravy is always sitting with the ice tea. Never could figure your thinking on that one daughter dear but being the “mother with the mostess” I bite my tongue. HA!HA! Love you anyway.

PS Tawra really does a fine job and we had an excellent Thanksgiving dinner – well there was that small turkey glitch :) :) :) ……

You can put things like condiments in a separate area. It really depends on what you are having. If it was summer and I was having hamburgers and hot dogs I would put them at the end of the table right before the drinks.

But what I usually do is to try to have them as close to the item they go with as much as possible. For example I would put the turkey, mashed potatoes and dressing close together and the have the gravy next to them because most people pour it over those items. I would place the chips together and then the dip right next to it or the dinner rolls with the butter.

Sometimes I will have the butter, salt and pepper at the end because everyone will have their plate full and see where they need it. If people are serving from a buffet and then sitting at tables I try to have butter and salt and pepper on each table and if it is a long table a dish and shaker of each within easy reach for 4-6 people.

Just walking it through in your mind and see what you think would work best for the food you are serving. For example it probably wouldn’t be the handiest to have the chip dip then mashed potatoes, relish dish and then the chips. Have chips and dips together and maybe even the relish dish by it too because some would use the dip for it.
Hope that makes sense.

good article on the buffet set up. However, I have to disagree with your order of things. The desserts should always go first! ha ha ha ha Otherwise people fill up on the good stuff and you wind up with too many left over sweets you have to eat for a week. LOL!

Funny you should say that Denise because in my world I felt the desserts should go first too but then the selfish side of me took over and decided I wanted to have all those leftover desserts to indulge on all week. HA!HA! :):) A girl can dream anyway can’t she? :)

I usually have separate plate and table for salads, pickles and that type of thing.
I don’t like my dressing mixing with the other things so it is just a quirk of mine.
Also if you have 3 or 4 salads especially around holidays it is something healthier and tasty for those trying to watch what they eat.
They fill up on salads. I usually have 3 types potatoe bean and a large leafy salad. Olives pickles a bit of cheese and melons to add colour.
I put silver ware at the exit door so if anyone wants to leave the line it is easy to reach the utensils.
Drinks are there as well. Out of the way and easy access.

I must say that I subscribed to this newletter about five months ago. I sincerely enjoy reading each email! So many great ideas, insight, and wisdom you help me to think of more and more ways to save money!
Many blessings to each of you and your families during the holiday season and all year long!
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Cynthia

Jill, you’re right on with putting the gravy by the mashed potatoes and stuffing. Things should be grouped so that they would go on your plate in the same order as you put things on your plate at a normal family dinner. Butter should be at the end as many guests may butter different things. (Rolls, taters, hot veggies, etc.) Think of flow, what set up would make things go the smoothest? You could do a walk through the day or even morning before by setting up the serving dishes as you think they should go and put a note with the food name on the dish it represents. Walk through the line with a plate and see if it has a good flow. You only want to go forward, no reaching back for something left behind you in the line. This will also call to mind any serving dishes you’d possibly have to get before the real deal.

The recipes posted in this newsletter look absolutely delicious. They are healthy, fresh, and not too heavy. What a change from the traditional heavy holiday fare.

If it were me, I would dump it all on the table and say, “Let’s say the blessing and have at it!”

hahaha
A woman after my own heart. My 21 year old daughter is in charge of stuff like this and for the SAME REASON! Somehow, she “gets it” and I don’t.

She’s also in charge of clothes buying. I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard “Mom! Step AWAY from that (shirt/pants/dress/outfit). It is NOT going home with us!” (No, the print on that Hawaiian shirt was NOT THAT big!)

Another idea for the layout is: plates, relishes, salads, sides, meats and then desserts. I always think of the way a meal is served in courses.

I put that which I want people to eat first such as veggies for health reasons. At a cafeteria they put desserts first so you buy them and they make more profit. Do what suits your goals.

But I always put cutlery last and beverages at their own table.

I have a big family (tribe) & when I serve buffet style, even though I have the drinks available in a separate space, I have everyone get their drink & put it where they are going to sit to eat. This ‘marks’ their spot so they aren’t trying to negotiate with a full plate of food & that promotes everyone being assembled for Blessing the Food, too!

When it is casual, we use big styrofoam cups (which don’t sweat) and everyone puts their name on them with a provided permanent marker & then their is no question if someone has someone else’s drink. Some revel in decorating their cup to the max! Ha!

For special occasions (THXGvng & Christmas), I have the table set ahead of time with dishes & utensils & after they take their drink to the table, we pray & then they get in the buffet line carrying their plates, bowls, etc. from the table. We have a hall everyone lines up in & they file through the kitchen where food is on the counter and as they come out they are in the dining area so that works great.

I put a table cloth over the washer & dryer & desserts are served from there.

My hubby made a sink cover out of plywood (leave room at the back for the faucet) & that gives me even more serving counter for our “buffets.”

THX so much for this great website & that we can share our ideas, too!

Thank you for the buffet pointers. One of my biggest gripes is a buffet that doesn’t flow well with the room. I would make one change, though. Put the salads first, because a smaller full salad plate is easier to sit down while you hold a larger dinner plate to fill it. After attendig many buffet banquets for business, this is what they do, and I have fould it works best.

here is a tip that has nothing to do with the set up just comfort for people.
My hands are full of arthritis and I find holding a plate really hard to do. When it is full it is almost impossible. I am lucky I have my husband who understands and he carries both plates while I serve us from the buffet. When my sons are around it has been them if Don is busy or not ready for the 2nd trip or the dessert run. My oldest grandson loves to help me when he is there.
So if you have elderly people or someone who uses a cane maybe delegate and nice youngster to help them with the meal. This would involve them and they might find they enjoy talking with great aunt ethel and want to sit with her while eating.
If this can’t be done have light plates so they are easier to handle.
Boy I feel like such a complainer always pointing out things for the less able.

Not complaining at all <3 This is a great tip.

Our group at church started providing trays for mother’s/ children and elderly people who need to help someone who must carry two plates.

Grandma, I don’t hear a complainer. I hear someone telling me how to take care of my guests.

Thank you for that comment.
I just try to remember embarassing moments as we go to a lot of political dinners and I want to make a good impression then something screws it up on me. I depend a lot on my husband for help but a few times that wasn’t possible.
One funny story now not then was I was sitting next to a very prominent government official. We were served dinner and it was a great meal. Until I took a fork full of peas. I have the shakes in my arms and that day was really bad. I got the fork almost to my mouth and disaster struck. The peas took off in the direction of the official. He wore a forkfull of peas. He laughed and said my mother taught me to share but I don’t think this was what she had in mind.
He was very gracious but I was very red faced. Now I only eat small loose vegetables if there is mashed potatoes to help glue them to the fork.
I have had many high up politicians take a plate from me and carry it through a buffet line then take it and me to my table. That was wonderful of them but a friendly face doing it would be less noticeable. But talking with them is great.
Like I said I now rely on Don but any one person would do. I just think involving a youngster would be a good idea as they get to know the older generation even if it is just for a few minutes. Who knows what can transpire.

grandma.. i agree with grizzly bear mom too .. thanks for the reminder .. when busy with the preparations of the buffet, if not a reminder, this can be overlooked .. and its really nice to see the little ones helping the ones who need it the most ..
thank u so much for the many great advice u share with us (esp for the less able) ..

I love doing buffets or potluck dinners and this thread gave me many excellent ideas I had not considered before. Thank you!

I am a disabled veteran, and have 30% disability in both feet. At work and home parties, people remove the chairs so that we circulate. It is painful for me to stand for long, so I leave early, exhausted from the pain. What is the polite way to change this?

I would just request a chair. Most people are very kind and willing to make things easier. If that isn’t possible then you may have to just keep leaving early. I have had to adapt my life around my illness in so many ways too. As much as I would love to go to different things I just can’t because of my limitations. There is a thing tomorrow I have been planning on going to tomorrow but I am sick enough today that I don’t think I will probably make now. I am disappointed but then I think of all the things I have been able to do and I am so grateful for that. Be sure to ask though because some people just don’t always realize there are needs out there but once told are often good about making things easier if they can.

Another consideration is serving the meat to ensure that everyone gets a portion, not just the first in line. You only have to do it for the first pass through the buffet, if they didn’t take any meat their first time through and it gets eaten up, its on them.


Christmas party food ideas for the festive season

From oozing baked camembert to mini jacket potatoes, here are some of our favourite Christmas party food recipes.

Entertaining at Christmas can be a bit of a headache if you're in charge of feeding your guests, too. But no fear, these easy Christmas party food ideas will cement your status as a fantastic host. Whether you're after something simple and quick like our mini chicken poppadom bites, or a little more show stopping like homemade mini Scotch eggs, there's something for everyone!

This recipe couldn't be simpler and is perfect for sharing amongst friends.

These hand-around fish canapés are a deliciously light start to any meal.

Recipe: Trio of fish canapes

Guests will go wild for these juicy Party prawns.

These jewel-like rolls are made by spreading strips of courgette, smoked salmon and Parma ham with various fillings, then arranging them military-style on a platter to make simple and impressive party food!


How to Throw an Unforgettable Christmas Party

'Tis the season for holiday entertaining, and we have eight tips for hosting the best Christmas party. Find out what food to assemble, how to decorate and more.

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Set the Mood with Great Decorations

You don't have to go too extravagant for your Christmas dinner party, but choosing a clear decor aesthetic will make your party impressive — and photogenic. For a holiday cocktail party, try using gold accents and pops of color from flowers.

Play Festive Music

Get inspired by Cooking Channel hosts' favorite playlist ideas. Tiffani Thiessen lets the radio do the work for her and puts on the holiday channel while she entertains.

Curb Hunger with Easy Appetizers

Giada De Laurentiis' creamy lemon-and-thyme-infused goat cheese toast is one of our favorite crowd-pleasing appetizers that are a cinch to prepare in advance. Make a selection of apps to keep guests noshing while you prepare the main course.

Make Cocktails for a Crowd

Keep everyone properly boozed up — and help yourself stay sane during the holidays — with big-batch cocktails and Christmas punches, like Bobby Flay's Mulled Red Wine Sangria.

Impress with The Main Course

The holidays come around only once a year, so make a jaw-dropping main course like Rev Run's Prime Rib Holiday Roast with au jus and horseradish sauce. Make sure to get it under good lighting at the Christmas-dinner table — Instagram will be lit up with photos of this bad boy.

Don't Forget About the Sides

Accompany the main course with an assortment of sides, like rich Bacon Potatoes au Gratin. Make things easier by preparing dishes that reheat well in advance, like roasted Brussels sprouts and stuffing.

End Things on a Sweet Note with a Cookie Swap

What's better than diving into a plate of cookies at a party? Eating your weight in cookies and then taking another plate home. Set up a cookie swap so every guest gets a mix of sweets to go — we recommend contributing White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies — and you can do less work.

Keep the Party Going with Edible Gifts

Take things to the next level after the cookie swap by sending guests home with a little homemade food gift. Kelsey Nixon's Gingerbread Cake Truffles are festive and a little spicy. You could also go with cashew brittle, popcorn, salted caramels or another treat.


101 Christmas Party Food Ideas

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when you are sure to have loads of people heading to your house expecting some delicious Christmas Party Food Ideas!

Well never fear because we know just the recipes for you to use to wow your guests and have them asking for seconds! These delicious Christmas Party Food Ideas are sure to go fast when your guests see them so make extras!

Vanilla Pudding Puff Pastry Christmas Star Cookies

Like giving your Christmas party guests their own little Christmas tree! These Vanilla Pudding Puff Pastry Christmas Star Cookies are as tasty as they are adorable! Get Recipe Here.

Mini Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Blueberry Lemon Sauce

These mini vanilla bean panna cotta’s are just the right size for party desserts or pack them up for a picnic! The blueberry lemon sauce finishes it just right. Get Recipe Here.

Healthy Apple Cheese Bites

These healthy apple cheese bites are super simple and absolutely delicious. They are the perfect appetizer or make a great healthy after school snack! Get Recipe Here.

Lavender Honey Posset

This honey posset recipe is my go to entertaining dessert because they require no special ingredients, can be made ahead and they look so fancy! We won’t tell anyone how insanely simple they are. Get Recipe Here.

Gingerbread Crunch Magic Cake

This Gingerbread Crunch Magic Cake is a festive spiced holiday twist on the classic magic cake. One batter magically separates into layers to create your new holiday must have dessert! Get Recipe Here.

Russian Tea Cakes

Our secret Russian Tea Cakes recipe is never dry. It’s always declared to be the best snowball cookie they have ever eaten! Get Recipe Here.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

These chocolate covered pretzel rods are the perfect DIY food gift. Makes a super easy party appetizer too for showers, Valentine’s Day or Christmas! Get Recipe Here.

Sweet Potato Bars with Salted Vanilla Bean Frosting

This small batch recipe is very similar to pumpkin bars but we’ve added a few twists. Flaky sea salt sprinkled over the frosting takes these to a whole new place. Addicting. Get Recipe Here.

Jalapeno Popper Turnovers

Jalapeno popper turnovers are the perfect easy appetizer recipe! The cheesy filling is mixed with bacon and jalapeño and then wrapped in store bought puff pastry. I always get asked for the recipe! Get Recipe Here.

Boozy Irish Cream Chai Latte

This boozy Irish cream chai latte is the perfect marriage of warm and cozy flavors. Top it with whipped cream, cinnamon, and homemade chocolate sauce if you are feeling extra indulgent. Get recipe Here.

Gingerbread Cake

If there is a Christmas party food idea that is cuter than this I would love to see it! You will feel a little guilty about having to destroy this one to eat it but it will disappear once you take that first bite! Get Recipe Here.

Candy Cane Christmas Breadsticks Recipe

How Cute! These Candy Cane Christmas Breadsticks are an adorable way to snack! Get Recipe Here.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Mini Phyllo Bites

Bite sized perfection, these tasty little morsels are sure to disappear fast when they make the rounds at your Christmas party! Cranberry Cream Cheese Mini Phyllo Bites are the perfect party food idea! Get Recipe Here.

Apple Pie with Cloves

If you have never tried cloves in your apple pie before you are going to go crazy for this amazing Apple Pie with Cloves recipe! Share this tasty treat with your guests this holiday! Get Recipe Here.

Blackberry Lavendar Champange Cocktail

This champagne cocktail gets a unique twist with a simple blackberry and lavender sauce that is super easy but looks stunning! Perfect for entertaining with delicious real ingredients. Get Recipe Here.

Fuge Christmas Trees

Don’t let the green color fool you, these Fuge Christmas Trees are as chocolatey as they can get and they are the perfect little treat to share with the ones you love this Christmas! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Tree Pita Pinwheel

This Christmas Tree Pita Pinwheel is a perfect centerpiece to put on the table at your next Christmas Party! Get Recipe Here.

Rotisserie Turkey

Take your turkey to the next level this year with this Rotisserie Turkey recipe. Your guests are sure to love this tasty take on the classic main course! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Punch

This Christmas punch is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season! Champagne and a perfect pairing of juices combine for a holiday punch that will have everyone coming back for seconds! Get Recipe Here.

Santa Cupcakes

These Santa Cupcakes are as cute as they are tasty! Try these out for yourself tonight! Get Recipe Here.

Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe

Add some flavor to your turkey with this easy to follow Roasted Turkey Breast recipe this year. This is sure to be the tastiest thing at your Christmas party this year! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Spice Cake Eggnog Buttercream

Christmas Spice Cake Eggnog Buttercream is the Holiday treat you didn’t know your table had been missing! A slice of this delicious cake goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Wreath Caprese Salad

One part centerpiece, one part appetizer! This gorgeous Christmas Wreath Caprese Salad is a healthy way to make your table more festive at your next Christmas Party! Get Recipe Here.

Pomegranate Champagne Margaritas

Pomegranate Champagne Margaritas are as delicious as they are head-turning. Get Recipe Here.

Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham

Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham is the perfect way to put your instant pot to work on a delicious classic while you prepare the rest of your Christmas party food! This is a huge time saver! Get Recipe Here.

Nordic Panna Cotta Skyr Wild Berries

These cute little Nordic Panna Cotta with Skyr Wild Berries cups are a perfect way for your Christmas Party guests to have an easy to eat a single serving treat and they are sooo yummy too! Get Recipe here.

Christmas Fried Polenta

Christmas Fried Polenta is sure to be the tastiest snack idea you have on your table! Your guests will love this delicious Christmas Party Food Idea! Get Recipe Here.

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

This Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail is the easiest cocktail for entertaining! Just 3 ingredients and no cooking! Get Recipe Here.

Turkey Stuffing

This easy to put together Turkey Stuffing recipe is a delicious take on the classic side dish. This is sure to be a perfect addition to anything you make for your Christmas Party! Get Recipe Here.

2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles Recipe

These 2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles will go crazy fast when your guests see them! These are the perfect Christmas Party Food Idea! Get Recipe Here.

Cranberry Pomegranate Walnut Bars

We love these chewy delicious Cranberry Pomegranate Walnut Bars and we know you and your guests will too! Get Recipe Here.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Sage and Butter

Adding a little sage to your mashed potatoes makes them divinely tasty! If you have never tried these Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Sage and Butter then you are sure to find a new favorite here! Get Recipe Here.

Apple Cider Champagne Margaritas

These Apple Cider Champagne Margaritas are a light and refreshing twist on a classic. The cider flavors mixed with the cinnamon and sugar spiced rim is a delightful combination. Get Recipe Here.

Keto Blinis with Smoked Salmon

These Keto Blinis with Smoked Salmon are so tasty and easy to make they are sure to go super fast when your guests get wind of them! Get Recipe Here.

Russian Salad with Beet and Sauerkraut

Russian Salad with Beet and Sauerkraut, this old classic is just about as festive as it gets! Get Recipe Here.

Garlic and Herb Instant Pot Potatoes

Wow! These Garlic and Herb Instant Pot Potatoes are sure to be a fast favorite at your next Christmas party! Get Recipe Here.

Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail

Apple cider meets a shot of bourbon and they shake things up with apple butter, fresh orange & lime juice and spices. Get Recipe Here.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies are a Christmas party food idea staple! These must have little bites of joy are sure to disappear fast so get yours before the guests get their hands on them! Get Recipe Here.

Blood Orange Champagne Cocktail

This blood orange champagne cocktail is the perfect easy cocktail recipe for entertaining! Get Recipe Here.

Quick Easy Sugar Coated Pecans

This classic Christmas Party Food Idea is sure to be a huge hit! These tasty little Quick & Easy Sugar Coated Pecans are going to go fast! Get Recipe Here.

Santa Hat Brownies

These cute little Santa Hat Brownies are super easy to put together and they are sure to be a huge hit with your family! Try these Christmas party food ideas out on your guests tonight! Get Recipe Here.

Chocolate Christmas Salami

Not your usual salami roll, this Chocolate Christmas Salami makes a perfect gift or Christmas party food idea! Get Recipe Here.

Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

A tasty twist on a classic side, these Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes are sure to be your new favorite way to make this delicious dish! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Party Purses

Yummm! These delicious little Christmas Party Purses are the perfect Christmas Party Food Idea! Get Recipe Here.

Blackberry Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli

Fruits and veggies in one tasty dish, this Blackberry Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli recipe is sure to be a hit! No one is going to complain about eating their veggies at your next Christmas party! Get Recipe Here.

Sticky Asian Cocktail Sausages

A tasty twist on a classic Christmas party food idea, these yummy little Sticky Asian Cocktail Sausages are sure to be a big hit at any party! Get Recipe Here.

Ultimate Christmas Cheese Board

Put this tasty Ultimate Christmas Cheese Board recipe down on the table and watch the snacks fly off the platter! You may need a second batch to be ready for the demand for these snacks! Get Recipe Here.

Susie’s Chex Party Mix

Way better than store bought! This delicious Susie’s Chex Party Mix recipe is sure to be a huge hit at any Christmas Party! Get Recipe Here.

Balsamic Spiced Mixed Nuts

These Balsamic Spiced Mixed Nuts are way better than any store bought mix! Yummm! Get Recipe here.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

These Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are sure to turn some heads and have your guests running for a taste! These are the Christmas party food idea you have got to have at your next get together! Get Recipe Here.

Bacon Cheese Straws

Yummm! These tasty Bacon Cheese Straws are snacking perfection! This is the perfect Christmas Party Food Idea! Get Recipe Here.

Easy Christmas Fruit Nut Cake

As a gift or a Christmas party food idea, this Easy Christmas Fruit Nut Cake is a sure winner with your friends and family this year! Get Recipe Here.

Gingerbread Cranberry Christmas Tarts

Yummmm! These Gingerbread Cranberry Christmas Tarts are the perfect holiday flavored treat to share with your guests at your next Christmas party! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath isn’t just for your door this year! This healthy snacking idea is perfect to share with your guests at any Christmas party! Get Recipe Here.

Chocolate Log Christmas Cake

Chocolate Log Christmas Cake may be simple but it is anything but unremarkable. This is sure to take center stage at your Christmas party this year! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Spice Chocolate Waffles

Add a little festive spice to your Holidays today with this amazing Christmas Spice Chocolate Waffles recipe! These are crazy good! Get Recipe Here.

Merry Christmas Pancakes

Christmas morning has never been so tasty as it is with these delicious Merry Christmas Pancakes! Get Recipe Here.

Baked Eggs Bacon and Hash Brown Bites

Wow! These Baked Eggs Bacon and Hash Brown Bites are an amazing snack food! These are perfect for a Christmas Party Food Idea! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Chocolate Chia Truffles

Delicious and healthy too, this Christmas Chocolate Chia Truffles recipe is a step away from the ordinary Christmas party food that you will be glad you took! Get Recipe Here.

Hashbrown Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This Hashbrown Sausage Breakfast Casserole is sure to be the best thing on your Holiday table this morning! Get Recipe Here.

Christmas Sprouts Cheese Sauce

Yummm! This Christmas Sprouts Cheese Sauce is sure to take center stage at any Christmas Party! Get Recipe Here.


Slow-Cooker Holiday Party Recipes

Save oven space by making — and even serving — these festive holiday recipes in your slow cooker.

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Festive Treats, Straight from the Slow Cooker

Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Made and served in the same pot, our slow-cooker cocoa is thickened and enriched with dark chocolate. Set up an add-ons bar beside the cooker (mini marshmallows, crushed candies and peppermint schnapps take cocoa to a whole new holiday level), then stick a ladle in the pot and let guests help themselves.

Slow-Cooker Spiced Nuts

Oven space is always at a premium during the holidays, and these slow-cooker spiced nuts won't claim any of it. They're so good and so easy, though, that you'll want to use this method year-round.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

This chili is super quick and delicious. The cinnamon and molasses add a touch of earthiness and round out the flavors.

Sweet and Tangy Slow-Cooker BBQ Turkey Thighs

Cranberries lend a wonderful tartness to our sweet-and-sour barbecue sauce. Pair it with its seasonal best friend, turkey, braised in a slow cooker.

Slow-Cooker Swedish Meatballs

Leave the chafing dish in the basement. This version of Swedish meatballs is an hors d'oeuvre you can make and serve in the same pot.

Slow-Cooker Sticky-Toffee Pudding

The slow cooker is a perfect fit for this pudding-like cake: The gentle, moist heat keeps the cake nice and supple until it's doused at the end with nutmeg-laced toffee sauce. Make the cake a day ahead, and store it in the slow cooker (the fridge is quite full enough during the holidays!).


Easy Recipes and Food Decoration Ideas for Christmas Party

Christmas is approaching and we do not have doubts about your creative decorations. But amongst this merry and bright Christmas decor don’t forget to showcase the same amount of creativity with your table whether it is a part of your Christmas decor or used to hold the delicious dessert baked for the occasion. The best part of this is you can also involve your kids to make something red pistachio topiaries and other crafts. Here are summarized some easy Recipes and Food Decorations ideas for Christmas.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with going all traditional with arranging dinner with turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce mashed potatoes, and other baked dishes. But it is good to be some more creative and attract your guests with delicious dishes with attractive decor.

Let’s start with an easy one. Go for a Fruit Christmas tree. No need to go too far to get a perfect recipe when all you need to get is the fruits lying around and garnish them as the small Christmas tree on the colorful serving plate. For this get some green apples, berries, grapes, and apples.

Also, try something really creative by preparing a small Christmas tree by using orange as the base and attaching numerous colorful fruits to the carrot and your tiny but edible Christmas tree is ready. Do you know what its additional benefit is? It’s 100% healthy so no one is compromising their diet plan, what else does anyone need?

The festive season is incomplete without cookies whether your party contains kids or not cookies are an obsession. And if it is a must, why not get more creative? This season, go for Christmas swirl sugar cookies. You just have to divide into sections the regular sugar cookie dough in the number of colors you want to add to your cookies. Assemble all the layers of different colors, roll it up, cut it and roll the edges in the sprinkles and there you go.

Make a super cute Christmas cookie cheesecake. Feeling hungry already? Here is what is needed. Just move forward with your regular cake recipe by adding sugar cookie dough, sour cream, vanilla extract, eggs, confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder, and cream cheese, gel food coloring, and green and red sprinkles to decorate your cake. At last, spread the white icing and give it Christmassy touch with green and red colored decoration.

Don’t have much time to prepare all these things? Not to worry. Just arrange the green and red sweets you have brought on some beautiful red serving plates and fill the gaps with small cherries and star-shaped jellies and at last add a large star cookie at the top and your yummy Christmas tree is ready at your table.

Whether it is an adult or a kid, cupcakes are everyone’s favorite. And the best thing about cupcakes is it’s all about icing and you can go as far as you want for icing the little cupcakes. You can make icing of your own or get ready-made icing from the store. Use different shapes and sizes to decorate the favorite flavors of the cupcake by designing it in the shape of the Christmas tree, Santa cap or prepare a snowman by putting marshmallows on these cupcakes.

Want to make something crispy and delicious? Go for Christmas tree Pizza. It is not a tough thing to prepare. You just need to cut the pizza dough with the Christmas tree cutter and just put it into the oven with your favorite toppings and not to forget-cheese. Even the fussiest person will fall in love with these pizzas. (Pro tip: Serve mozzarella bites with these, people will fall in love with you too!)

Nothing gives more cravings than the dining space decorated with red tablecloth and Christmas toys. Arrange some strawberry Santa with some fun designs to get your kids to come running to the table. Arrange baubles and centerpieces to the table to add some decor.

You can choose any of the recipes but the thing not to be ignored is the tablecloth and the glassware as they also form part of your décor. Get decorated mugs, goblets, and old-fashioned gold-rimmed glasses along with plates to finish the Christmas party décor.


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