The Best Holiday Recipes & Party Planning Ideas

Christmas dinner tableThe holiday season is here and it’s all about eating, drinking and celebrating with family and friends. Throwing a themed holiday party is a great way to have fun and create memories everyone will look back on with a smile. Choose a special theme for your holiday party this year and plan appetizers to match. Here are a few ideas and tips that’ll help you organize your own themed holiday party.

Winter Wonderland

Let Jack Frost inspire you to create a winter wonderland theme that’ll be loved by grown-ups and kids alike.

Party Tip: To have your party look like a real winter wonderland, decorate your home with everything white and accent with sparking silver and LED lights. Choose a white Christmas tree decorated  with sparking white LED lights and silver ornaments.

Appetizer: Food served on ice complements the winter wonderland theme well. Shrimp cocktail is a delicious appetizer that’s easy to prepare and works well even if you’re expecting larger crowds. Simply boil de-veined shrimp in water with bay leaves and some lemon juice until pink. Cool them on a bed of ice until ready to serve. Prepare an easy and delicious cocktail sauce by mixing 3/4 cup ketchup with 2-1/2 tablespoons of prepared horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt and ¼ teaspoon of hot pepper sauce. Serve the shrimp along the rim of an ice-filled bowl and a generous helping of the cocktail sauce on the side.

Southern Hospitality

Welcome your guests to some good old-fashioned southern food and festivities and show off your southern hospitality for a memorable celebration.

Party Tip: Keep “simple and rustic” as the theme for the party. Handmade invitations look rustic yet elegant. Most importantly, create a laid-back atmosphere where guests can enjoy and be themselves. Let the warmth of southern hospitality reflect in an expansive guest list so you can sing and dance the night away.

Appetizer: Southern made cheese balls are a comfort food everyone will enjoy. Easy to prepare, you can serve them in martini glasses or on toothpick skewers. To prepare, mix three 8-ounce packs of softened cream cheese with 1 tablespoon each of Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder and Creole-style seasoning. Fold in a cup of chopped green onions, grated cheddar and boiled ham. Shape the mixture into balls and refrigerate till time to serve.

Frostbite Party

A frostbite party is a combination of a holiday party and lodge party. Let guests experience and enjoy the holiday chill outdoors in your backyard.

Party Tip: Make sure you’ve made sufficient arrangement to keep your guests warm and toasty with a bonfire and drinks like hot chocolate or coffee and cider to sip on as they listen to holiday music.

Appetizer: Get your grill out and let your guests experience hot, just-off-the-grill appetizers; perfect for a chilly winter evening. Make Carolina grilled shrimp by marinating deveined shrimp in a mixture of lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, minced garlic cloves and ground red pepper. Grill the shrimp on wooden skewers (soaked in water for 20 minutes) for 3 minutes on each side and they’re ready to serve.

What do you like to serve at your holiday parties? Tell us in the Comments section below.

 

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