Elevate Your Holiday Party | Ideas for a Deliciously Unique Event

The holidays are a wonderful time to get family members of all ages together to celebrate the year and, of course, eat delicious, seasonal food.  If you’re hosting a holiday party this year (or maybe you host one every year), chances are you want everyone to have the best possible time… and to thank you for all the fun. As you put together your shopping list, consider adding details that elevate your traditions and, just maybe, introduce brand new ones. Here are a few of our favorite edible holiday party ideas.

Have A Theme

This is a holiday party, so it should be holiday themed … right? Yes and no. This is your event, so if you aren’t fond of Christmas tree cheese plates, choose a theme around your vision. Focus on a color, a tradition or even a feeling that really captures the holiday spirit. You want people to walk in and be wrapped up in festive fun.

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We love this frosted holiday theme:              photo credit

 

Include a  Non-Alcoholic bar

Interactive bars are the ticket to breaking ice and getting people settled into your party. While eggnog and mulled wine are excellent additions to your holiday bar, we suggest setting up a  non-alcoholic station also. (Trust us, it’s more fun than it sounds.) Try it with a classic holiday beverage that can easily be turned into a build-your-own beverage, like hot cocoa.

Include a signature ingredient that everyone will want to include, like these chocolate dipped spoons.

Include a signature ingredient that everyone will want to include, like these chocolate dipped spoons. photo credit

 

Simplify The Pairing Process

Pairing wine with cheese boards and appetizers is a must at any elegant holiday party. But you don’t want to be educating each guest on the perfect wine for their appetizer plate. Instead, use notecards to write pairing suggestions next to the wine. That way, people don’t feel awkward asking, and you don’t have to spend the whole time explaining your selections.

Use notecards or write on the tablecloth itself. We suggest sticking with your theme

Use notecards or write on the tablecloth itself. We suggest sticking with your theme

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Step out of the classic red and white selections. Include a mulled or sparkling wine. photo credit

Experiment With Traditions

We all know (and expect) the same festive dishes. This year, try a new spin on a traditional dish. It’s easiest to do this with dips. Did your grandmother make the best cranberry sauce in existence? Forget the imitation game, take cranberries for a spin with a cranberry brie tart or heart warming cranberry apple hot cider.

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get the recipe here.

The Recipe

Feeling extra exploratory? Try a holiday tradition from another culture. There are delicious holiday dishes from all over the world, why stop with the pecan pie and ham? Take a look at what other cultures are preparing for the holidays this time of year. Who knows, you might discover your new favorite recipe.

Remember, Presentation is EVERYTHING.

For a truly elevated holiday party, consider every edible detail. Your appetizer table is the perfect place to start. Get creative with your cheese board, have a little fun with the visuals. As much as our parents warned against it, people love playing with their food. So create some treats worth playing with. Check out these awesome ideas.

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hot cocoa cups recipe 

chocolate toffee cheese snowman

chocolate toffee cheese snowman

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fruit waffle cones can be dipped in festive colors and filled with “snowballs”

Recipe Here