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Eye-Catching Christmas Food Ideas

Christmas get-togethers and parties are always something that everyone looks forward to, and food plays a big part in them. So, it is always a good idea to serve some special and eye-catching foods, nibbles and desserts, because there is nothing more fun than people praising your culinary skills and asking for the recipes.

However, party food doesn't have to be complicated. The presentation is what makes even the simplest thing become a big deal. There are many clever people out there who come up with incredibly creative ideas on how to make striking Christmas dishes, so, if you are planning a holiday party or a casual Christmas dinner, check out this tasty collection of festive goodies.

Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Appetizers

Sausage Christmas Stockings

Party appetizers shaped like Christmas stockings.
Party appetizers shaped like Christmas stockings. | Source

If you are entertaining during the holiday season, it is necessary to have some little bites on hand to keep hungry guests at bay. And since it is the holidays, these should be extra special bites, just like these festive edible stockings from Annabel Karmel. They are made from sausages, decorated with cream cheese “cuffs” and garnished with sprigs of parsley. Watch the video for a tutorial on how to cut the sausages and assemble the stockings.

Edible Christmas Trees

The hardest part of making these holiday appetizers would be getting the pretzel into the pita.
The hardest part of making these holiday appetizers would be getting the pretzel into the pita. | Source

The best holiday appetizers are those you can prepare in a few easy steps. And when it comes to that, it doesn’t get much easier than these edible trees. They are perfect for big parties, because you can literally make a forest of them in no time. You could even get the kids helping you with them. Just cut pita bread in wedges, top them with store-bought guacamole and decorate them with small pieces of bell pepper, arranged in the shape of a garland.

Cream Cheese Tree

If you have some cream cheese and pepper jelly, you are just minutes away from a spectacular Christmas appetizer.
If you have some cream cheese and pepper jelly, you are just minutes away from a spectacular Christmas appetizer. | Source

Cheese trays are a staple at any Christmas party and creating an eye-catching platter can be surprisingly simple. All you need to get the party started is slice diagonally a block of cream cheese and put the two triangles back together in a tree shape. Decorate it with a bell pepper star, celery tree trunk and some pepper jelly. That’s it!

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Who wouldn’t enjoy nibbling on this creative cheese plate?
Who wouldn’t enjoy nibbling on this creative cheese plate? | Source

If you want to add a real showstopper to your holiday party spread, consider making this delightful pine cone cheese ball. You can make any cheese ball recipe and decorate it with whole or sliced almonds, but you should give a try to The Pioneer Woman’s recipe. The recipe includes a French onion soup mix, which adds a unique blend of flavors that will satisfy all your guests.

Festive Christmas Salads

Christmas Candle Salad

Make this salad for your next holiday party and your guests will be talking about it for a long time.
Make this salad for your next holiday party and your guests will be talking about it for a long time.

If you are in charge of making the salad for a party during the Christmas season, this is one you should consider. The “candle” is made from a piece of yellow cheese, covered with mayo “wax”, and the “flame” and the “bow” are cut from roasted red peppers. Fresh parsley leaves and small carrot pieces are added to finish it off. This type of decoration would work best on a potato salad or a salad covered with grated cheese.

Christmas Tree Salad

A vibrant salad that’s truly fit for a Christmas Eve feast!
A vibrant salad that’s truly fit for a Christmas Eve feast! | Source

The next Christmas salad comes from Lunch Box Bunch and is perfect for those who like to eat healthy. It is a mix of chard, pecans and pomegranate, piled to look like a tree, and adorned with a sprouted grain toast “star”.

Caprese Wreath Salad

The beautiful red and green colors in this salad are perfect for a Christmas dinner.
The beautiful red and green colors in this salad are perfect for a Christmas dinner. | Source

You can also put an international spin on your classic Christmas party and serve up an Italian caprese salad, shaped like a Christmas wreath. This salad is made with only few ingredients: tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, olive oil and maybe some pesto. It takes almost no time to prepare, goes with almost any entrée and is sure to look spectacular on the holiday table.

Kid-Friendly Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

In many families Christmas Day is packed with get-togethers and opening presents, so kids often get too excited to eat all the big meals of the holidays. Here are several light and fun meal ideas for them that will also give them a dose of healthy veggies.

Baked Potato Snowman

This Potato Snowman is an adorable kids' meal that is perfect for Christmas.
This Potato Snowman is an adorable kids' meal that is perfect for Christmas. | Source

The first recipe is an adorable baked potato snowman and you can find it at Annabel Karmel. If you happen to live in a place where it doesn't snow, this might be a fun way to make the kids get in the Christmas mood.

Stuffed Rudolph Potato

This cute dish is a fun way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
This cute dish is a fun way to get your kids to eat their veggies. | Source

You can also surprise the little ones with a main dish that looks like Rudolph. This creative reindeer potato is stuffed with a mixture of butternut squash, potato, mustard, Parmesan cheese, milk and butter and would make a pretty cool side dish for adults too. You can get the recipe at Popsugar.com.

Reindeer Fried Rice

Fried rice gets a kid-approved Christmas makeover.
Fried rice gets a kid-approved Christmas makeover. | Source

Another Rudolph-like meal that your kids may like is this fried rice from Cute Food for Kids. Fried rice is a quick and satisfying meal that is easy to tailor to their tastes, but if they are not big fans of it, you can substitute it with mac and cheese, quinoa or mashed potatoes. Then give their favorite meal a new look for the Holidays by decorating it with hot dog “antlers”, pea eyes and a red pepper nose.

Holiday-Themed Soup

Hearty soup for kids with special holiday touch – Christmas-themed pasta.
Hearty soup for kids with special holiday touch – Christmas-themed pasta. | Source

Another light but delicious recipe that kids will enjoy for Christmas Eve dinner is a yummy soup, full of aromatic veggies and incredible flavors, because nothing warms the soul more on a cold winter day like a steaming bowl of soup. To make it more Christmassy, add some colorful holiday-themed pasta to it. For a good soup recipe, head to Underground Culinary Lab.

Christmas Dessert for an Impressive Finale

Nutella Star Bread

Nutella spread in layers of fluffy dough, what's not to like about it?
Nutella spread in layers of fluffy dough, what's not to like about it? | Source

The old saying: “You eat first with your eyes” is especially true for this fancy-looking baking beauty. It is four layers of bread, separated by three layers of Nutella spread, cut into pieces that were then twisted to create a star shape. If you want to keep it simple or even cheat a little, you can make it with store-bought puff pastry or Crescent rolls. It is a sweet treat that will enchant your entire family! For the full recipe and tutorial, visit Underground Culinary Lab.

Pistachio Pomegranate Salad

Pistachio pomegranate dessert for Christmas.
Pistachio pomegranate dessert for Christmas. | Source

No-bake desserts are a great holiday option for busy families, because you can make them without spending too much time fussing around the kitchen. This fluffy and elegant-looking dessert from The Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife is filled with pineapple tidbits, miniature marshmallows, diced apples and pomegranate grains and is sure to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth.

Santa Strawberry Dessert

Easy and impressive Christmas dessert in a shot glass.
Easy and impressive Christmas dessert in a shot glass. | Source

Shot glass desserts are one of the biggest dessert trends out there and are perfect for holiday parties and get-togethers, because the portion size is just right and you are rarely left with leftovers. This cute Santa treat is a combination of fresh strawberries and custard cream and will surely impress even the pickiest of guests.

Chocolate Snowflake Mousse

Christmas treats almost too perfect to eat.
Christmas treats almost too perfect to eat. | Source

Another eye-catching idea for a Christmas dessert comes from Torie Jayne. It is a rich milk chocolate mousse, encased in a festive, chocolate snowflake outer layer. These decadent snowflake treats will definitely add a lot of color and interest to your Christmas spread.

Candy Cane Cookies

Get all the kids in the kitchen and make these lovely candy cane cookies.
Get all the kids in the kitchen and make these lovely candy cane cookies. | Source

If you need a simple but festive idea for cookies that you can make with your children at home, these candy canes are a great choice. You can even package them up and give them as little goodies to family, friends or co-workers. Get the recipe at the Food Network or follow the video tutorial.

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