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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
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.
Sausage Christmas Stockings
These festive edible stockings from Annabel Karmel are the perfect show-stopping appetizer.
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 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
Cheese trays are a staple at any Christmas party, and creating an eye-catching platter can be surprisingly simple. All you need to do to get the party started is diagonally slice 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
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
Don't let the holiday cheer stop with the appetizers. There are just as many cute ideas for Christmas salads.
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Christmas Candle Salad
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
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
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 a 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
The first recipe is an adorable baked potato snowman that you can find at Annabel Karmel. If you happen to live in a place where it doesn't snow, this might be a fun way to get the kids in the Christmas mood.
Stuffed Potato Rudolph
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
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.
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
Last (but certainly not least), serve your guests a holiday-themed dessert. From snowflakes and candy canes to little Santas, there's no shortage of inspiration to draw from.
Nutella Star Bread
The old saying: “You eat first with your eyes” is especially true for this fancy-looking baked 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
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 Flavor Mosaic is filled with pineapple tidbits, miniature marshmallows, diced apples and pomegranate grains and is sure to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth.
Santa Strawberry Dessert
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
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
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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