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Planning the Perfect Holiday Menu!

December 14, 2012

The Christmas tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped, and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care……so you can relax, right? Wait a minute! What about the 12 people that you invited over for that holiday celebration party tomorrow night?? Have you prepared your menu yet? No need to panic if you haven’t. We’ve got some ideas to make your holiday party shine brighter than the bulbs on your tree!

Holiday parties can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. With a little bit of planning and preparation you can create the perfect holiday party menu without spending a lot of time (and money).

First thing you need to do is create a theme for your party. Do you want a ‘traditional’ holiday theme? Or are you looking to do something a little more casual? Once you determine your theme, it is easy to plan around it.

Appetizers

-       Fresh vegetables and a homemade dip is always a favorite holiday party staple!

-       Consider having a combination of hot and cold appetizers. Many hot appetizers can be made ahead of time and then re-heated before guests arrive.

Main Meal

-       If you are going with a ‘traditional’ theme, a turkey or a ham is always a nice choice. If your party is  formal, serve as a sit down meal or, if informal, have guests make their own sandwiches using an assortment of breads and rolls.

-       If you want something a little different consider a Mexican or Italian theme and serve fajitas or homemade lasagna!

 Dessert/Beverages

-       The holidays are synonymous with cookies, pies and other baked goodies. Offer your guests an assortment of these holiday favorites!

-       A festive holiday punch is a great beverage idea! Here’s the recipe for one we think you will enjoy!

Pomegranate-Champagne Punch

Ingredients

Preparation

  • Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
  • Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

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