Let Taste of Home help you plan your holiday parties and menus with this idea-packed cookbook. There are wonderful appetizers and beverages, company-worthy entrees, delectable breads, an array of sides and best of all dazzling, divine sweets—cookies, candies, cakes, pies and more. Included is classic fare, as well as updated twists on old-time favorites.
Caramel Cashew Clusters
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Apple Cider-Glazed Ham
Cheese-Topped Roasted Vegetables
Colorful Gazpacho Salad
Herb-Crusted Prime Rib
Old English Trifle
Raspberry Lemon Cake
Yorkshire Pudding with Bacon and Sage
Asiago Chicken Spread
Cherry-Brandy Baked Brie
Hot Spiced Wine
Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon
Warm Pomegranate Punch
Cranberry-Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Orange Pear Jam
Cracked Pepper Cheddar Muffins
Rustic Pumpkin Bread
Almond Pistachio Baklava
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Frozen Peppermint Delight
Holiday Walnut Torte
Au Gratin Potatoes ’n’ Leeks
Carrot Cake Doughnuts
Overnight Raisin French Toast
Golden Roasted Turkey
Maple-Oat Dinner Rolls
Sausage Raisin Dressing
Brown Sugar Cutouts
Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Dark Chocolate Butterscotch Brownies
Raspberry Sandwich Spritz
7 WINTER PARTIES
The seven winter parties will be organized into 7 themes, with menus and holiday entertaining ideas (e.g. A snowflake invitation) for each.
Festive Open House
During the busy holiday season, it can be challenging to pick a time and date to get-together with all you friends. An open house allows people to stop by during the day when it’s convenient for them. Let your open house go for 4 to 6 hours and you're sure to enjoy a casual time.
Recipes include Roast Beef and Pear Crostini, Apricot Chicken Wings, Grape Juice Sparkler, and Warm Spiced Nuts.
Bring on the bubbly! A spirited evening of festive cocktails and bite-size appetizers awaits. Set up the bar with cranberry mixers and deck the buffet with shrimp and crostini, it’s time to mingle and be jolly with old friends and new.
Recipes include Fast Coconut Shrimp, Goat Cheese-Pesto Crostini, Bubbly Cranberry Mixer, and Orange Razzletini.
Welcome friends and family inside for a post-caroling meal. This make-ahead feast will be ready to greet you from the cold.
Recipes include slow-cooked Round-Up Chili, slow-cooked Tuscan Pork Stew, Rosemary Garlic Focaccia, and Truffle Hot Chocolate
Holiday Movie Night
Coming to a living room near you, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, and more. Gather the gang, pass the pizza and cuddle up with a batch of chocolaty fudge cups for screenings of your favorite holiday classics.
Recipes include: Pizza Rusticana, Tijuana Tidbits, and Coconut-Almond Fudge Cups.
No matter how cold it is outside, a hot cup of Chai or a tangy cranberry tea makes it easy to enjoy the warmth of the season. Guests will be served platters of tea sandwiches and petite pastries, as well as poppy seed scones and Vienna Triangles to add a traditional touch to a memorable and merry tea party.
Recipes include Vanilla Chai Tea, Petite Apricot Pastries, and Turkey, Gouda & Apple Tea Sandwiches.
Let It Snow Celebration
If the flurry of holiday duties has you flustered, and the snow’s a fallin’, call up some friends for an afternoon of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating. Let It Snow Celebration If the flurry of holiday duties has you flustered, and the snow’s a fallin’, call up some friends for an afternoon of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and ice skating. Afterwards, warm your bellies with some hearty fare. Recipes include Shredded Pork Sandwiches and Snowmen Cookies.
Lunch with Friends: Let’s do lunch! Because there's no better time to show your appreciation for your closet chums than during the holiday season. You can offer a delicious soup, salad and sandwich with a sophisticated holiday twist.
Recipes include: Roasted Red Pepper Bisque, Spinach Festival Salad, and Grilled Cheese Supreme.
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