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Christmas Party Food

Updated on February 17, 2015

Delicious Food Ideas for The Holidays

Christmas parties are so much fun! I love baking and cooking for the holidays and start to get excited about gathering the season's recipes as early as October. As you begin planning your Christmas party, think about easy appetizers, traditional holiday dishes and the most scrumptious dessert recipes.

This fun Christmas Party Food collection is full of recipes, tips, and entertaining ideas for the holiday season. Each selection will help you plan your own special menu for Christmas that your guests will absolutely love.

Beef and Olive Cheese Ball


This delicious cheese spread displays the colors of the holiday season. It can be made up to 24 hrs. in advance for a stress-free appetizer. Serve with an assortment of vegetable dippers, crackers and bread sticks.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 2 cups


  • 2 - 8 oz pkgs cream cheese softened
  • 1 8 oz pkg dried beef chopped
  • 1 8 oz jar olives with pimiento drained and chopped
  • 1 tbls horseradish

Holiday Cheese Spreaders - I enjoy using cute cheese spreaders when I have guests and they make awesome hostess gifts!


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour, 45 minutes.
  3. Note: Mixture can also be shaped into cheese logs or balls.

Fun Tip!

Divide cheese spread into individual portion sizes to create mini appetizers!

5 stars from 1 rating of Beef and Olive Cheese Ball

Spicy Cocktail Meatballs


A great appetizer that can be kept warm in a slow cooker.

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 8-10 (2 meatballs each)


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbls. canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp hot sauce

Make ahead tip:

The meatballs can be placed in a freezer bag after cooking and cooling. Later just thaw and add with sauce mixture into slow cooker.


  1. In a large bowl combine ground beef, milk, soup mix and egg.
  2. Shape into small meatballs.
  3. In a large frying pan heat canola oil.
  4. Cook meatballs until browned and cooked through.
  5. Drain meatballs and place in slow cooker.
  6. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  7. Heat on high for 35 minutes and then keep warm.

Snickerdoodles - A Holiday Favorite


You can never have enough cookies in the cookie jar and these are wonderful to have on hand during the holidays!

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Makes 48


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • cinnamon sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs, vanilla extract, cream of tarter, baking soda and cinnamon.
  3. Mix in flour until combined.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake on un-greased cookie sheets 8-10 minutes or until very lightly browned.

Store different types of cookies in separate containers. This will keep crisp cookies from turning into chewy cookies and also keep flavors from blending!


So Easy Cocktail Shrimp

This is so easy that it's not even a recipe, but a classic appetizer that guests will love!


  • 2 lb bag frozen cooked peeled and deveined shrimp
  • Old Bay Seasoning to taste
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 16


  1. Thaw shrimp in colander.
  2. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Arrange shrimp on a platter.
  4. Season with Old Bay.
  5. Serve chilled with cocktail sauce.

The Best Seasoning For Cocktail Shrimp

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Make notes after your party that you can look back upon the following year. These tips will come in handy when planning next year's party. Make sure to date your notes!

© 2011 Mary Crowther

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I love these recipes!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Perfect recipe just in time for the holiday season!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      It is close to supper time and these recipes are making me hungry.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      OHh those meatballs look amazing!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Love every recipe on this page Mary! Pinning it to my food board - the meatballs sound great too (they would be a hit in my house)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Just looking at the photos of the food makes me hungry! Enjoy the holidays! - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Kaylab123 LM 4 years ago

      This all looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Cool...interesting content...

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      This looks really tasty! Thanks for sharing this lens. Happy holiday!

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      All the best to you and yours this Holiday Season :)

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      kiratalley 5 years ago

      I've got some cookies lined up for my Christmas holiday blanket, great ideas!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Oh yummy! You can never have enough Pigs in a Blanket! Great Lens, you're making me hungry.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Total yum!

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      christianzzz 6 years ago

      i am hungry now :)

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      cr00059n 6 years ago

      Really learned a lot from this article. I bet New Years dinner could be this great too!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      You can't go wrong with any of these delicious party foods. Angel Blessings**

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      I'm going to have to stop looking at food lenses. I'm hungry again.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We used to have a big Christmas Party and we would cook for weeks before getting everything ready. We haven't done it in several years but I sure know where to come for some great Christmas Party Food recipes if we decide to this year.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Great page; you've made me hungry. I try to do as much in advance as I can.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Nice set of ideas. I like the sweet part best:) Merry Christmas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Here for the great tips!

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      Arc2011 6 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      SilverPhoenix 6 years ago

      Wow! I've never heard of snickerdoodles but they look very tasty!

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      Great party food ideas!

      Blessed ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens and good listing

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      crisnel 6 years ago

      These are great. Will definitely try some.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love snickerdoodles! Great lens!

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      isles21 6 years ago

      THose pictures look delicious. Definitely some of my family's favorite cookies.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      I absolutely love garlic cheese balls... so delicious :) Mmmmmm

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Cheeseballs and Meatballs. I live on these during the holidays. Yummm.

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      ProfDrJuan 6 years ago

      Look really yummy..

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are delicious Christmas party food ideas. Can't believe Christmas is just about a month away...cheers! :)