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Festive Holiday Party Foods

Updated on April 27, 2015

Festive & Filling

If you are the host of the this year's holidays for your family holiday celebration or if you're simply looking for something new to offer as a side dish to a company potluck, then you will love these festive and creative holiday food ideas.

No one has the time to spend cooking all day over the holidays, so you'll find some relatively quick and easy ideas here.

Have your own ideas to share? Leave a comment or add your link at the end!

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Think of a Theme

And go with it

If you are hosting the party, picking a theme will make the whole event more fun. Brainstorm a few good, festive ideas that everyone would be able to partake in and then start planning from there!

Need some theme ideas for your party? Why not do a snow theme and serve white foods like potatoes, cake with swirls of white frosting, white dinner rolls and more?

Consider setting out holiday food towers on your table for a creative twist and a unique look to your tablescape.

Get creative! You might even want to spread the word that you are hosting the themed dinner, and ask others to follow suit.

Ask your guests to bring something towards your white theme such as white wine, white appetizers or desserts, white drinks, etc. It will definitely add to the fun of things!

Find Fun Activities for Your Holiday Party

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Image by Tracy Hunter on Flickr

Just Serve Appetizers

Simple and tasty

Guests never expect you to make a heavy meal when they will be attending handfuls of parties in a row. So, don't feel bad if you choose to just serve appetizers. Classy finger foods are great when you add a few simple touches. Do chicken-kebabs or even gourmet sushi. Have different options placed all around your kitchen so that guests can help themselves at any time. For a healthy touch, add a plate of organic fruit as a nice addition.

Fruit, nuts, berries, and more can be be great options. Cut veggies and put out dip for a classic hit. Make sure that someone is assigned to check for sparse platters so you can refill them and keep them full. Many warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club have appetizers in their freezer sections. They're unique, yummy and an easy way to feed big crowds.

Appetizer Ideas - Yummy!

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Image by ~*Caroline*~ on Flickr

Add Some Sparkle

Glitz the goods

Holidays are the perfect time to really sparkle. Purchase some edible food glitter to glam up your foods. These totally dress up your dishes.

Put your edible sparkles on nearly any food for a wonderful, shiny touch. Food glitter is best sprinkled in soups or even on top of cupcakes. Test out and brainstorm where your glitter can be best used.

Even if you just use it on one food, it'll be more memorable than you can imagine!

Find Edible Glitter - on Amazon

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Twist on Tradition

Share with the next generation

Tradition runs strong through family every holiday season. If there is an age old traditional dish in your family, print the recipe for everyone and dress it up festively. Add some pretty ribbon or bows.

When guests are busy cherishing the thoughtful gift, it's a great time to go over how the tradition came to be and how to keep it going. These are wonderful Christmas gifts. Many of the younger family members do not know the history or ingredients of family dishes and this is a great opportunity for them to learn!

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Signature Drinks

Different, daring and drink-worthy

When it comes to creativity and holidays, what's better than holiday cocktails? Make up a signature cocktail out of ingredients that you wouldn't typically combine, then classify it with a festive name.

Or, offer a full bar and let your guests come up with their own cocktails that night. Ask everyone to name their drink and then take pictures of them showing off their creation!

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Image by enokson on Flickr

Food, Schmood

Cater in and skip the stress

Even the greatest of hosts have taken to pouring take-out food onto their own holiday platters. It's not a faux paus, and it's likely that no one will even notice!

It's an awesome option if you don't know how to cook or just don't have the time to whip anything up. Find a nice take-out restaurant that can accommodate your needs, and if they will deliver - even better!

You can keep these dishes warm it in the oven in your own serving dishes. Be sure to offer some sort of sugar free dessert or diabetic friendly options as well. Many people these days have dietary restrictions and it's so nice to accommodate them.

Leave a Comment! - What holiday foods do you make every year?

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      Kim 5 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      YUM! My favorite appetizer during the holidays is bacon-wrapped crab, but how can you go wrong with bacon-wrapped anything?!

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      squid-janices7 5 years ago

      Great ideas! An appetizer only party is always a big hit at our house.

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      raegal75 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I love when parties have signature drinks.

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      Great ideas here. I'm always looking for a way to make the holiday cooking easier. Thanks for sharing :)