Brace yourself for the merriest Christmas of all this year, thanks to our eggnog martini. It's creamy, rich, and sings of spices from cinnamon to nutmeg — and it's all topped off with a crunchy, boozy graham-cracker-crust rim. Watch the video, then download an eggnog martini recipe to add even more spring to your holiday step!
If you already decorate your house with festive Christmas decor — light, tree, stockings, and more — you won't need to do much for a stylish and fun holiday cocktail party look. Cover the tables with red satin runners. Place the appetizers on shiny red chargers and stack gold houndstooth napkins next to the alcohol. Choose a simple, small old-fashioned glass that works well with both egg nog and champagne punch. Fragrant wreathes and fresh poinsettias add lushness to the room. A fire in the fireplace makes the room cozy and inviting. Light candles for a glowing atmosphere. Lastly, hang mistletoe in several prominent walkways for a little extra excitement.
When planning a holiday cocktail party, don't forget the desserts! Since some guests are bound to have a sweet tooth, set up a small buffet of sweet treats when you set up the savory appetizers. Guests can nibble on cheese and chocolate. Fill bowls with Christmas M&M's or Hershey's kisses.
Don't serve a cake or pie because slicing and plating it is more work for you. Instead, offer one-bite sweets that guests can help themselves to. Mini black bottom cheesecakes are decadent and delicious. The raspberry jam adds a punch of festive color. Homemade chocolate truffles are easily prepared in advance. For the recipes to these delectable desserts, please read more
When creating a menu for a cocktail party be sure to look for recipes that can be made in advance. You don't want to spend the entire party in your kitchen. Make everything ahead and cook off batches as guests arrive. Choose several grocery store staples like nuts, olives, cheeses, crackers, and salumi to supplement a couple of homemade savory bites.
At my party I'll serve Moroccan style chicken rolls with a spicy tomato dipping sauce. Ham and cheese sandwiches grow up with caramelized onions and watercress. Tomato quiche tartlets are cute and bite sized. Sweet potato chips with caramelized onion dip rounds out the menu. To take a look at these tasty recipes, read more
It's the most wonderful time of the year! December has arrived and with it a flurry of fabulous parties. Every year my sister and I host a holiday cocktail party and this year I'm inviting you to the spectacular soirée. I'll share my party plan with you here and you can adjust my ideas to suit your own holiday needs. Let's start with the invitations.