Christmas time is coming, and with it comes a flurry of festivities, fun, and fantastic food! Whether you plan to walk away from this year's office Christmas party with the top prize in the ugliest Christmas sweater contest, or you intend to have a cheerful family Christmas party surrounded by your loved ones, you won't want to miss out on these great ideas for Christmas party food.
Finger Foods and AppetizersWhat's a party without plenty of fun finger food? Don't be skimpy on the appetizers. Next to dessert, they are secretly everybody's favorite part of the party table! Following are a few favorite Christmas time finger foods to decorate your party table this year:Say cheese! – What Christmas party table is complete without a cheese ball or two? Don't forget a tray filled with a delightful array of fine cheeses to suit every palate.Crackers – Of course, you must also have an equally appetizing assortment of crackers for the cheese. Crackers and cheese don't have to be plain and simple. In fact, sometimes the cheesy appetizers challenge the desserts for the most appealing dish on the Christmas table!Bacon-wrapped anything – Face it, almost everyone loves bacon. Wrap it around an olive, a piece of cheese, or even another piece of bacon and you have a winning appetizer!
Festive DessertsFestive desserts are the star of the party. While appetizers and finger foods rank up there, they will never quite win over those sweet tooths in the crowd who live for the dessert table every Christmas. From delectable candies to luscious chocolate-cherry lava cakes, here are a few Christmas dessert favorites:Fudge – Chocolate and peanut butter fudge or traditional favorites, bu try mixing it up a bit with candy cane fudge or butterscotch. Old Fashioned Gingerbread Cake – Spice up the holiday with this traditional cake flavored with ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and molasses. Cherry Delight – Always a favorite, cherry filling on a cream cheese cloud and graham cracker crust is a must! Chocolate Lava Cake – Whether you add tangy cherries or leave the chocolate to speak for itself, this cake will have all the chocoholics raving.
Christmas BeveragesThe season offers so many fabulous options for delicious drinks! From soothing hot cocoa to spiced apple cider or peppermint tea, the creative concoctions are almost endless! If kids will be nearby, you may want to skip the more adult drinks, but if only adults will be in attendance, you may consider asking each gust to bring their favorite holiday spritzer or cocktail. Candy cane martinis and eggnog could be just a couple of favorites of the night. Following is a list of holiday quenchers suitable for all ages:
- Peppermint or Cinnamon tea – Great hot or iced!
- Hot chocolate or cocoa – Always a warm, traditional favorite.
- Apple cider – Hot apple cider warms the soul, but it's great cold too.
- Italian sodas – Try using holiday flavors like pomegranate or cinnamon with cream and carbonated water for a holiday treat everyone will love!