It is the MOST wonderful time of the year, right? You know what that means?? An excuse to plan a party!!! As if you were looking for an excuse! No need to spend hundreds of dollars on decor, your outdoor lights and christmas tree will set the holiday mood, all you need now are some festive holiday food ideas, and you are all set!
Veggie Christmas Tree
Everyone loves a good veggie platter-why not add a fun twist, and make it into a Christmas tree? No need to be a designer or architect to create the perfect tree, all you need are the ingredients and a rough guide. I used a large cutting board to make it on, but you could use any surface that is flat.
What I used:
2-3 bunches of broccoli, yellow and red peppers, boccaccini cheese balls, celery, cucumber, cherry tomato, carrots.
WHAT TO DO: use the celery as your outline and lay this out first. This will help you fill in the remainder of the vegetables.
CUT IN CIRCLES: carrots and celery: These are your stunning decorations!
Fill in the remainder with the broccoli and cut the peppers into strips to use as garland. Use the Boccaccini balls at the top, because they stand out the most.
THE FINISHING TOUCH: Use your carving skills to cut a star out of the pepper!
and…..VOILA! Serve with your choice of dip!
Looking for a festive way to get your fruit intake? (OR convincing your children to get THIER fruit intake?) 2 words: Grinch Kabobs! Everyone loves that classic movie, right? Bring a little grinch into your party this year with very little effort!
WHAT I USED: Green grapes, banana, mimi marshmallows and strawberries.
WHAT TO DO: Purchase kabob sticks (Thats what they are called, right??) Create a station to create a little assembly line and separate all your ingredients. peel your banana and slice it into pieces. In this order from top to bottom, pile the ingredients: 1 marshmallow, one strawberry, one slice of banana and one grape. If you look at it straight on, you have a grinch wearing a hat- totally adorable, right? If you want to get crazy, buy chocolate syrup (OR chocolate fondu, if your fancy!) and have a station where they can get their grinch a little dirty! In chocolate, of course!
I like to have a separate area for drinks so it is separated from the food. This way, you can have your ice, cups (wine glasses, solo cups which come in festive colours, mugs etc..) We all know that the drink area gets a lot of action at parties, so it is ideal if it is easily accessible! I like to add a few props to create some interest ALSO I like to add some height by adding a small crate and hiding it under a table cloth.
If you want to have a virgin cocktail: Try our Grinch Punch! Simply add limeade, ice and 7up into a large container OR if your looking to spice up your concoction, add vodka- you won't get any complaints!
Winter got you feeling all cold inside and out? Purchase some apple cider, place in a crock-pot then add cinnamon sticks and slices of oranges. This will not only act as a delicious drink, but will also smell up your house! (In a GOOD way!) ADD rum if it is that kinda party!
OK last but not least- If your circle of friends LOVE a good photo-opp, why not create a photo booth? All you need is a backdrop and few props (Of course, props that match your party theme!) You don't need to buy a green screen from your local mall or anything: for this holiday party I simply found a fun wrapping paper which i taped up, then added a burlap frame and bow to the top. Try choosing a more basic paper so YOU are the focal point of the booth! Don't have a fancy Nikon to snap away with? iPhones work just fine, that way you are able to share them with your friends instantly!