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When the Holiday invitations come in, I always think, "I don't have time for this." Then of course I am honored to be invited. So if you are hosting or attending, I know that time is of the most importance. Let "Shop This" help with recipes to impress like Salmon Lollipops and Sweet Potato Pear Soup served in individual cups. Find tips for your party atmosphere like a DIY Wintry Potpourri and deconstructed poinsettias. What are you waiting for? Keep reading for some inspired ideas!
Here: 25 Cheerful Choices
Not chosen just for the name, though it is adorable, but for the the colorful presentation! This pretty punch is guaranteed to spice up your party. Oh and it features rum and Grand Mariner!
Sweet Potato-Pear Soup Recipe
The first time I had a soup served to me as a party appetizer, was at a Holiday party given by my sweet friend, Kelly. I thought it was such a chic idea, but of course, everything she does is fabulous! So I did it on Thanksgiving. It's unexpected, and my guests acted as if they really enjoyed it. Serving it in a cup means no spoon needed.
Three ingredients and you have the best little part perfect appetizer ever. The secret? Balls of cream cheese are wrapped with salmon!
Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends
Thank the host with this brand new book! It is the perfect party pick.
How about this for a signature drink? It's a showstopping craft cocktail. Mix it yourself with Bourbon, Pressed Lemon, Molasses, Fall Spices, Ginger - cookie garnish. Serve it up in the Margot Glass from
Alchemy Fine Home
Host A Fondue Party
I just love this idea, and I am considering it for Christmas Eve. Get all of the festive and fun details at
Sugarfina 3 Piece Bento Box
A sparkling gift box for your host includes three lucite cubes of Champagne Bears (and that is Dom Perignon to you) Champagne Bubbles and Baby Champagne Bears.
What's safer to serve than cheese and charcuterie? Not much. If you do it right, there will be a little something that everyone will pick at. This one features unexpected root vegetables and other flavors of the season.
Waiting On Martha
Pomegranate and Peppermint Moscow Mules
Am I the only person on earth that has never had a Moscow Mule? This recipe might tempt me. And who can resist those chic copper mugs? I found some good ones on sale at Overstock. Recipe at
Half Baked Harvest
A festive finger food that has been spiked with Vodka. What a playful party treat!
Set Of Agate Coasters
Be the life of the party with handmade and coasters. The set of three is priced perfectly for gifting.
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Christmas Tree Pull Apart Appetizer
If you are looking for an easy but fabulous looking appetizer, here ya go. It is made with refrigerated Pizza Crust that has been stuffed with cheese! Now who wouldn't love that? The fresh basil and rosemary adds the merry!!!
Gilded Cheese Board
Bringing the cheese? Serve it on this and then leave it for the host. It is also a" lovely " gift wrapped on its' own.
Every good host will have a non alcoholic offering for the guests who do not imbibe. These are so adorable, everyone will want one. Target has a pack of 20 gold straws for $3 and Free Shipping. Just get them. They will add a fanciful touch to everything.
How Sweet Eats
Marbled Wine Bags
Bringing wine to the Holiday party? Dress it up a bit with a marbled wine tote. They will add the "special" to your offering.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Phyllo Swirls with Pomegranate Honey + Pistachios
Said to be embarrassingly simple. I don't have a problem with that, do you? So, at Thanksgiving I worked with frozen Phyllo Dough for the first time. It was easy, and I really enjoyed it! This recipe is heavenly for the holiday!
Half Baked Harvest
Joie de Vivre Martini
How pretty are these? They are crafted with Nocino liqueur, which is made from green walnuts with a bittersweet flavor. Interesting!
Minimalism at it's best. Most hurricanes are bit more traditional in style. This one casts a glam glow at your party.
St. Germain Pomegranite Spritzers
The first time I had St. Germain was several years at The Park Hyatt Chicago. The wife of our host, who happened to be quite chic and from Europe, ordered it with a glass of champagne. I remember thinking the bottle was quite glam.
So here is a recipe that is meant to impress ( I was ) and tastes quite delicious.
Michael Aram Wine Stopper
Extend your friendship and an olive branch to your host. A beautiful offering for a holiday cocktail party.
Baked Brie With Cranberries
Brie is just so wonderful warmed. Add a topping and it becomes fabulously festive. The addition of thyme and a whisper of orange really adds a depth of flavor.
The Harvest Kitchen
Simmering Winter Potpourri
The Holidays aren't just about the sounds and sights of Santa, lights, bells and presents. It's also about the smell. Create a memorable experience by filling your home with the aroma of a wintry wonderland! Author, entertaining expert, and my friend, Marc Sievers tells us, how. He has terrific tips!
Ahi & Mango Tartare
This dish is in my top 5 favorite foods of life. People who like Tuna or sushi in general really love this! It's easy and always makes a stylish statement whenver you serve it.
Clean Eating Magazine
Chocolate Candy Cane Kettle Corn
Just when I thought that Kettle corn couldn't get any better! This recipe provides the perfect bit of sweet and salty. It's a seasonal indulgence that I think we all need to try.
Reconsider The Poinsettias
Over the years, I have filled my home with many white poinsettias, but not lately. They have felt a little old school for me. This display with deconstructed Poinsettias, Paper Whites and amazing Amaryllis has me rethinking this Christmas classic. Just lovely!
One Kings Lane
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