If you’re like me, you’re a planner and if you are hosting a party you want it to go off without a hitch. But if you’re also like me, you’re over-committed and the thought of party planning is a bit stressful. May I suggest making your life easier this holiday season by planning a Holiday Snacks party instead of a large plated meal. It’s delicious, fun, and most importantly easy!
When I was a child, my parents held Christmas get-together for my grandparents. On this day, which was usually Christmas week, my grandparents would come to our house and watch my brother and I open their Christmas presents from them. After which, my mother would serve a wide variety of holiday snacks. It was one of my favorite meals every year. What is better than a plate full with a little bites of everything?
When my brother and I grew up, my parents continued to host this party. Now that my parents are gone, I have kept up the tradition with the exception of 2020 for obvious reasons. Happily this year, I’m bringing the Holiday Snack party back as my husband and I will be hosting my brother and his family the Sunday before Christmas. We will eat little bites and watch my niece and nephews open gifts around the Christmas tree. I can’t wait to all be together again for Christmas, and since this party is so easy to plate, I won’t be stressed about the food.
Below is the menu I have planned. The best part, very little cooking is involved, which is a bonus when you’re wrapping gifts at the last minute and trying to clean your house like I’m sure I will be right before they arrive.
I hope you enjoy this idea. And remember however you celebrate this season, take a breath and slow down. It will all get done. And if it doesn’t, that’s okay too!
The Menu (in no particular order)
- fruit salad
- pickles (dill and sweet)
- olives (black, green, and kalamata)
- precooked shrimp and cocktail sauce (for everyone except my niece and I as we are vegetarians)
- pretzels and sweet mustard dip
- pumpernickel bread and spinach dip
- potato chips and onion dip
- Christmas cookies
- cheese and crackers
- vegetarian sausage wraps
- veggies and dip
- pita chips and hummus
- mini pita bread pizzas
- sherbet holiday punch
Pictured below the 2019 spread.
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