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Holiday Party Details + Appetizer Suggestions

Dec 15, 2017

Happy Friday!  On Wednesday night I hosted my annual Dirty Santa Christmas Party.  I will leave to your imaginations what the gifts were, all I can say we laugh alot.   I wanted to share a few pictures of the food I made plus share of the recipes I didn’t make that you guys suggested.  Ya’ll sent so many amazing recipes my way and I can’t wait to try some of these.  Bacon Wrapped Dates was one of the most suggested recipes so I made that for my party.  If you scroll to the bottom of this post I linked up some other recipe suggestions!

Champagne is always a must for a Christmas party.  I loved this idea of adding rosemary and cranberries to the ice bucket for a fancy look.

Similar Ice Bucket

I always like to arrange my glasses on a tray.  If you like Pinot Noir I really recommend this one from Tuli.  They sell it at Total Wine.

Mirrored Tray | Stemless Wine Glasses

A cheese platter is always a must when I entertain.  You can shop my exact cheeseboard HERE and it is on sale.  It is the perfect size for entertaining. I like to usually do 3 cheeses and 2 meats and then fill in with crackers, nuts, olives, and dried fruit.

Asparagus + Cream Cheese + Prosciutto.  Drizzle with olive oil and bake 350 degrees about 10-15 mins.

Baked Brie Bites. There are so many different ways to make these.  For these I used Mini Phyllo Shells + cubed pieces of Brie then I topped with Apricot Jalapeno Jam.  Fig jam is also really good on these or honey and brown sugar.  Then on top crumbled candied walnuts. Bake at 350 about 10 minutes.

I love using veggie chips when I entertain because the colors are so pretty.  These are the Terra Chips with 2 dips I made.

Knorr Spinach Dip + Black Bean Hummus

Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Gruyere.  These are also great stuffed with goat cheese or blue cheese.

I always like to serve just a small sweet nibble.  I usually order cupcakes from Sugar a local bakery.  They do such a great job.

I never took a picture of the table fully set but here is a picture in progress.  My appetizer plates are from Target a few years ago but you can shop a similar set HERE and HERE.

What I wore:

Red Blouse (50% off)  | Earrings (30% off) | Leggings

Love these ladies so much.  They have been such good friends to me this past year.

I wanted to share links to some of the appetizers you guys suggested.  So many great ones.

Mini Cheeseballs

Jalapeno Pepper Wonton Cups

Guacamole Shrimp Bites

Sweet potato Guacamole Bacon Bites

Bacon Bites

Crab Rangoon Dip

Warm Figs

Vidalia Onion Dip

Easy Feta Dip

Cranberry Brie Mini Tarts

Christmas Tortilla Roll-Ups

Bacon Cheese Wreath

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  1. Jen Tucker says:

    Good gracious, I want ALL of that food! Glad you ladies had a fun time!

  2. Blair says:

    What amazing food recs…I’ll be stealing some of these for our Christmas Party 🙂 How fun to have Dirty Santa girls party.

  3. Sarah says:

    Looks like such a fun party! And those appetizers all looks ridiculous. I want to try them all tonight!

  4. Liz says:

    I am salivating! Yum.

  5. Melissa says:

    Where did you find the phyllo shells? I’ve tried three different stores with no luck!

  6. Denise says:

    Everything looks so damn delish and my mouth is drooling! Looks like I was a fun party.

  7. Lilly says:

    Holy Appetizer Happiness! Looks like a perfect party and a shower of delicious apps! Thanks for posting!