The holiday season is upon us and with that comes many holiday parties! Every Christmas party needs festive décor and of course, delicious food. To help you get ready for your party we’ve gathered some of the most delicious recipes so you can indulge this holiday season.
We’ve made sure to cover every course from finger foods to sides, main entrées, and even delicious Christmas desserts too. Plan your menu now, so you that you can spend less time stressing about the food, and spend more time enjoying yourself at the Christmas party!
Wreaths certainly have a place on your front door but this holiday season, make this delicious fruit pizza Christmas wreath and share it with friends and family. It’ll surely capture everyone’s attention too.
You could serve this pizza as an appetizer or a dessert — your choice! The base of the wreath is a delicious sugar cooker and is topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. Decorate the wreath with fresh berries and mint leaves.
https://www.nestofposies-blog.com/2017/11/fruit-pizza-christmas-wreath/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NEST OF POSIES
There are so many other edible wreaths you can make for Christmas like this Caprese Christmas wreath! Not only is it vibrant in festive red and green colors but it’s so delicious too.
Transform the flavors of a Caprese salad into fun skewers. This finger food is full of fresh flavors and is incredibly easy to put together.
https://cafedelites.com/caprese-christmas-wreath/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES
Perhaps instead of a sweet flavored wreath, you’d enjoy a savory one! This veggie pizza wreath is flavorful and easy to make!
This appetizer comes together quickly thanks to store-bought ingredients like refrigerated crescent roll dough and cream cheese. Unlike traditional pizza, this pizza is served cold with fresh veggies!
https://www.cleanandscentsible.com/christmas-appetizer-christmas-wreath-veggie-pizza/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=538027344_19579878_109845 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CLEAN AND SCENTSIBLE
Bang bang brussels sprouts will convert any sprout hater into a lover! This dish is creamy, spicy, and savory. It’s so darn good you’ll be licking your plate clean!
This recipe also comes with instructions to make this side dish dairy-free which is perfect for those with allergies or vegan dieters. Make it once and it’ll be requested every year to come.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/bang-bang-roasted-brussels-sprouts/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
While you grab a carton of eggnog at the grocery store, be sure to grab extra because you need to try this delicious spiked eggnog cake! Cakes are great for any occasion whether it be a birthday or a Christmas party.
The cake batter is infused with egg nog and is spiked with rum that will have you drooling all holiday season long. Top the cake with a delicious cream cheese frosting and a drizzle of white chocolate ganache to set this cake over the top.
https://livforcake.com/eggnog-cake/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIV FOR CAKE
This classic Italian finger food never goes out of style. Instead of preparing bruschetta yourself, create a bruschetta bar so that your guests can customize the toppings to suit their liking. This also helps alleviate the work for you making this a quick and easy recipe!
Simply dish out the toppings into serving bowls (which can be done ahead of time). Then all the work you have to do is grill the bread, set out the toppings and dig in!
https://www.countrysidecravings.com/make-your-own-bruschetta-bar/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COUNTRYSIDE CRAVINGS
Dinner rolls are a must-have for any big dinner. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing dinner rolls from scratch but instead, you could try these quick and easy garlic parmesan knots.
Using store-bought refrigerated biscuits and a few seasonings you’ll be able to achieve homemade flavor without all the effort. You might want to double this recipe because these garlic knots will be snatched up quickly!
https://damndelicious.net/2014/04/14/easy-garlic-parmesan-knots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DAMN DELICIOUS
Roasting chicken in the oven may take a while but if you cook it in your Instant Pot it can be done incredibly quickly! This quick and easy appetizer will definitely be a hit this holiday season.
Tender shredded chicken is smothered in the most creamy buffalo sauce. Top the sliders with ranch and garnish with a pickle!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/instant-pot-buffalo-chicken-sliders/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
You can never go wrong with mashed potatoes, but if you’re looking to try something new this holiday season be sure to add herb and garlic potato stacks to your menu. They look gourmet but they’re actually quite easy to make.
The secret to achieving thin and evenly sliced potatoes is to use a mandolin. Build the potato stacks and then brush them a drool-worthy herb and garlic glaze and then bake them to perfection.
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/herb-garlic-potato-stacks-video/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SWEET PEAS AND SAFFRON
Scones pair perfectly with tea and coffee so this Christmas bake a batch of these gingerbread scones. These scones are full of fragrant gingerbread flavor, from molasses to cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
What sets these scones over the top is the drizzle of homemade cream cheese frosting. Finally, to make them festive, garnish with red and green sprinkles.
https://www.countrysidecravings.com/gingerbread-scones-cream-cheese-frosting/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COUNTRY SIDE CRAVINGS
These miniature pigs in a blanket are delicious and come together in under 30 minutes. Topped with everything bagel seasoning, they’ll surely excite your taste buds.
If you can’t find the popular Trader Joes Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, this recipe provides instructions on how to make your own. You can also make the delicious homemade dipping sauce recipe that pairs perfectly with this appetizer.
https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/pigs-in-a-blanket/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON
You may be familiar with hasselback potatoes or chicken but have you ever thought you could try that technique on another vegetable? Butternut squash is another classic side dish for holiday dinners but hasselback butternut squash is about to rock your world!
The awesome thing about this technique is it allows all the flavors to seep in and soak into each layer making it even more flavorful. Your friends will surely beg you for this recipe.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/hasselback-butternut-squash-roasted-side-dish/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Bacon makes everything better, right? So why not add it to the main event, the turkey! A juicy tender turkey is smothered in a sage-infused butter. What sets this recipe over the top is that the turkey is covered in strips of bacon.
This entrée will surely steal the spotlight this Christmas. Keep in mind, the turkey requires about 20 minutes to prep and then it’ll need about 3 hours to roast in the oven so be sure to give yourself enough time with this recipe.
https://www.fivehearthome.com/maple-glazed-turkey-with-bacon-and-sage-butter/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIVE HEART HOME
Green bean casserole is a holiday classic! Picky eater or not, it’s hard to resist that creamy sauce and savory fried onion topping.
This recipe is from scratch which means you won’t be using cans of soup or taking any other shortcuts, however, you will certainly taste the difference!
https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/11/21/creamy-green-bean-casserole-from-scratch/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SALLYS BAKING ADDICTION
Planning on serving chips and dip for a holiday appetizer? Then why not serve sugar cookie dip for dessert! It will certainly be a crowd favorite.
This sugar cookie dip is full of irresistibly sweet flavor. Garnish the dip with crumbled sugar cookies and sprinkles and then serve it with cut-up pound cake.
https://homemadehooplah.com/frosted-sugar-cookie-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOMEMADE HOOPLAH
These elegant bites would be a stunning addition to your table. They may look fancy but they’re actually incredibly easy to make.
With 3 simple ingredients and 25 minutes of your time, you’ll have this appetizer ready to eat in no time! Be sure to cook these cranberry brie bites in a muffin tin to turn this appetizer into the perfect finger food.
https://www.thecountrycook.net/cranberry-brie-bites/?utm_content=bufferbb374&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE COUNTRY COOK
It’s fun to throw in a few new and unique dishes to your Christmas feast but including classic dishes such as mashed potatoes is important too. Forget your old cooking methods and start using an Instant pot! This not only frees up space in your oven and stovetop but helps you cook quickly too!
These mashed potatoes are full of that wonderful garlic flavor and are perfectly creamy. Try it once and you’ll never want to cook them any other way.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/instant-pot-garlic-mashed-potatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Christmas is often full of delicious comfort foods but throwing in a few fresh dishes into the mix would be a great idea too. This cranberry almond broccoli salad is full of fresh flavor and crunchy texture.
Along with instructions to assemble the salad, you’ll also be provided with a homemade citrus poppyseed dressing recipe. Everyone will go crazy for this salad!
https://www.thechunkychef.com/cranberry-almond-broccoli-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE CHUNKY CHEF
Trifle is an exciting dessert because it’s full of layers and delicious flavor. This recipe puts a fun Christmas spin on a classic trifle and your friends will love it!
Luscious red velvet cake is layered with a peppermint cream cheese filling and complemented with mint Oreos, Cool Whip, and peppermint candies.
https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/peppermint-cheesecake-trifle/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TASTE OF LIZZY T
While you nibble on your gingerbread cookies this holiday season, make this delicious gingerbread cheesecake trifle to share at your next Christmas party! It’s not only flavorful but it’s stunning too.
This no-bake dessert contains layers of crushed gingerbread cookies, cream cheese frosting, luxurious caramel sauce, and whipped cream and it comes together in a hurry. Just don’t be surprised when there aren’t any leftovers!
https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/12/10/gingerbread-cheesecake-trifle/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE LOVE AND SUGAR
Meatballs make great appetizers, especially for parties! So set it and forget it this holiday season and make a batch of these drunken bourbon whiskey meatballs.
A package of frozen meatballs is smothered in a drunken bourbon whiskey sauce and then is cooked low and slow. Your friends and family will take one bite and will be back for seconds and thirds!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/crockpot-drunken-bourbon-whiskey-meatballs/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
The oven is prime real estate, so free up some space and cook your main course in a slow cooker! It may take about 6 to 8 hours to cook but most of that time is spent unsupervised so you can enjoy more time at the party.
The ham is smothered in a delicious honey glaze that truly sets the flavor over the top. Just be sure to baste the ham every few hours to achieve maximum flavor.
https://wholefully.com/slow-cooker-honey-glazed-ham/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLEFULLY
This cranberry fluff is easy to make and will surely please both children and adults alike. It only requires 6 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to prepare.
While this may seem like an odd side dish, you’ll love how perfectly the fresh cranberries and grapes complement the marshmallows and whipping cream. As a bonus, the festive color will fit in perfectly at your holiday party.
http://numstheword.com/cranberry-fluff/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: NUM’S THE WORD
Green beans can be boring on their own but wrap them in bacon and they’ll surely capture everyone’s attention. After all, who can resist a piece of salty, crispy bacon?
Garlic, brown sugar, and a dash of salt and pepper is all you’ll need to season these bundles. Keep in mind, it’s important to slightly cook the bacon before assembling the bundles.
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/bacon-green-bean-bundles/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPEND WITH PENNIES
Santa loves milk and cookies so there’s no question that your friends will love it too. These cookie shot glasses are so fun and a great way to get the party started!
You can garnish the cups with festive sprinkles or decadent chocoalte — your choice! Finally, fill the edible cups with milk for kids and Baileys for the adults!
https://inspiredbycharm.com/milk-and-cookie-shots/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSPIRED BY CHARM
Sometimes the best appetizers are the ones with the least amount of ingredients. While this appetizer only requires a few ingredients, it still has an impressive flavor.
The garlic hummus is complemented with the sweet notes of the caramelized onions. Top with a sprig of rosemary for added beauty in the presentation.
http://wallflowerkitchen.com/hummus-caramelised-onion-crositini/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WALL FLOWER KITCHEN
Try something different this holiday season and share a vegetarian main entrée like this mushroom wellington! This recipe will certainly impress your meat-eating friends and family!
The filling is made from Dijon mustard, spinach, onions, and portabello mushrooms. Portabello mushrooms are an excellent substitute for meat because when cooked, they have a “meaty” texture.
https://www.deliciouseveryday.com/mushroom-wellington/ PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: DELICIOUS EVERYDAY
Tuna pickle boats are about to rock your world! This simple appetizer scoops tuna salad into a dill pickle.
As a bonus, this is also a keto-friendly recipe. The best part is that these pickle boats can come together in just 5 minutes and require 5 simple ingredients.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/low-carb-keto-tuna-pickle-boats/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Everyone has their own favorite traditional dishes for Christmas. One of the most popular side dishes is stuffing!
This homemade recipe is nothing like the store-bought boxed stuffing as its full of fresh flavor but thankfully it’s just as easy to prepare! Toss the ingredients into the slow cooker and set and forget it!
https://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2013/11/slow-cooker-stuffing-or-dressing-or.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE KITCHEN IS MY PLAYGROUND
Share a crimson red trifle with your dinner guests and they’ll be wowed. This cranberry trifle contains delicate layers of red and white and is flourishing in delicious flavors.
You’ll layer the trifle with fluffy pound cake, a tart cranberry sauce, and delicious homemade custard. This dessert deserves to be the centerpiece of your table!
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/cranberry-trifle-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPEND WITH PENNIES
Cheeseballs make great party appetizers but instead of creating one big cheese ball for everyone to dig into why not create these adorable mini cheese balls.
Roll the cheese balls in dried cranberries and sliced chives to create a festive red and green platter. The best thing about this recipe is it will only take you 10 minutes to put together.
https://www.momontimeout.com/cranberry-pecan-mini-goat-cheese-balls/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ON TIMEOUT
The great thing about potatoes is that there are so many ways to enjoy them. This recipe takes everything you love about baked potatoes and turns it into a delicious casserole.
This casserole starts with luxuriously creamy mashed potatoes and then is finished with the perfect toppings. Some great topping ideas are shredded cheese, chives, and bacon pieces.
https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/loaded-mashed-potato-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DINNER AT THE ZOO
Every holiday dinner has some type of dinner roll or biscuit. Share a basket of these cheddar bacon biscuits this Christmas and everyone will be begging you for the recipe.
These biscuits are buttery, cheesy, and perfectly fluffy. They’re full of flavor too thanks to ingredients like bacon, garlic, and sharp cheddar cheese.
https://damndelicious.net/2018/08/21/black-pepper-cheddar-bacon-biscuits/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DAMN DELICIOUS
This recipe puts a fun spin on traditional stuffing. Full of the classic flavors we love just in a fun little muffin form.
These stuffing muffins come together quickly with the help of a muffin tin. If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, these stuffins pack away perfectly for lunches too.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/stuffins-stuffing-muffins/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Apple pie has always been a huge staple during the Christmas season. Are you tired of serving the same boring apple pie year after year but can’t bring yourself to remove it from your dessert menu? If so, consider spicing up your dessert table with these salted caramel apple pie blondies.
Sweet flavors of apple pie are smothered in a dreamy caramel sauce – sounds delicious, right?
https://carlsbadcravings.com/caramel-apple-pie-blondies-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CARLS BAD CRAVINGS
People may not be drawn to a bowl of a salad but they will surely be drawn to a platter of salad on a stick! These cobb salad sticks include all the best ingredients of a cobb salad, from a hard-boiled egg to crispy bacon, and fresh tomatoes.
Be sure to serve the cobbs with this delicious homemade avocado ranch dip that truly sets this appetizer over the top. As a bonus, this is also a keto-friendly recipe.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/drool-worthy-keto-cobb-salad-on-a-stick/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Who says you have to save dessert for last? Serve this lemon meringue pie dip as an appetizer and watch it disappear quickly!
This dip is full of zesty flavors of lemon and sweet condensed milk. Top the dip with a beautiful homemade meringue and you could even add a few festive sprinkles on top too.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/easy-no-bake-lemon-meringue-pie-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Who could resist an ooey-gooey cheese dip? Why no one, of course! This Christmas, share a platter of this warm bacon cheese dip as an appetizer.
There are so many delicious and savory flavors that will seriously excite your taste buds. This dip will only get your belly and palate ready for the crave-worthy dishes that are to come.
https://www.momontimeout.com/baked-bacon-cheese-dip-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOM ON TIMEOUT
This impressive appetizer comes together in 22 minutes or less! You’ll need a few simple store-bought ingredients that help to make this recipe incredibly easy.
These eye-catching Caprese pastry bites will surely capture your guest’s attention. However, it’s the impeccable fresh flavors of mozzarella, pesto, and sun-dried tomato that will leave a lasting impression.
https://www.kitchensanctuary.com/caprese-pastry-bites/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=866307222_37121538_283525 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KITCHEN SANCTUARY
There’s nothing better than a nice glass of Bailey’s during the holiday season, right? We might have found something better such as this delicious Bailey’s ice cream cake!
The sweetness of the chocolate and Baileys combined with the cool freshness of the ice cream makes this mouth-watering dessert the perfect choice for any adult.
https://bluebowlrecipes.com/baileys-chocolate-ice-cream-cake/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BLUE BOWL RECIPES
If you love all things savory and garlicky, you’re going to love this recipe! These smashed sweet potato bites are crispy, buttery, cheesy, and irresistibly good.
While they may be crispy and savory on the outside, they are sweet and perfectly soft on the inside. Additionally, this is a twice-baked recipe but the time and effort you put into this side dish will be worth the wait.
https://cafedelites.com/garlic-butter-smashed-sweet-potatoes-with-parmesan/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CAFE DELITES
Prepare a bowl of ooey-gooey artichoke and spinach dip in a hurry using an Instant Pot! The delicious flavors of this dip are provided by ingredients like alfredo sauce mix, loads of cheese, and garlic powder!
By pressure cooking the dip you’ll be able to have it ready to eat very quickly! Once cooked, serve the dip in a bread bowl or with your favorite chips.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/drool-worthy-instant-pot-artichoke-and-spinach-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
The oven is considered prime real estate when it comes to Christmas dinner. Odds are the oven is already jam-packed thanks to a large turkey. Slow cookers come to the rescue to help you cook delicious side dishes effortlessly.
Ditch the canned creamed corn because this recipe is going to prove how easy it is to create a homemade version. Plus, the flavors are even more remarkable than the canned version anyway.
http://carlsbadcravings.com/slow-cooker-creamed-corn-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CARLS BAD CRAVINGS
Step up your turkey game and try this delicious apple pecan smoked turkey breast recipe. This recipe requires a few steps but the effort and time spent perfecting this turkey will be well worth the wait.
To start, you’ll need to soak the turkey in a lovely brine. Before smoking the turkey, you’ll need to apply a rub made from several fragrant seasonings. And finally, be sure to serve the turkey with a delicious homemade gravy.
https://ohsweetbasil.com/the-most-amazing-apple-pecan-smoked-turkey-breast-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: OH SWEET BASIL
Surprise your friends with a platter of these delicious copycat Big Mac Bites. The sliders feature a juicy beef patty and an authentic copycat Big Mac sauce that everyone will enjoy!
They come together quickly too which makes them the perfect quick and easy appetizer to throw together. You can also serve a keto-friendly option like these low-carb Big Mac bites!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/insanely-delicious-copycat-big-mac-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Brussels sprouts aren’t the most popular vegetable but the secret to making them great is to mix them with the right ingredients. If the bang-bang brussels sprouts didn’t entice you, try this roasted side dish!
This roasted side dish is made up of brussels sprouts, squash, pecans, and dried cranberries. A maple syrup drizzle sets the flavor over the top and helps to create the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.
https://juliasalbum.com/roasted-brussels-sprouts-cinnamon-butternut-squash-pecans-and-cranberries/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JULIA’S ALBUM
Apple sauce is another must-have dish for Christmas. Whether you prefer to have it during the main course, or as a dessert, it’s a wonderful and delicious addition to the menu.
Applesauce is actually quite easy to make especially if you cook it low and slow in a slow cooker, just like this recipe! This 4-ingredient recipe requires 15 minutes of prep time and 4 hours of hands-off time which means you’ll have more time to enjoy the party.
https://belleofthekitchen.com/2018/09/28/crockpot-cinnamon-applesauce-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BELLE OF THE KITCHEN
Charcuterie boards are a growing trend, especially for parties! While you could serve one at your next holiday get together, we highly encourage that you try making these charcuterie kabobs!
You and your friends will get to indulge in all the same ingredients you love about charcuterie but the kabobs make it easy to grab, go, and enjoy! We recommend serving the kabobs with delicious dips such as balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, or any dipping sauce you enjoy!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/quick-and-easy-party-pleasing-charcuterie-kabobs/ PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Sweet potato casserole is another holiday classic side dish. As we all know, sweet potatoes are naturally sweet so it’s only fitting to pair them with ingredients like marshmallows and brown sugar.
This side dish is so sweet, it’s almost like you’re eating dessert for dinner! While we usually save dessert for last, your guests will certainly appreciate digging into this irresistibly sweet side dish.
https://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/loaded-sweet-potato-casserole/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE, LOVE AND SUGAR
Deviled eggs are a crowd pleaser and are perfect for parties. But before you go and make your favorite deviled egg recipe, consider creating a deviled egg bar instead!
A deviled egg bar will allow your guests to build their own with toppings they enjoy. Some great topping ideas are assorted meats, herbs, cheeses, pickles, and more!
https://umamigirl.com/deviled-egg-bar/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-pug PHOTO AND RECIPE HERE: UMAMI GIRL