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Lauren Brennan

Let’s Party: Low Stress Holiday Parties

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season for parties and more parties. Are you planning on throwing a shindig? Well, if you are or even if you’re not, I’ve searched the BHG recipe archives for some of the tastiest and easiest party recipes that are sure to be a hit with family and friends no matter what the occasion is.

Appetizers: I think for the most part, holiday parties are made up of mostly appetizers. It’s so much easier to throw some of these together than a sit down dinner and you can have more of a variety laid out for your guests. All of these can be made in advance so you can keep things as organized and low stress as possible.

1. Crunchy Cracker Snack Mix/ 2. Roasted Garbanzo Beans/ 3. Wrap & Roll Basil Pinwheels/ 4.Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives/ 5. Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies/ 6. Mini Puffs with Goat Cheese and Herbs/ 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta/ 8. Stuffed Mushrooms/ 9. Crab Cakes

Drinks: Any party you go to or throw is bound to have a tasty drink or two! These are some of the more popular options I found on BHG:

1. Hot Scarlett Wine Punch/ 2. Raspberry Mojito Punch/ 3. Rosy Cheeks/ 4. Citrus Cider/5. Minty White Chocolate Egg Nog/ 6. Chocolate Blitzen

Main Courses: If you choose to do a main course for your party, here are some festive and easy meat options:

1. Easy Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin/ 2. Holiday Roast Goose/ 3. Cherry Stuffed Ham/ 4.Pecan Parmesan Pork with Port Sauce

Dessert: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some sort of cookie!  Here are some fabulous options perfect for any party that can all be made days in advance:

1. Eggnog Kringla/ 2. Gingersnap Logs/ 3. Giant Ginger Cookies/ 4.  Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies/ 5. Chocolate-Peppermint Meringue Kisses/ 6. No Bake Lemon Drops/ 7. Spritz Blossoms/ 8. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies/ 9. Almond Biscotti

 Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours!