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How to Plan and Shop for a Christmas Open House

If you are throwing a large party at Christmas time, you may feel overwhelmed. But here is a fabulous menu that feeds 25+ people. Most elements of this Christmas dinner can be made ahead, leaving the day of the party very manageable. With a few chafing dishes, borrowed or rented, and maybe a warming tray, you can just set the food out and forget about it for the duration of the party. The menu, shopping list and tips for putting the meal together are included here.

This is a large party, and some of the recipes need to be doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled.

How to Make Caramelized Onion Dip

Onion dip is a party staple. To dress up this classic dip for Christmas gathering use caramelized onions. After tasting this recipe, you will never make onion dip with soup mix again. [more…]

How to Make a Three-Cheese Cheese Ball

One way to keep holiday entertaining costs low is to have a party with appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner. This Three-Cheese Cheese Ball is a perfect party food. Cheddar, port, and blue cheese combine [more…]

Whole Roasted Garlic with French Bread

Whole roasted garlic has a deceptively sweet and slightly nutty flavor. — not strong and pungent as you might expect. Roasted garlic is an easy, inexpensive appetizer for Christmas gatherings. Garlic becomes [more…]

How to Make Shrimp Cocktail with Two Sauces

Christmas is a time to indulge both ourselves and our guests. If you're on a budget and want to serve one special treat at your Christmas gathering, shrimp fills the bill. There’s nothing wrong with a [more…]

How to Make Fresh Ham with Gravy for Christmas Dinner

Fresh ham with herb gravy is a great choice for Christmas dinner, especially if you have a crowd. Served with mashed potatoes, roasted apples or pears, and a green veggie, ham can make a festive holiday [more…]

How to Make Velvety Rich Spinach Lasagna

You may not think of lasagna for Christmas dinner, but it’s a real crowd pleaser that's inexpensive to make. This meatless recipe for spinach lasagna is a great make-ahead dish that you can freeze and [more…]

How to Make Yuletide Biscuits

Biscuits are easy to make and these Yuletide biscuits are great for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in place of store-bought breads. But you can serve them with almost any dinner or brunch to add [more…]

Gingered Pear Sauce

To make this gingered-pear sauce, make sure the pears are ripe to take advantage of their flavor, which will intensify upon roasting. This sauce goes great with ham. The technique of roasting works fantastically [more…]

Christmas Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a Christmas time classic and a great addition to Brussels sprouts. These glossy brown nuts are harvested in the fall. Before eating, they must be peeled and cooked. The following recipe takes [more…]

How to Make Pear-Almond Trifle

This pear-almond trifle makes a show-stopping dessert for your Christmas gatherings. Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients or the assembly instructions. This pear trifle is easy to make and [more…]

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake

This creamy pumpkin cheesecake is a special treat. Serve it at Thanksgiving or at a Christmas gathering and be prepared to get compliments. It sits on a gingersnap crust and is crowned by a creamy sour [more…]

How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Although you can buy ready-made pie crusts, making your own is easy and they’ll taste better too. Use this recipe during the holidays — or any time — for making pies. This recipe can be used for two pumpkin [more…]

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a holiday classic. Christmas or Thanksgiving meals may not be complete without one. But this is not your average pecan pie. It’s still rich and gooey, but it has chocolate added for good measure [more…]

How to Make Eggnog for Christmas Gatherings

Eggnog is a traditionally offering at Christmas time. This eggnog version is alcohol rich for the adults in the crowd. This recipe makes a large amount, perfect for an open house party. Feel free to cut [more…]

How to Make Mulled Cider for Christmas Gatherings

Nothing warms you up faster than a steaming cup of hot cider. The aroma fills the house and just says “Christmas.” Give this drink to the kids on a cold winter morning while you’re sipping coffee or after [more…]

Menu and Shopping List for Christmas Open House for 25+

If you are planning to feed a large group you might want to depend on a ready-made menu. To make it easy to plan your Christmas open house for 25+ people, here’s a menu and a shopping list. [more…]

Preparing a Christmas Open House Dinner for 25+

Most elements of this Christmas open-house menu can be made ahead, leaving the day of the party very manageable. With a few chafing dishes, borrowed or rented, and maybe a warming tray, you can just set [more…]

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