Christmas Party

Whether you're in charge of the office Christmas party or you're hosting a crowd at home, you'll find what you need in these party recipes. From recipes for elegant buffet menus to snacks and spreads and even potluck ideas, we make Christmas party planning easier.

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Holiday Hosting: Festive Christmas Party Ideas

Hosting a Christmas party is a hallmark of the holiday season, but there's no reason to be stressed about throwing one. You just need a few key recipes to impress your guests and keep them feeling the spirit of the season. Start with a festive holiday cocktail (sparkling wine is always a winner!)

Walnuts Add a Healthy Touch to Easy Christmas Party Recipes

The holidays are upon us; please set your scales back ten pounds. Yes, it's that special time of year when we go to dinners and parties, take pleasure in decadently delicious food, and then feel guilty about it until January rolls around. But it doesn't have to be that way.

9 New Year's Appetizers to Throw Together NOW

So Christmas wasn't enough! Last I heard, there was some kind of party-type deal this week as well. Who made up this schedule?

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pecan Balls

Look familiar? These Pecan Balls are the ultimate Christmas cookie. They're been around forever, and you're certain to have seen them more than once on the holiday table.

Gumdrop Wreath

Family Circle

Turn edible candies into a fun door or wall decoration with this easy and sweet wreath project.

Meringue Snowflakes

Ladies' Home Journal

Pipe the meringue into pretty snowflakes for this fun holiday dessert.

Total: 2 hrs

Christmas Snack Mix

Betty Crocker

Try this Christmas snack mix recipe from Betty Crocker.

Total: 10 mins

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches -- A Sweet Christmas Treat

How will your Christmas Party stand out from the rest? (Hint: It has nothing to do with wearing lampshades on your head after a few holiday libations.) Here's a tip: Your party will rock -- or roll down hill -- depending on the food you serve.

Sparkle on the Side: Side Dish Recipes for Christmas Dinner

Christmas is delightful for all kinds of reasons--glittering decorations, time with loved ones, the gifts (!)--but for many of us, the best part of the season is the food. The entire month of December is filled with amazing dishes, from delicate party appetizers to heaping trays of Christmas cookies at family gatherings.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Eggnog Wreaths with Nutmeg Glaze

Eggnog is a little like fruitcake: Everybody has it on hand but does anybody really want to partake of either of these two laugh-line Christmas classics? There's just something so ... so ...

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes

A plate of Reindeer Gingerbread Creme cookies, left near the fireplace on Christmas eve, is perhaps the best way to ensure Santa's arrival at your house. Santa's affection for reindeer is well-documented, but more to the point, he could never pass up this spicy, sweet gingerbread (click here for other Christmas Gingerbread recipes) -- the perfect way to pay homage to his favorite helpers. And Santa won't be the only one indulging in the tasty Christmas treats.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: White Chocolate and Nutmeg Bars

White chocolate is super-rich and supersweet. After all, it's almost pure cocoa butter. That's why it's the perfect foil for those tart little flavor bombs called cranberries.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Dulce de Leche Thumbprints

At this year's Christmas party, make sure every guest has a good set of prints -- Dulce de Leche Chocolate-Chip Thumbprints, that is. These heavenly rich butter cookies deliver an ever-so-sweet surprise of creamy chocolate with each bite, making them almost impossible to resist. You'll want to make plenty -- they're as easy as can be -- and even send people home with some.

Shrimp Teriyaki Skewers with Bacon: Best Holiday Appetizer Ever!

For Christmas party entertaining and all the way through the New Year's Eve festivities, we are riding to holiday heaven on the Skewers of Glory -- until each and every guest passes out from overeating! YA-HOOOOOO! These gorgeous appetizers just went up on The Pioneer Woman Cooks; they're also in Ree Drummond's (the Pioneer Woman herself) new 2013 cookbook, A Year of Holidays.

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Sandies

It's a good thing our recipe for Christmas Sandies yields up to 144 cookies: the bright, buttery flavor of these holidays treats is so irresistible that it's impossible to eat just one. Flavored with cranberry and a bit of lemon peel, Christmas Sandies are a bite-size holiday staple. Whether you serve them by the dozen at a holiday party or freeze the dough to make small batches of the cookies later, sandies are here to serve your needs -- and your taste buds!

Chili-Chocolate Crinkles

Ladies' Home Journal

Cayenne pepper and chili powder are the secret ingredients in these rich chocolate cookies.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Cinnamon-Sugar Roll Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens
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