Instant Holiday Party Tips

Instant Holiday Party Tips

Have your friends ever stopped by for an impromptu holiday visit? Friends and family often show up at your home with little or no notice during the holidays. Be prepared for surprise visits by stocking your pantry with easy and delicious staples for any crowd.
Having delectable finger foods and appetizers readily available is the easiest way to throw together a fast party. Try picking up a nice set of hors d’oeuvre plates and bowls so you have plenty of dishware for serving. Also, have festive paper plates, plastic-ware and napkins readily available so you won’t have to worry about running out. For a more eco-friendly alternative, you can purchase bamboo disposable plate ware. These are biodegradable, made from renewable resources, and you can use them several times before tossing them in the trash.

Shopping List for an Instant Holiday Party


Nuts (pistachios, cashews, candied pecans)

Gourmet bread sticks and crackers

Marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms

Greek dips like humas or tzatziki

Colavita olive oil and balsamic vinegar (for dipping)

Hot cocoa with candy canes for stirring sticks

Boxed truffles and chocolates

A selection of soft and aged cheeses

Frozen cookie dough (bake fresh and have them gooey warm when guests arrive)

Soft drinks

Festive napkins

Paper or bamboo plates and utensils

Non-alcoholic beverages for adults, such as Fre alcohol-removed wine

Your favorite Sutter Home wines and be sure to include a variety of red, white and blush wines.

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