Cocktail parties are extremely popular around Christmas time. They offer a chance to enjoy delicious food, mingle with friends and family, and share lots of Christmas spirit. If you are expecting to hold a Christmas cocktail party at your home, setting the menu might seem like quite the challenge. To get you started, here are some quick menu ideas that can help the event planning process go extremely smoothly.
Citrus Pear Punch
Beverages are one of the most important items of any cocktail party, and citrus is especially delicious during the cold winter months. Citrus pear punch involves mixing equal parts of pear juice and a citrus juice of your choice (usually orange) and then flavoring it with a little bit of cinnamon. The punch bowl should be filled with ice to keep the drink cold, and some sliced oranges or limes can help maintain the citrus flavor for hours. This is by default a non-alcoholic punch, but it can be mixed with vodka, rum, or other liquor of your choice to become a delicious alcoholic punch.
Baked Brie and Walnuts
Brie is a soft, delicious cheese that responds well to heat. Try taking an entire cheese wheel, wrapping it with a puff pastry sheet, and adding walnuts, apples, and other garnishes as you wish. Once you’ve pinched off the pastry sheet to form a seal, you can put it in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes at 400 degrees. After cooking, let it cool for 10 minutes to give the cheese a chance to harden a bit, then serve.
Start by halving some plum tomatoes and roasting them in the over at 275 degrees until they are soft and slightly shrunken (about 1-2 hours). Then slice a large baguette along the bias and place the slices on a baking sheet. Add the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle thyme on top of them and roast for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until the baguette becomes golden brown.
These cocktail party recipes can be made while you are in the midst of other preparations. They are delicious, easy to make, and very popular with guests of all ages.