We have a new tradition for the holidays – throwing a Christmas party! It was so much fun and the time with friends and family made forever memories. I want to encourage you to reach out to those around you by sharing with you our Christmas party menu. We chose to bake everything and just have people drop by but you could easily have others bring their favorite plate of cookies too.
We attend a small church and invited everyone there, grape growing folks, neighbors and family. Basically, I just went down the list of people we know and called to invite them. I decided not to complicate it with mailed invitations because while they are nice, it is an added expense. Besides, I think the personal touch of a phone call is special.
Christmas Party Menu Timeline
First, we planned the menu and wrote down the list of cookies, cakes and goodies to serve. Once the list was made we went shopping to get the needed supplies. This included a trip to Hobby Lobby for party napkins.
Baking began a couple of weeks ago with cookies. Tripling and quadrupling recipes took time so one type was baked per day – with breaks in between. Oh, it was difficult to keep everyone from eating them! My lifeline was found in the extra refrigerator in our workroom, the “vegetable refrigerator”. It got its name because more often than not, it contains vegetables for juicing.
But, back to the Christmas party menu…
So, our 21 year old daughter did most of the baking with, of course, help from siblings. Once baked, the cookies were placed in airtight containers and put in the fridge. Out of sight, out of mind. Once the cookies were there, they were off limits!
Two days before the party, individual bundt lemon cakes were made (I’ll have to give you the recipe later) and layered in cake holders.
The day before the party we made dip for the chips, two salmon balls and started a 5 gallon pot of spice tea.
The day of the party was filled with dusting, cleaning and mopping the floors. I love a clean house!
The party started at 5 pm so we began putting out the goodies at 4:30 pm.
Christmas Party Menu
Here is our list of goodies for the party. A few of the recipes I have not posted yet but as I do I will update you.
- Angel Wings
- Sugar Cookies
- Sand Tarts
- Bourbon Balls
- Lemon Cakes
- Chips and Dip – I bought packets of Fiesta Ranch dip mix, mixed it with sour cream and voila!
- A variety of cheeses with crackers. I had Asiago, Swiss and Smoked Gouda.
- Sandwich fixings – Bread, an assortment of meats and cheeses on a tray along with mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard so folks could make their own.
- Spice Tea – For a 5 gallon pot, fill the pot 3/4 full of water. I use 2 1/2 cups loose tea in a cheesecloth bag to steep. Once steeped, add 3 lemons, 5 oranges (all sliced), about 3 cups sugar, a palm-full of cloves, 10 cinnamon sticks. These amounts can be adjusted to taste – you can’t make a good pot of spice tea without tasting it and adjusting the flavors!
It was a lot of fun and people stayed until 10:30 or 11:00 pm. Afterwards, we cleaned up and had another cup of coffee or spice tea and talked about the festivities.
There you have it – throwing a Christmas party does give you the chance to give to others but you get so much more in return – love and friendship!