Tips & Techniques Christmas Holiday Cocktail Party
Holiday Cocktail Party
During the holidays, a cocktail party is an easy way to welcome friends and family into your home. Guests can serve themselves from a buffet, and you don't have to worry about preparing a complete meal.

Offer a selection of festive drinks, such as cranberry martinis and kir royale, plus an enticing array of hors d'oeuvres. We've chosen recipes that allow you to do much of the work in advance, so you can spend time with your guests instead of in the kitchen.

When planning an hors d'oeuvre menu, strive for a balance of hot and cold dishes as well as different colors, flavors and textures so your guests can sample a variety of foods. Our spiced shrimp cigars are served hot from the oven, while stuffed cremini mushrooms can be eaten warm or at room temperature. For something lighter, try Indian-spiced mixed nuts or classic crudités, which showcase winter's fresh fruits and vegetables. Oysters and caviar are always a luxurious addition to the menu.

With this impressive spread, we know your guests will pay you the ultimate compliment—they'll keep coming back for more.