We know that party planning can be stressful. If hosting a sit-down dinner puts too much on your plate, fret not! Appetizers, finger foods, and cheese platters are popular party choices and give your guests the option of creating their own plates. Or why not host a potluck? Choose a culinary theme for your potluck, or simply have everyone bring their favourite Christmas recipes. Who knows what kind of tasty treats you’ll get to sample?
Whatever your style, we have an abundance of festive holiday recipes to help inspire your Christmas party.
Festive Bites and Appetizers
Mini Walnut Spinach and Chicken Quiches: These delicate quiches are extraordinarily versatile. Enjoyed equally as an appetizer, brunch, or a light lunch, this recipe is well worth adding to your repertoire.
Chicken Insalata Caprese Party Picks: Combining the classic flavours of tomato, mozzarella, and basil with tangy olives and chicken makes a delicious bite that will impress your guests.
Chili Cranberry Fusion Meatballs: These meatballs can be prepped the night before. Put them in the slow cooker a few hours before your guests arrive for a sweet and spicy treat!
Chicken Tartlets with Cranberry Salsa: These bright and flavourful tartlets will make a stunning addition to your appetizer lineup, and they won’t take you long to whip up, either. Use frozen mini tart crusts and prepare the salsa the night before to have them ready in a pinch at your party.
Chicken and Brie Crostini: These creamy and crunchy bites take a little more time to whip up, but are worth every second. The tart cranberries pair well with the rich, creamy texture of the brie. They’ll be gone before you know it!
Chicken Rumaki with Maple Syrup Tamari: A simple yet decadent appetizer for bacon lovers! Cook the chicken the night before to remove that extra step when it comes time to prepare these savoury little gems.
Two Way Wings: This easy chicken wing recipe lets you make two favourite flavours at the same time – honey garlic and Buffalo. Perfect for any potluck or barbeque.
If you’re in favour of a traditional sit-down Christmas dinner, here are some festively delicious roast chicken recipes to wow your guests.
Christmas Truffle Chicken: This rich, truffle-infused roast chicken adds a culinary flair to the traditional, and is sure to impress.
Herb Roasted Chicken with Cranberry Barley Pilaf: This herb butter roasted chicken packs a punch of flavour. With a touch of brandy added to the stuffing, this dish becomes the perfect cold weather comfort meal.
Whole Roasted Chicken with Sage Butter and Maple Walnut Stuffing: Who needs air freshener? Just rub down a whole chicken with sage butter and stick it in the oven. The addition of walnuts to the stuffing gives it a nice crunch.
Christmas Foie Gras Chicken: This Christmas chicken is savoury, decadent, and packed with flavour. It is sure to be an instant classic.
Roast Chicken with Brown Lentil and Winter Squash Stuffing: This stuffing recipe is perfect for anyone following a gluten-free diet, and the mix of lentils, squash, and red pepper packs a punch of nutrients into this rich and hearty roast chicken dinner.
Roast Chicken with Outside Stuffing: The combination of apples, sweet potatoes, brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger give this recipe the sweet, aromatic touch of a comforting classic.
Whether you choose to host a cocktail party, potluck, or a full course meal, be sure to provide a variety of beverage options. Water, soda, juice, coffee, and tea should be available for designated drivers. And of course, don’t forget the eggnog!
Merry Christmas, everyone!