My holiday party has become an annual tradition among my group of friends, and I think they enjoy it almost as much as I do.  I love entertaining, and it is great fun to have all of my friends in one place at the same time!  Of course it is also a wonderful opportunity for me to try lots of new recipes that I might not normally make on a regular day.  I have a lot of fun cooking and baking for such a large event, as it allows me to organize and plan every little detail, and requires me to be in the kitchen for several days in a row!  I do a pretty good job of spreading out all the work over a few days so the day of the party isn’t too crazy.  Inevitably the last few hours are fairly hectic but I actually sort of enjoy that and (nerd alert!) I pretend I am an Iron Chef, rushing to complete and plate everything before the final buzzer :)

To avoid an insanely long post including every recipe, I will simply link to those that I can.  Almost every recipe that isn’t linked is from the cookbook Holiday Entertaining by Williams Sonoma.   I will try to feature some of my favorite dishes individually at a later date.  As far as savory items go, the stuffed mushrooms are ALWAYS the most popular thing I serve and are gone in a flash.  Of the sweet fare, the favorite of the night was the cookie dough truffles.  They were a huge hit!  My menu is below.

(Note: please excuse the blurry picture.  I ran out of time before the party so Ben took the picture while I made myself presentable!)

Holiday Party 2008
Savory Appetizers:
Roasted red pepper pesto crostini
Cheese straws
Stuffed mushrooms
Fresh fruit platter (green grapes, pineapple chunks, strawberries)
Caramelized onion brie tartlettes
Crudites and dip
Panini bites (ham & swiss, turkey, pesto & fontina)
Bacon-wrapped jalapenos

Dessert Items:
Truffles: cookie dough, white chocolate cranberry
Cookies: sugar cookies with royal icing, chocolate turtle cookies, chocolate peppermint cookies
Cheesecake bites with strawberry and blueberry toppings
Peppermint bark
Chocolate peanut butter popcorn

assorted soda
a selection of wine
hot mulled cider

  • Avi

    That spread looks amazing! Where did you purchase the serving ware/platters? I am a vocal performance major preparing to give a solo recital in March, and of course, I am also thinking about whether or not to hire a caterer or make the food myself…

  • joelen

    Looks like a great spread! Good to see your PC stand on your holiday table! I have yet to use the 2 3-tiered PC Simple Addition Stands and 2 rectangular PC Simple Addition Stands I have so thank for motivating me to use them.

  • Looks great! What a great variety of items.

  • Looks like you really went all out for your party! I’m sure your friends enjoyed not only the food, but time with the hostess as well!

  • What a great menu, Annie. It sounds like you had just as much fun preparing for the party as you did at the party! An all around success!!

  • Laura

    Everything looks fantastic! Hope you are having a great Holiday season! : )

  • What a fabulous menu! I’m sure everything was fantastic and you were the hostess with the mostess ;-)

  • I made the cookie dough truffles last night for a party tonight… they are devine!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!