Holiday Festivities Made Easy

December 13th, 2013

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Holiday Festivities Made Easy Pacific Foods

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family. From family reunions to ugly sweater parties, we’re here to help you out. If you’re hosting your own holiday party this year, here are a few tips we’ve collected over the years.



Take your favorite soup (out of the carton or from one of our many recipes) and pour into small glasses. Each guest gets a soup shooter to start out the night! Garnish with key ingredients, bacon or seasonal veggies.

Or, add a complementary side dish to go with the soup course. We’re inspired by this curried pumpkin soup with stuffing balls recipe. We suggest serving elegant small sandwiches to go with it, or maybe some cranberry meatballs. Mini-tarts or puff pastries would pair deliciously if you have the extra prep time.

Serving a sweet and fluffy pumpkin dip might be the perfect side for your guests to snack on, too. Try this one from How to Nest for Less.



No holiday gathering is complete without a tray of desserts. This oatmeal crème brulee recipe is perfect for parties because you serve them in mini ramekins or mason jars. They’re classy and easy to make ahead. Just “brulee” right before serving warm.

Or, you could serve something a little more seasonal like Pumpkin Bread Pudding, Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars, or pumpkin cheesecakes.



We’ve got you covered with drinks that will surprise and delight your guests. Pumpkin, caramel, eggnog and much more! You can’t go wrong with any of these recipes. Try a salted caramel snickertini or pumpkin eggnog martini for the sweet-toothed and the non-dairy hot toddy or hot buttered hazelnut rum for a more traditional guest. On the non-alcoholic side, we suggest this caramel corn hot chocolate or our own creamy white hot chocolate.

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