Holiday Party Treats and Drinks

15 Jan

As I mentioned in my Holiday recap post, Kyle and I invited friends and family over for a Holiday Happy Hour party a couple of days after Christmas. My sister-in-law April was in town and helped me make some fun appetizers and drinks. Here are a few favorites:

Caprese Salad Bites

I spotted these on Pinterest and they came from a blog called Terri’s Table. You can make as many as you want and it could not be easier!

  • Basil leaves (washed and patted dry)
  • Boccioni sized fresh mozzarella or larger pieces of fresh mozzarella cut into bite sized pieces (patted dry with paper towels)
  • Grape tomatoes (washed)
  • Toothpicks
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar

String one end of a basil leaf onto a toothpick. Next add a mozzarella bite and a grape tomato. Then string the other end of the leaf. Spread on a platter and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar just before serving.

Stuffed Mushrooms

These are April’s recipe and they went lighting fast so be sure to make a bunch!

  • Baby bella or white mushrooms (cleaned and stems removed)
  • Boursin cheese
  • Cream cheese (low fat or fat free are fine)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red wine
  • Red wine vinegar

Soak mushrooms in half red wine, half red wine vinegar for 1-2 hours. Mix equal parts Boursin and cream cheese (you only put a very small amount in each mushroom so it does not take a lot). Add a couple tablespoons of grated parmesan to the cheese mix. Stuff each mushroom with about a half teaspoon or so of the cheese mix. Bake at 300° for 20-30 minutes, until warmed through.

Sugar Bacon

This is my Mom’s recipe – she served it at brunches and parties and it is always a hit! I made little bite sized pieces for the appetizers and they were great.

  • # bacon
  • dark brown sugar
Cut the bacon into smaller sizes, if you wish. On a plate or in a bowl, press brown sugar onto both sides of the bacon. Place on a foil lined baking sheet for easy cleanup (make sure the foil is heavy duty since sugar will stick). Add a twist to the bacon if you wish. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes until bacon is crisp and bubbly. Cool and serve at room temperature.

Pomegranate Cocktails

I wanted to have a Champagne cocktail and came up with this – it was super tasty and went quick! This amount makes about 1 pitcher:

  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1/2 lime

Mix ingredients in a pitcher, adding the juice of half a lime and some lime slivers – serve over one or two ice cubes in a wine glass. Yum!


Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Vodka

  • 1 can Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 64 oz milk
  • Smirnoff Marshmallow Vodka, as desired

We prepped the hot chocolate mix according to directions with milk in a medium sized crock pot. Once hot, serve in mugs and allow guests to add a shot of Marshmallow Vodka as they wish. The really good hot chocolate mix made this! Really yummy and warm.

Our holiday happy hour was so much fun – thanks to all our friends and family who stopped by to celebrate.


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2 Responses to “Holiday Party Treats and Drinks”

  1. The Chickpea Chickadee January 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    It all looks delicious. The Caprese Salad Bites look so pretty:)

  2. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home January 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    I agree, all the food looks so pretty and delish! You’re quite the hostess, my friend. 🙂

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