The article gives tips on how to host a cocktail party near Christmas time, including the suggested time of day to have the party as well as what appetizers and drinks to serve. It also talks about having the food in a family room, perhaps near a Christmas tree. It discusses how to have appetizers that are easy such as cheese or items that are ready-made purchased at the grocery store. It also discusses setting up a wine tray.
- A cocktail party menu should be full of flavour but not overly complicated to prepare. Take advantage of gourmet food items and pre-packaged party food.
- Smoked Salmon canapes are one of my favourite things to eat. I made these on a base of thin refrigerated pizza dough.
- The holidays are the one time of year that I get really excited about sweets and desserts. Keeping the rule of “simplicity” I purchase holiday sweets that I could just open and serve.
“We used to do a girls gift exchange in our old neighbourhood. It was small and relaxed, and the gifts weren’t more than $10. With that as my inspiration, I created a cocktail party buffet with items that are easy to prepare.”