Blog: Holiday Cocktail Party

Happy Holidays! People are always asking me about quick and simple ideas for cocktail party fare – hors d’oeuvre, appetizers, and small bites alongside soups, sweets and drinks. So, as we celebrate the holiday season this year, I wanted to share a list of recipes that you can whip up for any occasion. 


Hors d’oeuvre, Appetizers, and Small Bites

BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs

Black Bean Hummus

Caprese Tartlets (ideas for different fillings in my cookbook!)

Mock Mascarpone Crostini

Spicy Turkey Lollipops

Tuna Tapenade with Crostini

Simple Fritto Misto

Grilled Cheddar Cheese (cut up into bite-sized pieces)

You can also serve salads and pasta salads on the side – in a big bowl or even in individual cups.

And if you have my cookbook: Anything in the Appetizers & Snacks chapter! 



Take your favorite soup or gazpacho recipe and serve as shooters in small glasses or cups.

Chilled Carrot and Cauliflower Soup

Orange-Scented Carrot Soup

Rich Roasted Tomato Soup

White Gazpacho

And if you have my cookbook: Roasted Tomato Winter Gazpacho and Creamy Any Veggie Soup

Sweets & Dessert

A dessert buffet is always a hit! Serve items that can easily be pre-cut or pre-portioned into bite-sized pieces or individual servings, so your guests can taste a little bit of everything.

Quick Cinnamon Apple Tarte

Applesauce Empanadas

Brown Butter Madeleines

Fun Fruit Sushi

Lemon Tea Cake

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Spicy Butterscotch Pudding

And if you have my cookbook: Double Chocolate Pound Cake, Fruit Salad with Lemon-Mint Syrup, Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips, and Orange Marmalade and Raspberry Jam Pochette Coockies


You can easily do alcoholic or non-alcoholic versions of any of these tasty drinks.

Cranberry Orange Spritzer

Non Alcoholic Sangria

Lime Spritzer

Ginger Lemonade