Tips for a fun (and full) holiday party!
By Alli of Made with Happy, December 17, 2015
My absolute favorite things about the holidays are the parties where I’m able to spend time with family and friends. My least favorite thing about the holidays? How much there is to do and how little time you have to do it.
To help combat the busy, I’ve put together a few sure fire tips to simplify your party hosting duties.
- No games, just fun!
Holiday parties are for catching up and socializing, so when you’re with close friends and family, don’t worry about providing activities or games for your guests. Make sure you have some fun HAPPY music going and you are set!
- Limit the drink selection and let the food be the hero
Unless you already have a stocked bar, then you are set, but for everyone else, I find it is a thousand times easier to serve wine, beer, soda and water. If you want to step it up a notch, then offer up one signature drink for the night. By limiting your selections, you do not have to go through the trouble and expense of buy all sorts of beverages. Annnnd, you can focus on the most important thing (in our opinion) — the food.
- Serve heavy appetizers instead of a full entree
Again, your party-goers are there to talk and socialize, so serving finger food appetizers makes it possible for people to do just that!
I start with Schwans.com, so I can have food delivered right to my door and avoid the crazy holiday shopping centers.
Using their wonderful Oven Baked Chicken Breasts, I create Chicken Parmesan Bites. They’re one of my favorite heavy appetizers because they’re simple to make, delicious and your guests will only need a couple to stay full.
Here is how you make them!
- Preparation Time 10 minutes
- Total Cook Time 40 minutes
- Number of Servings: 12
- 3 oven baked chicken breasts
- 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed
- Shredded Parmesan
- 1 cup marina sauce
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the 3 frozen chicken breasts into microwave for 1 minute. This will slightly defrost the chicken enough to cut but not to cook. Cut into 1 inch cubes.
In a medium bowl combine breadcrumbs and melted butter.
Spray mini-muffin pan with cooking spray. Scoop approximately a teaspoon of breadcrumb mixture to each of the muffin tins and press down creating a bottom crust.
Next, place a cubed piece of chicken into each tin. Top with 1-2 pieces of mozzarella.
Into the oven for 15-20 minutes. With 5 minutes left to cook, pull bites out and add Parmesan cheese to the top of each bite. Back into the oven until golden brown.
Serve with bowl of marina sauce.
Happy holiday entertaining!
Read more on food, family and home at Alli’s blog, Made with Happy.