Marley Majcher's Holiday Party Tips
Sparkling Raspberry Brie Bites
Makes about 16
2 cups fresh red raspberries
1 cup good maple syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
8 oz Brie cheese
Cranberry chutney or cranberry relish
Fresh mint for garnish
1. Rinse raspberries and place in a medium bowl.
2. Heat syrup in a small sauce pan just until warm.
3. Pour over raspberries when syrup is warm, not hot, or raspberries may pop.
4. Cool, cover, and let soak in the refrigerator overnight.
5. Drain raspberries in a colander.
6. Place sugar in a large bowl or baking dish.
7. Add raspberries in 2 batches and roll around until lightly coated in sugar.
8. Place on a baking sheet until dry, about 1 hour.
9. Assemble crackers with one slice of brie, a light layer of cranberry chutney, and 4 or 5 sugared raspberries.
10. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
Hot Chocolate Bar
Provide your guests with some yummy hot cocoa and let them add their favorite toppings! Be sure to include crushed peppermint sticks, marshmallows, crumbled Oreos, chocolate chips, Heath Bar crumbles, and whatever else strikes your fancy! Don’t forget the peppermint syrup for those in the mood for peppermint hot chocolate. Another fun addition is "elf donuts!" Simply coat Cheerios in melted white or milk chocolate, add sprinkles and refrigerate to harden frosting. When the donuts are ready, let guests throw them into their cocoa for a fun and sweet treat.
Create a Mint-Tini using white crème de menthe, gin and mint leaves. Rim the martini glass with crushed candy canes for a festive look! For a virgin-tini, ditch the alcohol and serve up club soda with peppermint syrup and fresh mint leaves for garnish. Don't forget the peppermint rim!
Santa always gets the cookies but what about the reindeer? Provide cute holiday cello bags for kids to fill up with uncooked oatmeal, sugar and red or green sugar crystals. Have them sprinkle it on their lawn Christmas Eve for the reindeer to enjoy on their journey.
Name Place Holders
Instead of the typical name on a paper place-card, do something fun and festive enough to glam up the table. Think individual snowflakes, ornaments or mini bottles of champagne with a beautiful ribbon. Then let your guests take their name place holder home, it's personalized and unique to them.
Place individual sweets on a pedestal in the middle of each table double as décor and dessert. Picture candy apples dipped in caramel or chocolate and then individually wrapped in cellophane with beautiful ribbon and nested among evergreen sprigs. Fabulous cake pops and bon-bons in holiday colors will add a great look to any table.
Super simple place settings
Buy your favorite satin ribbon in any color or to match your china & wrap it around the dinner/salad/dessert plates at each place setting.
Creative Decorating Ideas
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Fill any hurricane lamp or vase with pretty holiday candies or red and white peppermints.
Fill a lantern with Christmas tree ornaments that sparkle and shine.
Hang a pretty monogram / initial ornament around a candle.