Hosting for the holidays? Try these recipes for appetizers, dips and salsas, entrees and cocktails for a few or for a crowd.


Condiments and sauces on butch block with assorted crackers

Add color and flavor to your holiday charcuterie or cheese board with these tasty spreads and toppings. Bonus: many of these recipes are large enough to share. They make great hostess gifts when presented in a pretty jar with the recipe attached.


Antipasto in square white dish surrounded by crackers, cheese and salami meat

Salsas are always a hit on an appetizer buffet or antipasto tray. This holiday season, try a fresh alternative to the jarred stuff that’s loaded with sodium and sugar. It really is easier than it sounds. Our recipes are big enough to feed a crowd. They will keep a few days in the fridge but are best eaten right away.



Entertaining during the holidays should be a joy for the host or hostess as well as guests. Whether you’re accommodating a crowd for several days or throwing one seasonal bash, these easy appetizers will help you prep less and enjoy more.


Hearty Chili

Baby, it’s cold outside. And when the temperature drops, nothing tastes as good as warm and wonderful comfort food. Gather your friends for a cozy evening of potluck featuring any of these easy recipes, all created with a crowd in mind.


Goulash with pasta

A spread of soups or pastas is an easy entertaining option on a cold winter night. Offer your guests two or more entrees to provide something delicious for everyone, including an option for the vegans in your group.


Soup flights for soup buffet

Soup’s on! When the weather turns cold, gather friends for a cozy night in and serve a heartwarming buffet of savory soups.

Hanky Panky cocktail on royal blue and gold napkin

Whether you’re hosting a holiday bash or just snuggling with your sweetie, these flavor-filled cocktails are the ideal way to warm your winter evenings.


Apple bourbon cocktail

Mix up a signature drink in a mason-jar shaker for guests who prefer pour-and-go simplicity. Try this seasonal sipper.


  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider
  • 6 12-oz bottles of ginger beer (Like Bundeberg or Free People)
  • Bourbon
  • Crushed ice
  • Apple slices as garnish

Add 1 cup apple cider, 1 cup ginger beer, ice, and ½ cup bourbon to cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with apple slice.
Note: You can leave out the bourbon for an alcohol-free beverage.


assorted holiday cocktail drinks in fancy drinking glasses

With company coming, you want to put your best entertaining foot forward and enjoy your party at the same time. The best solution? A cocktail or two that serves a crowd and keeps you away from non-stop bartending. Here are a few of our favorite alcoholic punch recipes.


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