Rock Around Your Christmas Tree: Execute a Holiday Party to Remember

There are few pleasures greater in life than celebrating the holiday season with your family and friends over food and drinks. It's fun to host a party, but it can also be time-consuming and labor-intensive to prepare a classic, traditional menu.

Try infusing some changes into your kitchen! Instead of preparing the same old dishes, try some new alternatives! Below are our latest obsessions. With subtle twists from what we used to know, these recipes are real crowd pleasers. We hope they’ll make your holiday a little more special.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms via Guilty Kitchen

If you get overwhelmed with the amount of meat consumed during the holiday, vegetables are wonderful alternatives. Take advantage of tasty seasonal veggies and try out this hearty stuffed mushroom dish.

If you're a vegetarian or vegan, this recipe is spot-on. A mixture of minced garlic, onion, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and cheeses on top of a scrumptious Portobello mushroom, served with healthy and hearty quinoa; we guarantee your crowd will be impressed.

Roasted Carrot, Chickpea and Harissa Dip via The First Mess

Snacks are a must-have for any party and are social dishes that never fail to bring people closer. Why not kick things off with the roasted carrot, chickpea and harissa dip?

Imagine the sweet carrots combined with the savory chickpeas; some dabs of fiery harissa; along with crunchy toasted pine nuts and crispy brussels sprout leaves. Don't get intimidated by the amount of ingredients. This bright orange dip is super easy to make, visually stunning, and packed with flavor.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch via

As if we need more excuses to enjoy a good drink, this sparkling pomegranate punch is an uplifting take for a holiday party. It's a fine blend of favorite winter fruits, pomegranate, and the bubbling sweetness of still and sparkling wine. You only need fifteen minutes to prepare this playful drink. Welcome your guests with a glass of refreshing pomegranate punch and watch the drink works its magic.

Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Chocolate via Food Network

You can’t go wrong with hot chocolate. If you’re having kids around or looking for a non-alcoholic option, check out this peppermint hot chocolate made in a slow cooker. Add some mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candies for a final touch and feel the enriching Christmas spirit in every sip.

No-Bake Fluffy Cranberry Pie via White on Rice Couple

What can you do when the thermostat reaches its peak and the last thing you want is a broiling oven? You can’t give up on desserts (we can’t, either!).


Well, looks like this no-bake fluffy cranberry pie with graham cracker crust is the perfect solution. There you have it – no heat torture. The result is a creamy, filling, and mouthwatering pie that will make people ask for more.

Do these recipes make you want to roll up your sleeves and head to the kitchen? We can’t wait to try the, too! With the biggest holiday around the corner, we at Hammock Pack wish you a fabulous and joyful time.


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