Holiday House Party — The Menu

Christmas Story family eats Chinese on Christmas

There were many kitchen mishaps, but at least we didn't have to call out for Chinese.

There’s something about Christmas that makes me want to overextend myself. So, when planning my party last weekend, I tried very, very hard not to end up with dough on my hands, guests walking in the door and something burning away in the oven.  I tried to keep it simple.

Still the party went off like a Top Chef competition. No, I didn’t slice my finger open with a razor sharp German-made chef’s knife. But in my frantic attempt to cook for 20 in only 3 hours (after having my kitchen renovations finished the day before), I did dump a tray full of rendered bacon fat on the floor, knock over a glass of wine and preheat the oven with a plastic baggy of screws inside (note to self: after buying appliances on Craigslist, be sure look inside the over before using it) which promptly melted to the bottom and started smoking.

Even though I was about ready to pass out on the couch in front of the TV by the time the guests arrived, the food did get on the table, and everything was  devoured. Here’s the links, in case you want to whip up a disorganized Christmas party of your own:

The Menu

Bacon and Cheese dip: I think this was the biggest hit of the party. I picked this recipe because I was already making bacon for the mini BLTs below, so why not double it?  I believe this will be making a reappearance at Christmas Eve. Say, “heart attack.”

Pizza Balls – Thanks to another blogger for posting this recipe online, which I actually got out of Every Day Food Magazine (by Martha Stewart –  I shutter to admit).  I made the spinach ones she posted here. I also got creative and made a cheddar and ham batch. Both were good, but the Trader Joe’s pizza dough was sticky and difficult to work with.

Mini BLTs – Made with Martha Stewart’s puff pastry recipe, this was husband’s contribution to the party. So no comments. Awww look how cute they look on the website.

Hummos dip -It’s red, green and Mediterranean.  Every party needs some food that isn’t going to cause an angioplasty. I left out the cream cheese.

Snicker Doodles – I don’t “do cookies.” This baking stuff is for sissies, who actually like measuring. I had a mix, but making them from scratch doesn’t seem that much harder.

Mulled wine – I think the stuff I buy premade (again from Trader Joe’s) actually tastes better, but I didn’t want to spend the $7.99 a bottle on my guests, who I knew would guzzle it down.  Still searching for a good recipe.

We are hosting Christmas Eve this year, so I’ll post what I made later. Wish me luck!


  1. It was a success! And the bacon dip was awesome. I wiped the last of it from the bowl with my finger.

  2. Some really interesting points you have written. Aided me a lot, just what I was looking for : D.

  3. I’ve had nothing but bad experiences trying to make my own dough, and only so-so with grocery store dough, and have found getting dough straight from pizzerias the best by far. I’ve never had a pizzeria person turn me down, and it’s just as cheap as store bought but much fresher and easier to work with.

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