When it comes to the holiday season, the calendar always gets packed with invitations to parties, dinners, cookie decorating events, and caroling. These gatherings add to the festiveness of the season, that special glow around all memories of Christmas’ past. It’s only natural that you want to host an event that adds to the seasonal glow of memories for years to come. As an Evite® Influencer, and with the help of NABISCO® and Target, I am excited to walk you through the steps to hosting an event where guests don’t just show up, they want to Be There™.
Start with Delicious Food
Every successful party starts with the menu. If you have deliciously executed recipes, you’ll always have the reputation of “ultimate party hostess”. And, the holidays are all about gift exchanging, and offering thoughtful and tasty treats is a gift on its own for your guests!
Today, your menu is planned for you! I have a fruit, nut, and cheese board that is equally delicious as it is visually appealing.
**Hostess Tip**If you want to ensure that every guest is happy and satisfied, pay attention to how I served the NABISCO crackers (the most important element of the cheese board). Be sure to find the best selection of TRISCUIT and RITZ Crackers and WHEAT THINS Snacks at Target!
Food and Fun Go Together
Finish up your menu with an activity. Yes, you read that right! For dessert, you don’t have to have the traditional sugar cookie or slice of pie. Why not have some fun while you create your dessert? It’s a great thing to do while the warm drinks are brewing.
Awake the child in everyone as you bring out the trays of supplies to create individual HONEY MAID Grahams Houses. With delicious grahams, fluffy white, snow-like frosting, and a variety of edible decorations.
**Hostess Tip:**Don’t forget to place extras for this tastebud-delighting purpose on the table. They are especially good dipped in milk, hot chocolate, and other delightful beverages. While you are filling your Target cart and maximizing your Target Cartwheel savings, don’t forget to get a wide variety of beverages to complement your HONEY MAID Grahams!
Festive Christmas Party + Holiday Recipes
In addition to the main-star menu, take a look at the beautiful tablescape that is easy to set up for any festive Christmas event.
Continue reading to get the full holiday recipes and instructions to create a party where guests have a perfect “glowing” time.
Easy HONEY MAID Grahams Holiday Houses
What You Need
18 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams
1 cup ready-to-spread white frosting
Suggested decorations: small candy canes, starlight mints or other holiday candies; holiday sprinkles; colored sugars; nonpareils; miniature marshmallows
Trim both corners off one end of each of 12 grahams for sloped roof of the house; reserve trimmed corners for later use.
Decorate houses with frosting and suggested decorations as desired.
Break remaining grahams in half to get 12 graham squares. Stand 1 decorated house on each graham square, using 1 of the reserved trimmed corners for support and securing all pieces with some of the remaining frosting.
Let stand 1 hour or until frosting is firm.
NABISCO Holiday Cheese Board
What You Need
1 cup seedless green and/or red grapes
1/4 cup superfine sugar, divided
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
5 oz. pepper Jack cheese, cut into cubes
4 oz. cheddar cheese, sliced
3 oz. nut-covered white cheddar cheese log, sliced
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup dried apricots
2 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into cubes
1/4 cup almonds
1 oz. Colby Jack cheese, cut into 3 wedges
8 to 10 fresh rosemary sprigs (4 inch)
1/2 stalk celery
Assorted NABISCO Crackers such as: RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT Crackers and WHEAT THINS Snacks
Rinse grapes with cold water; drain but let some water remain on the grapes.
Roll grapes in 2 Tbsp. sugar until evenly coated on all sides. Place in single layer on wire rack. Let stand 15 min. or until dried.
Repeat with cranberries and remaining sugar.Place sugared fruit along with all remaining ingredients except Colby Jack cheese, rosemary, celery and crackers in rows on large cheese board or platter to resemble a Christmas tree as shown in photo, starting first row of ingredients a few inches from bottom of board.
Arrange Colby Jack cheese wedges at top of tree to resemble a star. Insert rosemary sprigs between rows, then place celery stalk at bottom of tree for the trunk.
Serve with crackers
Prepare using your favorite varieties of cheese, planning on purchasing 1 oz. cheese for each serving.
Head on over to Evite® to start gathering guests for your own festive holiday party!
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