Holiday Recipes – a punch and a few appetizers for your party

by Melinda

One of the highlights of the  Christmas season is the parties. Hosting a party involves several decisions.  Two decisions are: What holiday beverages to serve and what appetizers?


In keeping with my theme of an olde fashioned Christmas, I selected these from a book I found published in the early 1960’s (The Calvert Party Encyclopedia).  Hey; that’s going back almost 50 years.  Surely there’s some nostalgia for you from that era. (Smile)

On to the recipes.

A “punch” is a convenient holiday beverage to serve.  Your guests can serve themselves.  It’s distinctive because not too many people offer a punch at their parties anymore.

Plus you can make it very festive with shaped blocks of ice in the punch bowl (e.g., a star), and sprigs of holly around the outside base of the bowl.

Whiskey Punch (This was one of the most famous and widely used punch recipes of the time.)

1 quart Calvert Extra whiskeyFestive Punch for Holiday Party
1 1/2 ounce Curacao
Juice of 3 Lemons
Juice of 4 Oranges
1 Tablespoon Sugar

Mix ingredients.  Pour over block of ice in punch bowl.  Add fruits as desired plus 1 quart chilled soda or iced teas.  Serve in punch cups. (Serves 13)

Good food goes hand-in-hand with good drink and good company.  Colorful and tempting snacks give any holiday party a big lift.  By the way, I have a number of very special recipes in the premium bonus Olde-Time Christmas Crafts, Games & Recipes.

Here are 2 appetizer recipes:

Ham Balls

Combine 6 chopped, hard-cooked eggs; 1 Tbs minced chives or onions; 1/2 cup ground cooked ham; ground pepper; and 1/4 cup mayonnaise.  Shape into small balls.  Roll balls in 2/3 cup of chopped walnuts.

French-Dressed Mushrooms

Drain juice from canned mushrooms (and I think you could just as easily use fresh mushrooms from the grocery store).  Add French dressing to mushrooms.  Chill well.  Drain and serve on toothpicks.

I’ll roll out more recipes for your holiday party as the season draws near. But here are a few more holiday party appetizer recipes you can get right now.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? I’d love to have you share it by adding a comment to this blog.

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