Holiday Party Ideas for the Modern Host

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The holidays aren’t over until all the dishes are served! We shared our tips for the best ovens for holiday dishes and the best freezer-friendly holiday cookies, but now we have some holiday party ideas too. Keep reading for our tips on keeping things festive through the New Year!

1. Drinks

Cranberry Cocktails

We love this idea for cranberry cocktails from Better Homes and Gardens for two reasons: it’s super simple and totally tasty. All you have to do is mix one bottle of cranberry juice with a bottle of champagne! Not everyone loves the bubbliness of champagne though, so pull out a bottle of white wine from your Sub-Zero wine storage column to make a second batch. Serve them both with fresh cranberries and a touch of rosemary for festivity!

Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer

Southern Living has an excellent celebratory cocktail named after everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer. We love how easy this one is, too – all you have to do is combine orange juice, lemon-lime soft drink, cherry juice, and some vodka for this tasty drink! For a non-alcoholic option, simply leave out the vodka. Garnish this one with some rosemary too. Yum!

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2. Appetizers

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Our holiday party ideas for appetizers wouldn’t be complete without this tasty recipe for spinach-artichoke dip. Comfort food at its finest, the artichoke and spinach combines with the Parmesan, cheddar, and sour cream for a dip your guests will quickly eat right up. Serve with chips or pita bread! Get the full recipe at the Food Network.

Cheesy Pretzel Twists

Sally’s Baking Addiction always delivers with fun and easy recipes; this one for cheesy pretzel twists is another winner! Hot, buttery, golden goodness – and filled with cheese to boot? Even your most health-conscious guests will be drooling over these morsels.

Stick them in your built-in Wolf oven for 15-20 minutes or until they’re golden brown if you’re preparing them right before the party, but they will also keep frozen too: the prepared dough can be refrigerated for up to a day or will keep in the freezer for three months in an airtight container. Get the full recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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3. Games

New Year’s Resolution Guessing Game

Your holiday party isn’t complete without some fun games too – and we love this one for the New Year! With this game, you get to learn a bit about each other too. Simply ask your guests to write their resolutions down on slips of paper, collect them in a dish or jar, and then have them try to guess which ones belong to who!

Two Resolutions and a Lie

To continue on the New Year’s resolutions trend, we really like this fun twist on the classic party game Two Truths and a Lie. In that game, the player says, as the title suggests, two truths and the lies, while the guests have to figure out which one is the lie. This game is a fun take on that, except the statements are all your resolutions instead!

Our holiday party ideas are perfect for keeping the festivities going all the way into the New Year! The end of the year is a beautiful time to spend with friends and family, and your kitchen is vital to preparing for it. For all things kitchen, check out your local Monark showroom.

Photos except the header courtesy of Southern Living and Sally’s Baking Addiction respectively.

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