Anyone can throw a party over the holidays, but why not add some themed elements to make it more festive. For a recent event, I hosted I had to add some flair to the ordinary items like a ranch cheese ball made to look like a snowman.
I am sharing some quick holiday party ideas that are sure to provide just that extra touch
For beverages: I added little candy canes to the glasses. These were fruit-flavored so it would not take away for the flavor of this festive drink: Rudolph’s nose. You can also add sugar to the rim of glasses.
Simply dip the tops of the glasses in water then dip then in a colored sugar of choice.
How to Make Cocktails in Bulk
To make it easier on me, I mixed enough mixers to make 8 glasses and just shook them in the cocktail shaker and then put it into a pitcher for the party. Store it in the fridge.
This saves time for having to measure and mix each glass. Serve in champagne flutes.
To make one Rudolph’s Nose Drink:
1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. triple sec
1 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. orange juice
1 or 2 raspberries or cranberries
Brut champagne or sparkling wine
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice,
and cherry juice. Mix well and add to flutes/ glasses.
Add a few raspberries/ cranberries and orange slice into the glass then top with champagne.
Be sure to check out our 20 Festive Holiday Cocktail post.
Melting Ranch Snowman Spread
We have updated this post but this was our first one!
I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home which was a full snowman but did not need that much cheese. I just make 1/2 the recipe. If you are having a larger group make the entire recipe and divide the cheeseballs into 2 different sized balls.
Snowman Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
2 pkgs (8oz each) cream cheese softened
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Brown Mustard
assorted decorations, olives, pretzel sticks, peppers, crackers, raisins, carrot, peppercorn
Melting Snowman Ranch Cheese Ball
Yield: 20 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
A flavorful and festive cheese ball for the winter holiday season. A melting snowman is a fun way to serve a cheese ball
- 2 pkgs (8oz each) cream cheese softened
- 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1- 2 tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
- assorted decorations, olives, pretzel sticks, peppers, crackers, raisins, carrot, peppercorn
- In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. add the dressing mix, mustard, and mix well. Add the shredded cheese.
- Shape into two balls or one ball for melting snowman. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hrs. ( I made a few days in advance)
- For melting snowman add a little ball on top to resemble the head.
- To make the hat, use cream cheese in between the crackers.
Nutrition InformationYield 20 Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving Calories 53Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 9mgSodium 90mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 2g
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