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Host a Holiday Cocktail Party

With all the entertaining and socializing this season, a relaxed "drop-in-when-you-can" invitation is always the most welcome. Keep the menu casual too and consider hosting a laid-back holiday cocktail party! Think well-mixed drinks and appetizer-style food--the more playful, the better. Stefano has just the recipes to make your event a success.

His utensil-free bites, skewers and nibbles are great options to keep your guests' hands free for a sweet punch. Set dishes out in strategic locations around your house so people are encouraged to move around and mingle. Don't forget to set out napkins (candy cane or other seasonal prints allowed!) within easy reach of the food and set out small dishes for collecting discarded sticks and olive pits. The best part about a party like this is that without a huge feast to think about, you'll be just as relaxed as your guests who slip in and out throughout the night!

Get everyone in the spirit and host a holiday cocktail party with any of these fun recipes:

Drinks

Classic Cosmopolitan
White Sangria with Raspberries
Pineapple Rum Punch

Food

The Best Cheese Sticks
Shrimp Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Mini BBQ Chicken Calzones
Prosciutto-Wrapped Potato Bites
Prosciutto, Pear and Arugula Rolls
Curry Lamb Pockets
Mini Meatball Sliders
Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Endive with Smoked Salmon Appetizer
Stefano's Lobster Roll


Find these and other great Holiday entertaining ideas and recipes at In The Kitchen with Stefano