Four Easy Recipes to Bring to Your Next Holiday PartyThe Newlywed Notebook

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November 2014

Easy Recipes to Bring to Your Next Holiday Party

Written by Lindsay Ropella

Well, it’s officially Thanksgiving week, which means that we will all be eating like crap for the next month. Hey, holiday calories don’t count, right? (Just like weekend calories and vacation calories, except holiday calories seem to be a little bit more lenient with the rules, and a little bit more dangerous to the waistline).

But really, I think we all do enjoy going to our various holiday parties, laughing and chatting with our family and friends, and stuffing our faces with yummy food. Some of us might be traveling out of town, some of us might be hanging around closer to home, some of us might be attending a very causal get together, and some of us may be attending a formal sit down meal. But whatever our own holiday party situation is, one this is for sure – we will be bringing a dish to share. And if you are attending multiple engagements over the next 4 or 5 weeks, you will probably have a couple dishes you have to prepare.

I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but I typically like it to be something quick and easy, especially around the hectic holiday season. So today, I thought it would be fun to assemble 4 different recipes that you can make for your next party! They are all very different from each other, but all are simple, easy, and can be made in less time than it takes to assemble your Christmas tree!
The holiday's can be a busy time with lots of parties to attend! Here are four easy recipes to bring to your next holiday party the next time you're stuck!
1: Mini Pumpkin Pies  |  Make and Takes shares on their website an ingenious twist on an old favorite. Pumpkin pie is the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert! It’s never been a particularly difficult dessert to make, but this individual pies are super easy, quick, and mess free!
2: Reindeer Chow  |  Marisa from The Penny Wise Mama shares her recipes for a super easy but adorable “reindeer chow.” If you are attending a more casual “get up and move around” kind of party, this fun take on a puppy chow recipe would be the perfect thing to bring along! It’s super easy to dish up and eat, and is a colorful way to ring in the holiday season!
3: Salami, Feta, Basil, and Tomato Appetizer  |  Tasya from My House and Home shares her recipe for an easy, no bake finger food, perfect for your next holiday party or celebration! If you are looking to bring something a bit heartier to your next holiday gathering, this recipe will be your best friend. Not only is it chuck full of flavor, but it’s very filling, and can be eaten on the go!
4: Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks  |  Tonia from The Gunny Sack shares her recipe for the perfect, easy mozzarella stick.  These can be made in about 45 minutes or less, and are a definite crowd pleaser for both kids and adults! This is a “dip and dunk” recipe, so if you have kiddos in the house, this would be a fun one to let them help out with as well!

So tell me – have you ever tried making any of these dishes? What’s your go-to recipe when you have to bring a dish to pass? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • chelsea

    yum! these look delicious and i’m all about the easy for parties! the except is my go-to dessert consisting of blackberry jam almond bars because it makes THE BEST BATTER EVER and they are always a hit so i’ll be bringing that to our sit down dinner on thursday!

    • Lindsay Ropella

      That sounds DELICIOUS! You should definitely share the recipe on your blog, if it isn’t a family secret or something. I like making food to bring places, but it always seems like I’m so busy this time of year, so quick and easy ones are always my fav!