Holiday Menu Planning Made Easy

So you’ve cleaned, you’ve organized, you’ve prepared for the guests. The presents are wrapped. The table is set. This year, you’re ready.

Except … there’s just one thing left to do. You can’t quite remember what it is … but it’s on the tip of your tongue…

Hmm… Tongue… Reminds you of food…

OMG. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO EAT?!

With so many food options, there’s an endless selection of what you can bake, broil, and bread. So we’ve prepared a simple holiday menu with easy to make recipes that will hopefully take some stress out of menu planning.

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Holiday Beverages

Eggnog Recipe: Eggnog is a holiday staple for adults and children alike. Sure, you can go the easy way and pick up a carton at the store, but the home made stuff is just THAT MUCH RICHER. Mmm … Adults can spice this up (or spike it up!) with a little spiced rum.

Mulled Wine: Red, red wine, you make us feel so fine … but baby, it’s cold outside! Rejoice and warm up with a bit of hot, spiced wine as you mingle with guests.

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Appetizers

Cheese and Charcuterie Plate: A simple trip to the grocery store and this appetizer is complete! Get a variety of cheese options (soft and hard; mild and sharp) as well as a few types of meat to create a full sampling. Serving sophisticated palates? Add olives, roasted nuts, honey, and aged balsamic to the platter and check out the pairing suggestions in the link.

Holiday Finger Foods: Who loves doing dishes? NOT ME. So if guests can easily save me the work of washing some extra silverware by eating with their fingers … I’m IN. Here’s a list of Food Network’s fave festive finger foods to feast on.

Main Courses

How to Cook a Turkey: Simple ingredients. Simple method. Simplicity is key when you’re trying to get everything ready at once! This turkey recipe will have you main-course-ready in just 8 easy steps. Then bring on the tryptophan-induced food coma.

Holiday Ham: Pineapples, maraschino cherries, and brown sugar, oh my. This is a sweet but simple recipe for those who just can’t seem to get enough sugar during the holidays.

Macaroni and Cheese: My family is full of vegetarians, so we always have a meat-free main course. Mac and cheese is a beloved dish traditionally served at all holidays in my family and a favorite among carnivores and veggie-lovers alike!

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Desserts

Top Holiday Cookies: Is it really Christmas if you don’t bake Santa some cookies? Whether you like crumbly, crisp, or chewy, this list has a cookie for you! (Thankfully, I hear Santa’s not picky!)

Rugalach: This twist on the traditional offerings you’ll find for dessert feels perfect for the holiday season! I love pairing this with a hot drink to relax and let my stomach settle after dinner.

What treats always top your holiday menu? Share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below!