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Updated: 12/13/2012 08:00:07AM

Dream for a perfect Christmas party

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Jan Meeks

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The holiday season will be packed with parties, so it’s a good idea to have detailed plans.

Any party planner will tell you that the key to having the perfect party is to plan.

Spend five or 10 minutes visualizing your party. This will help with placement of foods, drinks, table setup and traffic flow for your guests.

Make sure you have enough seating for each guest. Make it easy on yourself with after party cleanup by using nice plastic ware unless your party is formal.

Choose a menu of heavy finger foods. This type menu alleviates the added worry of choosing dinnerware. Some recipes may even be prepared ahead and frozen until ready to use.

Set the mood with nice Christmas music in the background and glowing candles throughout the party area. Guests love little party favors. Send your guests’ home with something special, a candy cane tied with red ribbon, a bag of candies or cookies will make all your guests feel special.

Happy Party Planning.

Simple Christmas Party Menu and Recipes

Jan’s Meatballs

Chocolate Strawberries

Chicken Salad croissants

White chocolate pretzels

Ham and Cheese rollups

Beverages of your choice

Little Smokies in Sauce



Veggie /Dip

Cheese and Grapes

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip / Crackers

Spinach Dip / Pumpernickel Bread

Cheese Dip

Chips and Crackers of your choice

Assorted Cookies



Jan’s Meatballs

2 Large Bags Frozen Beef Italian Meatballs

4 envelope packages of Brown Gravy

2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup

1 large can of Evaporated Milk

2 small jars of sliced mushrooms (optional)

Rinse frozen meatballs and drain. Put meatballs into 2 9X12 baking dishes or put them all in a larger baking dish. Cook for 30 minutes according to directions on bag.

Mix Mushroom Soup and milk until creamy whisk in the gravy packs into the soup mixture.

Drain cooked meatballs and pour into a large crock pot or large baking dish. Stir in the gravy mixture. Be careful not to break your meatballs. Drain mushrooms and add to the meatballs. Move them around gently as you stir. Let simmer on low until ready to serve.

Ham and cheese Roll-ups

1 Package Fajita flour tortillas

1 pound Virginia Baked Ham

½ pound Swiss cheese

2 8-oz packages Cream Cheese

2 T. Dijon Mustard

2 T. Dill Relish

Green Olives for garnish

Soften cream cheese. Mix all the ingredients except for the olives.

Spread the cheese mixture on the flour tortilla shell evenly.

Layer ham and Swiss cheese.

Roll the shell into a cylinder. Wrap with plastic wrap.

Chill in refrigerator until ready to use. This can be done the day before the party.

Just before serving slice the roll-ups into 1-2 inch slices. Place on a platter and garnish with a slice of green olive in the middle of each rollup.

Yield: about 6 roll-ups per shell.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Dip

2 8-oz packages of Cream Cheese

1 can crushed pineapple (drained well)

½ cup 10x confectioner’s sugar

½-3/4 cup pecans

Soften cheese~ add all other ingredients

Stir well

Serve with Crackers

(This can also be used for finger sandwich spread)