Holiday Party Ideas
Decorating and Menu Ideas
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Holiday Party Food
Serve up some holiday-inspired treats with these suggestions:
Snowmen Munchies for a Winter Party
Place two or three large marshmallows one on top of the other to make a snowman. Use a toothpick to secure the marshmallows together. Place pretzel sticks in the sides for the arms, a raisin cut in half for the buttons, candy corn for the nose and use a licorice strip to tie around the snowman’s head as the scarf! If necessary use icing to “glue” on decorations. Alternative: Instead of using marshmallows for the snowman’s body, use popcorn balls. Use the following recipe for popcorn balls:
- 15 cups popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2 10 oz. packages marshmallows
Pour popcorn into a large bowl and set aside. Melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat. When cool enough to touch, rub margarine on your hands and form popcorn balls.
Rudolph Sandwiches for a Christmas Party
Take a peanut butter and jelly (or other favorite) sandwich, cut it crossways to make two triangle “faces.” Use two raisins for the eyes, five or six raisins for the mouth, broken pretzel bits for the horns, and a bright half a cherry for the nose!
Sufganiyyot for a Hanukkah Party
In Israel, the traditional Hanukkah food is not potato latkes but Sufganiyyot, an orange flavored donut which is fried in oil. Use the following recipe to make your own Sufganiyyots.
Sufganiyyot (orange donut)
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3 cups flour
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- dash of salt
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 pkgs active dry yeast oil
- Powdered sugar
Mix together butter, juice and sugar. Heat until butter melts. Cool to lukewarm and sprinkle with yeast. Slowly add flour, eggs and salt. Mix until dough is smooth. Add more flour if too sticky. Let rise for 30 minutes in a greased bowl. Punch down and shape into balls or rings. Let rise 30 minutes more. Fry in 2” of oil. Drain on paper towels and toss with powdered sugar in a brown bag.
Cakes and Cookies
Want to make a cake for your party? Consider a star-shaped cake pan.