Christmas can be overwhelming with gift giving, putting up your tree and then what about having company over. I have a few easy Christmas decorations that can jazz up your party, home or just make your house holiday friendly. One of my favorites is to take advantage of seasonal cranberries and fill a vase with cranberries and water. I like to use white roses as they are a nice contrast.
Have you ever thought about using your holiday wreath somewhere else besides on the door. Just use as a charger or serving piece and put a cake, dip or whatever in the middle for a simple festive touch.
I have a party at my house on Thursday nigh and most of the recipes are from KITCHEN 101, my easiest cookbook! I plan on implementing all these easy Christmas decorations. I use the holiday wreath for a serving charger and check out my hollowed out bread to serve my incredible Crabmeat Brie Dip that melts in your mouth-clean up simple!
Splurge with this divine, creamy, and rich tasting crab dip, taking minutes to make. Best with fresh crabmeat but canned may be used. I love to serve in a hollowed out bread for easy clean up and a fun serving piece. This dip is always the first to disappear when I serve it!
Makes 24 (1/4 cup) servings
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 cups baby spinach, packed
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
6 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into cubes
1 pound lump crabmeat, picked for shells
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1. In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté garlic, onion, and spinach about 5 minutes until tender. Add remaining ingredients except crabmeat and green onions.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring, until cheese is melted and mixture creamy. Carefully stir in crabmeat and green onions.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 86, Calories from Fat 53%, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 191mg, Carbohydrates 1g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Total Sugars 1g, Protein 8g, Dietary Exchanges: 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat
Check out my video below for my own holiday party and my party pics so you see how simple and easy my Christmas decorations can be plus affordable and festive .
Some other easy Christmas decorations and recipes from KITCHEN 101, the easiest cookbook:
- Create a lovely, easy centerpiece by filling a glass bowl with pomegranates or ornaments.
- For extra-quick clean up, purchase holiday -themed paper goods to use.
- Use red and green vegetables instead of chips–red and green bell peppers, cucumbers
- Different sized candles can add visual interest to your holiday setting.
- Garnish with strawberries, raspberries and red and green grapes as food can add a decorative touch.
My Christmas Party Menu Recipes
When it comes time for a menu, I turn to my cookbooks as I can create an elegant and delicious assortment of food that’s easy-to prepare and trim&TERRIFIC! Here’s a few recipes I made and they’re in KITCHEN 101 so you know how simple they are!
- Candied Pecan Brie, Ginger snaps
- Olive Cheese Cocktail Bread (great vegetarian pick-up)
- Crabmeat Brie Dip served in bread with red and green vegetables
- Marinated Shrimp and Artichokes, crackers
- Holiday Bars–(essence of the holidays in one cookie!)
- Oooey Gooey squares
Check out more of my easy holiday recipes (healthier too).
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