Holiday parties are so fun and holiday party foods can be fun, also. When else is it appropriate to wear sparkly dresses for an entire month? However, it can also be a little stressful if you are the hostess. Specifically, if you are the hostess and you have no idea what to serve your guests. Don’t fear, we’ve got you covered. These holiday party foods are sure to please!
Vegan & Gluten-Free Cheese Board
Seriously, who doesn’t love a cheese board? You can even make two, or separate a large board into two sections: vegan cheese and dairy cheeses. A good cheese board will have a mixture of textured cheeses – soft and hard, but also mild and strongly flavored. Don’t forget to compliment the cheese with tasty and beautiful displayed pairings like sliced apples, crackers, a swirl of raw honey, almonds, and even a festive jam.
This is really a fancy term for veggies and dip. It may sound boring, but it’s all about the presentation. Plus, your guests will be happy there are healthy options to be had. Arrange your favorite vegetables like carrots, celery, broccoli, tomatoes, asparagus and jicama around a small bowl of hummus.
Chocolate Mousse with Berries
If your guests like rich, dark chocolate, this will not disappoint. It’s also vegan and gluten free. You’ll simply need a chilled can of full-fat coconut milk, honey and baking cocoa. Whip the ingredients together until the mixture resembles mousse. Serve in small ramekins, topped with berries.
Ah, another bite-sized, quick to throw together favorite. All you need for classic bruschetta is a loaf of fresh Italian bread, a clove of garlic, some olive oil and toppings of your choice. Typically, bruschetta is topped with chopped tomatoes, basil and balsamic. To spice it up, check out these fun twists on a classic: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/special-recipe-collections/12-easy-bruschetta-appetizer-recipes/2/
Sparkling Pear Punch
For this recipe, you’ll need pear juice (unsweetened, preferably), sparkling water, and a lemon. Mix two cups of pear juice, two liters of sparkling water, and the juice of one lemon. Add liquid stevia to make it a little sweeter. If you like your punch very sweet, consider using Zevia Ginger Ale instead of sparkling water. Garnish your glasses with a little slice of pear.