25+’Tis the Season Recipes for Holiday Entertaining!

 Are you busy decking the halls (or like me, the dogs ;) and trimming the tree?


 I pulled together some inspiration from the archives to help us get in the Christmas spirit!

Click on the links to find Christmas inspiration for your holiday baking and entertaining with recipes for appetizers, cookies, cocktails, food gifts and more!

Christmas Tree Tailgate and Picnic

 Southern Living Christmas All Through The South with The Novel Bakers

Christmas Tree Cheese Board

An easy and festive appetizer for a Christmas party

Slow Cooker Cranberry Mulled Wine

Put your slow cooker to work for easy holiday entertaining! This simmering Cranberry Mulled Wine will warm you up from the inside out and make the house smell wonderful too!

Pecan Bourbon Balls

An easy no-bake Southern treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or for Christmas gift giving!

Honey-Rosemary Cherries and Blue Cheese Crostini

Serve as an appetizer or let your guests serve themselves and assemble from bowls of ingredients. If you’re not a fan of blue cheese, substitute goat cheese or Boursin.


 Easy Owl Cookiesa hoot to make!

Melted Snowmen Cookies

Turn any plain sugar or chocolate cookie into adorable melted snowmen!

No-Bake Coconut Orange Snowballs

 These no-bake confections are addictive and an easy, make-ahead treat! I’ve made countless dozens for an annual holiday open house and they were always a hit!

Rosemary Wreath with Olives & Cheese!

A festive and easy appetizer for holiday entertaining

Spinach Tortellini Christmas Wreath

 A 10 minute appetizer for your Christmas or holiday entertaining

Making Spirits Bright Christmas Sangria with Rosemary Simple Syrup!

Christmas Sangria with Rosemary Simple Syrup

As easy to mix as it is to drink!

Christmas Wreath Macaroons

These festive cookies require just four ingredients, plus your decorative sprinkles. Like all macaroons, since they are flourless, they’re gluten-free.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy Christmas cookie recipe that uses a short cut!

Marinated Shrimp and Artichokes

One of Southern Living’s best recipes of 2011. Quick and make-ahead, 8 to 24 hours in advance. It’s good anytime of year, but perfect for the busy holiday season!

Christmas Popcorn Crunch

Christmas Popcorn Crunch

A quick and easy food gift to give or make for holiday snacking!

Panettone Trifle with Orange Curd and Raspberries

A dessert recipe for the holidays with a ‘wow’ factor that uses one my favorite holiday treats, Panettone! Includes a recipe for easy microwave orange curd.

My favorite holiday gift basket and/or hostess gift, Panettone,and a bottle of Prosecco. Include a bottle of maple syrup and oranges for your recipient to enjoy as French toast.

German Chocolate Cake Mix Pancakes

 Indulge in these over the top German Chocolate Pancakes, layered with German Chocolate “Syrup” or frosting, made with a box mix!

Parmesan-Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Chive Aioli

A great little appetizer to serve for the holidays! The crab mixture can be made a day in advance, then the bite-size cakes are baked in a mini muffin tin with a crust of Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs.

Bourbon-Pecan-Gingerbread Cookies 

This cookie has a fluffy, muffin-like texture with a bourbon glaze on top!

Spicy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

A quick and easy food gift to make for the holidays!

Merry Cranberry Salsa

Merry Cranberry Salsa

A light, flavorful, and healthy appetizer for the holidays that comes together in 10 minutes!


Making Lists and Make-Ahead Holiday Appetizers

Make-ahead recipes and inspiration for your holiday entertaining or Christmas party


Including Cha-Cha Chicken Salad, a molded chicken salad, made 8 – 24 hours in advance.


Candy Cane-infused Vodka

Candy Cane-infused Vodka

 Ready to gift or sip in 3 hours and shake up a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini!

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Quick and easy cupcakes for the busy holiday season, served with candy cane handles!

Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons

Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons

Easy and fun for kids to make with candy melts or almond bark and decorative holiday sprinkles

Candy Cane Cocoa

Candy Cane Cocoa Mix

A mix for easy seasonal sipping and ideal for gift giving.

The Grits that Stole Christmas and a Charleston Lowcountry Christmas

Ideal for brunch on Christmas or New Year’s Day

The winner of a copy of InStyle Parties is Virginia.

Thank you to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of InStyle Parties for this giveaway and review.

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  21 comments for “25+’Tis the Season Recipes for Holiday Entertaining!

  1. November 25, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Oh my goodness… I awed by your collection of recipes and hungry too! I think I wore out my pinning finger :) That Christmas tree cheeseboard is so cute! Thanks for all your inspiration, can’t wait to try some of these!

  2. Patricia
    November 25, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Best holiday recipes ever. You’ve given me so many ideas, I don’t know where to start! (Yes, like Karen S said, my pinning finger got a workout.)

  3. November 25, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Mary, I can always count on you for outstanding holiday recipes! This is over the top and I can’t wait to try some of these this Christmas season. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. 🌲🍽❣️

  4. Rita C.
    November 25, 2017 at 7:43 am

    It takes time to pull together a compilation post with links, but it sure is appreciated – pinned – and thank you!

  5. November 25, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Mary, I know I must have seen your Panettone Trifle before but I don’t remember it. It looks beyond delicious and perfect for the holidays along with your other recipes. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and ideas, keep them coming. Jerrie

  6. Cyndi Raines
    November 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    My , oh my, what a jolly time we will have with these recipes! I have made the darling wreath macaroons and the very delicious Panettone Trifle and it was enjoyed by all. This year I want to make the Cha cha chicken and the orange coconut snowballs. Those crab bites and the shrimp artichoke dish are calling to me also lol. Thank you Mary for this very festive post with all the delicious goodness with each recipe!

  7. November 25, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Everything looks great Mary, and sounds yummy! My sleigh just flew me to my happy place-Wally World. But early enough in the morning so it’s not so crazy… The tree’s up, now for the rest of the decorating. Hopefully it will be completed today. Have a great weekend:@)

  8. November 25, 2017 at 10:22 am

    What a round up! I didn’t think it was possible to be hungry so soon after Thanksgiving but your photos are drool worthy! Love your pups too. ❤️

  9. Donna
    November 25, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Love it all, the tartan tailgate, the melted snowman, the decked-out dogs and the recipes. . . . your blog makes me smile. Cool way to start my day.

  10. Virginia
    November 25, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning Mary, I am so thrilled and excited to be the winner of the “In Styles Parties” book. Thank you so very much. Today’s post is just filled with so many yummie recipes some of which I have prepared in the past and will make again this year and others I cannot wait to try. I made the dark chocolate nut clusters a few days ago, they are a favorite anytime of year. My husband cannot have dark chocolate so I made him a batch using white chocolate, he’s a happy man. Thanks again for the book and for continuing to inspire us. Have a nice weekend.

  11. Linda
    November 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    These recipes look wonderful! Every single one of them.

  12. November 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I want to sample each of those recipes, Mary! Thanks for compiling such a great list for us to have when needed! You’re the best. ❤

  13. November 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I’m all set for holiday entertaining with these wonderful recipes. I’ve made the Christmas Wreath Macaroons and Crab Cake Bites and they were a hit. Thank you!

  14. Meda Branwell
    November 25, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    These recipes look like they’re right up your alley, Kar! I’ve been following this gal’s blog for a couple years & enjoy it. Lots of eye candy! Thought u might want to follow her blog too…😘

  15. November 26, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Mary, you have inspired me to get started baking! The orange coconut snowballs are a must for me every year. Thank you for the beautiful round-up!

  16. Norma Rolader
    November 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Wow!!!!! You always amaze me!!! I love all the recipes and all your decor including the boat!!! You always seem to amaze me and your babies they are so adorable

  17. November 26, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    This is a great round up Mary, and lots of effortless ideas which are really appealing today as we clean up after celebrating like the Pilgrims and Indians, 3 days of feasting! I am going to need a day or two to recover before decking my halls! I do want to make the snowballs, they are so pretty!

  18. November 27, 2017 at 3:16 am

    This post is awesomes! i love it.

  19. June 17, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Love all the beautiful ideas! Thanks so much for sharing. I love all the recipes and all your decorations.

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