Christmas Cocktails & Cheers Party

Time to spread a little holiday cheer by hosting a small cocktail party (for 6-8 guests)!  I teamed up with Fresh Press to design this gathering inspired by their “Cocktails and Cheers invitation”. Their designs are sleek and modern, and for this one I simply brought the swag from the invitation into my design, using ribbon and felt circles.  Read on for the party details.






The food is part of the design with it’s green, red, and white hues. 
  • I’ve always loved a mashed potato bar so I served some up in mini martini glasses.  The mini glasses keep the portion size just right.  Set out toppings such as shredded cheese, bacon bits, and chives.
  • At my annual Christmas party, shrimp cocktail is always the first thing to go.  I made individual servings using small tea light holders.  The well is perfect for holding cocktail sauce and the shrimp sits on the side nicely.  
  • For some international flair I served wonton pot stickers in Asian spoons.  Again, the bowl of the spoon holds a sweet chili sauce that you can double-dip in without guilt.
  • For a fun and unexpected touch, I served individual ceasar “salad shooters” in small shot glasses.  The colors are right on with green lettuce and red cherry tomatoes.
  • Finally, serve a signature cocktail for the evening and give it a themed name.  Champagne is always my celebration drink of choice and it’s made that much better with the addition of cranberry juice and amaretto add-ins.  Get the full recipe for my “Jolly Old Elf” cocktail here!
   I hope this party inspiration gets you in the mood for holiday entertaining. 
Cheers!

 

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. Luna and Chloe says:

    Chris this is just fabulous! I LOVE the mash potatoes in the martini glasses – so clever. And those pom-poms decorating the candlesticks – well I love them! Amazing job ;-)

    xoxo
    kristi

  2. Petit Artiste, Beatriz Azevedo says:

    Chris, congratulations. It looks simple at first but then when you explore the details it is so inspirational, so delicate, those small portions (I love them). Beatriz

  3. I really loved this. My three best girlfriends will all be in town over the holidays and it's nice to have inspiration for a small gathering.

  4. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty says:

    The setup is gorgeous! I just realized I never left a comment here to let you know how good everything looks!

  5. Cupcakes and Cutlery says:

    I love this party! I love how modern and clean everything looks. Gosh dang it. Invite me over already! ;)

  6. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Chris, I did a mashed potato bar at a corporate event last Monday and it was a big hit…so much so that I have added it to my list for our Christmas dinner! Everyone loves mashed potatos! :)

    Ebony

    shrimp cocktail in tea light holders…FANTASTIC IDEA!

  7. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Chris, I did a mashed potato bar at a corporate event last Monday and it was a big hit…so much so that I have added it to my list for our Christmas dinner! Everyone loves mashed potatos! :)

    Ebony

    shrimp cocktail in tea light holders…FANTASTIC IDEA!

  8. Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. says:

    Chris, I did a mashed potato bar at a corporate event last Monday and it was a big hit…so much so that I have added it to my list for our Christmas dinner! Everyone loves mashed potatos! :)

    Ebony

    shrimp cocktail in tea light holders…FANTASTIC IDEA!

  9. Stockberry says:

    Wow! This look wonderful!

  10. jackie fo says:

    I absolutely love the mini ornaments hanging from the wonton soup spoons – such a great touch!

  11. CAn I get the recipe for the sald shooters? Looks great!!

    • Hi Chris, there’s really no recipe involved, just romain lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmasan cheese, croutons, and ceasar dressing. You just have to make sure to cut up the lettuce into small sizes : )

  12. LOVED everything about this!!
    Beautiful and cheerful!! Just what the Holiday Season is supposed to be.
    Thank you!!

  13. Burundanguitas says:

    Hi Chris,
    Definetly you ROCK girl, this is amazing, I love all details and the food, everything.
    Tks for being such and inspiration for me.
    Rgds, dalys/burundanguitas

  14. Oh my, this is such a lovely and inspiring party setting! It has all the things I love, and the food is beyond mouthwatering :) Thank you so much for the inspiration!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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