Christmas Cocktail Party Ideas

It’s official – we’ve decided to host our annual Christmas cocktail party, and the invitations are sent. Last year we did not host it because there were lots of transitions going on with jobs and moves and lives {friend’s, not ours} and it sort of seemed like the end of an era. After-all, we’ve been doing this every year since 1998!! I’m looking forward to it, and those parties are what inspired my latest party design for Celebrations.

I put together some cocktail party food ideas that won’t keep you in the kitchen for days, but are delicious and festive. Of course every party needs a signature drink, so I also mixed up a red tinted cocktail to wash it all down. Get the ideas and recipes on Celebrations, and check out some photo highlights below.

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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, 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.


  1. So pretty, Chris! Love the wreath and the ornaments in the glass jars as stands :)

  2. Beautiful set up, Chris! We’ve just moved, so I didn’t plan to host a holiday party this year, but your ideas are soooo inspiring, it’s really tempting me :-) Happy holidays! Flavia, from Fête à Fête (

  3. LOVE those glass vases filled with ornaments as risers! So great!!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the ornament and “snow” filled vases fabulous

  5. Thanks you guys! Those vases are so simple & anyone can do them – gotta love that!


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