Open House Punch & Sweet-N-Sour Chicken Cups

 Wondering what to serve the masses at your next cocktail gathering? Here are 2 tried-and-true recipes that should satisfy the taste buds as well as your need for prepping early and easily.

This Open House Punch is a classic thirst quencher, and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love it.
1 regular size can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
1 regular size can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
2 1/2 cups Bourbon
2/3 cup lemon juice
1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite, chilled
Combine first 4 ingredients and keep chilled if you are making it ahead. Add Sprite just before serving. Garnish with sliced orange, lemon, or cherry if desired.

These Sweet & Sour Chicken Cups are a delicious finger food.  Prepare the filling ahead of time and then just scoop them into the filo cups when ready to serve.
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 TBsp Vegetable oil
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
2/3 cup jarred sweet & sour sauce (from the Asian cooking isle)
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 TBsp light soy sauce
2 packages frozen filo cups
Sautee red bell pepper and onion in vegetable oil over medium heat until tender.
Combine vegetable mixture with chicken, sweet & sour sauce, almonds, and soy sauce.
Refrigerate filling until ready to use.
To serve, heat oven to 400. Fill filo cups with filling and bake for 8-10 minutes or until filling is hot. This recipe easily doubles.
Note: I use the canned chicken breast from Sams (Members Mark brand). This is a premium canned chicken unlike that which you get at the grocery store.

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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. amy * stem * says:


    That is all.

    HOpe you had a great Christmas.

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