Party Plan: Holiday

Celebrate a winter wonderland of delicious dishes and decorative designs this holiday season!

Sherried Chicken with Mushrooms

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

This Sherried Chicken recipe has it all: sautéed mushrooms, a flavorful sauce and tender chicken, cooked to perfection. It’s extra fancy and perfect for entertaining guests or family during the week. For all its fancy taste and appearance, it’s easy and comes together simply.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic favorite, with toasted marshmallow topping, sweetened pecans and flavorful sweet potato mash. Using a slow cooker eases the cooking process while a turn in the oven guarantees the caramelized pecan topping and toasted marshmallows.

Kabocha Squash Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My favorite winter squash is the kabocha squash. It’s naturally very sweet, with a smooth texture and buttery flavor. Making a naturally sweetened kabocha squash casserole with a gluten-free topping ensures your gluten-free friends and family will be able to enjoy the dish, while those who do eat gluten won’t be able to tell the difference.


Holly Ball Cheese Ball

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Your holiday guests will enjoy this festive and tasty cheese ball inspired by a classic holly ball! With it’s sweet pomegranate seeds, salty feta cheese and peppery arugula, this easy to make yet impressive Holly Ball Cheese Ball is sure to please every guest’s palate.

Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

Keep yourself fueled and energized during the busy holiday season with these easy to make Cranberry-Ginger Energy Bites. These tasty no-bake bites are full of tart cranberries, spicy ginger and hearty oats to keep going through that holiday shopping, gift wrapping and cookie baking!

Cranberry-Orange Punch

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

This easy punch recipe combines the traditional holiday flavors of cranberry and orange in one delicious drink. It’s inexpensive and easy to make, perfect for adding a bit of bubbly fun to any holiday party!

Christmas Cookie Dough Dip

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve got something even more fun than cookies, and that’s a delicious Christmas Cookie Dough Dip that you can enjoy with cookies, fruits and other goodies.

Pecan and Brown Sugar Rugelach

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Rugelach are traditional Jewish cookies made with either cream cheese or sour cream, and then filled with jams, nuts, or raisins. They are eaten year-round but are particularly enjoyed during the Hanukkah season. This fun twist on these traditional crescent-shaped cookies will be a new family favorite.

Pesto Garlic Rolls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This recipe was recreated for a dear friend who had them in an Italian restaurant. Great for an appetizer with pasta or a starter to a Holiday feast!

Brussels Sprout Casserole

An updated version of the classic green bean casserole with seasonal Brussels sprouts, a splash of sherry and a crunchy parmesan topping.

Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Making your own Christmas decorations is often inexpensive and a fun way to express your style. This Scrapbook Paper Christmas Tree is so easy and really only takes a few dollars to make. It looks darling displayed on an end table or mantle.

DIY Christmas Mantel Box

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

I just love decorating my mantel for each and every holiday. If you have an especially large mantel then it could be overwhelming to figure out what to decorate it with. I’ve come up with an easy DIY Christmas Mantel Box that you can change up year after year by filling it with different holiday items.

DIY Snowman Family

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Looking for a fun and easy DIY craft project for outdoor holiday décor? This cute snowman family is quick and easy to make and will be the perfect cheery way to greet houseguests this winter.

How to Create a Non-Traditional Holiday Table Setting

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

When I want my home to feel festive for the holidays, but also fit with our unique style, I come up with an alternative, non-traditional color palette. There are ways to incorporate things to keep your house ready for the holidays without buying ALL of that red and green!

Find a traditional, wintery pattern in your favorite color! I always love black and white, so that’s what I went for with the plaid table runner.

Party Plan: Gift Giving

Get into the spirit of the holidays with thoughtful gift-giving ideas, while picking up a few decorating tips for yourself!

Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Give the gift of food this holiday season, with easy-to-make cookies. Do most of the work yourself, but let your loved ones bake the cookies when they are in the mood for them. Hot Chocolate Cookies in a Jar are the perfect gift because everyone knows food is the way to one’s heart!

M&M Brownie Mix

Created by: Erin Sellin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Homemade brownies are my favorite dessert, so I want to share that love with others. Unfortunately homemade brownies can dry out and go bad before people get to enjoy them. So I found a better way! Brownie mix in a jar!

Christmas Ornament Party Favors

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Holiday parties are my favorite kind of parties. I cherish inviting people into my home to see decorations and share favorite holiday recipes. We turn up the Christmas music, have lots of laughs, and then I send my loved ones on their way.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

DIY sugar scrubs are not only great for exfoliation, they make a wonderful homemade gift idea. This peppermint sugar scrub combines four simple ingredients for a stocking stuffer that’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Once you’ve made the scrub, add a bit of red and white colored ribbon and jingle bells for a perfect homemade gift.

Panko Latkes with Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Latkes are one of my favorite parts of the Hanukkah meal. I grew up eating latkes, but not being Jewish, we called them potato pancakes. My Polish grandmother grated the potatoes on the finest section of her box grater. Before she could finish all the potatoes, they were turning brown because they're quick to oxidize. Ultimately, they didn't look very appetizing.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I have spent the last 15 years perfecting this Hanukkah apple cake for my husband. He absolutely adores cinnamon and apples together in baked goods. This particular sweet combination triggers happy childhood memories for him, especially during the holidays. His mother baked lots from scratch, with this flavor profile playing a dominant role.

Bacon, Apple and Pretzel Bread Stuffing

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I love a good stuffing, especially a nontraditional one. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to classic recipes during the holidays, but I always make a few new dishes too. Stuffing is one of the easiest ways to add something unexpected and creative to the mix.

Almond Donuts with a Blueberry Glaze

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

The almond-blueberry combo in these homemade donuts is as fun as it is delicious. These are guaranteed to be just as exciting as the presents on Christmas morning. The frosting can be made ahead of time, and if you really want to be on top of things, you can make the dough the night before, too.

DIY Holiday Mugs

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

When the cold weather hits, everyone loves a good cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Invite the kids into the kitchen to get creative with this simple craft that makes the perfect gift for friends or family.

Turkey Breakfast Casserole

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Certain recipes have been in families for years – recipes you remember enjoying from the time you first started forming memories. My family has a sausage egg casserole that my grandma has made for as long as I can remember.

Festive Gift Toppers

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Wrapping paper is fun and festive, but what’s even more fun is to hint at who your gift is for by adding a clue to the outside of your gift! Whether it’s for the cook in your life, or your little artist, these wrapping additions will add a little excitement to Christmas morning!/p>

Cran-Apple Fizzy Mocktail

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

The party beverage often gets overlooked, or gets turned into a bottle of soda, juice or water. Just a little planning and creativity can really make that punch stand out. Every holiday party or gathering needs a fun beverage that can be consumed by kids and adults.

Cranberry Bruschetta

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy cranberry bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart.

Pomegranate and Mustard Glazed Ham

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Holiday traditions. Every family has them at this time of year, and families have completely different ideas of what’s “traditional” for the holidays. For my family, Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. But there are no food traditions to be heard of for my family during the holidays after Thanksgiving. We play around each year with different meal plans and proteins.

Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Ball

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

There are a million reasons why I love the holidays. The lights are dazzling; there’s festive music everywhere you go and people just seem genuinely happy. Although, as a person who seriously loves to eat, perhaps the single thing I love most about this time of year is all the fun finger food I inevitably get to snack on at every party.

Dried Cranberry, Sage and White Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

I always thought when it came to the kitchen, you were either a cook or a baker – never in between – and for most of my life that mentality was pretty accurate. Although, in the last couple of years, I’ve actually found baking to be quite simple, and I even feel a heavy sense of accomplishment when a recipe I’ve developed from start to finish is received with rave reviews.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Holidays are all about some serious side dishing. We all know how it goes. Life as we know it gets put on hold and we focus our attention on this one thing that seems fairly unimportant at any other time of the year – the side dish. But during the holidays, side dishes can be just as important and require just as much forethought and energy as the main dish.

Hot Toddy Apple Cider

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of apple cider during the holidays. Here's your classic apple cider taken up a notch. Hot toddy apple cider is an easy, comforting and delicious drink, perfect for snuggling by a holiday fire.

Healthy Tips for Making it Through the Holidays

Created by: By: Molly McBride, RD, LD
Kroger Corporate Dietitian

It’s that time of year when we all prepare some “wiggle room” for weight gain and delicious holiday goodies. What if we looked at the holiday season a little differently? We can indulge yet not overeat! Let’s enjoy the flavors of the season without sacrifice.

Holiday Confetti Popcorn

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our quick and easy Holiday Confetti Popcorn. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or just something sweet to snack on, this easier-than-it-looks treat is delicious and sure to delight friends and family this holiday season.

Party Plan: Holiday Cookie Exchange

The holiday season is a time to gather and a time to share—so this party combines both! These sweet recipes make plenty of cookies perfect for cookie exchanges, hostess gifts, or thoughtful gestures throughout the month.

Santa Hat Cookies

These little cookies are scrumptious and festive! Red frosting piles high to make each little “hat,” while a mini marshmallow tops it all off.

North Star Cookies

These stunning cookies look difficult to pull off, but they’re as simple as any other sandwich cookie. In this recipe, we use the cut-out centers for tinier North Star Cookies.

Gingerbread Cookie Chex Mix

Warning: this snack mix is dangerously easy to eat! Munch by the handful, or partition into fancy favor bags and hand out at the end of your party.

Chocolate-Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate cookies are great as-is, but the addition of coconut elevates these thumbprint cookies to a whole new level of yum. Once baked, the coconut makes a toasted and tasty addition.

Holiday Blossom Cookies

If you’re hankering for a splash of color on your cookie table, these Holiday Blossom cookies are a delicious solution. Use whatever color of sugar you’d like.

Chocolate Coal Lumps

Cocoa Puffs™ cereal forms the base of these amazing bar cookies. Finished with a chocolate coat, you’ll be happy to get this coal in your stocking!

Chocolate Mint Thumbprints

Mint chocolate is one of our favorite flavors of the holiday season, so consider these soft green cookies a tasty tribute.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

This recipe makes 24 petite pumpkin pies so delicious that we guarantee you’ll want to keep a few for yourself.

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.

Party Plan: Come On In Holiday Open House

Who says you need to set a table to celebrate and welcome guests? Gather together your friends, family, and neighbors for a relaxed open house. Check out our array of simple appetizers that create a welcoming atmosphere for guests – whether they stop by for a few minutes or linger for a few hours.

Cilantro Shrimp

This beautiful appetizer or side dish is a fresh departure from the standard shrimp cocktail.

Stuffed Potato Bites

This crowd-pleasing twice-baked appetizer looks fancy, but it’s easy to make. Plus being bite-size makes it fun to eat!

Roasted Spiced Nuts

Give dry roasted nuts a salty-sweet glaze for a cocktail snack your guests will want to nibble by the handful.

Oatmeal Sour Cream Bars

These crumbly bar cookies have a sweet surprise of plump raisins and a hint of cinnamon in the center.

Cranberry Spritzer

Break out your fancy glassware for this refreshing drink that’s great for the holidays!

Party Plan: Friends Around the World Holiday

Dig into flavors from all over the globe with this cross-cultural spin on a holiday meal. This meal was made for sharing, so bring your favorite people together and enjoy the diversity that makes our world so delicious!

Pumpkin Curry Soup

Lime and curry give this creamy, hearty soup an exotic spice. Try adding shrimp or chicken to make it a complete meal.

Mini Turkey Reubens

This deli favorite can be made with pre-sliced turkey or a fresh roasted turkey breast. Add a pickle on the side for extra authenticity.


A bountiful medley of fresh vegetables simmered in cream.

Party Plan: ‘Tis the Season Cookie Swap

Tasting and sharing holiday cookies are some of the most delicious traditions of the season. Spread the joy -- and the baking -- by hosting an old-fashioned cookie swap for friends and neighbors. It’s a chance to share your favorite recipes and discover a few new ones. The best part? Cookies for everyone!


Shortening and sugar are the secrets to mastering the soft, pillowy texture of this classic cinnamon-sprinkled cookie.

Trail Mix Clusters

No need to set out on a winter hike to enjoy this chocolaty take on everyone’s favorite trail snack.

Apple Molasses Cookies

Enjoy the spiced flavor of a homemade apple pie with a touch of molasses. All without touching a rolling pin.

Key Lime Coconut Snowballs

These little bites of coconut-covered sweetness taste like a holiday vacation. You don’t even need to bake them!

Peanut Butter Buckeyes

No need to limit your holiday baking to cookies. Try your hand at candy-making with this simple recipe for Buckeyes. They make a great gift for neighbors, co-workers, or friends, just be sure to save a few for you!

Cheerful Party Pom-Poms

All it takes is a little tissue paper and a few simple steps to make cheerful decorations for your next shower, birthday party, or cookie swap.

Classic Crab Cakes

Top these broiled crab cakes with a squeeze of lemon and a side of tartar sauce sprinkled with chives.

Party Plan: Traditional Italian Seven Fishes Feast

Celebrate the bounty of the sea and the holiday season with a traditional Italian Feast of Seven Fishes. In this take on a classic Italian meatless meal, all you need to feed a crowd is a combination of succulent seafood recipes and, of course, plenty of amore!

Sesame Salmon

The crunchy crust of these Salmon fillets complements the nutty flavor of the sesame seeds.

Sautéed Oysters Parmesan

Oysters rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese set the tone for a spectacular seafood meal.

King Crab Legs

Jumbo King Crab Legs come precooked when you buy them at the store, so getting them ready to serve is simple.

Holiday Roses Centerpiece

Try dressing your table with a centerpiece of Private Selection® Roses in a simple glass bowl. Then decorate your arrangement with seasonal greens, ribbons, tiny ornaments and bells.

Seafood Red & White Wine Pairing

The delicate flavors of seafood pair nicely with many white wines, like a crisp Chardonnay. Rich, buttery dishes can also stand up to red wines like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dark Chocolate Truffles

These nut-covered bon-bons are as versatile as they are addictive. Try coating a few in coca powder or pistachios for a delicious variety.

Party Plan: Afternoon Holiday Tea Party

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays with a sweetly civilized afternoon Tea Party. All you need is your favorite vintage teapot and a few bite-sized treats for an afternoon full of warm memories to share.

Very Cherry Muffins

Thawed frozen cherries make it easy to snack on these fruit-filled muffins any time of the year.

Sweet Greek Custard

This decadent layered custard is light and fluffy on the inside and topped with a layer of cinnamon-infused syrup.

Chocolate Coconut Bars

Make a pretty tea-party presentation by cutting these bars ahead of time and arranging them in neat rows between cookies or fruit

Swiss Biscuit Blossoms

These biscuit cookies are a fun project for kids, and still look simply elegant on a tea party platter.

DIY Tartlet Tips

Use Private Selection™ Tartlet Shells and Fillings for an easy and elegant dessert that lets you skip right to the fun part: decorating

Fresh Fruit Skewers with Honey-Lime Dip

Make these fresh fruit skewers your own by picking up a few of your favorite fruits. Choose a variety of colors or try strawberries alternating with green grapes for a holiday theme.

Party Plan: Happy Holidays Cocktail Hour

You’ve decked the halls and invited all your friends and family, now it’s time to spread the holiday cheer with a buffet of little treats that are easy to make and made for mingling!

Peanut Butter Truffles

Keep your guests smiling all evening with a stack of salty-sweet peanut butter truffles. Peanut butter never tasted so elegant!

Marinated Olives

A cocktail party just wouldn’t be complete without a dish of olives. We mix garlic, lemon zest, and fresh herbs in this tangy refrigerator marinade that’s sure to please.

Festive Holiday Meatballs

The "festive" in these meatballs is in the sauce. Bring a little holiday cheer to any party with meatballs slow-cooked in cranberry sauce and red wine.

Gorgonzola Grapes

Pistachios, grapes, and Gorgonzola cheese come together for a party snack that is definitely NOT your average cheeseball.

Couscous Stuffed Artichokes

Your guests will love the savory surprise of curry-spiced couscous nestled in cooked California artichokes. This recipe is lower in fat, too!

Blarney and Blueberry Corn Muffins

Blarney Cheddar and blueberries are a surprising combination perfect for brunch, snack time or along with a meal. You'll love the sweet and savory flavor.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Hazelnuts and mushrooms make this stuffing a Northwest classic. It’s perfect for a vegetarian meal or alongside a roast or turkey.

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Antipasti Wreath

Try RITZ snowflake crackers or a sliced baguette with this fun alternative to cheese and crackers.

Party Plan: Happy Holidays Dinner

As memorable as the holiday dinners of your childhood, this traditional menu mixes timeless seasonal dishes with a few new recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

Hot Crab Dip

Serve this warm crab dip in a casserole or crock-pot alongside crackers, bread, or wedges of English muffins for dipping.

Butterscotch Pie

A pre-made piecrust and a few humble ingredients are all it takes to assemble a fluffy, flavorful butterscotch meringue pie.

Stir Easy

Prepare cream cheese for holiday recipes by removing from the foil wrapping and softening in the microwave for a few seconds.

Italian Tiramisu

Keep guests spirits high with this classic, coffee-infused Italian dessert.

Bread Pudding

Your kitchen will smell amazing while cubes of bread soak up all the flavors of cranberries, cinnamon and sugar in this baked wintertime treat.

Chocolate Satin Pie

Top this silky pie with fresh seasonal berries or chopped nuts for an elegant and easy dessert.

Streusel Coffee Cake

Here's how to make your own beautiful and delicious coffee cake. Slicing it reveals the sweet center.

Coffee Vienna

This perfect blend of coffee, chocolate and cinnamon is great for dessert or a decadent morning coffee!

Banish Berry Stains

The only downside of fresh fruit is the stain on the front of your shirt. But we’ve got an easy way to clean it up!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Gamer

We know what gamers like: games and snacks. Unlock the key to their heart with a Game Stop gift card and the ultimate gaming fuel: Doritos® Cool Ranch® Flavored Tortilla Chips, Mountain Dew®, The Ultimate Guide to Next-Gen Video Games Magazine and Mike and Ike® Original Fruits

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the New Homeowner

Give them a gift card to Sears to fill their home, along with a Consumer Reports Magazine, Ritz Terry Picket Mitt, Trudeau® Salt Shaker and Trudeau® Pepper Shaker.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Young Adult

Give them what they want - cash for shopping - in the form of a gift card to JCPenney! Along with the food, drink and reading materials sure to energize this gal who is on the go 24/7: Redbook Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Blue Diamondreg; Roasted Salted Almonds, and Starbucks Doubleshot® Energy Mocha Drink

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Woman In Need of “Me Time”

Here are the essentials for a day of shopping: a gift card to Gap and these on-the-go musts: Softlips® Classic Lip Balm, Women's Health Magazine, MiO Fit Liquid Water Enhancer, and Life Savers® Mints Wint O Green®

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing Idea: For the Food Lover

Everyone loves food whether it’s homemade or store bought. This year, gift that difficult recipient on your list with a gift card to Kroger, and these items sure to add some holiday cheer.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Health-Focused Recipient

A Subway gift card is great for when packing lunch isn’t an option. Pair this with healthy snacking items, food containers and Eating Well Magazine, and they’ll appreciate the finishing touches.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Guy on Your List

Gift him with the perfect dinner with the gift card to Outback, along with items to inspire him in the kitchen or on the grill: Everyday Living Spatula, Everyday Living Deluxe Tongs, Ritz Mitz Pocket Mitts, and Private Selection Peppercorn House Blend

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Kid Who Has Everything

For the kid that has everything, don’t fret. Let them pick! Give them a gift card to Toys R Us® paired with classic, on-the-go entertainment items: Kappa® Superb Word Find, Jelly Belly® Jelly Beans, Spongebob Squarepants Grab & Go Play Pack Crayola® Crayons, and Bicycle® 6 Pack Kids Card Games.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Teen Fashion Queen

Spruce up your teen’s wardrobe with a gift card to Kohl’s and these grooming favorites: Burt’s Bees® Beeswax Lip Balm, Sally Hansen® Diamond Strength Nail Color, Goody® Ouchless Elastics.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For a Macy’s Retail Therapy Day

This holiday season, delight the lady on your list with a gift card to Macy’s paired with her favorite, easy reads: Glamour and Vanity Fair. Throw in Neutrogena® Hand Cream and Trident White Gum, two perfect purse companions.

All items can be found at your local store!

Gift Card Pairing: For the Music Lover

An iTunes gift card is music to the ears. Pair it with an issue of Rolling Stones, Copco The Original To Go Cup™ and an Energizer® Single Universal USB Car Charger and they will be singing your praises.

All items can be found at your local store!

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