If you like hosting small get-togethers with friends but are hesitant to do so during the hectic holiday season, read on for some ideas and suggestions that everyone will enjoy. Keeping it simple and fun will allow you and your guests plenty of time to relax, catch up, and have a really good time.
Everyone wants to escape from the daily grind. Set the mood with candles, twinkle lights and great music playing in the background when your guests arrive. Have a variety of beverages on hand: wine, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, and sparkling water. To make it special, use festive, gem-toned glasses from a retail store such as Christmas Tree Shops. They are inexpensive and if they accidentally get broken, it’s no big deal!
Cheese and crackers are a party staple. In the past, most vegan cheeses left much to be desired. Times are changing and there are many new brands available that are rich, creamy and delicious. I was recently introduced to Miyoko Schinner’s products. She’s from California and has been at it a while, developing the most intriguing flavors like High Sierra Rustic Alpine, French Style Winter Truffle and Aged English Sharp Farmhouse. They are fantastic and getting rave reviews!
Chips and guacamole are easy to prepare and a crowd favorite. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top for a colorful touch. A couple of great websites to learn more about these powerhouse fruits are californiaavocado.com and pomegranates.org.
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