Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Tips & Ideas

Last-Minute Christmas Dinner Tips & Ideas

Ah, Christmas dinner. The sights. The smells. The thought can make visions of turkey drumsticks, heaping bowls of stuffing, cranberry sauce and slices of pumpkin pie dance in your head. All of the traditional foods we love just waiting to be eaten are enough to stir anyone’s taste buds into a frenzy.

But who says you have to serve the same foods you’ve always served for Christmas dinner? You can try something new if you’re tired of always having the same meal and you can even center your food around a holiday theme or you can serve foods from another country. With a little bit of thought, you can come up with the main courses and deserts you’d like to serve or you can try these tasty suggestions.

For meat, instead of turkey, how about filet mignon? This delicious meat, which was a hit among the French before it arrived on America’s plates, is easy to cook and if you wrap a piece of bacon around it before you broil it, there won’t be any leftovers!

If you’d prefer something different than beef, you can try a savory lamb roast cooked with tender vegetables like asparagus on the side. Instead of roasting a turkey, you can roast a chicken or duck.

If you’re having trouble making a choice between which meat to get, have more than one. Christmas kabobs would be a hit with juicy morsels of beef, chicken and pork. Flavored with red pepper, cherry tomatoes and pineapples, this is sure to please any crowd.

Side dishes don’t have to be the same old stuffing or green bean casserole. Squash that’s baked with cinnamon sprinkled apples or with juicy chunks of pineapple will disappear as fast you serve it.

If you don’t believe you’d like a side dish that’s slightly sweet to the taste, you can op for cranberry stuffed squash instead. If you’re not a fan of squash, try tomatoes stuffed with cheese and salmon spread.

You can also make mashed garlic cauliflower. This vegetable tastes like a potato. Prepare it just like you would mashed potatoes-cook until you can run a fork through it. You can also mix cauliflower with cheese such as Parmesan.

Some people say the best part of any Christmas menus are the desserts guaranteed to delight guests of all ages. You don’t have to have fruitcake or pumpkin or apple pies year in and year out.

Try something different. How about Elegant Cheesecake Pie? Quick and simple to make yet this dessert will quickly become a favorite. The ingredients are a regular sized bar of cream cheese, and an eight ounce tub of whipped cream, one third cup sugar and a teaspoon and a half of vanilla.

Mix together, put ingredients in a graham cracker pie crust. Top with strawberry pie filling, or apple pie filing or blueberry pie filling. Refrigerate for five hours until set. Helpful hint: if using store bought pie crust, invert the plastic pie covering, gently wash it and use it to cover the pie once it’s made.

 

 

6 Can’t-Miss Christmas Party Games

6 Can’t-Miss Christmas Party Games

Have you decided to have a party to celebrate the holidays this year? Then you could benefit from this handy Christmas party game guide. There are games specifically so that children can have an amazingly magical time at parties and games where adults can enjoy themselves, too. Here are some game suggestions that are always crowd-pleasing.

Speedy Unwrapper: Take a series of boxes, small, medium and large. Wrap the smallest box the way you would wrap a regular gift. Place it inside the medium box. Wrap the medium box so that it’s tougher to unwrap than the smaller one.

Now place the medium box down into the larger box. Wrap the larger box with layers of wrapping paper and use tough tape, like box tape or duct tape. Divide the party attendees into two groups.

Each member has exactly thirty seconds each to try and unwrap the box. At the end of the time limit, the team with the box or boxes that’s most unwrapped wins. Make sure you have a prize for the winning team members.

Ornament Relay: This one has to be played outside or in a large room indoor (this one is great for any church Christmas parties). Divide the people into two even teams. Pick one person from each team to be the starter.

The starter has to pile his or her hands full of round, plastic Christmas balls and run to his or her team member to transfer the balls. The recipient then runs back to the home base (a large bucket or tin tub) to deposit the balls, then runs back.

The next person then has to run to the home base, gather all the balls and run back with them. Any balls that the runner accidentally losing must be recovered before he or she can continue on the race.

Christmas Charades: For a twist on a favorite Christmas party game, use familiar Christmas events as the charade. Use events such as stuffing the turkey, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts etc. If you’re going to have a party for children and need games suited to their age level, choose from among these fun games:

Mystery Stocking: Take a large stocking and put several Christmas related items suitable for a child inside. Make sure the top of the stocking is fastened securely. Pass the stocking around and let each child have a few minutes to feel it. Then have them write down what they think is inside (or tell you if they’re too young). The child with the closest guess wins the stocking.

Word Formation: Have sheets of paper for each child. At the top of the paper, write the words ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays.’ The object is to write as many words as possible using only the letters at the top of the page. Give a five minute time limit.

Pin the Toys in the Sleigh: Tape a sleigh to the wall. Give each child a paper ‘present’-something you might find in Santa’s sleigh. Blindfold each participant on his or her turn and have them try and pin the present inside the sleigh. Closest one wins.

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