The holiday season is a time for parties, entertaining and social gatherings. Whether you’re the host of an event or simply an attendee bringing a contribution for the table, everyone wants to prepare food that is not only tasty, but visually appealing. The good news is that you don’t have to be a food blogger or professional stylist to serve beautiful food at the holidays. With just a little time and effort, you can create a festive holiday creation that’s sure to impress.
Here are some easy ways to get festive:
- Choose a shape. Many holiday items can be recreated by arranging foods such as cheese cubes, cherry tomatoes or various fruits and veggies into simple shapes like stars, wreaths or trees.
- Spell it out. Use Greek-yogurt frosting to add holiday decorations to cookies or cakes or use a fork to spell something out in the crust before baking a pie.
- Get a variety. It’s easy to make an impressive-looking appetizer tray when you have a wide assortment of food to showcase. Pick a theme, like a cheese board or an antipasto platter and have fun arranging into various groups, heights, shapes, etc! Use one of our Cheddar Pairing Guides to help when selecting flavor combinations of items like wine, beer, apples and even pears.
- Focus on color. There are lots of foods out there that are natural colors that fit with the holidays. Use them to recreate festive holiday décor or just as a general holiday color palate for your party foods. Add a holiday spin to your veggie tray by making a green broccoli tree with red cherry tomato ornaments and white cauliflower garland!
Check out holiday magazines and websites like Pinterest for more inspiration for your festive holiday creations!
Here are a few festive recipe ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Mel Gunnel – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Believe it or not, making rockstar-worthy holiday food doesn’t have to suck the life out of you. I like to make delicious holiday fare that pops with color and uses fresh ingredients, like this beautiful and simple Creamy Sweet Berry Bruschetta. Serving on white platters brings the focus to what is most important – the fabulous food! For an elegant yet fresh and simple holiday appetizer, try this Cranberry Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip or these crowd-pleasing Puff Pastry Baked Brie Bites.
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