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Christmas Dinner Party Tips:
Sure to Make Your Holiday Merry!

It's that time of year again-- time to plan your Christmas dinner party. Sure, there are people out there who say "it's that time of year again" in the same tone they use to say "I have diarrhea again." And, sure, some people may want to hit me with a stick for being such a cheerful little Christmas elf, but... I love Christmas!

Christmas dinner party table decorating idea

Whether doing a massive, sparkling Christmas cocktail party or just a quiet dinner with family, parties are the best part of the holidays. But they're also a lot of work-- and unfortunately most of us don't have a troupe of short, pointy-eared slaves to do all the planning and cooking.

But, hey, you have us! Our Christmas food and party guide should seriously help with planning the perfect Christmas dinner party. From food to decorations to everything in between, you'll find it here.

Christmas Dinner Recipes and Menus

Christmas DInner Table
You'll find links to lots of great Christmas dinner party recipes and menus right here. But we've also got a whole page of wonderful Christmas dinner menu ideas, covering every element of the meal: from appetizers to dessert to drinks beforehand. So read on here for some great recipes or go to Christmas dinner menu central for more!

Christmas Main Dish Recipes:
Turkey, Ham, and More!

How to Cook a Christmas TurkeyThere are a ton of different main dish options to choose from when planning a Christmas dinner party menu. Are you a Christmas traditionalist? Maybe you'll want to stick with a traditional Thanksgiving turkey or a honey ham. But there are lots of other creative and festive main dish recipes for Christmas to choose from. You'll find some great ideas below.

And if you DO opt for a turkey this Christmas, don't miss our "How to Cook a Turkey" Guide for everything you could ever want to know about cooking a turkey.

Spiced Honey HamSpiced Honey Baked Ham: Crisy-sweet-spiced coating and salty, melt-in-your-mouth meat? This is the perfect holiday honey ham.

Simple Honey HamSimple Honey Baked Ham: This honey baked ham is easy to make, but doesn't taste like it. A heck of a lot simpler than turkey!

CloveWhiskey Honey Baked HamDrunken Whiskey-Clove Ham: This boozy honey baked ham recipe is wonderful and impressive for a Christmas dinner party.

Candy Cane ChickenCandy Cane Chicken: Doesn't taste like candy canes, but it IS a festive red and green! Great for a Christmas dinner party!

Earl Grey DuckEarl Grey Glazed Duck: The unusual flavors in the recipe really come together to make something special. One you'll love serving to guests!

Proscuitto Pork RoastToo-Easy Proscuitto Pork Roast:This pork roast is wonderfully easy, but doesn't taste it. A moist, flavorful, and impressive Christmas dish!

Somerset Chicken for Christmas DinnerEnglish Somerset Chicken: This traditional English recipe is perfect of you want to add a little old-fashioned style to your Christmas dinner party menu.

Pumpkin GnocchiPumpkin Gnocchi with Sage and Hazelnut: This recipe for a vegetarian Christmas dinner is filling, elegant, and really festive.

Butternut Squash Soup for ChristmasButternut Squash Soup: This soup is full of rich wintery flavors, and is the perfect substitute for a meat main or first course.

Stuffed Christmas PumpkinCouscous and Tofu Stuffed Pumpkin: This is the perfect dish for a vegetarian Christmas dinner party menu (or for Thanksgiving!). Really filling and festive!

Christmas Stuffing Recipes:
Perfect with Turkey!

Wild Mushroom Stuffing RecipeWild Mushroom Hazelnut Stuffing: With earthy mushrooms, crunchy hazelnuts, and the slight sweetness of challah bread, this is a very special stuffing-- full of flavor and texture.

Crockpot Vegetarian Stuffing for ThanksgivingCrockpot Vegetarian Stuffing: This stuffing recipe uses veggie broth and is cooked in the crock pot. Tastes great, and oh-so-easy to make.

Traditional Turkey StuffingTraditional Herb Stuffing: Flavored with thyme and sage, this wonderfully moist-crisp stuffing is bursting with traditional flavors. Perfect with turkey!

Grand Mariner and Apricot Stuffing for TurkeyGrand Mariner, Sausage, and Apricot Stuffing: This elegant and flavorful stuffing recipe is perfect for a Christmas dinner party menu-- rich, impressive, and delicious!

Pecan Pancetta and Sausage Stuffing Recipe for ChristmasPecan Pancetta Stuffing Recipe: This one is rustic and full of great textures. Goes beautifully with a crisp roasted Christmas turkey.

Sausage Turkey Stuffing with Pumpkin and CornbreadSausage, Cornbread, and Pumpking Stuffing: A Christmas turkey stuffing with wonderful textures! The pumpkin adds moisture and lots of autumn-y flavor.

Christmas Side Dish Recipes:
Cranberries, Gravy, and More

Butternut Squash Gratin Christmas Dinner Party SidedishButternut Squash Gratin: Creamy butternut squash with a crispy-salty bread topping. The perfect substitute for too-sweet sweet potatoes.

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese for ChristmasEasy Stovetop Mac and Cheese: Love mac and cheese for a Chrismtas dinner party side dish but want to leave the oven free? This is your recipe!

Three Cheese Potatoes Side DishThree Cheese Scalloped Potatoes: These decadant au gratin potatoes are seriously creamy, seriously cheesy, and seriously, seriously good.

Classic Green Bean CasseroleClassic Green Bean Casserole: Who needs a can of soup to make a great green bean casserole? This version is all homemade, all easy... and much better than its tinned counterpart.

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Recipe for ChristmasBourbon Cranberry Sauce: This isn't your grandmother's cranberry sauce! The bourbon gives it a deep, rich, jam-y flavor that's just perfect with turkey (or pork!).

Cranberry Sauce Recipe for Xmas with Port and FigsPort and Fig Cranberry Sauce: This homemade cranberry sauce is rich, special, and elegant. It's the perfect addition to your Chrismtas dinner party menu.

Make Ahead Turkey GravyMake-Ahead Turkey Gravy: This oneis a life-saver when you're rushing around trying to get Christmas dinner on the table. Because the gravy is already done!

Vegan Mushroom Gravy for ChristmasVegan Mushroom Gravy: Got vegans or vegetarians at your Christmas dinner party? This recipe will please anybody! Including a die-hard meat eater.

Christmas Appetizers

Make Ahead AppetizersMake-Ahead Appetizers

These appetizer recipes are perfect for your Christmas dinner party. They're delicious, elegant, and you can make them in advance-- letting you spend time with your guests.

Buffet and Finger Food ThumbnailFinger Foods for a Party:

These snacks, finger foods, and appetizers are perfect for a Christmas party or your Christmas dinner. Elegant, fun, tasty, and easy!

Christmas Cookies & Desserts

Holiday Dessert RecipesChristmas Dessert Recipes

Make one of these incredibly rich, incredibly tasty recipes for Christmas, and you won't need to hand out any presents.

Pumpkin Pie RecipesPumpkin Pie Recipes

From Drunken Punkin Pie to Pumpkin Pie with a Streusel Topping, these recipes for pumpkin pie take this classic dessert to a whole new level.

Easy Delicious Christmas CookiesEasy, Kid-friendly Christmas Cookies

These easy, delicious Christmas cookies will look like you slaved all day in the kitchen. Plus, these great recipes are wonderful for kid chefs, too. Get those kids to work for their cookies!

Free Christmas Cookie RecipesNo-Bake (and Kid Friendly!) Christmas Cookies

This collection of no-bake Christmas cookies is a great way to keep your kids well-fed (and sugar high!) this Christmas. Each recipe is fun, festive, easy to make. And best of all, no oven reqired.

Christmas Home Decorating

We've got so many great Christmas decorating tips and ideas here at Divine Dinner Party that they've got their very own page! You'll find everything there from tips on decorating the Christmas table, to cheap (or free) creative decorations, to themes for your Christmas tree.

Here, you'll find pages including:

... and more, right at Christmas Decorating Tips Central.

Christmas Gifts, Party Games, and Fun

Christmas Gift
Looking for ideas for Christmas gifts for everyone in your circle? Or want some fun games and activities for a Christmas dinner party? This page is chock-full of creative gift and game ideas.

Because Christmas should never be boring!

Here, you'll find pages including:

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The date for Easter falls on April 20th this year!

Take a look at Easter Dinner and Party Planning for recipes, edd dye tips, assembling Easter baskets, and more!

And plan to make this adorable...

It's so cute, it may be the best thing you do this Easter.

Cooking a Whole Turkey
or Some Drumsticks?

Free Holiday Turkey Recipe Guide to How to Cook a Turkey

If it's a fat bird with a beard (no, I don't mean your Aunt Marjorie), we can help you cook it. Click on the icon above or click here to get started with recipes and tips on how to cook a turkey for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any time of year.


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