The kids love it and request it every year. The menu changes slightly from year to year, but here are a few of our favorites. I try to buy as many items pre-made as possible to make life easier. Also, I try to serve at least 2/3 to 3/4 savory. After all, it is dinner.
This last time I had 13 dishes. 2 were treats, 2 were fruit, and the rest were savory. The savory disappeared. The fruit went fast, the treats lingered.
Also look for items that other people can make, or bring. My daughter loves to make muddy buddies, so she makes those each year (they can also be done the day before). If you're inviting guests it's even easier. Just have each guest bring a favorite appetizer.
Lil Smokie Bites
Chicken Salad Puffs or Croissants
Potato Skins (I burned the bacon, but I usually put bacon bits on top)
Olives in martini glasses
Fruit with strawberry dip
Stuffed Celery or other Veggies
Baked "Fried" Ravioli
crackers, small bread slices
Candy (leftover from Christmas)
Cookie/Fudge Platter (leftover from Christmas)
Chocolate cream puffs
Fruit, veggie, or cheese and meat kebabs. Can also do caprese skewers with mozzarella, basil & tomato.
Mini salmon cakes
BLT Cucumber bites
|Caprese inspired bruchetta|
|Mimi's Cafe Baked brie, apple and chutney bruschetta|
Cheese & Crackers
|Brie and cranberry turnovers|
|Turnover trio: pizza, chili relleno, & apple pie|
Veggie cups with dip
Baked Panko Onion Rings with caramelized onion aioli
Chocolate covered strawberries
And Don't Forget The Drinks!