Planning Ahead: Holiday Entertaining Ideas​

Throwing or attending a Holiday party? Here are some great recipes whether you are preparing for a potluck dinner or a cocktail party.

Potluck Dinner

Make the following recipes a day, week or even a month ahead of time saving you from stressing over what to bring and giving you ample time to worry about getting ready and arriving on time! 


Keftedes with Lemon Sauce

Baked Pasta Casserole

Beef Tenderloin with Pinot Noir Sauce

Southwestern Vegetarian Lasagna

Curried Pasta and Cheese

Savoury Turkey Gravy



Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Puree

Standby Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Stuffing


Festive Broccoli Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad


Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse Torte

Individual Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Sticky Toffee Puddings

Cranberry Trifles

Lemon Angel Dessert

Chai Latte Cheesecakes

Cocktail Party

There is enough work to be done before hosting a party without also having to worry about preparing all your food on time. The recipes below can be made the day before or even a month in advance, saving you from having to worry about a messy kitchen on top of everything else.  

​Baked Risotto Balls

Cheese Twists

Sun-Dried Tomato and Cheese Phyllo Triangles

Fire Roasted Pepper Bruschetta

Rosemary Biscotti

Rosemary Cranberry Crackers - goes great with baked brie!

Dijon Cheddar Crostini

Pepper Jelly Tarts

Molasses Glazed Chicken Wings

Sticky Wings

Orange Mustard Chicken Wings

Spiked Drums

Santa Fe Wings

Jerk Chicken Wings

Moroccan Chicken Wings

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

Beef Wellington Tarts

Cheeseburger Meatballs

Asian Meatballs

Soft Ginger Cookies

Salted Chocolate Caramel Tarts

Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars

Tuxedo Brownies​

For more great tips and ideas to help get you through the Holiday season, visit our Christmas Entertaining section.


Last updated on January 18, 2019