December 23, Cookie Day, up to 50 guests including littles, open house
We will have my parents in town plus lots and lots of friends and their kids. It's a cookie decorating and hot cocoa party. My plan is to serve coffee and cocoa with a crap-ton of add-ins to customize your drink. I'm also going to do one specialty cocktail. (Yum! Specialty cocktail!)
Coffee, served in a giant urn/coffeepot thing my mom has. It makes like fifty cups of coffee at one time! Awesome. I will not have to make pot upon pot of coffee.
Cocoa, served in my slick thermal carafe I got last Christmas. It doesn't hold a whole lot so I will probably have to make pot upon pot of cocoa. Actually, no. I just decided to buy another carafe to make this problem go away because I have actually been stressing about it quite a bit. (Yes, I'm the kind of person that stresses about cocoa at a cookie party, WHAT?) What if people want cocoa but they have to wait? Oh no! Nobody will have cocoa and that is the frakking POINT of the party! I know, I'm insane. (I got a red one.)
Cocoa and Coffee toppings/mix-ins (I plan to have five or six "recipes" set up for guidance on how to combine and mix/match for those that are intimidated by DIY cocoa.)(Although really, what kind of person is intimidated by DIY cocoa?)
Soft peppermint sticks
Crushed Candy Canes
Big Marshmallows (These are the ones I like.)
Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Peppermint Whipped Cream
Crushed Toffee Bits
Crushed peanuts/pecans (Whatever the ice cream topping mix is made of.)
Something else savory I haven't identified yet. (Nutella? Peanut Butter? Reese's?)
Ground Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Dark Cocoa Powder for sprinkling. (I need to get some slick little sprinkling can type things.)
Cream, Sugar, Splenda (More for the coffee but if someone wants to sweeten their cocoa then...okaaay.)
Gingerbread Martinis (Am planning to simply make a pitcher of them and perhaps when they are gone, they are gone. Not sure I feel like cocktail mixing during the party. I also have six darling coupe glasses that I never use and these would be perfect for that.)
Apple Juice (For the kids that won't drink cocoa) (Perhaps in a pitcher, perhaps juice boxes for simplicity. Haven't decided yet.)
Fudge (From a box. Because that's how we make it around here.)
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies with icing in a variety of shades and sprinkles in a variety of shapes/colors.
Something else I haven't decided on yet. Maybe two somethings. Ideas? I want little finger food type candies or baked goods.
Snacks (not sweet)
A version of vegetables and a dip that is not as boring to look at, eat or think about as vegetables and a dip. (Still noodling on this one.)
Some kind of sandwichy pinwheel roll up things. Perhaps catered because that sounds like something I don't want to make.
Dinner that evening, after the party people go home
HA HA NO I AM NOT COOKING AFTER ALL OF THAT ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Black Bean Soup (From a kit at Central Market. Already made and sitting in a gallon bag in my freezer.)
Bison Chili (My mom is making this and bringing.) (Thank you, Mom!)
Add-ins, for both:
Diced Purple Onions
Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Grated Monterry Jack Cheese
Crushed Tortilla Chips
Cornbread with butter and honey (Local honey! Local, $13 honey that I have to keep in the fridge or the ants will get it, which is so gross and disgusting, I know.) (It is amazing honey.)
Dessert: Um, cookies? DUH.
December 24, Christmas Eve, 10 people (Including Claire and Charlotte and let's be honest, they do not really count when setting a formal table.) (Especially Charlotte.)
A variety of cheeses and crackers (Will definitely include: Havarti, Gouda and something really, really stinky.)
Antipasti Platter: Salami, Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamatas, Prosciutto, etc.
Maybe something else, if I feel like or if someone else makes it.
Dry Brined Beef Tenderloin (You bet your ass I'm making it again. I already have the meat in the freezer.)
Mashed Potatoes (Uncomplicated, I can make and freeze them in advance.)
Mac and Cheese (Need a recipe for this. Holly Burns' mother, I am casting my eyes in a hopeful manner in your general direction.)
2 vegetables (I am thinking roasted asparagus and a salad but I am open to your suggestions about favorite holiday vegetable preparations.)
Rolls and Butter (I am thinking about making the rolls, because I am obviously high and feel there is not enough to do.) (Also am thinking about a fancy compound herbed butter. Recipes, anyone?)
Wine. Lots and lots and lots of wine.
December 25, Christmas Day
Added a red bell pepper, used a mix of monterrey jack and sharp cheddar, used chorizo instead of regular breakfast sausage and only 8 eggs instead of 12. I served it with flour tortillas, sour cream and hatch chile salsa.
Cheese Grits (My grandmother makes them.)
Cinnamon Rolls (I'm going to make PW's again, even though I was kind of MEH about them last year. They tasted good I just wanted them bigger and fatter, so I'll make that adjustment when putting them together. Will make and freeze well in advance.) (Which means that, uh, I should make some cinnamon rolls tomorrow, CRAP.)
Bloody Mary Bar (I completely failed on this last year so I am determined to make it happen this year.)
Rest of the Day, Lunch and Snacks
Leftovers. Holy cow the leftovers will be AWESOME. Also? I am so OVER dishes by this point. Someone take me to a movie. No, seriously, someone watch my kids so I can finally go to a movie for the first time in seven months.
Since we had our big meal the day before on Christmas Eve we'll do a simple dinner tonight. My guess is that it will be something like lasagna, tamales or maybe even more leftovers.