Your friends keep texting invitations to eat, drink and be merry. Your calendar overflows with events. Every night, you go to bed not with visions of sugarplums but with To Do lists: What can I bring? What do I wear? How should I BYOB?
Don’t get us wrong: we love the holidays. It’s a time to catch up with family and old friends. Often, it means making new friends. Yes, the holidays spark up our social lives. However, holiday stress levels can shoot up faster than a champagne cork. Add bringing a dish to your task list and things can get hectic — fast. These potluck ideas can send seasonal stress out on its merry way.
Dips are a potluck go-to for a reason. First of all, they’re fast, fun crowd favorites. Furthermore, even the lowliest dip looks divine in a bread bowl. For instance, this delicious spinach dip takes 20 minutes. So stick it in the fridge overnight and voilà! You’re ready to Jingle Bell rock that party!
Feeling adventurous? This spicy cheese sausage dip will have your friends caroling its praises. Even more importantly, your Crock Pot does all of the work. Want to keep it traditional? This Seven-Layer Bean Dip packs a flavorful punch. Plus, it’s a pretty addition to any Christmas snack spread.
Don’t be frightened. Meatballs may seem complicated. However, there’s no rule against using frozen meatballs. Toss a package in with the crockpot along with the sauce of your choice. Then, let it simmer while you get dressed in your holiday best. Let these Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs be the shining star of the party. Maybe you’d rather take advantage of time off from work to work on your cooking skills. These Easy Homemade Meatballs make a great starting point for a new chef. Already mastered the basic meatball? Then try Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs or Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs. They’ll win praise from the pickiest partier!
Want a quick and easy recipe that’ll help you celebrate sooner? Salad may be the go-to for you. Sure, this Cranberry-Orange Harvest Salad looks and tastes like a gourmet dish, but you’ll have it finished faster than you can say “auld lang syne.” If you’re looking for a make-ahead dish, this Greek Pasta Salad fits the bill. Finally, you can stir up this Easy Christmas Fruit Salad in just a few minutes. Do you hear what I hear? It’s your friends, singing this sweet dessert’s praises!
Few things bring more joy to the world than sweet treats. And few things say “holiday joy” more than peppermint. So if you’re signed up to show up with dessert, these Peppermint Cookies with Peppermint Frosting make the perfect plus one. Alternatively, this Peppermint Dream Cake lives up to its name. Finally, for an easy treat that’s still fancy enough even for Good King Wenceslas, try these Three-Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites.
What better way to raise your holiday spirits than by raising a glass of spirits? If you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, you can still mix a merry beverage. Apple cider, a seasonal favorite, gets a festive facelift in this Ginger Rum Apple Cider recipe. Next, two other seasonal favorites — champagne and pomegranates — make for much rejoicing when they team up in Pomegranate Holiday Mimosas. For a kid-friendly treat as sparkling as any Christmas tree, mix up a batch of this Pear Punch.
And there you have it! With these sweet and savory treats, you’ll easily be the toast of any holiday potluck.