POPSUGAR Celebrity

December Is Almost Here, and It's Time to Celebrate!

Nov 29 2011 - 12:10pm

As soon as the twelfth month of the year rolls around, I start tingling with excitement. I daydream about attending or hosting fancy cocktail parties, where we all dress up in our favorite festive cocktail attire, sip on a few cocktails, and get toasty warm from the inside out, and munch on elegant bites all night. This time of the year certainly evokes a certain celebratory quality, don't you think? Here are a few ideas for cocktails, finger food, and sweet treats for your own holiday party. Along with these menu items, we suggest dimming the lights, donning your favorite red lipstick, and playing a little 1930s-era jazz as background music.

Classic Champagne Cocktail

The simple, delightful combination of champagne, bitters, and sugar in a classic champagne cocktail [1] is nothing if not elegant.


If the name alone doesn't make you want to celebrate the night away, then the simple, flavorful ingredients of the Fitzgerald [2] sure will.

Chocolate White Russian

It's decadent – basically a dessert – and it's only got a few ingredients, making it a breeze to whip up over and over at your party. Try a decadent chocolate White Russian. [3]

Rosemary Clementine Sparkle

With a name like Rosemary Clementine Sparkle [4], what else can you do with it except celebrate the night away? Try this sophisticated and elegant libation at your next classy cocktail party.

Bee's Knees

Sweeten your next gin cocktail with good-quality honey. Try the simply sweet and refreshing Bee's Knees cocktail. [5]

Mushroom and Brie Bruschetta

After all of those cocktails, you must be ready for some food. Try this elegant finger food to start. The flavors involved in mushroom and brie bruschetta [6] are out of this world.

Oysters Casino

Oysters are almost a must at any classy cocktail party. Oysters Casino [7] is a really flavorful and colorful way to serve this shellfish.

Bacon-Wrapped Persimmons

Make the most out of persimmon season and wrap them in bacon! These bacon-wrapped persimmons [8] are great cocktail-party finger food.

Crab Toasts

Addictive crab toasts [9] make a great cocktail-party appetizer because they are incredibly simple to prepare and they're full of delicious flavor.

Marinated Goat Cheese and Olives

This appetizer won't take you much time to prepare, but it will leave your guests begging you for your secret! It's elegant and rustic at the same time, and the combination of goat cheese and olives, marinated in a lemony olive oil [10], is mouthwateringly good.

Informal Croquembouche

Stacked cream puffs drizzled with chocolate glaze [11] will have your guests fighting over who gets the last puff. Stand back and feel proud that you've just hosted an incredibly successful cocktail party.

Banana Bread Pudding

Though it may not be the most elegant of desserts, banana bread pudding [12] is heartwarming and tasty, just what your guests will want after one too many cocktails.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pudding Cups

Creamy, rich peanut butter and chocolate pudding cups [13] are a charming way to cap off a night. Each cup must be made separately, but the process is easy, and the result is well-worth it!

Hazelnut Mousse

Hazelnut mousse [14] is a ridiculously easy dessert that comes off as delicate and sophisticated. Your guests will never know that you only spent 10 minutes preparing this dessert.

Mini Brownie Sundaes

Bite-sized brownie sundaes [15] are a great way to serve up a delicious dessert without using up any of your plates or bowls. Translation? Less cleanup!

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