Party & Holiday Recipes

From appetizers to desserts, check out our favorite party and holiday recipes that are sure to please your guests. Whether you’re planning a festive dinner party, a summer cookout or just need some ideas for cooking during the holidays, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget the drinks – we’ve got cocktails, jello shots and mocktails too! So get ready to celebrate with family and friends, and enjoy some delicious food along the way.

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a stack of coconut milk and strawberry popsicles

Homemade Coconut Milk Strawberry Popsicles

Made with coconut milk, fresh strawberries and stevia, these coconut milk strawberry popsicles taste almost like a strawberry creamsicle. Except they’re healthier. And with our special way of making them in layers, they’re really pretty, too. Summer is officially in full swing, which means one thing – popsicles! These brightly colored, icy treats are the…
watermelon sangria

Watermelon Sangria (With Fresh Watermelon)

Summertime means cookouts, pool parties and fun in the sun. And what’s a better way to cool down than with a refreshing drink? This watermelon sangria is perfect for any summer gathering. It’s easy to make and delicious! So grab your favorite pitcher (or drink dispenser) and let’s get started. Sangria is one of my…
overhead picture of creamy piña colada jello shots

Creamy Piña Colada Jello Shots With Pineapple Jello & Coconut Milk

These creamy piña colada jello shots are made with pineapple jello, coconut milk and rum. They’re super easy to make and taste like summer in a shot cup. If you’ve ever been to one of my parties, you know that I love to serve jello shots. Not only are they easy to make, but they…
homemade nachos with lots of toppings

Homemade Loaded Ground Beef Nachos

Nachos are the perfect food for a crowd. They’re easy to make, and everyone can customize their own plate. So if you’re looking to take your party menu up a notch, try making these loaded ground beef nachos at home. Do you love nachos as much as I do? With melty cheese, ground beef and…
close up of pico de gallo in a bowl

Easy Homemade Pico De Gallo

Looking for a delicious and healthy appetizer or topping? Look no further than homemade pico de gallo! This easy-to-follow recipe is perfect as a dip for chips (or veggies), or a topping for nachos or your favorite burger. Plus, in the summer, it’s a great way to use up all of those tomatoes from your…
Strawberry kiwi sangria, triple berry rose sangria and berries and lime sangria recipes

20 Of The Best Summer Sangria Recipes

Beat the heat this summer with a fresh pitcher of sangria! Typically made with wine and fresh fruit plus a little brandy or rum, sangria makes a refreshing summer drink perfect for sipping by the pool, at a backyard BBQ, or on any hot summer day. And these are the best summer sangria recipes to…

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appletini recipe

Appletini (The Best Sour Apple Martini)

For a refreshing green cocktail that tastes and looks great, this appletini recipe is hard to beat. Whether you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s day drink, a tasty summer beverage or a Christmas party aperitif, this recipe is sure to please! An Appletini is a martini with apple flavoring that has been gaining in popularity….

Baked Sticky Chinese Chicken Wings With Brown Sugar & Soy Sauce

These baked sticky Chinese chicken wings made with brown sugar and soy sauce are always a hit at my parties. And it truly is the easiest chicken wing recipe you can find! These easy sticky Chinese chicken wings are one of my go-to recipes for parties when I want an easy-to-make appetizer that everyone loves!…
velveeta rotel cheese dip in a crock pot

Easy Crockpot Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip

Made with only 2 ingredients, this is the easiest cheese dip ever! And since it’s made in the slow cooker, it’s the perfect dip for parties. You can leave it out all night and this Crockpot Velveeta Rotel cheese dip recipe will taste as good at the end of the evening as it did at…

Easy Weeknight Salmon Loaf

This easy salmon loaf recipe is the perfect solution to those weeknights when you have no time and need to put a meal on the table. With busy work schedules, it seems like I’m always in a rush to come up with a nutritious meal that doesn’t take very long to cook. Fortunately, I have…
fluffy cream cheese fruit dip with strawberry

Fluffy Cream Cheese Fruit Dip With Powdered Sugar

When I’m getting ready for a party, I don’t have time to make a lot of complicated recipes. Which is why this easy fluffy cream cheese fruit dip is one of my favorites! All you need is cream cheese, whipping cream and powdered sugar. It’s fluffy and creamy and tastes like heaven on earth! Fruit…
Charcuterie board with sliced meat shaped like roses

How To Make A Simple Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board makes a great appetizer for any party. However, it can be hard to know what to put on the board, how much of each type of meat you need for an event and how to arrange it. We’ve compiled some helpful tips so that when the time comes, you’ll know how to…

Jello Shots

under the sea jello shots with swedish fish

Under The Sea Swedish Fish Jello Shot Recipe

Looking for some great tasting jello shots for a summer get-together or beach party? Your friends will love this “Under The Sea” Swedish fish jello shot recipe that looks awesome and isn’t hard to make. These under the sea Swedish fish jello shots look just like sand, water and fish! They are a little more…

Margarita Jello Shots Recipe (Made With Tequila)

This Margarita Jello Shots recipe made with Tequila and Margarita mix is a fun take on the cocktail with the same name. Perfect for any adult party! Jello shots are one of my go-to cocktails for parties. I especially like the recipes that are really easy to make and still taste great, like these Margarita…

Red and White Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots Recipe

Part cocktail and part dessert, this strawberry shortcake jello shots recipe made with Cake Vodka and Strawberry Pucker looks beautiful, is easy to make and tastes delicious. The only problem with them is how fast they disappear. Lately, I’ve been making a lot of layered jello shots, like these Pina Colada jello shots and this…

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strawberry mimosas

Strawberry Mimosas (With Fresh Or Frozen Strawberries)

This strawberry mimosas recipe is a delicious, summery twist on the classic Mimosa. Made with fresh or frozen strawberries and champagne or sparkling wine, it’s perfect for a special occasion brunch or any time you want a light and tasty cocktail. This strawberry mimosa recipe is my go-to cocktail when I’m having a brunch that…
traditional English buttermilk scones with currants and dried fruit

Traditional English Buttermilk Scones With Currants

These soft and fluffy English buttermilk scones are a big part of a traditional afternoon tea. But they also work well as part of a brunch menu, or as something different to serve instead of biscuits. This simple recipe for traditional English buttermilk scones comes from my sister-in-law Mary. It is really easy to cook and…
crockpot macaroni and cheese

Homemade CrockPot Macaroni and Cheese

This homemade Crockpot macaroni and cheese is made with real cheddar cheese (not Velveeta) and regular milk (instead of evaporated milk) resulting in a cheesy side dish that everyone loves. Whether it’s a Super Bowl party, holiday dinner or a summer BBQ, this crock pot mac and cheese recipe is a staple at my house….

Holiday Recipes

4th of july menu

Best 4th of July Menu For a Cookout

Having a cookout for Independence Day and need some ideas for your 4th of July menu? These tried-and-true recipes are always a big hit and can be prepared ahead of time so you have time to enjoy the party. If you have been following along here lately, you probably know by now that my annual…

78 Patriotic Red, White and Blue Desserts For The 4th of July

Looking for some red, white and blue dessert ideas for the 4th of July? Check out these patriotic recipes that are perfect for Independence Day! From red, white and blueberry pie to patriotic sugar cookies and even some healthy options, there’s something for everyone in this roundup of delicious desserts. It’s that time of year…

Strawberry, Raspberry and Lime Sangria

This blueberry, strawberry, raspberry and lime sangria recipe uses fresh berries with rose wine and limes to add a summer twist to traditional Sangria. It’s the perfect addition to a summer party. I love serving Sangria for parties. It’s light and refreshing and you can make it ahead of time, which is always a bonus…

Drinks & Cocktails

frozen watermelon margaritas

Easy Frozen Watermelon Margaritas (With Fresh Watermelon)

Summertime in a glass! Made with fresh watermelon, these easy homemade frozen watermelon margaritas are a summery version of the classic margarita. They’re refreshing, delicious, and perfect for parties. Summertime means backyard BBQs, swimming in the pool, and most importantly – sipping on delicious cocktails like these frozen margaritas! This easy homemade frozen watermelon margarita…
orange creamsicle cocktail

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail With Whipped Cream Vodka

This drink is not just cool, it’s refreshing! The whipped cream flavored vodka and orange soda mix perfectly with the sweetness of whipped topping to make an orange Creamsicle cocktail that’ll have you coming back for more. Whether you’re looking for a fun summer cocktail, an orange-colored drink for your Halloween party, or you just…
peanut butter cup whiskey cocktail with reese's peanut butter cup in front

Skrewball Peanut Butter Cup Whiskey Cocktail (With A Dairy-Free Version)

You love whiskey and you love peanut butter cups, but what if you could have both at the same time? We’re here to tell you that it’s possible. Made with Skrewball peanut butter whiskey and chocolate liqueur, this peanut butter whiskey cocktail tastes just like a Reese’s peanut butter cup in liquid form…with a kick!…