40 Grinch Party Food and Drink Ideas

If you’re hosting a Grinch-themed Christmas party and aren’t sure what to serve, we’ve got you covered. With 40 Grinch party food and drink ideas, you’re sure to find some options that your friends will love.

40 Grinch party recipes - food and drink ideas

The Grinch is coming to town.

That means you’re in charge of throwing a Christmas party that won’t be ruined by his shenanigans.

You want to keep it classy, but also festive and fun.

And most importantly, you don’t want your guests to go hungry! Or thirsty!

Don’t worry. We’ve got all the Grinchy food ideas you need for an epic holiday soiree.

From drinks and appetizers to cookies and desserts, these recipes are easy enough that anyone can make them

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Grinch Desserts

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Let’s start with the Grinch dessert recipes.

Because I’m an “eat your dessert first” kind of person.

1 | Grinch cupcakes with a heart inside

green Grinch cupcakes with a heart inside

If you’re willing to put in a little work, these Grinch cupcakes with a heart inside, and the Grinch face made with buttercream frosting on top are the cutest Christmas dessert ever!

And they look awesome on a Grinch party dessert table.


2 | Peppermint Grinch cupcakes

peppermint grinch cupcakes with red santa hat frosting

For a Grinch cupcake recipe that takes a little less work, try this peppermint version.

They combine an easy cupcake recipe with peppermint buttercream frosting on top to look like the Grinch in a Santa hat.


3 | Mint and chocolate Grinch brownies

Mint and chocolate Grinch brownies

If you love mint and chocolate together (me!), then you’ll want to try this Grinch brownie recipe.

It’s made with green mint ganache and mint Oreos combined with fudgy brownies and red hot candies. Don’t they look awesome?


4 | Oreo Grinch brownies with green frosting

Grinch brownies with green frosting

These delicious homemade brownies combine Mint Oreos and a vibrant green chocolate ganache.

With the red heart sprinkles they definitely have some Grinch flair.


5 | Green Grinch fudge

Green Grinch fudge with a red heat on each piece

This green Grinch Fudge is a simple microwave recipe made with white chocolate that has been colored green.

Topped with large red heart sprinkles, it’s a Grinch dessert that everyone will love.


6 | Grinch Donuts

green Grinch donuts on a wire rack

For all the donut lovers!

These green donuts covered with green icing and red candy hearts make great Grinch desserts that’ll have everyone coming back for more.


7 | Grinch Rice Krispie pops

Green Grinch rice krispie pops on a plate with red heart decorations.

If you don’t want to do any cooking, you can use store-bought rice krispie treats to put together these Grinch pops.

So easy to serve at a party and the kids will love them.


8 | Grinch Rice Krispies hearts

Grinch rice krispie treats in the shape of hearts

Or you can use this green rice krispie treats recipe to make them from scratch with a few simple ingredients.

Then cut them into heart shapes to go with the Grinch theme.

Grinch Cookie Recipes

Now we’re on to the cookie portion of our Grinch food ideas list.

Because you can’t have a Christmas party without cookies!

9 | Green Grinch heart sugar cookies

Grinch heart sugar cookies

These Grinch heart sugar cookies are super easy to make (there’s no icing involved!).

Made with peppermint flavoring and green food color, they look and taste like Christmas.


10 | Grinch cookies with fur frosting

grinch cookies with fur frosting

Covered with green frosting that’s made to look like fur, these sugar cookies are so adorable.

They’re topped with red ganache hearts in three sizes, just like the Grinch’s heart in How The Grinch Stole Christmas.


11 | Thick Grinch cookies

Thick Grinch cookies

This Grinch cookie recipe gives you the option of making them with a cake mix or from scratch.

So you get to decide how much work you want to do.


12 | Double-layered Grinch sugar cookies

Double layered Grinch sugar cookies

Try this recipe for the Grinch version of a Linzer cookie.

These double-layered cookies are super easy to make and use a cream cheese frosting to hold the cookies together. Yum!


13 | Cake mix Grinch cookies

Cake mix Grinch cookies

ince these cookies are made with cake mix, they are about as easy as it gets to put together.

And their green color and red heart definitely looks Grinch-inspired.


14 | Grinch snowball cookies

Grinch snowball cookies

No Grinch cookie collection would be complete without some green snowball cookies covered in white powdered sugar.

And this recipe is made with pistachios and cranberries for added holiday flavor.


15 | 4-Ingredient Grinch cookies

4-ingredient Grinch cookies

Made with only 4 ingredients, these Grinch cookies are super easy to make.

And you don’t have to add any food coloring to get them to turn out green.


16 | Grinch peppermint cookies

Grinch peppermint cookies

For a break from all the green, try these red and white slice & bake peppermint cookies.

They are easy to make, can be frozen until you need them, and look very festive. The perfect holiday party cookie!

Appetizers

While Grinch Christmas parties often revolve around desserts, cookies and drinks, you may also want to serve some “real” food.

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered, starting with these appetizer recipes.

17 | Cranberry salsa bites

cranberry salsa in a Christmas tree serving bowl surrounded by chips

This cranberry salsa bites recipe is the perfect Christmas party appetizer.

It looks festive, tastes great, and can be made ahead of time.

And the red color pairs perfectly with all the green food at a Grinch party.


18 | Easy avocado guacamole dip

avocado guacamole dip

Another super easy party appetizer that fits right in with the Grinch theme is guacamole.

Served with chips or veggies, it’s always a hit.


19 | Grinch popcorn

Grinch popcorn

Grinch-y green popcorn with red heart sprinkles! Need I say more?

This is the perfect finger food for a Grinch party.


20 | Grinch chocolate pretzel squares

Grinch pretzel squares

These Grinch pretzel squares are covered with different colors of candy melts to create a Grinch-inspired design that’s easy to serve for a crowd.


21 | Grinch pretzel bites

Grinch pretzel bites

Or you can use twisty pretzels with caramel and candy melts to create these easy Grinch pretzel bites.


22 | Minty Grinch dip

Minty green Grinch dip

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a dessert or an appetizer. But in any case, it’s minty, green and made with cream cheese.

Which makes it perfect for dipping fruit, cookies or even veggies.

Salads & Main Dishes

In case you’re going to be serving a meal at your Grinch Christmas party, here are a few recipes that will fit in with the green and red color scheme.

23 | Easy classic coleslaw

Top view of coleslaw recipe in white bowl with tomatoes

While not specifically Grinch-themed, coleslaw is a great salad to serve for a crowd.

The cabbage is the perfect green color and it doesn’t wilt easily so it’s a great dish for the buffet table.

Add in some red peppers and top with cherry tomatoes to add some extra Christmas flair.


24 | Pistachio fruit salad (or Watergate salad)

Side view of green fluff salad with spoons and cherries

This green fluff salad recipe is made with pistachio pudding mix which gives it a green color that is perfect for a Grinch themed party.

And it tastes even better when it’s made a day ahead of time.

Which is always a party planning bonus in my books.


25 | Green burritos

green burritos

These Burritos are stuffed with seasoned chicken and an amazing cheese sauce, then smothered with avocado, salsa verde, cilantro and lime.

Which makes them just the right color to add to your Grinch-inspired food list.


26 | Grinch waffles

green Grinch waffles with whipped cream

Move over boring plain waffles!

If you’re planning a Grinch-themed Christmas brunch, then these made-from-scratch green waffles are the perfect addition to your menu.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Now on to the Grinch drinks, starting with the non-alcoholic ones that everyone can enjoy.

27 | Non-alcoholic Grinch punch

Two glasses of green Grinch punch with red rims.

This non-alcoholic Grinch punch has a great green color that looks very Christmas-y when poured into a glass rimmed with red sugar.

A great holiday party recipe for all ages.


28 | Grinch peppermint hot chocolate

Grinch peppermint hot chocolate in a mason jar

This homemade Grinch hot chocolate is made with mint chocolate chips for a fresh take on the winter classic.


29 | Grinch Float

Grinch float

If you love floats, then this Grinch drink recipe is for you!

Lime sherbet adds to the flavor and the green color.


30 | Grinch hot chocolate bombs

Grinch hot chocolate bombs

These Grinch hot chocolate bombs are a fun way to serve hot chocolate.

Or you can give them away as party favors and let your guests continue the Grinch party at home.


31 | Dark green Grinch hot chocolate bombs

Dark green Grinch hot chocolate bombs with dark green shell

Since hot chocolate bombs are so popular, there are many ways you can make them.

Including this recipe with a dark green shell that melts into a perfect color for a Grinch-inspired drink.


32 | Mint and Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Bombs

Mint and marshallow Grinch hot chocolate bombs

Made with mint chocolate and marshmallows, these hot chocolate bombs add a twist to the traditional hot chocolate recipe.

And of course some green coloring along with a red heart to go with the Grinch theme.


33 | 3-ingredient Grinch punch

3-ingredient Grinch punch

For a non-alcoholic green drink that uses raspberries as its pop of red, try this Grinch punch recipe.

It’s super easy to make with only 3 ingredients!

Grinch Cocktails

Last but not least are all of our Grinch cocktail recipes.

These adult beverages will make sure everyone is getting in on the Christmas spirit.

34 | Grinch apple Jello shots

appletini jello shots on cake stand

I never have a party without serving Jello shots.

And these apple-flavored ones topped with a strawberry and whipped cream Santa hat are perfect for a Grinch-themed party menu.


35 | Grinch peppermint Jello shots

peppermint Grinch jello shots

For a peppermint flavored Jello shot with a Grinch-inspired red heart, try this recipe that will add an extra kick to your holiday party.


36 | Apple and melon Grinch cocktail

grinch apple cocktail

This green Grinch cocktail recipe is made from apple vodka and melon liqueur for a tasty adult beverage that is perfect for a holiday party.

And the red rim and heart make it perfect for the theme.


37 | Fruity Grinch cocktail

green Grinch cocktail with a red rim

This adult beverage option combines orange, melon and pineapple flavors to make a refreshing fruity Grinch cocktail that everyone will love.


38 | Spiked Grinch hot chocolate

spiked Grinch hot chocolate

For a Grinch-inspired hot chocolate with a kick, try this recipe that uses white chocolate and your choice of liqueur to customize the flavor to your taste.


Tropical Grinch cocktail

4 glasses of tropical Grinch cocktail garnished with an orange and maraschino cherry

This fun and fruity alcoholic Grinch Drink is the perfect cocktail recipe for your upcoming Christmas holiday party.

Garnished with orange slices and maraschino cherries, you almost feel like you’re on vacation in the tropics while you’re drinking it.


40 | Grinch-y apple martini

appletini recipe

While not specifically a Grinch recipe, these apple martinis are the perfect color!

Add red sanding sugar around the rim of the glass (instead of green) and you have a great Grinch martini that everyone will love.

That’s it for my Grinch party food and drink ideas. Hopefully you’ve found some green and red recipes that will make your holiday get-together the talk of the town.

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This post was originally published on November 23, 2021 but was updated with new content on December 17, 2023.


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