Throwing a snow or winterscape party can be an excellent way to beat the winter blues or help cool down during the hot summer days. With the right decor, you can turn your party venue into a winter wonderland. Don't forget the food; serve tasty, wintry refreshments that will impress your guests and have them begging for seconds.
Get your guests into the winter spirit with cool-colored hors d'oeuvres. Fill a white bowl with silver, white and blue M&Ms; or York Peppermint chocolate candies. Make white chocolate fondue with marshmallows for dipping. Make baked bread balls. Spray the finished balls with butter-flavored cooking spray and roll them in powdered sugar to create "snowballs." Take the chill off with tiny grilled cheese sandwiches. Use cookie cutters to cut them into snowflake shapes. Set out an all-white veggie and cheese tray with cauliflower, mushrooms, jicama, provolone, Swiss and mozzarella.
Focus on comfort food for your snow party. Serve a hearty winter beef stew in red wine sauce with plenty of meat and vegetables. Roast a lamb or turkey. Make "snowy" pasta with white noodles, Alfredo sauce and Parmesan or Blue Cheese crumbles. Invite your guests to bring their own ingredients and have a chili competition and sampling. Or, set up a baked potato bar with cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon for toppings.
Hot fresh sides are always a winter favorite. Serve homemade macaroni and cheese or cheesy scalloped potatoes. Make a rich holiday stuffing and a platter of buttery cheddar biscuits. For guests watching calories, serve a winter salad, such as greens with roasted almonds and shredded goat cheese or a warm duck-and-cabbage salad. Serve chilled shrimp with lemon butter sauce and sauteed vegetables to add a reasonably light side option to your menu.
Serve hot, sugary cinnamon pecan rolls. Have a deli make one cupcake for each guest and cover them with white frosting. Use candy sprinkles to make a snowman's face. Set up a cocoa bar full of toppings such as chocolate candies, mini marshmallows and sprinkles. Freeze balls of vanilla ice cream for two hours, then roll them in shredded coconut and chocolate syrup. Bake sugar cookies shaped like snowmen or snowflakes. Sprinkle them with cinnamon or coconut.
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