2. The Food

The food is the centerpiece of any party, especially if young children are there. The list of holiday foods goes on and on, but I like to keep it simple and inviting for the little ones, so I always do finger foods - and plenty of them. A couple of my standards are a cheese platter with crackers and pepperoni or summer sausage and a veggie plate with dressing, usually ranch. When making my platters, I try to keep variety and color in mind. Your spread is part of your dΓ©cor because a good looking party buffet is always what catches the eye first thing because most of us love food!

I usually use 2-3 different kinds of cheese and several different cracker types, just to spice it up. When doing veggie platters I have a little bit of everything, from broccoli to snap peas and red peppers or carrots thrown in for color and crunch. You can buy a store made platter, but it will be way cheaper and you will have much more if you do it yourself. You can also do a fruit platter with dip. Same rules apply, color adds variety.

Remember that the crock pot is your friend and is an easy way to make dips, meatballs or little sausages. And no matter what, you have to have some treats!! Easy to make cookies, like decorated sugar cookies or chocolate chip, are always a hit and they look festive too. There are endless combinations of different dishes and goodies, just go with what you and your family love.

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