Easy and Festive Make-Ahead Holiday Menu

Holiday party planning can be made simple by preparing food in advance

Easy and Festive Make-Ahead Holiday Menu

Easy and Festive Make-Ahead Holiday Menu

The holiday season is a time for festive parties, but hosting often becomes a source of stress. A simple game plan and little bit of preparation go a long way toward easing your tension as party host.

Roasted Beet, Feta, and Walnut-Topped Crostini

Roasted Beet, Feta, and Walnut-Topped Crostini
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Roasted beets will last in the fridge for a few days, so prepare the filling in advance. These crostini are served at room temperature, so you can set the platter up ahead of time. Click here to see the recipe.

Baked Cheese and Bacon Jam Bites

Stuff these bites before the party starts and cook through in the oven when guests start arriving, Click here to see the recipe.

Ham-Wrapped Coconut Shrimp Bites

Have these easy appetizers ready to go and pop them into the oven for a few minutes before the party starts. Click here to see the recipe.

Easy Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Easy Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
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With just four ingredients plus seasoning, this slow-cooker pot roast is a cinch to make. Put everything in the slow cooker the morning of the event and don’t think about it until you’re ready to serve. Click here to see the recipe.

Healthy Orange and Avocado Salad

Citrus is available year-round, but winter is the peak season for it. Prepare the dressing and citrus in advance. Avocado should be prepped as close to the start of the party as possible, but lime juice in the dressing will slow the browning of the avocado. Click here to see the recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic and Sage

Roasted Butternut Squash with Garlic and Sage
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Peel and cut the butternut squash the day before or the morning of the party and store in a plastic resealable bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to get cooking. Simple roasted vegetables look and taste great, but don’t take a lot of effort to prepare. Click here to see the recipe.

Peppermint Brownies

This fun and festive dessert is easy to make a day or two in advance. Once the brownies are frosted and decorated, store them in the fridge. Just make sure that nothing is resting on top of them. Click here to see the recipe.

Sugar Cookie Ornaments

Sugar Cookie Ornaments
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Bake these cookies a few days before the party. When they’re cool, decorate with royal icing and allow the icing to set. Click here to see the recipe.

Texas Pecan Pie

Texas Pecan Pie
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Pecan pie actually tastes better a day after you make it, and it’s supposed to be served at room temperature or cold. If you’re not using a store-bought pie crust, make the pie crust a day or two before the party. Rest it for a few hours in the fridge (or overnight) and rest it again after you roll out the dough. Click here to see the recipe.