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5 Dishes for the Holiday Party of your Dreams

Try these perfect menu ideas to impress your holiday guests.

Hosting a holiday party is a big deal. In some ways it’s a right of passage. Whether you’re throwing a casual get-together with friends or a major holiday dinner with the whole family – you gotta make sure your party is #OnFleek. The lights, decorations, music and festive sweaters are important, but the food is #1. Your guests will arrive excited and ready to eat! (Probably hangry.) But never fear – we’ve got just the holiday menu ideas for you to be the HOST with the MOST. The best part? They’re relatively simple, and it will look like you’ve been preparing weeks in advance!

So roll up the sleeves on that classic holiday sweater, and let’s get cooking! Here's our top picks that will be sure to enamor your guests:

Brined Holiday Turkey

Eleven out of ten party-goers agree: turkey is a necessity at a holiday dinner. Even those who don’t eat turkey might feel something’s amiss without the sight of a big beautiful golden-brown bird on the table. So if you’re hosting a major holiday dinner, check out this recipe for a brine that’ll adds lots of flavor and really impress your guests. Get the recipe here.

Smashed Pesto Potatoes

What’s better than mashed potatoes? SMASHED potatoes, duh! Since these literally just need one good smash and a healthy dollop of basil pesto, we’d say they’re a heck of a lot easier to make (and tastier too!) Honestly, we’d take smashed over mashed any day. Get the recipe here.

Butterscotch Pecan Perfection Pie

Pecan pie is a classic! Now let’s add some butterscotch chips to it for an even tastier crowd-pleaser. Simple enough to make, but your guests may think you’ve been slaving away all day. We recommend serving it warm with a scoop of ice cream (or two). Get the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider

Cider, AKA nectar of the Holiday gods, is a wonderful touch for any party. Just pour a few different juices and spices into your crock-pot, simmer, and voila! It’ll have your house smelling festive, and the garnishes on this recipe look fabulous enough for a magazine cover. #WeSeeYou Get the recipe here.

 – The goodNes Crew

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