Party Panache, Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa

Do you have a long standing Christmas tradition or way you always celebrate the holiday?  We gather with extended family on Christmas Eve at our house.  We meet for lunch rather than dinner, so families can go to evening church services or get the little ones in bed

Things have changed as more and more babies arrived, those days of leisurely dinners at the table are gone for a while, and things have to be consumed on the go in between diaper changes, and runny noses…

Since there are 11 children, ranging from 8 months to 8 years old, I created a menu with kid friendly, easy to eat, bite sized food, with nothing too messy… they’re not always little angels   😇

They’re more like wild horses  🐎


Xmas menu 2


The top half of the menu is geared for the kiddos mainly, but the adults tend to grab these things too~

I always make Pigs in a Blanket, cocktail smokies rolled up in crescent roll dough and baked, because the kids {and grown-ups!}  devour them.  Make a ton, you can always freeze leftovers, but you probably won’t have any



Christmas Chex


Presentation is everything, just put them on a cute platter or tray, and go your merry way.  You can get more presentation ideas here



tortilla spiral tree


Peanut butter Sushi is simply peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwiches, made on thin bread, rolled up and cut like sushi, then stacked in Christmas tree fashion, like the Tortilla Pimento Cheese Spirals above

Snowmen noses are just a fun way to get the kiddos to eat their carrots.  I’m going to turn this Carrot Dip Garden from an Easter party into a “melted snowbank” [ranch dressing] for the snowmen noses to be plucked from


carrot garden dip


A big plate of Candy Cookies for Santa will remind them he is still watching!



Candy Cookies for Santa


The dough for Parmesan Stars can be made up to a week in advance…then baked the day before


cheese straw stars


Ham and Poppy Seed Roll-ups are a version of the long time popular ham and cheese poppy seed rolls.  I saw a version on Pinterest that I want to try, using crescent rolls, similar to these Club Sandwich in a Roll


rolled club sandwich thepainted


The Ham and Poppy Seed rolls are more party friendly because they’re bite sized.  You cut them into spiral bites and drizzle the buttery mustard sauce over the top before baking.  You can see the recipe here


Red and Green Asparagus and Roasted Tomato Tart will be a festive addition to the party


pesto pastry with roasted veggies


And the guys will be gobbling the Brown Sugar Bacon Bundles with a crispy tater tot filling


bacon bundles


Cranberry Walnut Pie Spirals with Gorgonzola Garlic Butter were a big hit this fall, so I’m looking forward to making them again


cranberry bleu cheese bites


I think everyone will enjoy the Coconut Rum Snowball for Dessert


coconut rum snowball 1


And a new creation, Sweet and Salty White Trash Bark is in the “test kitchen,”  I’ll share it as soon as I work out the kinks…


white trash bark

If you need some last minute nibbles to please everyone you can find the links to all these recipes, and more, on my Pinterest board, Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa here



santa centerpiece case you’re wondering why I’m calling this lunch with Santa, if everyone is really really really good, the jolly man himself  just might make an appearance!!

But, this is just between you and me, no one else knows, Shhhh…


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs

Celebrate and Decorate, It’s Overflowing, Rustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&J, Project Inspire, The Scoop, Something to Talk AboutA Stroll Thru Life    Inspire Me Monday

Crafty Staci,   Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Creative Ways, Favorite Things, Full Plate Thursday, Share Your Style, Work it Wednesday

Home Matters, Idea BoxWeekend Retreat,

16 Responses to “Party Panache, Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa”
  1. Michelle says:

    It all looks yummy! Merry Christmas🎄😎🌴

  2. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you and Happy Holidays to all 

  3. Marigene says:

    So many yummy ideas, but that asparagus tart really caught my eye.
    Merry Christmas, Jenna.

  4. Lynn says:

    You know I’m all about the appys! Have a great time with the kids Jenna:@)

  5. JESS44903 says:

    Everything looks so great and pretty! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Merry Christmas!

  6. Judy Pimperl says:

    Well, thank you! I think I just planned almost my entire last-minute Christmas Day menu from this post. I had planned a simple seafood gumbo and a chicken tortellini soup with a variety of breads and crackers…but now, I’ll add some of these delicious looking finger foods to go along with the other dishes. No matter how hard I try to “keep it simple” it never works out…Even simple dishes can get complicated when we try to do too many. I think I’ll do like you suggest from time to time and do some of them ahead of time…Better get busy!
    Merry Christmas!

    • Merry Christmas to you Judy! I am hoping for a Santa’s helper in the kitchen this week! I’m sure whatever you do it will be wonderful, gumbo sounds perfect for a Southern Christmas feast! >

  7. Kim says:

    Great ideas! I love the idea of Christmas Eve lunch with the family – and Santa. Your menu is perfect, and I completely agree that we should make a thousand pigs in blankets! 🙂

  8. Jenna, I love the idea of Christmas Eve lunch and all the food sounds and looks so yummy! Merry Cristmas to you and yours!

  9. Julie says:

    I love all of your great recipes for a Christmas lunch with Santa!! How fun & festive. Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Wishing you a Merry Christmas Jenna!
    Julie xo

  10. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a great luncheon with Santa, I just know he loved it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great holiday season!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  11. Sandra Garth says:

    You have the best ideas!

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