The Organized Life, Christmas Menu & Last Minute Ideas

I spent part of Sunday polishing the menu for our family Christmas Eve Lunch with Santa


If you can take some time a week or so in advance of an event, to make a master grocery list and timeline,  you will be giving yourself a present  🎁

There’s no formal dining for the adults as we are busy watching over the 11 little ones who will be corralled at the table for their lunch


They will have their own kid friendly buffet,  while in the kitchen nearby, there will be plenty of finger food for the grown-ups

painted champagne bottle

The adults are going to start with a Merry Mimosa Bar

aqua ice snowman

With an icy snowman watching over the bubbly, juices, fresh garnishes and Cheese Straw Stars

cheese straw stars

I streamlined the menu, adding and subtracting here and there, in most cases subbing in easier recipes

almond filled danish

I’m going to make a bite size version of my Almond Danish

fig, pear, bleu bacon pizza

This Pear, Bacon, Fig and Bleu Cheese Flatbread, is incredibly easy to make– cut it into small squares and watch it disappear before your eyes!

Traditional sausage balls are always gobbled up, you can prepare them days ahead of time, store them in a large ziplock in the fridge, bake them before the party starts and throw them in your crockpot on warm.  You can make them the traditional way here or try this version, Sausage Hash Brown Balls

Snow Pea Tree

A Snow Pea Tree provides holiday flair, along with a vegetable option

Teriyaki Tenderloin with star biscuits

Teriyaki Tenderloin is our traditional signature dish, you can make it with pork or beef tenderloin

Small pieces make great party finger food, and it’s delicious at room temperature

Marinate it 2-3 days ahead, a long marinating time is the secret here, it adds so much flavor-

Grill it before the party, then slice and serve at room temperature

Italian sandwich bites

Italiano Morsi, are tasty nibbles on a stick, Italian meats and cheese with pesto spread on thin bread toast

They are fast and easy to assemble and look so inviting… everything is better on a stick, right?

Top the stack with a grape tomato to make them look extra festive

coconut rum snowball 2

I planned on making this Gingerbread Dip here but while I was checking the pantry for ingredients I found a jar of Coconut Rum Snowball Mix

dessert ball gift jar

Dessert’s done!

Throwing a party is hard enough without adding daunting tasks to your to do list, so take a moment and cross some things off or simplify, and put some fa la la & jingle in your step!


In case you missed it, check out yesterday’s Prosciutto & Pesto Puff Pastry Tree, for a fast and beautiful Wow appetizer!


Looks elegant, but goes together in minutes!

Merry Merry!

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12 Responses to “The Organized Life, Christmas Menu & Last Minute Ideas”
  1. Looks like a wonderful party! Have a very Merry Christmas!!

  2. Yours is THE party house Jenna! Merry Christmas and I look forward to a new year of inspiration from you!

  3. Mary says:

    Jenna, You’re the hostess with the mostest and super organized! You’ve created such great holiday fare and memories for your grands! A Merry Mimosa bar sounds like a wonderful idea to me…count me in. Happy Christmas Week πŸ™‚

  4. Wow, I want to come eat at your house!

  5. Jenna, you are so organized and have planned a perfect Christmas Eve with your family and especially for the darling grands! Enjoy and savor every moment!

  6. Jenna, you always make the most delicious menus and the presentations are so pretty. You are my hostess goddess! Merry Christmas to yours. Look forward to our lunches in 2017……………

  7. Kitty says:

    Your menu sounds wonderful, Jenna! I know everyone will have a fabulous fa la la time at your cozy home. Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  8. Kim says:

    Wow! You’re having a feast! Looks like the big kids have the best food in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy your weekend, surrounded by all your lovely loved ones! Merry Christmas!

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