Fruit and Caramel Brie
Brie is one of my favorite cheeses and this sweet-savory Fruit and Caramel Brie recipe is party-special, but especially easy to throw together.
—Tracy Schuhmacher, Penfield, New York
Pumpkin Pie Dip
I came up with this rich creamy Pumpkin Pie Dip when I had a small amount of canned pumpkin left in the fridge after my holiday baking. The dip is also great served with sliced pears and apples, or as a spread on zucchini bread or any other nut bread.
—Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
Sweet Cheese Ball
You'll need only a few items for this unique Sweet Cheese Ball. Coconut comes through in the cherry-flecked mixture that's coated in pecans. It looks pretty and tastes delicious served with apple slices, pineapple wedges, berries and other fresh fruit.
—Melissa Friend, Oakland, Maryland
Mini Pizza Cups
Served hot or cold, these Mini Pizza Cups are wonderful. Their small size makes them ideal for an after-school snack or kid-friendly party. Plus, they're so easy to make, little ones can help you in the kitchen!
—Jane Jones, Cedar, Minnesota
Hot Chili Cheese Dip
I simplify party preparation by using my slow cooker to create this thick Hot Chili Cheese Dip. Your guests won't believe how good it is.
—Jeanie Carrigan, Madera, California
This Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms recipe is a delicious appetizer and is always the hit of the party.
—Beatrice Vetrano, Landenberg, Pennsylvania
Holiday Entertaining Tips
- We feed a lot of people at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, so my sisters and I always set up a big buffet on the kitchen counter. We put each side dish in a slow cooker (mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, squash, gravy and so forth) to keep everything warm. Guests bring the breads, rolls, salads and pies. If someone arrives late, they still can have a hot delicious meal.
—Marla C., Smyrna, New York
- Instead of simply saying grace at our Thanksgiving dinner, each person around the table takes a turn to state what they're thankful for. Even the little ones pipe in and express their appreciation for something they cherish. More often than not, our eyes fill with tears as we take the time to remember what's truly important in life. We hope the kids carry on this touching tradition.
—Suzanne D., Oak Creek, Wisconsin
- I use a king-size quilt as my Thanksgiving tablecloth. During dinner, each person shares something for which they're thankful, then lights the votive candle at their place setting. Before long, the table is beautifully lit. At the end of the meal, we write our names on the quilt with permanent markers. Then I wash the quilt and tuck it away. The next year, young and old alike head straight to the table to find their names from previous years. That cozy Thanksgiving tablecloth has become a wonderful memento.
—Joanie H., Colorado Springs, Colorado
You can use cutout cookies to make edible place cards for your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Bake and cool the cookies as directed. Fill a pastry bag with your favorite white frosting. Using a No. 1, 2, or 3 round tip, write your guests names on the cookies. Let the frosting dry; store in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature. Before guests arrive, set place card cookies on dinner plates.
—Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
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