What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve

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What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
A Christmas eve open house can accomodate the schedules of family, friends and neighbours. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Throwing a Christmas Eve open house is one way to celebrate the holiday season in a way that can accommodate the schedules of friends, family, neighbours and coworkers who may have plans of their own during different time slots. You can set the schedule, choose a decorative centrepiece, table ware, snacks to make or purchase, invitations, and even a theme in advance.

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Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches are ideal for gatherings and parties of any kind, including an open house. The Rollanet website notes that dainty sandwiches and other snacks and appetizers can be replenished throughout the day or evening, depending on when you have your open house. Sandwiches can be filled with pimento, ham, salmon and other spreads, vegetables and thinly sliced meats, etc. Before adding the filling, consider using cookie cutters for making bread into Christmas shapes.

What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
Finger sandwiches are ideal for an open house. Christmas cookie cutters make decorative sandwiches. (cut toasted sandwiches image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

Beverages

Drinks like hot chocolate compliment any gathering. Garnish a mug of hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and even a candy cane. In an article by Jeannie Augsburger on hosting a Christmas open house, the author suggests serving spiced tea, coffee and punch. Hot apple cider and eggnog are other popular Christmas drinks. Add slices or chunks of fresh fruit like pineapple, apples, and oranges to cider or punch for a drink and healthy snack combo. You can buy little appetizer forks so guests can spear the fruit chunks.

What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
Beverages can also be served as a snack. (festive hot chocolate image by William Berry from Fotolia.com)

Dips

Serve dip with crackers, fresh vegetables, or pineapple chunks. Chilli con queso, fondues, salsas and holly jolly dip (1 whole roasted red pepper from a jar,1 cup crumbled feta cheese, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 garlic clove, and 2 tbsp olive oil (blended together), are mentioned on the Disney Family Fun website. Christmas package cheese snacks have a cream cheese base and are moulded into the shape of tiny packages and refrigerated until ready to serve. For a lighter and healthier fare, replace cream cheese with low fat yoghurt in dips.

What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
Dips and crackers or vegetables can be filling. (avocado dip and crispbreads image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com)

Wraps

Spread flour tortillas with pate, cream cheese, slivers of smoked salmon and tuna or other fish, thinly sliced deli or speciality meats, or even jam and marmalade, then roll them up tightly and serve them whole or cut into thick slices. Spread light or fat-free cream cheese mixed with fresh chives or other herbs, minced vegetables or minced fresh fruit onto lowfat wheat tortillas for persons who prefer a healthier fare.

What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
Tortillas spread with cream cheese, fruits, meats, and spreads are ideal for snacks. (Mixed Wrap Platter 1 image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

Snack Mixes and Nuts

No matter how you serve them, snack mixes are compatible with most Christmas beverages. The Disney Family Fun Christmas appetizer and snack page lists holiday pretzel treats, crunchy granola, and a healthy cranberry nut snack mix as among their favourites. Roasted chestnuts and spiced nuts are often served around Christmastime, and can be prepared at home. Snack mixes listed on the CD Kitchen website include Christmas popcorn and reindeer nibbles, which are made with peanuts, cashews, golden raisins, chopped mixed dried fruit, and sunflower kernels or dried coconut chips.

What Type of Snacks to Have for an Open House on Christmas Eve
Hot roasted chestnuts can be prepared at home and are a more traditional Christmas snack. (chestnuts image by Warren Millar from Fotolia.com)

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