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Holiday Cocktail Party with Island Flavor!

This holiday season consider having your friends over for a nice "happy hour" cocktail party. A cocktail party offers the opportunity to entertain for a fixed period of time (usually 6 pm to 8 pm) which means it can be done after work if you can take the afternoon off to prepare. This type of party lets you do something a little elegant yet fun without the stress of a sit down dinner.

Make the event especially easy by purchasing disposable decorative holiday platters, plates, napkins, etc. Spend your time on the menu and creating a relaxed inviting atmosphere with lots of candles and playing a mix of classic and comtemporary holiday standards.

The menu below offers a nice range of flavors and textures sure to please your guests. Many of the recipes allow for advance preparation and can be adjusted according to the number of guests. Just check the quantities since doubling, halving or quadrupling is okay with these recipes.

For bar recommendations, beverage suggestions and hints, click here for a Holiday Cocktail Party.

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