The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, holiday entertaining and parties. Getting the right festive vibes, the cheerful music and the overall warm and welcoming holiday atmosphere can sometimes get stressful. But as long as you have the libations flowing and plenty of good food and treats for your guests, chances are it will all work out. Even if you have a guest or two you can’t stand.
We’ve rounded up a selection of holiday entertaining essentials that include desserts, elegant bites and bubbly; a few decorative selections if you need some help in that department; and some hosting ideas in case you need some inspiration. Happy holidays!
Start the night off right with caviar appetizers that’ll have everyone feeling extra fancy. Marky’s Caviar is the biggest caviar manufacturer in the country. It offers a wide selection of indulgent gift sets that are perfect for entertaining. Good choices include the American Starter Kit, which comes with Bowfin; Hackleback; and Paddlefish selections of your choice in size, or the Osetra Taster Set which comes with 1.0 oz Russian Osetra Karat Caviar — Amber; 1.0 oz Russian Osetra Caviar; and 1.0 oz Special Reserve Russian Osetra Caviar. Both sets come with Russian Blinis, Crème Fraîche, Mother of Pearl Spoon and more to make your bites special.
Passmore Ranch Caviar + Olive Fed Ribeye from Sanuki Japan
Michael Passmore and Chef Marc Zimmerman of Ittoryu GOZU, have collaborated with A-Five Meats to provide this unique caviar and wagyu pairing. For the ultimate holiday dinner, go all out with this selection 50g of Passmore Ranch Reserve Sturgeon Caviar and a 16oz Sanuki Olive Fed Wagyu Ribeye (chilled from Japan).
The caviar is deeply complex, harvested only at peak maturity. Buttery and balanced, it has a nutty finish that’ll have you craving more. The ribeye couldn’t be more special, as its olive finished wagyu from animals raised on Shodoshima Island in the Kagawa prefecture. Only four animals are harvested at a time here. These animals are fed sun-dressed olive pressings that result in high unsaturated (healthy fats) producing an amazingly marbled product high in unsaturated fat and oleic acid.
Olivieri 1882 | Classic Panettone
Classic Panettone is the traditional Italian panettone cake that makes any holiday occasion extra sweet. Olivieri 1882’s panettone is made with natural sourdough that passes through a 72-hour double fermentation. The soft, dense bread is filled with Australian 5 crowns raisins, candied oranges and little black dots of Tahiti Bourbon vanilla inside. 100% prepared by hand in keeping with tradition, it’s unparalleled in quality.
On The Rocks Cocktails
Make hosting simple with these premium, ready-to-drink cocktails from On the Rocks Cocktails. Literally all you need is ice and some garnish if you feel like getting extra festive. Usually pre-made stuff is subpar, but these chic craft cocktails are made with high quality, natural ingredients and spirits that include Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey and Hornitos Tequila. They come in six flavors including the Old Fashioned, Mai Tai, Margarita, The Aviation, The Cosmopolitan, and the Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita.
This premium gourmet food supplier has been around for over three decades and offers a huge selection of high quality delicacies that are ideal for any holiday soiree. From fresh winter truffles to foie gras, you can find it here and have it shipped directly to your home. No party is complete without a charcuterie board, so definitely check out their selection of hard and soft cheeses as well as variety of meats that include everything from duck prosciutto and jamon iberico to chorizo and bresaola air dried beef. Hosting idea: you can have your guests create their own charcuterie boards together for fun!
La Crema & Gran Moraine
Enjoy these two sparkling brut rosés, both made in the traditional champagne method from La Crema in the Russian River Valley and Gran Moraine in Yamhill-Carlton in Oregon. The La Crema bubbly offers white flowers, apples, lemon meringue, wild strawberries and fresh ginger on the nose and palate. Gran Moraine’s sparkler offers pear, rose petal, brioche, and wild strawberry aromas, followed by juicy tangerine and nectarine notes on the palate.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Who doesn’t love moist, delicious, frosting drizzled bundt cakes? Nothing Bundt Cakes offers a selection of super festive cakes, perfect for a table centerpiece! The “Baking Spirits Bright” Decorated Bundt Cake features reindeer antlers and Christmas lights and is available in a variety of flavors like their seasonal Peppermint Chocolate Chip. Bundtlets or Bundtlet Towers that are individually wrapped can make great stocking stuffers. Mix and match flavors like Red Velvet or White Chocolate Raspberry and select from a variety of ribbon options. And finally, their bite-sized Bundtinis are available by the dozen and can be customized to add a festive top to their bite-sized cakes for your whole party.
King Of Christmas
If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you’re looking to have a spectacular tree in your home. That said, real trees can sometimes be a pain to bring in to your home. Pine needles everywhere, unpredictable messes, constant watering… make life easier this holiday season with King Of Christmas, a boutique tree company specializing in realistic artificial Christmas trees. Select from a variety of trees that range in height from 6 feet to 15 feet with pre-lit or unlit units along with color schemes of flocked trees or green trees.
“If you’re like most of our customers, then you believe that some of the best Holiday memories are born as the family gathers around the Christmas tree,” says Sol Lakein, Director to Consumer Sales And Marketing. “It is our mission to help you bring your Christmas to life this holiday season, by offering the highest quality life like Christmas trees available today.”
There are shapes of full, slim or tabletop in a collection that showcases King Douglas Fir, King Flock, King Frasir Fir, Queen Flock, Prince Flock, Tribeca Spruce, Royal Fir, Cyprus Spruce, Yorkshire Fir, Noble Fir, Duchess or Scarlet Fir.
Looking for the best chocolate that also has an important mission behind it? Look no further than Tony’s Chocolonely, a company whose mission is to eradicate modern slavery in the worldwide chocolate trade. This company works to raise awareness of these issues within the industry, while making indulgent chocolate using their own sourcing principles and standards they hope other chocolate producers will follow.
They’re premium chocolate bars come in unique flavors that include white raspberry popping candy, dark chocolate milk pretzel toffee, dark pecan coconut, milk honey almond nougat and more. This years holiday flavors are dark chocolate candy cane and milk chocolate gingerbread. Hosting idea: mini-bars make for great party favors as well!
Q Mixers & Spirits
Festive parties means cocktails so it’s time to upgrade your bar cart with your go-to spirits and carbonated mixers. Q Mixers come in favors that include ginger beer, tonic, hibiscus ginger beer, grapefruit and more and are just what you need to elevate any cocktail. All natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives makes this brand ideal to pair with premium spirits.
For those who prefer clear spirits, Double Cross Vodka is an ultra-premium craft vodka hailing from Slovakia that’s seven-times distilled and seven-times diamond filtered.
For those who love whiskey, try out Maker’s Mark FAE-02, Maker’s Mark’s latest entry in its innovative, limited edition Wood Finishing Series. It was specifically crafted to be texturally rich, inspired by the full-bodied texture of deliciously fatty foods like cultured butters and olive oils.
Everyone loves chocolate, so make sure to have a shareable selection at your party! New York City based Max Brenner offers a wide variety of decadent chocolate options. Made from high quality cocoa beans, these chocolate creations are handcrafted and guaranteed to put a smile on everyones face! Following the French tradition, Max Brenner chocolate pralines are hand-made in the shape of small, delightful cubes.
For celebrations this holiday season Heath Ceramics’ Rim Serving Platter in Cranberry is a show stopping vessel for showcasing seasonal dishes. A perfect centerpiece for any dining table, the platter has a rimmed edge for easy gripping and serving. The matte Cranberry is a limited-edition glaze from the Winter Seasonal 2021 collection. Heath Ceramics has been making tableware and tile for over a half-century in its Sausalito, California factory.
Schaller & Weber x The Truffleist “Truffle Brat”
Fancy up your classic party fare with these juicy pork brats. A limited edition collaborative product from Schaller & Weber, an 80+ year old German butcher shop in NYC known for its extremely high quality meats and imported German specialties, and the Truffleist, a Long Island City boutique food purveyor known for its handcrafted products made with truffles imported from the countrysides of Italy, France and Spain, these brats are made with 2% black winter truffles. Unlike most truffle products that are made with artificially truffle flavored oils, these are the real deal.
This California vintner, best known for operating what’s known as a négociant model, offers top notch bottles for great prices — such as a $100 Brunello for just $30, a $60 Pinot for under $20, and more. Get festive with bottles of their Sparkling Rosé with flavors of fresh strawberry & Bing cherry fruit on the pallate.