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Make it Retro Cocktail Party for the Holidays

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Getting together for the holidays is important.  It helps reconnect good friends, build family relationships and allows everyone some much needed fun and smiles. These gatherings can be a stress inducer though. The planning, the shopping, the lists, the decorating, the cooking; it’s a lot happening in a very short period of time.

You have options though. There are so many ways to reduce the stress of the holidays.  Simple tricks such as one-stop shopping and taking shortcuts to save time. One of the best ideas is to create a theme for your get together so you can focus on a select few items that don’t involve a caterer, florist and valet. A Retro Cocktail Hour is a perfect idea to keep the mingling going and the hosts out of the kitchen.

With a glam-fab cocktail party you’ll be able to use those gorgeous glasses you never use, light every candle you have in the house and cover your tables with beads and indulgent fabrics you haven’t been able to use with your regular parties.  Think up great drink ideas or use this Holiday Egg Nog to keep things festive.
Holiday Egg Nog from Bjs Wholesale
One-Stop Shopping
Shop where you can get everything you need within the same walls.  Grab your wrapping paper, gifts, groceries, tableware and decorations from your favorite superstore.  Check everyone off your list plus style that mantle and fill the fridge all in one cart.
Take Shortcuts
Save time in the kitchen with easy shortcuts like pre-assembled veggie trays and premade dips, tapas and canapes.  Stock up on tasty easy to serve finger foods and appetizers and don’t forget your friend’s favorite libations. Utilize your favorite super store’s recipe ideas to grab everything you need in one trip with no fuss. Don’t forget ambiance. Music, lighting and simple decor and centerpieces don’t need to take a lot of work.Retro Cocktail Party
Retro Holiday Cookies
Just because you are making your life simple doesn’t mean your party is going to suffer. Spruce up that veggie tray with the addition of a antipasta tray.  Your cheese and crackers will be decadent with some grapes, figs, assorted cheeses and honey. Take everything up a notch while still making it easy on yourself.
Retro Holiday party stuffed dates
The ideas are endless even when you think you are running out of time.  We shopped for Christmas Dinner and finished our gift lifts this weekend at BJ’s Wholesale.  It’s usually our shop in bulk store for chocolate chips, large jars of peanut butter and great prices on books but walking through the aisles we’ve found so much more.

Whether it’s a Christmas Eve gathering or a New Years Eve celebration keep the event easy going with simple tips and ideas from BJ’s Wholesale Club that allow you to enjoy yourself and your guests. The holidays don’t have to be hard work, it’s family and friends that matter the most.

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  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I am all for any kind of cocktail party, but going retro is pretty cool. I love the idea 🙂

  2. Everything about this is great! I love the nogg, and I love the appetizers. Old school is awesome.

  3. I definitely try to take some kitchen shortcuts around the holidays. Veggie trays are great and easy.

  4. I love the idea of kitchen shortcuts! Between working full-time, running a business with my husband on the side, blogging, and being a mom of 4, I need all the shortcuts and help I can get! The crabcakes look delicious! I’m thinking I may need to snag some for Christmas eve!

  5. The holidays are so busy that most of us need all the shortcuts and helpful hints we can get. I know those stuffed dates would be a real crowd pleaser around here!

  6. I love this egg nog recipe! It is my favorite holiday drink. I will love to make this during the holidays!

  7. Honestly, if I didn’t take shortcuts around the holidays, nothing would ever get done! Ain’t no shame in taking those shortcuts 😉 The holiday nog my hubby would go nuts for!

  8. This looks like a fun retro cocktail party idea. I love the creativity behind it!

  9. These are great tips! I think a cocktail party is a great idea. I love making things simple.

  10. Tracey says

    This is such a fun idea! I love the retro cocktail party idea!

  11. A coctail party sounds like fun. I think getting easy to make foods is a great suggestion.

  12. The egg nog sounds so tasty! What a fun cocktail party idea!

  13. Ooooo! I love parties and LOVE the retro idea! Great suggestion!

  14. Look at all those things. I really do enjoy a good nog, Thank you for sharing.

  15. I am loving the retro idea so classy! I never until this day had eggnog – one day I will take the plunge.

  16. I most definitely want to try your stuffed dates recipe. They sound really delicious and not too naughty!

  17. I haven’t had a good holiday nog in a long time! Will definitely have to try this recipe

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