Putting together a holiday menu is the highlight of the year! Combine the delicious, amazing tastes with all of the beautiful spreads and colors and you have yourself a meal to remember!
A wide variety of options is key to making your holiday menu stand out! I absolutely love packing all of my options in to make it more a feast than a meal! My favorite recipes to include are roasted chicken, this punch and these amazing carrots
How to Put Together a Holiday Menu
I loooooove the holidays for the fact that the FOOD is always incredible! I know that most people have a tradition and cook the same thing every year. But… I love to switch things up and add more every holiday. Creating a feast is probably a more accurate description of holidays around here! So, the way to make the best holiday menu ever is to first come up with your main dish. I love using a roast, ham, or turkey because they are easy to make and feed a lot of people! Next, I make sure to fix up at least a few different sides. A cooked vegetable, a salad and some bread are a great place to start!
Once you pick out your main course and some sides, you should look everything over and make sure that there is a wide variety of options! When it comes to a holiday menu, I say more is always better! I definitely don’t want my guests to be taking small portions and leaving hungry because they are worried there isn’t enough food! Last but not least, you need a mouthwatering dessert to finish it off. You can do cookies, cakes or pies and they will all leave your guests full and satisfied! I have rounded up my very favorite, tried and true holiday menu ideas below to make this super easy for you!
Holiday Menu Tips
Don’t let your holiday menu stress you out! I have put together a few tips to make this process as easy and enjoyable as possible! It will be a hit!
Grocery shopping: Don’t let the preparation scare you. You can do a lot of your shopping weeks ahead of time! Make your menu and list of non-perishables that you need for your meal. Buy those items a few weeks in advance. That way, when the time comes to cook, you don’t have to grocery shop too!
Prep some recipes in advance: Another thing to do is find a few meals that you can cook a fews days (or weeks!) in advance and store them in your freezer or fridge. You’ll already be halfway done if you do things this way!
Delegate: If you have a large group coming to your meal, have everyone bring something. Assign them a category (and even refer them back to this page for ideas!). This takes a bit of the load off of you and it makes your holiday menu that much better!
Pre-wash your dishes: If you have special dishes that come out only at holiday parties, prepare those by gettting them out and washing them before you need them. Preparation is really the key to success!
The Easiest Cranberry Sauce is made from fresh cranberries mixed with orange juice to sweeten the cranberries and topped with an added orange zest for one sweet and tart cranberry sauce. Only takes 10 minutes to make!
Ingredients: bag of fresh cranberries, sugar, orange juice, water, zest from one orange
Green Bean Casserole is a classic, savory side dish that is favored by all! Filled with fresh mushrooms, garlic, parmesan and baked in a creamy sauce, there won’t be a green bean left with this freshly made casserole.
Ingredients: butter, garlic, onion, package button mushrooms, fresh green beans, low-sodium chicken broth, can low-sodium cream of mushroom soup, grated Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, homemade crispy onion strings
Autumn Chopped Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing is all of your fall salad dreams come true! Crisp chopped apples, pears, romaine lettuce, crunchy pecans, bacon, cranberries and feta cheese combine in a creamy dressing to bring you one unforgettable salad!
Utterly perfect fork tender, melt in your mouth pot roast, with delicate potatoes, sweet carrots, sits in a perfectly seasoned broth. This recipe is super simple but will make you feel like you've spent all day cooking.
Ingredients: olive oil, chuck roast, salt and pepper, large carrots, baby potatoes, yellow onion, beef broth, red wine, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper
Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Shortbread Cookies are buttery, melt in your mouth shortbread cookies that get dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint. These cookies make the perfect holiday treat!
Festive looking and yummy tasting, this Easy Christmas Punch will be your go to this holiday season. This is such a fun punch to serve at your next gathering, and it's for everyone young or old. So need to worry about keeping it away from the littles. Everyone can raise a glass with holiday cheer this season.
Ingredients: orange juice, cranberry juice, lemon lime soda, orange slices for garnish, real cranberries for garnish
Classic Honey Glazed Ham is a deliciously prepared ham coated with a brown sugar and honey sweet glaze mixture and then baked to a tender, juicy perfection in every slice. Perfect for your holiday meal!
Ingredients: ham, honey, butter, dark corn syrup, brown sugar, whole cloves
This bruschetta is easy to make with fresh, ripe Roma tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette over top of a French baguette. Bruschetta comes together quickly and easily!
Ingredients: Baguette, Olive Oil, Roma Tomatoes , Mozzarella Cheese , Balsamic Vinaigrette, Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves, Basil, Salt and Pepper , Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Cranberry Orange Pork Tenderloin with Green Beans is such a flavorful and easy meal. The cranberry orange glaze is perfect on top of the pork and green beans. This will be the star of your holiday dinner table!
Ingredients: Smithfield Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin, olive oil, fresh green beans, Salt and pepper, + 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice, apple cider vinegar, sweet orange marmalade, whole cranberry sauce, Optional: fresh cranberries and/or rosemary
This easy Christmas Fruit Salad recipe is loaded with red and green fruit, making it the perfect light and healthy addition to your holiday table! With a super simple dressing, it comes together quickly and is sure to be a hit!
Ingredients: Granny Smith Apple, red apples, green grapes, red grapes, kiwi, raspberries, pomegranate arils, honey, lime juice, water
French Onion Soup is such a classic and SO easy to make! Onions are slowly caramelized until soft and sweet, simmered with beef broth, thyme, and just a touch of sugar. It's topped with a crispy crouton, loads of shredded gruyere cheese and broiled into a crispy, cheesy oblivion. So good!
Sparkling pomegranate lemonade is the perfect sweet and tangy holiday beverage!
Ingredients: water, full cup white granulated sugar*, ~4-6 large lemons freshly squeezed lemon juice, unsweetened pomegranate-cranberry juice, and ½ cups sparkling lemon-flavored water, Pomegranate, Ice and additional lemons, Fresh mint