Festive Cranberry Brie Appetizer for Your Holiday Party

Cranberries are not only a symbol of the holiday season—they’re tasty, too. These delicious little bites combine the tart juiciness of fresh cranberries with sweet jam, creamy brie, and salty crackers. They’re colorful, classy, and oh-so-easy to whip up. Check out how to make them after the jump.

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Leek and Mascarpone Bites Recipe

For the holiday season, it’s always good to have a few simple appetizer recipes in your back pocket for when friends pop over unexpectedly or you’re entertaining with lots of bubbly. Find out how some ideas for dressing up this easy recipe after the jump.

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Build the Perfect Cheese Board: Five Fast Tips

A cheese board can be an easy and impressive entertaining option for parties, but intimidating if you’re new to the game. To smooth the path to success, we got the lowdown on party dos (and don’ts!) from our own super-savvy specialty food expert, Ken Blanchette.

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Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks for the Holidays

Is there anything better than frothy hot chocolate in the winter? Hot chocolate with candy cane stir sticks, of course! Get the fire (or electric blanket) going, you’re going to want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and these minty treats.

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DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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