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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How to Use a Pumpkin for a Festive Floral Centerpiece

Looking to add a fresh and fragrant touch to your Thanksgiving table? Our floral merchant, Saralyn, carved up a beautiful pumpkin and flower centerpiece, and wrote up tips on how to make your own at home. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect — the more rustic, the better. You could even devise a fun game (pin the feathers on the turkey, perhaps) for your guests to play; winner gets the centerpiece! Click through to find instructions from Saralyn.

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Graham Cracker and Pumpkin Dip Graveyard

Don’t go around the cemetery on All Hallow’s Eve… Unless it’s made of FOOD. In which case, dig in! Using FreshDirect’s own graham crackers and a decadent pumpkin dip, we made a sweet treat that will chill your Halloween party guests to the bone. After the jump, you’ll find the easy step-by-step instructions.

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