Happy Tuesday! Given that it's a) snowing right now b) one week 'til Christmas and c) two weeks 'til New Year's Eve - I'm feeling pretty festive! I'm also teaching my Bubbly & Bites class tonight at West Elm, so I've got holiday parties on the brain.

Whether you are throwing a pre-Christmas cocktail party this weekend, or planning a full-on New Year's Eve bash, I wanted to share a few of my favorite festive party bites. Best of all, everything can be made the day before and assembled right before guests arrive (my favorite time-saving trick). That way on the day of the party, you can focus on making your home - and yourself! - look fabulous.


I'm honestly not a huge cocktail fan (most are too sweet or too boozy for me), but this little Cranberry-Prosecco Fizz is tart and bubbly, with just a hit of sweetness from a splash of Grand Marnier. I love the festive red and green colors as well - it's the ultimate holiday party drink, in my opinion! (Also, I'm obsessed with these Champagne flutes from ABC Home - aren't they pretty?)


I'll be posting more fun holiday entertaining tips and tricks in the coming days. Stay tuned tomorrow for my favorite budget bubbly picks for 2013!


(Photos by Signe Birck; props from ABC Home.)