Dress Up Your Party for the Holidays

Willie Grace | 11/3/2014, 6 a.m. | Updated on 11/3/2014, 6 a.m.
Luckily, there are a few ways to help you host the ultimate party with family and friends this season without ...

(Family Features) Delicious food, fine wine, friends and family. These are a few of everyone’s favorite things during the holiday season.

Luckily, there are a few ways to help you host the ultimate party with family and friends this season without breaking the bank. Shoppers who switch to ALDI can save as much as 50 percent on products such as wine, cooking and baking necessities.*

A menu consisting of mulled wine and beautifully presented appetizers can make your holiday gatherings truly special. Consider these tips from food stylist and loyal ALDI shopper Janice Stahl:

Choose a Theme: Introduce a conversation-starter and create excitement amongst guests by choosing a party theme. Host a “Winter White” party that asks guests to wear only white and offer white and sparkling wines and light-colored foods like shrimp, cheeses and shortbread cookies for dessert.

Set the Mood: Decorate to create an ambiance that goes with your theme. Bring a winter wonderland indoors with artificial snow sprinkled on tabletops and evergreen branches painted gold and silver placed throughout to create an experience for guests that goes beyond a typical dinner party.

Dress Up Your Cheese Tray: Put together a simple but spectacular cheese platter by providing a selection of 3–5 cheeses that have different textures and tastes. Soft cheese, like goat, pairs well with crackers and semi-hard cheese, like manchego, can stand up to the flavors of tangy jams or jellies. Serve smoked cheeses with nuts, such as walnuts, and aged cheeses, like Parmesan, with fresh, crisp vegetables such as celery or cucumber to highlight the flavors that develop during the aging process.

Infuse European Charm: Create your own unique version of European mulled wine, a classic combination of red wine and spices that warm together to make a festive drink. Add a bit of French flair by serving savory crepes as an appetizer or sweet crepes for dessert.

DIY Dessert: Create a candy buffet in lieu of serving dessert. Use clear glass containers to hold a variety of chocolates, sweets and hard candies, mixing and matching different shapes and sizes for an eye-catching display. Provide small bags and twist ties so guests can customize their dessert and even take some home for later.

These simple tips and affordable, easy-to-make recipes will help you get ready for the holidays. Visit www.aldi.us for more entertaining ideas.

*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

Shrimp DeJonghe Bites

$2.92 per serving at ALDI

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 8

1 1/2 cups San Zenone Bianco wine

1 cup Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter, divided

1 head garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper

12 ounces Sea Queen Jumbo Easy Peel Raw Shrimp, thawed and peeled

2 cups Chef’s Cupboard Italian Breadcrumbs

750 milliliter Herres Brut Sparkling bottle

1 package (5.3 ounces) Specially Selected Rosemary Flatbread Crackers

Preheat oven to 350°F.