Christmas parties, easy or extravagant

Find your "Bacon candy" recipe here

Whether you choose easy or ridiculously extravagant themes for your Christmas party, there are traditions that can help make either a raging success.

Wine and cheese is a crowd-pleaser, and taking it to the next level doesn’t have to mean more work. Just choose a country or even a region. Spain? Spanish wine, Spanish cheese. Same with Canadian, eh?When throwing an open house, just about any theme goes. But for surefire, if your family has ties to Scandinavia, think Swedish. Meatballs, Aquavit. Gravlax. IKEA.

Fonda fondue? Chocolate, of course. Cookies, cubes of cake, fresh pears and apple slices. Go nuts. Add nuts. Cheese is another sure-fire hit. Add a splash or six of white wine for the adults; keep it easy peasy cheesy for the kiddos. Dippers are anything and everything – bread sticks, pizza rolls, the aforementioned pears and apples. It’s all good.

Stick to warm beverages like cider and hot cocoa or mulled wine and hot toddies. Again, it’s all good. Here’s a link for additional ideas and holiday cheer.

Get your lively on! Here’s another site that tells how to decorate with a heavy bling hand. Sparkle, you elves! (Sound of whip cracking in the background… or maybe it’s just a log popping in the fireplace.)

And last but not least for our bacon-lovin’ fiends – make that friends – here’s a recipe for Bacon Candy Appetizer. Seriously. We would not lie about bacon.

Bacon Candy

Serves a bunch


1/2 c packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp chile powder

20 slices of thick-cut bacon


Preheat the oven to 400°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. In a small bowl, whisk the

brown sugar with the chile powder. Arrange the bacon strips on the foil and coat the tops with the chile

sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until caramelized and almost crisp. Transfer the bacon to a rack set

over a sheet of foil to cool completely; serve.


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