Hey everyone!! The party is over :( and was a great success!!! :) We had such a blast and the food was a huge hit!! The list of what I ended up with is as follows:
Brie baked in puff pastry with dried cranberries and brown sugar (very yummy!) I put in on a platter surrounded by fresh cranberries, pears and these cute tiny apples- Looked very festive!
Cheese filled pastry (arabesque) I was nervous because it seemed like the cheese had all come out during baking (i forgot the eggs in the filling) but they tasted delish and everyone loved them! :)
Corn and Bacon gougers (epi)
Spiced nuts- diff. varieties
ham with rolls and mustard (huge hit!!! thank you rubbee for suggesting Ina's recipe- It was fantastic!
chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts- soooo yummy- I served with crostinis and ritz crackers for spreading
tomato and basil bruscetta (I know not very Christmas like however the colors were and I needed something fresh on the table- I am lucky to live in a hot climate so the tomatoes and basil are still very good)
Pan fried onion dip with chips and carrots- This dip is amazing
Baked artichoke dip with crackers and crostini
Cream cheese with homemade pepper jelly and crackers
smoked salmon tea sandwiches (ina's recipe)- so yummy
I had to work late all week and then again on sat. before the party so I didnt get to make the cookies and brownies I intended on making. However when I was making the puff pastry items I had lots of scraps leftover- I tossed them with melted butter and cinnamon sugar before baking- I filled the cookie jar with these and they were a huge hit!!!! So yummy!!!!
Believe it or not at 1:30am (ppl. were there until 5am!) ppl. got hungry again!!! I rant into the kitchen to see what I had on hand and threw together a baked ziti!!!! It was amazing! :)
Thank you to everyone for all your help, ideas and suggestions!!!
Tom p.- I wanted to thank you for your wonderful recipes- I had all th ingredients to make the olives but I didnt want to do them in advanced since you have never tried that way-
When I ended up having to work I just didnt get the time- I have all the ingredients to make them for the next party Im asked to bring a dish to! Thanks!!