Learn how to host a Thanksgiving Cocktail Party for friends and neighbors.
Simple appetizer style food and lots of drinks with merriment had by all!
Hosting all kinds of gatherings during the holidays can be stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be!
When you have a host of folks who want to gather, and you’re trying to make dates and times match for everyone, make it easy on yourself by doing it cocktail style.
Hosting a Thanksgiving Cocktail Party is a great way to gather lots of people and enjoy good food. Just like on a real day, but might I say more fun?!
Cocktail style parties don’t necessarily mean alcohol, so if that doesn’t make your skirt fly up, then find the mocktail recipes in this gigantic roundup and go wild!
I have a few tips for you when hosting cocktail style parties:
First, you’ll want to plan your menu for items that do not use forks or spoons! Toothpicks and skewers are fine, just nothing that requires extra and extra of one thing.
Next, you’ll want to make sure it’s all help yourself. A big cheese board filled with meats, cheese, veggies, and fruit is so great. You can check out this cheeseboard roundup to get lots of inspiration!
The last tip I have for you is to ask others to bring things! Give them a category, recipe, or theme to follow and let them do the work.
Before we get to the recipes, I’ll walk you through a few items you must have when hosting a thanksgiving cocktail party.
Large white platters – these are used over and over for any party, so invest in a bunch.
They come in all shapes and sizes, take a look at my Thanksgiving Idea List and see all the options. You’ll find all kinds of items to make your thanksgiving cocktail party and thanksgiving day amazing!
Festive Napkins – these always make a party feel just a little more special. It lets guests know you thought about them enough to have fun napkins. <— Trivial, I know! But, how many times have you been at a party with fun-themed napkins and said “Oh! How fun are these?!”
Something to Eat With – while I talk about not having flatware, you should have a few options for skewers, toothpicks, etc. I’ve started using these bamboo forks that are little, come in a large 100 pack, and you just toss them! And, they’re super fun!
Alright, take notes, pin a lot, and save the recipes you want to try! There are tons of amazing ideas — you might even want to save some for the Christmas season coming up!
Cocktail Style Thanksgiving Gathering
Learn how to host a Cocktail Style Thanksgiving Gathering for friends and neighbors.Simple appetizer style food and lots of drinks with merriment had by all!
Pear Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Bites ~ 2 bite-size golden, flaky puff pastry topped with maple bacon onion jam, sweet caramelized pears and salty, bold blue cheese. A simple, elegant appetizer as festive as the holidays.
Gougères are cheesy, light puffs made with pâte à choux, the “cream puff” batter. They are wonderful as hors d’oeuvres, appetizers or wine-tasting-palate-cleansers. They can be stuffed with a savory filling for a more substantial bite.
Stuffed mushrooms only take minutes to prep and make a tasty party food! The creamy filling is full of fresh herbs and garlic, perfect with the soft baked mushrooms. You can even prep them ahead, freeze them and then bake!
Cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and blue cheese are blended together for a blue cheese cheese ball with a sharp, piquant flavor that’s creamy in texture with chopped celery and pecans for a delightful crunchy contrast. Pairs excellent with wine!
Sweet potato bites with avocado mash, feta and pomegranate seeds are the perfect healthy appetizer for using up your leftover holiday ingredients. Enjoy this sweet and savory combination with some leftover turkey or before your next meal!
Butternut Squash Guacamole is the perfect healthy appetizer for tailgates, holidays, or a potluck! Made with your favorite fall ingredients like squash and pepitas, enjoy this easy appetizer recipe in 30 minutes or less.
easy butternut squash bruschetta recipe that puts a fun twist on a classic holiday appetizer! Butternut squash and apples get tossed in delicious spices, roasted, and layered on ricotta cheese with a balsamic drizzle. The best part? It’s ready in 30-minutes!
Cheesy Potato Poppers – croquettes recipe is ultimate perfect bite – crispy, spicy, cheesy and yummy!! These non fried poppers are going to rock and roll your next party ! Vegetarian, gluten free, soy free and low calorie, this recipe is easy to make but feels total gourmet.
Garlic Thyme Cheese Puffs. These delectable little cheese puffs start with simple choux pastry, which is not nearly as intimidating as some think; learning to make this classic opens up a whole world of possibilities from sweet to savoury.
Bacon wrapped brussel sprouts are the ultimate party appetizer. Colourful brussel sprouts are wrapped in maple brushed bacon, topped with cracked black pepper and roasted until the bacon is crisp and the sprouts are tender.
This Turkey Cranberry Crescent Braid is a fantastic way to use leftover turkey and cranberry sauce. But don’t worry about waiting for leftovers! You can make crescent roll braid recipes like this one with turkey from the deli and canned cranberry sauce, too.
People cannot stop asking for this Chex Mix recipe! Combining a few of the original recipe components, along with a few new and improved ingredients! This Christmas foodie gift will have people bringing an empty jar back and asking for refills!
This cranberry mimosa is a festive and easy holiday cocktail. With just three ingredients, it’s simple to keep everything on hand for impromptu gatherings. And of course, cranberry mimosas are a perfect fit for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or Christmas get-togethers.
This drink is a favorite anytime we want something a little more celebratory than plain old water. It’s made with muddled basil and lemon, simple syrup or sugar-free Stevia option, and sparkling water.
A Pumpkin Kentucky Mule with Ginger and Spice is “autumn in a glass”… Pumpkin butter (homemade or purchased), bourbon, ginger beer, and cardamom bitters get garnished with a cinnamon stick and candied ginger. This simple cocktail may become your new fall favorite!
Flavors of autumn fruit – apple and pear – infuse the gin in this off-dry Apple and Pear Martini. Absinthe, apple cider, dry vermouth, aromatic bitters, and muddled fresh sage complete this delightfully unique cocktail… perfect with your holiday meal!
This delicious autumn harvest sangria is the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving! Made with delicious fruits from the bountiful gathering of end-of-season produce, this fall sangria recipe is perfect for your Thanksgiving gathering!
Apple cider takes on a grown-up twist with the addition of bourbon in this delicious Apple Cider Cocktail. Made easy with just a handful of ingredients it’s the perfect excuse to throw a fall gathering.
Take the edge off the family drama this year by making a big batch of Sparkling Spiced Pumpkin Punch to serve all day long. The easy Champagne Punch recipe is great for a crowd and is filled with all the flavors of fall. Simple and so festive!
This Cranberry Rosemary Shrub Cocktail is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail! A homemade cranberry shrub with hints of black pepper, rosemary, and cinnamon is combined with bourbon and seltzer for a festive and colorful drink.
Cranberry Moscow Mule is the perfect holiday cocktail recipe, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas or 4th of July! Easy to put together, easy to tweak, fun to drink and so delicious! Non-alcoholic version provided.
Air Fryer Pumpkin Pie. Two easy to follow ways to make pumpkin pie in the air fryer. Our air fryer version of homemade pumpkin pie is delicious and includes homemade air fryer pie crust. Perfect for either the air fryer or the air fryer oven.
These rich pumpkin chocolate chip loaves are a cross between super moist quick bread and tender, pumpkin spiced, chocolate studded cake. Glazed with white chocolate ganache and baked into individual serving size mini loaves, these are one of my favorite things about Fall.
Soft and moist pumpkin spice bread and a decadent cream cheese filling come together to create the ultimate fall breakfast or snack! Even better, it’s low in sugar so it won’t derail your plans to eat healthy during the holidays.