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Friends Who Fête || How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party

How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Image by Salt & Wind

If you are anything like us the months from mid-October until the end of the year seem like a total blur. Between school and work obligations, holiday activities, and crazy travel schedules we tend to all fly by the seat of our pants for most of the season. So, when the stars aligned and an impromptu weekend hang out just happened to work out with our Friends Who Fête gal pals, Kate & Aida, we jumped at the chance to throw a little last-minute holiday party together. 

Since we didn’t have a ton of time to plan we all decided to dig deep into our seasonal pantries for menu inspiration. All of the recipes and decor ideas for this party are easy to recreate with items you probably already have on hand or with 1 simple trip to the grocery store.  

How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Images by This Mess Is Ours & Salt and Wind

LAST-MINUTE PARTY DECOR || No stuffiness involved here, just a few holiday decorations, a festive centerpiece, and a boat load of holiday spirit!! This party didn’t require too much decoration to feel festive since there was already a tree full of twinkle lights and beautiful ornaments setting about. We simply incorporated a few of our favorite serving items and a festive holiday centerpiece to complete the set up in a flash!  

How To Create A Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece || This Mess Is Ours 

SHOP OUR FAVORITE LAST-MINUTE PARTY PROPS || Gold Flatware Set || Flora Poste Shibori Essex Linen Napkins || Juliska Whitewash Cocktail Plates || Japanese Yarai Cocktail Mixing Glass || Copper Bartender Set || Stainless Steel Straws || Industrial Wood and Metal Tray || Flameless pillar candles with remote || Pack of 6 Starry String Lights || Marble & Wood Cheese Board || Mason Jars || Mini White Cake Stand || WRF Lab Ceramic Dinnerware

 How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Images by This Mess Is Ours 

LAST-MINUTE PARTY SIPS || No party is complete without a signature drink and this party happens to have a few to choose from. Our 2 cocktails of the day were inspired by the seasonal flavors of eggnog and cranberry sauce. While a festive handcrafted soda bar was created for our friends who were in the mood for equally festive non-alcoholic sips. 

Cranberry Sauce Dark & Stormy || This Mess Is Ours 

How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Images by Salt and Wind

How To Make A Handcrafted Soda Bar For Your Next Party || Salt & Wind 
Spiked Eggnog Italian Soda || Salt & Wind  
Spiced Cranberry Cinnamon Italian Soda || Salt & Wind  

How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Images by This Mess Is Ours

LAST-MINUTE PARTY EATS || The fabulous finger foods listed below are inspired by each of our seasonal pantries and the staples we keep on hand. Spur of the moment get togethers don’t leave time for extensive shopping lists and lots of prepping, so we each set out to create a few show stopper recipes that will blow your friends minds without requiring you spending a ton of time in the kitchen. 

Pear, Cranberry, and Brie Mini Tartlets with Hot Honey Drizzle || Salt & Wind 
Speck-Wrapped Persimmons With Balsamic Honey Glaze || Salt & Wind  
Roasted Butternut Hummus with Crispy Fried Sage || This Mess Is Ours 
Mango Habanero Cocktail Meatballs || ¡Hola Jalapenõ!
Honey Chipotle Cocktail Meatballs || ¡Hola Jalapenõ!
Peppermint Mocha Cupcake Bites || ¡Hola Jalapenõ! 

How To Throw A Last-Minute Holiday Party || Your DIY guide for throwing a spectacular holiday party on the fly. Easy cocktails, pantry staples inspired finger food, and simple ideas for elegant decorations you can make yourself. || @thismessisours #friendswhofete
Images by This Mess Is Ours

LAST-MINUTE PARTY STORE-BOUGHT INGREDIENTS || All of the ingredients we used for our recipes were inspired by items we typically have hanging out in our pantries during the holiday season with the exception of just a few items that you may have to run grab at the store. While each recipe link above has the individual items needed to prep and serve that recipe in it I decided to share our specialty store-bought ingredients here with you too so you have them all in one place!  

Meg’s store-bought ingredients || Brazi Bites || Trader Joe’s Cranberry Orange Relish
Aida’s store-bought ingredients ||  La Quercia Speck Americano || The Fillo Factory Mini Fillo Pastry Shells || Torani syrups 
Kate’s store-bought ingredients ||  Nature’s Rancher Angus Beef Meatballs || Mrs. G’s Mango Ginger Habanero Jelly || La Costeña Chipotle Sauce
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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.