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How to Host a Holiday Progressive Dinner Party

‘Tis the season to be Merry! 

There are so many things to be thankful for this holiday season. One is being able to gather with friends to celebrate the season! 

Our neighborhood is a fun one, and this year we participated in a Holiday Progressive Dinner party. What’s this you ask? Well, it’s where 3 houses host a different portion of the dinner, and you rotate from house to house.

First Stop: Light Appetizers and Drinks (this was the stop that we hosted)

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Hosting the first stop is fun because everyone is excited to get the night going. My goal for this stop was to keep the food light, and easy. I only made one appetizer, and the rest were bought (some at Trader Joe’s, which everyone raved about). 

One of the things that takes the most work when hosting is more behind the scenes, and that is the prep that is needed to get your house “ready”! I of course wanted the house to look festive and welcoming. Here are a couple pics of the house; clean, festive, and ready for guests.

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Holiday Decor

Another key to a successful party is to plan the drinks. Upstairs we set up a bar with sparkling rose, cranberries and champagne glasses. We also had other wine and beer options available. We did a signature drink of Cranberry Margaritas. We were so busy, that I didn’t get any pictures of those, or the spread of food downstairs. Oops! 

Holiday drinks

Second Stop: Heavier Appetizers/Main Meal (and of course drinks)

After about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, we moved to the 2nd stop. Our neighbors had a great spread of Columbian themed food, including empanadas, guacamole and other great food. There was dancing (not pictured) and a great time was had by all. 

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Third Stop: Desserts (and more drinks…) 

The party was really getting going by this point in the night. So many great treats and festive drinks. 

Holiday chocolate martini
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Holiday treats
Chocolate covered pretzels

Because we are all so blessed, we added an option to have everyone bring a toy to donate to Toys For Tots. Just a small way that we can give back this holiday season. 

Toys for Tots

I hope you enjoyed this tour of our progressive dinner party. Let me know if this inspired you to try something similar. I would love to hear how you are celebrating the season with family and friends!

Thanks for reading,



2 thoughts on “How to Host a Holiday Progressive Dinner Party”

  1. What a great set up. I bet your guest had an awesome time starting at your home. Love all the inspiration you shared. I am pinning this for the next time I have to provide the appetizers I will be sure to jump here on your blog to get ideas.

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