Frittata is an excellent brunch menu item which combines protein and vegetables with dessert-like presentation. Mix in crumbled ham or bacon with fresh chopped vegetables, cheese and scrambled eggs for a savory morning starter.
Put crushed or damaged candy canes to use as cupcake toppings. Dress up store-bought or homemade cupcakes by adding crushed bits of candy canes on top of whipped frosting. In addition to using for cupcakes, crushed candy canes also make for excellent garnish atop hot chocolate and coffee.
Switch up your typical winter bubble routine with this simple sparkling cocktail. A perfectly festive and unique welcoming toast for your arriving holiday guests that's bursting with vibrant berry colors and evergreen-like fragrance. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/holiday-gin-fizz-cocktail?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Put a fresh spin on an old holiday classic by baking a gingerbread cake rather than gingerbread cookies. To keep the gingerbread classic, consider white or off-white frosting rather than more vibrant colors. Get the recipe for gingerbread layer cake.
Spread holiday cheer by setting out cookies for guests to enjoy, along with the recipes to recreate them. The best part? Each guest can bring a batch of cookies, keeping hostess duties to a minimum and allowing everyone to feel involved in the planning. Then take turns taste-testing each batch.
These little gems are a great standard recipe to know. They incorporate holiday colors and flavors in a treat that is sweet and a little bit salty. The texture is a crumbly, the cranberries are chewy, and the pistachios give it a tiny crunch to finish it off. It's holiday perfection.
A Christmas tabletop recipe: Dress the table in your favorite pieces of porcelain. Layer a mix of new and traditional pieces to create an interesting setting. Add dashes of your favorite holiday colors for flavor. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo