Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dear Daughters: Favorite Holiday Party Foods

Christmas Party Chocolate Cake

Dear Sweet Daughters,

One of my dearest friends and colleagues in the English department at Sharyland High School (Elizabeth

said the smartest thing about hosting holiday parties and what to serve.

She said,

“I know where to find things.”

That’s it sweet girls.  That’s the secret.  All you need to know is where to find things.

Here are some of my tried and true favorites:


  * Find the best chocolate cake at a bakery you can find. The one pictured above is from Esperanza Bakery in Alamo.
Chocolate cake is always a crowd pleaser.  Have it baked in tiers (see above) and use my square cake

pedestal from Casa Guero in Laredo.  Add fresh strawberries and you are done.

Christmas Tamales

*Find the best tamales in town.  In our case that would be Delia’s. Serve their salsitas in a pretty crystal dish.
Make your own chile con queso.
You are done.

*Buy a spiral sliced ham .

Serve the ham from the table with Sister Schubert rolls.

Buy small specialty mustards or jams at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.

Your guests can make their own small ham sandwiches.

*Order Empanaditas de Pina from La Estacion Bakery in Mission and/or Pan de Polvo with pecans from

Celebrity Bakery in McAllen.

And you are done.

I love you!
I will be bringing every single one of these items to El Paso for Christmas.

I can’t wait.

Love, Mom


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Laurie said...

Hey, Laura. Love your yummy sounding holiday menu! And great advice to your daughters.

Patty Sumner said...

That is some holiday all looks yummy! I guess it is about knowing where to find it..sure makes for less holiday stress...Blessings!

Stacey said...

I feel the sudden urge for a ham sandwich with chocolate cake for dessert. :)

Marigene said...

Yummy...I want one of those tamales and a big piece of cake!

The Gathering Place said...

Your menu looks delicious!~ Makes me want to party.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, the menu and presentation is perfect. Knowing where to find things is the key!! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas xo

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yup, that's the way to do it alright! Why slave over a hot stove when someone else can do it? My philosophy too.

Amy at love made my home said...

It will all be delicious!! xx

zerry ht said...

How delicious party food! I love all these party pictures. I was just finding corporate holiday party ideas and this one is superb. I would also host favorite food party for my employees on our annual day. But I need to get a list of their favorite foods and it’s going to be tricky! Isn’t it?


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