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Christmas Entertaining Guide

A guide to the best Christmas goodies for entertaining this festive season.

Christmas is about getting everyone together, making memories and enjoying good food. Our Christmas Entertaining Guide can help you plan the perfect Christmas event so you can sit back, relax, and make magical memories this festive season. From nibbles to dessert and everything in-between, we’re sharing our pick of the best Christmas goodies.

Nibbles and Platters

If your family is anything like mine, nibbles are in constant circulation at Christmas get togethers. 

These Rosemary & Black Pepper Crackers from Kitz Living Foods pair perfectly with a creamy brie on a cheese board. Made from organic raw seeds that have been activated for maximum nutrition then seasoned with fresh herbs, they’re a great way to add extra nutrition and flavour to your platter. 

Christmas Cheese Platter

Add a side dish of one of Maleny Cuisine’s delicious relishes or conserves for the ultimate cheese pairing. Their Strawberry, Lime & Whisky Conserve pairs delightfully with a strong cheese, like an aged cheddar or gruyere. 

No cheese platter is complete without a selection of small dishes filled with antipasto favourites. Riverina Grove’s spicy Pickled Onions can add a delicious touch of spice to your platter, a great pairing with hard cheeses. Aurelio specialise in premium quality organic olives with our pick their flavour-packed Lemon Pepper Green Olives, made with Australian ingredients.

Harvest Box Snacks

Encourage gathering with a nibbles table-spread with a selection of nuts, crisps, and other goodies kids young and old will enjoy while they mingle. Harvest Box are experts at tasty nuts and other snacks, with their Satay Cashews, Almonds & Peanuts a savoury favourite while their Almond Latte mix is a decadent blend of almonds, flame raisins, coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Piranha’s Snaps crisps are always a crowd pleaser, with their gluten-free Oregano & Thyme Snaps seasoned with garden herbs for a healthier potato, rice, and pumpkin based crisp.

See all nibbles & platter ideas and more for entertaining here. 

Christmas Lunch

Include a selection of condiments on the Christmas dinner table this year for a boost of flavour to meats, roasted veggies, and salads. This Apple, Fig, & Ginger Chutney is ideal with baked ham, and if you’re following a vegan or vegetarian menu this Savoury Eggplant Chutney is a great addition to baked whole cauliflower. 

Christmas spread

Decorate the table with Christmasy treats or place a few bowls filled with goodies on tables around the house. Some of our favourite Christmasy treats include Sweet William’s festive Chocolate Santas, Dr Superfoods’ Dark Chocolate Tart Cherries or Belgian Amber Chocolate Coated Hazelnuts, Byron Bay Cookies’ White Choc Macadamia Cookie Bites (or any of their delectable flavours…), Wallaby’s Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Bark, and Nougat Limar’s Cherry, Cranberry & Pistachio nougat with its beautiful festive colours. 

Dr Superfoods Chocolate Cherries

Planning a laid back BBQ this Christmas? We love Oliver’s Reserve’s infused oils for cooking flavour-packed meat and vegetables on the BBQ. Their Garlic oil adds a great garlicky taste to veg and their Chilli oil can transform your meat with a fiery kick. 

See all Christmas lunch ideas and more for entertaining here. 

Christmas Drinks

Christmas drinks

Doubling as a Christmas gift for your guests and an eco-friendly way to enjoy a sneaky rosè or white outdoors, Cheeki’s Wine Tumblers are a stylish way to sip this festive season. Insulated and spill-proof with a stainless steel straw, they keep drinks chilled for 6 hours. 

Cheeki

For the abstemious this silly season a selection of sparkling drinks will be a welcome addition to the drinks table. Rochester Ginger are a great option, with their Old Jamaican Dark Ginger an old  favourite, or Norfolk Punch’s famous herbal drink. 

Famous Soda

Hosting a family event? Kids will love Famous Soda’s fizzy drinks in Passionfruit or Lemonade, and parents will love the lack of artificial ingredients and sugar. 

And why not keep some reusable straws handy so people can enjoy drinks without the use of single-use plastic?

See all Christmas drinks ideas and more for entertaining here.

Christmas Desserts & Cookies

What’s Christmas without plum pudding? Maleny Cuisine’s Plum Puddings are a fast and flavourful way to serve up dessert, plus they’re free from gluten, salt, and MSG. Serve with custard or cream and a dash of brandy for a traditional dessert guests will devour. 

For a lighter dessert option put together a spread of some Christmas favourites.

House Of Biskota

Traditional Christmas Shortbread is a favourite no-one can pass up. These hand-baked ones from House of Biskota are made to a traditional recipe for melt in your mouth goodness guests will love. Put some out for people to enjoy after Christmas lunch or gift a few to guests to spread Christmas cheer - the festive tin and addictive taste will be warmly welcomed. 

Some other goodies you can add to the table include Fruit Mince Pies, Gingerbread Men cookies, Wafer Rolls, and Creme biscuits. All are irresistibly good and baked with quality ingredients and love. 

Christmas Gingerbread Loaf

Why not head to the kitchen and bake your own healthy Christmas dessert? This healthy Gingerbread loaf uses all the trademark flavours of a traditional cake minus the naughty ones. Topped with whipped coconut cream, fresh berries, and squares of Loving Earth chocolate, this Gingerbread will be a Christmas hit you’re likely to bake more than once. 

See all Christmas desserts & cookies ideas and more for entertaining here.

Gluten-Free Favourites for Christmas

Everyone loves a good chocolate cookie and these ones from Naturally Good are free from gluten, egg, preservatives and are wickedly good. They have a rich chocolate taste and are available in three addictive flavours: Double Choc, Double Choc Peppermint, & Double Choc Orange

Christmas cookies

These buttery Gluten-Free Shortbread cookies from Busy Bees are so good you won’t notice the difference. Specialising in gluten-free baked goods, Busy Bees are experts at creating only the best tasting goodies. Their shortbread cookies are baked in Australia using only the best ingredients, with real butter and a splash of vanilla added for maximum flavour. 

House of Biskota lovingly hand-bake a range of gluten-free goodies, with some Christmas favourites including Gingerbread Men and Fruit Mince Pies. Their cookies are baked daily with high-quality ingredients for ultimate flavour and freshness. 

See all gluten-free ideas and more for entertaining here.

 

Sarah Vercoe

Article by Sarah Vercoe

Sarah is a freelance writer and award-winning photographer with a special interest in health, travel, and fitness. Based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, she can be found hiking the trails of Noosa National Park, or, more likely, chasing after her one year old daughter, Illyana.

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