Tacky Christmas Party--ideas needed
- 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 04:53 PM
OK--so we've decided to host a tacky Christmas party next weekend. All people will be wearing their tackiest Christmas garb, and our house will still look like Christmas. (Which on 1/12 is kind of tacky!) We're getting a keg of beer and hoping to do slushes for the non-beer drinkers. Do you have any winter type slushes? I'm thinking something with Kahlua...
Also, for food we're planning on meatballs, pigs in a blanket, and crackers with Easy Cheese. What other tacky appetizers are we forgetting? Any help is appreciated. This could be fun!
Mudslide; kahlua, bailey's, vodka mixed with ice in a blender for slushy version. Mozzarella sticks, crab rangoon for apps.
get one of those prepared shrimp rings with cocktail sauce from the supermarket. Leave the plastic cover on. Don't remove the price tag.
Well, you could make those meatballs in a crockpot with that infamous grape jelly-chili sauce stuff. Maybe some Jello Jigglers in red and green. And if you want to add a PA Dutch twist, make some Lebanon bologna and cream cheese roll-ups. Chips and Lipton Onion Soup dip.
LOVE the Easy Cheese idea!
Not just Jigglers - Jello Shots in red & green! Just substitute vodka/rum/tequila for the cold water. Get some boxed wine for the non-beer folks. Slushies are better in the warm seasons.
Don't forget jarred cheese dip. Generic potato chips straight outta the bag. Anything you can get at Sam's Club/Costco/BJ's in a 5 gallon jug.
If you could somehow float canned peach tidbits in them and top them with cool whip, damn! And don't forget Little Smokies, in BBQ sauce in a Crock Pot, or the ones with weird cheese centers with a frilly toothpick! This is such a good idea, I'm totally doing this next year. And don't forget red keg cups, stacked with the plastic scrunched down.
Actually, the little smokies might not be tacky enough, depending on how you do it. Our coop had some organic little smokies from Applegate Farms to sample, in a ritzy excellent supergood BBQ sauce. So I ordered some of the little smokies from them. (By then, our coop wasn't carrying them, because demand wasn't great enough.) They are made with really good meat, not just remnant horrible stuff and are organic. My freezer is well stocked with them now. And I am looking forward to bringing some to an upcoming special party.
But unless you special order the special ones, yes, the grocery store little smokies in sauce, as our mothers made them, should fit the bill very well.
spread cream cheese on buddig's corned beef, then roll a pickle up in it. slice and you'll have little red and green discs. and they taste good, too!
French onion dip made with soup mix & sour cream served in the sour cream container and and store-brand Ruffles either in the bag or in a tupperware bowl with a paper napkin lining it.
Serve something that looks like it is from an earlier holiday and say you got a great deal on it because it was left over. Hanukkah treats, maybe.
or a cake that says "Congratulations on your Bat mitzvah" or whatever and use the same story. Or Jack-O-Lantern cookies and explain proudly that you bought these after Halloween and have had them in the freezer since.
Cool Whip mixed with yogurt served with red and green fruits to dip. Cool whip container in the middle of the platter perfecly surrounded by the fruits, naturally.
Plastic and paper everything, in bright red and green.
Put a tip jar by the drinks. Label it by writing "Tips" on a piece of paper that you hold in place with a rubber band. or duct tape.
Do a crummy job of decorating your front windows with that spray snow stuff.
LOVE the shrimp ring. And the out of date treats.
My mother made those horrid little pickle rollups with ham. She also did a similar thing with white bread and ham and I don't know what else. Cut the crusts of the bread off, spread with mayo or cream cheese, ham maybe cheese and then rolled up. Secured with skewers if need be. Were considered very chic in the 50s or early 60s.
You might get some tacky ideas from this link which has been around many food sites for many years. Still good for a laugh.
A cheese ball with nuts on top. Or a block of cream cheese with -- what did they pour over it -- chili sauce and canned "salad" shrimp? Vienna sausages out of a can for your piggies.
Gee, I hate to see you spending good money on junk food. This if fun, but you have to feed your friends something edible. Maybe just put out a few of really awful things, and then surprise them with something decent after a while.
Love the shrimp ring thing and the squirt cheese thing. But to be truly tacky, for the squirt cheese, NO crackers. Squirt on to finger, lick off, pass can to next guest, repeat.
definitely the cheeseball!
icebox cake w/ some extra cool whip garnish on the side
coloured stuffed eggs
stuffed prunes and stuffed prunes in blankets
pigs in blankets
get a grapefruit-cover it with toothpicks with different coloured cocktail onions and cheese cubes wedged on the end
frosted banana mousse.
cold mashed potato wrapped in devon
whipped fish mousse or pate with ritz or saltines or club crackers
melba toast w/ smoked oysters
boxes of wine, bottles from the 99 cent store, or charles shaw
anything from here: http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html
The cake recipe from duggarfamily.com is perfect for this party!! I slightly paraphrased.....
LAYERED ICE CREAM CAKE
Makes a 9”x 13” Pan
24 Ice cream sandwiches
8 oz. Cool Whip™
1 bottle chocolate syrup
1 bottle caramel syrup
2 king size Butterfinger™ candy bars chopped up
1st layer -12 ice cream sandwiches
2nd – half of whipped cream
3rd - half of Butterfinger™ bars, Squeeze 1/2 of caramel &
chocolate over that.
4th - rest of ice cream sandwiches
5th – Cool Whip™
6th - rest of Butterfinger™, caramel & chocolate
You can freeze this and eat as desired! Yummy! Yummy!
Love this theme... I hosted one myself. Only, I insisted that only the male guests wear the tacky applique sweater. I had prizes for the best ensemble, honorary mention and a boobie prize. All guests voted. It was hilarious. The guys at first whined about it but they showed alot of spirit when they arrived w/ matching holiday socks, hots, necklaces... the works. I hope y'all have a blast.
i served a champagne punch, which sounds tacky, but was actually a huge hit and quite tasty. Champagne, unsweetened pineapple juice, triple sec, chambord & brandy.
As for the tacky food, rumaki - the water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. Ha!
I wanna come to this party.
Hey, how about adding red food coloring or green to everything. A vegetable dip that's bright red...that's tacky
And make sure those decorations are REALLY cheap...if you can find some faded from last year, even better.
Go to Sam's or Costco and load up on frozen appetizers such as sliced Lavash rolls, stuffed jalepenos, wings, chicken nuggets, etc. Use the giant size sweet and sour sauce or duck sauce from the jar (still in the jar) or bbq sauce for the nuggets that you can find in the aisles. You could even get egg rolls already prepare and ready for the oven, if you want to. I say these are the tackiest, and yet I will be that they will be eaten, so it won't go to waste. As much as we are laughing about it now, as long as it is passable, these apps will go quickly.
BTW, while you are at it -- the supermarket shrimp ring can be found there as well as the pre-cut, not-so-fresh veggie platters and dip. You can even get your meatballs there, already cooked and frozen, waiting for the aforementioned slow cooker.
By crackers, I hope you mean Saltines.
You can also do cream cheese, make a well and fill with grape jelly and serve with Saltines.
How about hot dogs, slit, insert Velteeta, wrap in Pillsbury biscuit dough. Make small for appetizers.
I love this idea! All these food ideas are great. For entertainment you could have all your guests bring the tackiest gift they got for Christmas and have a silent auction or gift exchange. For our family reunions we always have a tacky souvenir exchange...each family brings a tacky souvenir from where they live. We always have a tacky prize for the most tackiest!
What memories you're bringing back! Friends hosted a surprise 40th birthday party for me a decade or two ago. Lots of the girls wore nylons with runs in them stopped by nail polish, some had hairy legs...the outfits were fantastic. Guys in polyester with chains and more chains. Some of the guys rode motorbikes over and parked them on the front lawn...poor neighbors! The gifts were hilarious. A "Painting" of the last supper on black velvet, opened bottles of whisky, a 3 foot tall turquoise ceramic poodle...you get the drift.
When people arrived they were asked to put their business cards in a jar by the door so the party could be 'written off', there were price tags on the art and plastic covers on the furniture. It was the little things that made it very special such as a good friend going through a very messy divorce bringing her sparring ex husband as a date.
But the food - Definitely squeeze cheese, assorted napkins from birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, everything served in its original container. Ants on a log...celery sticks, cream or Velveeta cheese and raisins. Chicken was delivered - not Kentucky fried, but even worse. Fries and Gravy - quite lumpy. The best was the birthday cake. It too had turquoise icing but it said "Happy Anniversary Fred and Mabel" - that was crossed off and in pink icing was written "Happy Birthday Sue" and as my name is Dianne Sue was crossed off in green and Dianne written on top of it. It was all way too much fun.
All you need to do is watch one of Sandra Lee's infamous holiday episodes on Semi-Homemade Cooking
My husband and I are laughing at many of these responses. We really like the beer in the trash can thing (actually reminds me of college!). We will be doing saltines for crackers. Love the cake idea, too! Thank you all! We'll post "results" after the party. Anyone else with more ideas...please share!
(I forgot how easy this party might be....everything straight from the jar/bag to the table!)