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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!

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  1. diablo RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:02 PM

    Mudslide; kahlua, bailey's, vodka mixed with ice in a blender for slushy version. Mozzarella sticks, crab rangoon for apps.

    1. whs RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:08 PM

      get one of those prepared shrimp rings with cocktail sauce from the supermarket. Leave the plastic cover on. Don't remove the price tag.

      1. nofunlatte RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:13 PM

        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!

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          wayne keyser RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:16 PM

          Come on, you know you have to have em ... Jeno's Pizza Rolls.

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            mojoeater RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:22 PM

            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.

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              4maxwelz RE: mojoeater Jan 6, 2008 05:42 AM

              Great idea on the jello shots! We could cut them out with Christmas cookie cutters, so they're extra "cute".

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                yamalam RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 03:08 PM

                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.

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                  karykat RE: yamalam Jan 6, 2008 03:43 PM

                  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.

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              Springhaze2 RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:26 PM

              Make that Ritz crackers with Easy Cheese.

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                alkapal RE: Springhaze2 Jan 6, 2008 05:47 PM

                Hey, don't diss the Ritz!
                Oh, and put the shrimp ring in front of me.

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                  susancinsf RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2008 08:31 PM

                  someone brought one of the shrimp rings to a party I went to this holiday....it looked good enough to try one, but alas, the shrimp were well past their prime...by the end of the party, you could even smell that they were from the other end of the couch....

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                    alkapal RE: susancinsf Jan 7, 2008 03:49 AM

                    ok, not THAT shrimp ring....

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                fern RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:38 PM

                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.

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                  karykat RE: fern Jan 5, 2008 06:47 PM

                  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.

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                  nemo RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 05:43 PM

                  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.

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                    Emme RE: nemo Jan 5, 2008 08:26 PM

                    definitely the cheeseball!

                    jello molds

                    krab cakes


                    icebox cake w/ some extra cool whip garnish on the side

                    cheese lillies

                    coloured stuffed eggs

                    stuffed prunes and stuffed prunes in blankets

                    celery boats.

                    Meringue apples

                    sloppy joes

                    pigs in blankets

                    purple drink

                    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

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                      jeanmarieok RE: Emme Jan 6, 2008 05:37 PM

                      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!

                  2. jpmcd RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 06:16 PM

                    spinach dip in a bread bowl - the one with sour cream, water chestnuts and powder soup mix

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                      Emme RE: jpmcd Jan 5, 2008 08:27 PM

                      unfortunately, i do love hot spinach/artichoke dip served in a bread bowl... i love the soggy bread remnants at the end!

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                        alkapal RE: Emme Jan 6, 2008 05:50 PM

                        add that knorr spinach dip to the dishes in my vicinity!

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                        chef chicklet RE: jpmcd Jan 6, 2008 07:07 PM

                        Hey I haven't had that in years, and I do recall liking it! Has to have water chestnuts and scallions too...

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                          alkapal RE: chef chicklet Jan 6, 2008 07:10 PM

                          chef, double the scallions!

                        2. re: jpmcd
                          punkin712 RE: jpmcd Jan 7, 2008 07:28 AM

                          HEY! Them's fightin' words...I love making that spinach dip in the bread bowl.

                        3. lynnlato RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 06:22 PM

                          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!

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                            4maxwelz RE: lynnlato Jan 6, 2008 05:44 AM

                            Love the champagne punch idea! Thanks!!

                          2. chelleyd01 RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 06:48 PM

                            Seriously go rent and watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation...that is the epitome of tacky Christmas everything.

                            Long live Clark W. Griswold.

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                              mojoeater RE: chelleyd01 Jan 5, 2008 06:52 PM

                              WAIT - get the DVD of the fireplace on TV and play it all night!

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                              violabratsche RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 06:49 PM

                              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.


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                                wayne keyser RE: 4maxwelz Jan 5, 2008 09:01 PM

                                This is fun!

                                You'll find plenty at the "Gallery of Regrettable Food"


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                                  alkapal RE: wayne keyser Jan 6, 2008 06:01 PM

                                  wayne, that website is one of the funniest i have ever seen. this particular entry is apropos this party concept:

                                  this one on bbq is outrageously funny:

                                2. nofunlatte RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 03:36 PM

                                  Make sure you serve some wine in a box with your delights!

                                  1. revsharkie RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 03:56 PM

                                    I love these, but they sure are tacky: Hanky-Pankys. (My grandma makes them.) It's sausage and hamburger browned, then mixed with melted Velveeta. Then you spoon some of this on those little bitty "party rye" bread slices and stick them under the broiler to get bubbly.

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                                      pickychicky1979 RE: revsharkie Jan 6, 2008 04:31 PM

                                      You're the first person outside of immediate family that I have ever heard mention Hanky-Panky's I LOVE them. I make mine with hamburger and hot sausage.

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                                        jeanmarieok RE: pickychicky1979 Jan 6, 2008 05:46 PM

                                        I have a work friend who brings hanky pankies to every office function. Even though everyone makes fun of them, there's not many left at the end of the day.

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                                      MmmMmmGood RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 04:37 PM

                                      Slim Jim's
                                      Twinkie's -Devil Dogs- Yoo Hoo's -Yodel's
                                      Domino's Pizza
                                      Fruit Cake
                                      Pork Rinds
                                      Rice Krispy Treats

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                                        nofunlatte RE: MmmMmmGood Jan 6, 2008 04:45 PM

                                        Especially Cheetos! Anything that will get your fingers orange!

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                                        RGC1982 RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 04:52 PM

                                        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.

                                        1. scuzzo RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 04:53 PM

                                          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.

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                                            Squint RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 05:21 PM

                                            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!

                                            1. nofunlatte RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 05:33 PM

                                              I would so love an invitation to a party like this!

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                                                DianneYYC RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 05:42 PM

                                                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.

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                                                  4maxwelz RE: DianneYYC Jan 7, 2008 03:29 PM

                                                  Sounds like you have awesome friends!!

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                                                  bw2082 RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                  All you need to do is watch one of Sandra Lee's infamous holiday episodes on Semi-Homemade Cooking

                                                  1. chef chicklet RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 07:12 PM

                                                    1 crock pot
                                                    4-5 cans of cheap chili - without beans
                                                    3 bricks of cream cheese
                                                    throw the cream cheese and chili in the crockpot about 1hour before party on low.
                                                    serve with fritos - out of the bag is fine.

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                                                      alkapal RE: chef chicklet Jan 7, 2008 03:51 AM

                                                      hey chef, where's the "Par-Tay" without the beans in the chili?

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                                                        chef chicklet RE: alkapal Jan 7, 2008 02:03 PM

                                                        no thanks, if I could keep the Par-Tay out in the garage maybe but when I have a house full of boys with major stomach issues that like to out- do one another, very funny!

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                                                      wayne keyser RE: 4maxwelz Jan 6, 2008 07:15 PM

                                                      Please don't forget the trashcan full of ice and beer.

                                                      1. 4maxwelz RE: 4maxwelz Jan 7, 2008 03:28 PM

                                                        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!)

                                                        1. alkapal RE: 4maxwelz Jan 7, 2008 06:02 PM

                                                          i can't recall, did anyone suggest the lime jello dessert made with cottage cheese, pineapple chunks, and walnuts?


                                                          aka "Fluffy Lime Salad Mold"

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                                                            4maxwelz RE: alkapal Jan 8, 2008 12:42 PM

                                                            Great idea!!! And festive to boot!

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