CIOIPPINO Holiday dinner party ideas PLEASE!
I like the antipasti idea. You could also do a baked brie appetizer (possibly phyllo-wrapped) served with dried fruit and nuts. I would start the actual sit down meal with a salad - maybe with artichoke hearts or avocado. You could even start with a caprese salad. As for drinks, I'm partial to prosecco when I have fish and seafood.
Cioppino's such a light meal, I think you could do some nice crostadas as nibbles and not worry about people being too full, maybe one with apple, prosciutto and parm and one with a tapenade. Or roasted tomatoes and goat cheese? Even just a nice heavy antipasti platter would be great. I'd probably serve a crunchy green salad ahead of time, too.
Cocktails: negroni and champagne!
is this a sit-down dinner? how many people? plated apps or passed hors d'oeuvres/apps on a table to self serve whilst mingling?
apps -- broccoli al limone, antipasti, balsamic grilled veggies, stuffed endives or mushrooms
desserts -- tiramisu, braised fruit in a wine sauce with creme anglaise