December is a month that requires a lot of food to go other places, like kids’ classroom parties, potluck dinners with friends to celebrate the season, office parties, and little gift baskets for an array of people. And for those of us who have more time than money, homemade treats can be the best way to stretch dollars and impress people with your talents. After all, nothing is better than getting yearly requests to make the amazing (insert baked good of choice here) that you always make.

These recipes, corralled on a special Pinterest board, are easily multiplied, transportable, don’t need to be fussed over after they are assembled, and won’t kill your budget or your brain to make.

Follow April’s board Easy Holiday Food for Parties on Pinterest.


Parmesan and black pepper biscotti

(Photo via Epicurious) People LOVE these savory biscotti.

And if you’re going somewhere more ~fun~ than the classroom or the office, pitcher cocktails are the way to go. These seasonally appropriate ones don’t contain out of season strawberries and belong by the fire pit rather than the pool.

caramel apple cider cocktail

Hot Caramel Apple Cider (I really enjoyed this one long Thanksgiving- 100% approved)

Rosemary Gin Fizz

clementine cocktail the kitchn

Clementine Cocktail

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Apple Cider Moscow Mules

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria (also me approved from a few years ago!)

Got any go to recipes for easy office snacks or party-riffic pitcher drinks? Leave them in the comments or tweet them to me and I’ll pin them to the board!