Ideas for Hosting a Gluten-Free Christmas Party (And Tips For Turkey Dinner)

by Carrie

in Appetizers, Family, For the Holidays, Tips & Tricks

gluten free christmas party

I apologize in advance for the quality of photos in this post. I took them once the party had started and they turned out a bit blurry. I’ll blame the wine.

This past weekend we hosted a Christmas/Housewarming party. With our renovation completed we wanted to combine showing off the house with a Christmas celebration.

As with anyone who hosts a party, the week before was filled with planning, shopping, baking, cleaning, organizing and more baking. With a new kitchen, my stress level for hosting was very low prior to years before. It was interesting how much easier it is to host a party when your kitchen and dining room are well organized.

Through the years, I’ve tried to include as many gluten free treats being served as possible. Now that I am much more comfortable with my baking and cooking as well as being gluten free, I decided that this whole party would be gluten free.

I wanted to show that you can have great tasting food at a party and if you didn’t say anything no one would know it was all gluten free.

Just to be normal as much as possible.

Isn’t that what we all want?

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would also share what I do when I’m cooking turkey dinner.

My kids love my turkey stuffing so usually I cooked the turkey the same as every year. For me, I would take a few slices off the breast and that would be mine.

This past Thanksgiving I decided to do two smaller turkeys. One regular for my gang that loves stuffing, and one for Cam and I that would be totally gluten free.

For the gravy I use cornstarch to thicken.

Really, other than the turkey, I find the meal is almost entirely gluten free.

It does not stress me at all.

My daughter usually bakes homemade buns full of “gluten” for most of the gang, but again, they are of no concern for me.

I wish for all the newly diagnosed gluten free folks that you feel empowered to host a Christmas dinner without feeling like you might get sick.

Making the food yourself does help to keep you safe and free from cross contamination too.

Here are photos from the Christmas party we had and I’ve listed all the appetizers as well as baked goods I served at the end.

gluten free christmas party

gluten free christmas party

gluten free christmas party

gluten free christmas party

Gluten-Free Appetizers Served:

Gluten-Free Desserts Served:

What do you think? Are you hosting a dinner party this holiday season? Any recipes you can’t wait to try? Tell me in the comments below!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nancy December 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

WOW!!!!!

Very Impressive food presentations….

Louise December 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

What “puff pastry” do you use that is gluten free?!

Carrie December 21, 2012 at 8:27 pm

i’ve been collecting various serving dishes and platters for years. Now that my kitchen/dining room has been renovated I am enjoying entertaining again

Carrie December 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I used a recipe from the cookbook “Gluten-Free Makeovers from Beth Hillson. It is an easy recipe and would highly recommend it!

Carrie December 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I mistakenly put the answer to that question in another recipe comment. Silly me! I got the recipe from the cookbook “Gluten-Free Makeovers by Beth Hillson.
Excellent recipe!

Michelle January 8, 2013 at 9:15 pm

Love the presentation of photos you do. The food looks delish! Thank you for posting.

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