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Holiday Entertaining Essentials Shopping List

Holiday Entertaining Essentials Shopping List

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at

You’ve probably started your holiday gift list, but have you thought about your holiday entertaining shopping list?

If you’re planning a festive party or find yourself hosting a few unexpected guests, it’s easy to pull together a great spread by stocking up on a few fridge and pantry staples.

Holiday Entertaining Essentials Food Board

Throughout the holiday season, it’s important to always have a selection of versatile refrigerated and pantry items on-hand that can be effortlessly and elegantly arranged on a cutting board or platter at any given moment. If you keep just a few of these items in your kitchen, you’ll never be without an appetizer when friends stop over.

Check out this basic list of staples to keep in your kitchen this holiday season!

From Your Pantry


  • Almonds
  • Sugared Pecans or Pistachios
  • Marcona Almonds Dusted with Herbs de Provence


  • One Gluten-Free Option
  • Rice Crackers
  • Heinen’s Fruit Crisp Crackers
  • Heinen’s Baguette, Sliced

Dried Fruit

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Cranberries


  • Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Heinen’s Sour Cherry or Fig Spread
  • Quince Jam or Quince Paste

From Your Refrigerator


  • Goat Cheese
  • Spreadable Boursin Cheese
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Heinen’s Smoked Gouda Cheese Dip
  • Brie
  • A selection of hard cheeses, such as Manchego


  • Red or Green Grapes
  • Citrus
  • Pomegranates
  • Pears
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries

Meat and Seafood 

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Heinen’s Frozen Crab Cakes
  • Heinen’s Fresh or Frozen Salmon


  • Baby Parisian Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Mushrooms
  • Colorful Radicchio or Endive


  • Dips
  • Jams
  • Beet Hummus
  • Fresh Herbs

Holiday Entertaining Essentials Food Board

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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