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Christmas Fondue Party

Christmas Fondue Party: Make an entire evening out of fondue, with cheese fondue, oil fondue, chocolate fondue, and caramel fondue. Perfect easy entertaining for the holidays.

Christmas Fondue Party dessert table with decorations, and chocolate and caramel fondue.

This Christmas Fondue party was so much fun!  I love to entertain and especially around the holidays.  But sometimes you spend so much time hosting that it’s more tiring than fun…anyone been there?  Hosting a wine and fondue party is the perfect way to get to be a guest at your own party.

Dining table set for a Christmas fondue party.

How To Host A Fondue Party

This Christmas Fondue party is so much fun, easy to put together, and a fun retro idea for the holidays.

Wine bar cart set up for a party.

As your guests arrive at the beginning of the party it’s lovely to offer them a drink a glass of wine from the bar cart.

Christmas bar cart set up with wine and wine glasses.

I set up a wine bar near the door.  It made it easy for guests to serve themselves through out the evening, and is a great way to welcome them in with a lovely glass of wine.  

Christmas bar cart with "cheers" sign.

Wine and cheese are the perfect pair, and inspired the wine and fondue theme.


Wine glass with a silver rim, and wine bottles on a bar cart.

 Christmas Fondue Party Table Setting

I set the table for the party and tried to make it warm, welcoming and festive.  My dining room already has a Christmas forest theme, so I added in some snowflakes and lots of silver and gold for the party.

How to host a fondue party

We added in some pretty paper stars, and honeycomb balls to really make it feel like a party!  See how all my Christmas decor in our Christmas Home Tour here.

Side table with dessert and neutral Scandinavian Christmas decor.

Christmas Fondue Sign

One of my favourite little party details is this fun sign I came up with.  “All I want for Christmas is fondue”, a little spin on the Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is You”. 😉

All I Want For Christmas Is Fondue sign.


I had lots of fun setting the table too.

Christmas pacesetting with wood charger, gold cutlery, and snowflake plate.

Place Settings

Nest wee used wood chargers for the table.  I love the mix of the gold and silver with the rustic wood and antlers.  It helps strike the perfect balance for a holiday table where you want a little bling and sparkle, but love the rustic style too.  And the snowflake plates, table runner, and candle holders definitely add to the winter wonderland feel in the room.

how to host a fondue party

This is the kind of meal where the guests linger.  The fondue takes a while to cook, you tend to chat, and cook, and eat, and sip your wine, and then do it all over again.  

It’s absolutely the perfect holiday girl friend get together.  You’re not stuck in the kitchen, and it turns into a long, relaxed evening.  Honestly, I’d forgotten how fun a fondue party is, until I went to the basement to find all the fondue pots and start setting up.

I started the evening off with a cheese fondue, and oil fondue.

The Cheese Fondue

The cheese fondue is really easy to make, and I promise it’s so, so good.

shredded cheese and wine and ingredients for a cheese fondue

Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

Ingredients

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 8 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Sutter Home Pinot Grigio
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • a pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp brandy

Instructions

  1. Start by rubbing the inside of your pot with the garlic clove cut in half. Then add the wine and lemon juice to the pot and heat to a simmer over a medium heat.
  2. Coat the grated cheese with the cornstarch by shaking in a sealed zip bag.
  3. Slowly add the cheese to the wine mixture, handful by handful, stirring in a figure eight pattern to incorporate it each time until it's all mixed, creamy and smooth.
  4. Add in the brandy, dry mustard and nutmeg and stir to combine.
  5. Serve in a fondue pot with assorted dippers.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g
Cheese fondue pot with a piece of bread dipping in and dripping cheese.

We served the cheese fondue with some beautiful fresh crusty bread from the bakery, roasted mini potatoes, and some kielbasa sausage.  Such yummy dippers.

In fact, most of the dippers were picked up at the store, so other than making the three fondues ahead of time to re-heat before serving, all I had to do was roast a few potatoes and do a little slicing.  Another reason this party is so much fun, it’s pretty easy to put together.

Cheese fondue dippers of bread pieces, roasted potatoes and kielbasa sausage.

The Oil Fondue

For the oil fondue, I set up two pots of oil.  Just bring the oil up to 375 degrees on the stove and then set them on the fondue stand.

Beef, chicken, and egg rolls ready to cook in an oil fondue.

Oil Dippers

I served some beef, chicken, and egg rolls.  For the chicken, I used frozen chicken fingers that had been thawed and cut into pieces.  The egg rolls were also frozen -already fully cooked so you’re just crisping them up in the oil.  

  • beef
  • chicken
  • egg rolls

For the raw meats, be sure to keep them separate from the other food, and make sure they’re fully cooked before eating.  Let everything come up to room temperature just before serving to reduce cooking time and help your oil stay hot.

A plate of salad and oil fondue cooked beef and chicken.

Dipping Sauces:

One of the fun parts of oil fondue is offering lots of sauces to go with the meats.  I served:

  • teriyaki sauce
  • plum sauce
  • asian dipping sauce,
  • chipotle mayo
  • truffle aioli
  • honey mustard.

Raw mushrooms, zucchini, and broccoli ready to dip and cook as a tempura fondue.

Tempura Vegtables

I also offered some tempura vegetables.  Just slice the veggies to prepare them.  I used:

    • zucchini
    • mushrooms
    • broccoli

To make a tempura batter -see tempura recipe here.  Guests can choose a veggie, dip into the batter, and fry in the oil.  These are so, so yummy.

Green salad in a white bowl with gold salad servers.

Since the fondue is so rich, a green salad helps round out the meal.

Christmas dining room decorated for a party and a table set with rustic Christmas decor and party food.

After dinner, lastly it was time for the dessert fondue.

Chocolate and caramel dessert fondue with fruit, candy, and other dippers.

Chocolate and Caramel Fondues

I prepped all the desert before the party and set it up on the side.  This way, I didn’t have to head back into the kitchen and get back to work in the middle of the party.  I just reheated the chocolate and caramel fondues in the microwave when it was time to serve (this works great for any leftovers too).

Dessert fondue dippers, included fruit, candy and nuts.

For the chocolate and caramel fondue  -see my chocolate and caramel fondue recipes here.  The sky is the limit for dippers.  Fresh fruit is delicious.  Next I also included some nuts, and toasted coconut to sprinkle over the dipped fruit.  Candy canes are a fun Christmas touch.

Dessert fondue all set up with dippers and Christmas decorations.

I also included a tray of other sweet dippers; shortbread cookies, marshmallows, angel food cake pieces, belgium waffles, chocolate cookies, and pretzels for those who love sweet and salty.

Lastly, one of my favourite little party details was adding some edible glitter and star sprinkles to this tray.  It’s the little things. 😉

Dessert Fondue Dippers:

  • pineapple
  • apple slices
  • blackberries
  • raspberries
  • oranges
  • banana slices
  • candy canes
  • shortbread cookies
  • marshmallows
  • angel food cake pieces
  • Belgium waffles
  • chocolate cookies
  • pretzels
  • toasted coconut sprinkles
  • nuts

 

Angel food cake with edible glitter and star sprinkles on it.

Finally we moved everything over to the table for dessert.

Dining room table set up for a Christmas fondue party with place settings and food.

And you thought guests lingered at the table for dinner, wait until dessert.  No one wanted to leave!

Christmas Fondue Party food set up at a table.

Fondue Pots

The chocolate fondue is in a double boiler fondue pot.  There is water in the pot, and the ceramic bowl with the chocolate is sitting in it so it doesn’t burn.  I also used this one for the cheese, and it really worked well.  If you don’t have enough fondue pots to host a party though don’t worry.  Most of these were picked up at thrift stores.  They’re easy to find.

Dessert fondue dippers and caramel fondue.

In short, this really was the perfect holiday get together.  It would be an amazing idea for New Years Eve too.

A plate of dessert fondue with wine and food in the background.

With a Christmas Fondue Party to celebrate with girl friends, life really is a party.

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