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Host a Warm and Toasty Winter Party | Pot Pie Party Ideas

I may live in Florida, but we do still experience a “winter.” While snow might not be in the forecast, we do have cooler temperatures and chilly winds. I call it “sock season.” We can wear flip-flops year-round, but you know winter is here when I break out the fuzzy socks. And, yes my friends, the fuzzy socks are ON this week. This weather inspires me to get in the kitchen to cook warm comfort foods like pot pies. Since I have guests coming in soon for the holiday season, I decided to think of a way to pair tasty pot pies with a fun appetizer. This is how the Warm and Toasty party came to be. Pair a pot pie with crusty bread and olive dip, try the DIY bruschetta bar, and enjoy the Christmas punch. This is sure to be one of the best winter menus you’ll see!

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


Warm pot pie and toasted baguette slices are the main attractions of this party, and the dips and bruschetta are perfect side dishes. I wanted a flavor that would go well with the Italian seasonings used in the other recipes, so I chose the Chicken Parmesan. What a pie! I definitely made the right decision, because I couldn’t have asked for a better combination.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

Warm & Toasty Party

This is the kind of get together you throw for your friends and family when they’re coming over for a Sunday supper. It’s easy, cost-effective, and SO much fun to put together a DIY buffet bar with something unexpected.

Let’s take a closer look at the party details:

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


This warm and toasty party sign features tomatoes and olive oil images. You can also see that I used toothpicks and colorful washi tape to add to each pot pie. You can prepare these pot pies in the microwave at about 9 minutes each. This is SO simple and lets guests pick the kind of pie they want. While they wait, encourage everyone to use the bread station and bruschetta bar.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


There’s a simple bread bar with olive oil, herbs, and spices.

Bruschetta and Bread Bar


Fresh flowers surround the bruschetta bar which has two different types of bruschetta along with a family favorite dip.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


The flowers are held in green mason jars and had a bit of glitter added for extra sparkle!

Bruschetta Bar

Bruschetta Bar


The bruschetta bar is an easy way to add an appetizer to a meal for a party. Having a buffet style is simple and provides less work for the hostess! I use clear containers to separate each dip, and I added a sign to make it clear what everything was. I made two different kinds of bruschetta including a spicy version and one with red wine vinegar. I also added in spinach and artichoke dip since it’s my family’s favorite. It’s also SO easy to make (or buy if you’re in a hurry!).

So, let’s make some bruschetta!

Bruschetta is the one appetizer I always order at a restaurant. Everyone seems to make it differently, and I wanted to try my hand at my own recipe. I am the queen of using whatever is in my pantry, so this is how this red wine vinegar bruschetta was born. I added cheese, olive oil, and a basil pesto sauce to make it come together.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


It was flavorful and ready in ten minutes! I sliced a baguette extra thin and toasted them for two to three minutes in the oven. If you like to spice things up, this variation is fun to try!

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

Red Wine Vinegar Bruschetta

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A delicious way to make your own bruschetta at home!

Ingredients

  • 8 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 tbsp basil pesto cooking sauce (try finding this near the produce)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced and toasted
  • 1 tsp of habanero sauce, 1 jalapeño pepper (optional, for spicy version)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl. Let chill for an hour or so in the refrigerator.
  2. To make it spicy, add in the habanero sauce and the chopped jalapeño pepper.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1249mgCarbohydrates: 78gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 20g

The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

With a little habanero sauce and green peppers, you can upgrade the traditional bruschetta into something with a bit of a kick! I promise it goes together with the Marie Callender’s pot pies perfectly!

Bruschetta Bar Recipes


The shredded cheese adds just the right amount of flavor for a perfect bruschetta appetizer!

Olive Oil Dipping Station

Another appetizer option for the Marie Callender’s pot pies is this bread dipping station. This isn’t just for restaurants! Create this at home with a quality olive oil and herbs and spices.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


Again, I used that baguette and sliced it very thin. I used small plates and encouraged guests to add two tablespoons of olive oil to each dish.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


Add your favorite flavors. I set out the parsley, oregano, rosemary, garlic, and basil.

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


The only cost for this appetizer was the baguette since everything else was already in my pantry!

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

The Main Course: Pot Pies

After a few bites of bruschetta and crusty bread, it’s time for the dish you’ve been waiting for. The pot pies can be served individually or family style, but I do like the idea of each family member getting their own “pie.” Make it fun with cake stands or pie plates! You can also dip that same baguette into your pie while you enjoy!

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!
Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!


Other party details include this Christmas Punch. Mix together cranberry soda and cherry juice for a fizzy fruit beverage! Add a fruit-flavored candy cane to stir.

Party Downloads

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

Warm & Toasty 8 x 10 Sign

DIY Bruschetta Bar

Bruschetta Bar 5 x 7

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

Bread Bar 5 x 7

Pair Marie Callender’s pot pies with crusty bread for a bruschetta bar and DIY olive oil dip. These recipes pair perfectly with the warm pot pies! Host a warm and toasty party this winter!

What’s your favorite winter meal idea? Are you going to host a pot pie winter party?

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