Christmas music blaring in every waiting room, elevator, and department store can mean only one thing: The holidays are officially here and they aren't going anywhere. With holiday decorations taking over every inch of real estate, your table is no exception. With five holiday-inspired recipes, lifestyle blogger shows us how to make the colors pop, our mouths water, and our tables ready for holiday hosting.

burrata toast

Kick your homemade pesto recipe up a notch by trading the classic basil for fresh mint. These toasts may be small, but they are bursting with flavor… literally. In each bite, you get a pop of pomegranate, a burst of burrata, a taste of sweet from the fig, and a crunch thanks to the walnut. What better way to welcome your guests than with this festive and flavorful app?

brown butter ravioli

Store-bought pasta has come a long way. With frozen and fresh ravioli available in most markets, you can get a hint of homemade without the hassle in the kitchen. With a drizzle of the orange and sage brown butter sauce, this pasta is dressed to impress any time of year.

brussels sprouts

Bacon and Brussels sprouts: a match made in recipe heaven. We’re always looking for ways to spice up our side dishes and with dates and radishes, our search is over. Baking all the ingredients in a thin layer of chicken stock makes the flavors come to life.

plum tart

Feeling frustrated with uncooperative pie dough? Cut your concerns in half with this photo-ready plum tart recipe. Spring for store-bought dough (we won’t tell) and layer with plums, blackberries, and thyme for a fun-to-make treat.

bourbon punch

Love super-cold drinks but hate when all the ice cubes cause them to get watered down? With this recipe, you’re gonna want the ice to melt: Each cube is filled with orange and rosemary for a fresh, citrusy taste that goes perfectly with the maple bourbon punch. Garnish with a slice of orange and a stem of rosemary for serious presentation points.

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