Walmart unveiled its holiday seasonal products. This post will give you ideas for using these store-bought items for fabulous stress-free easy holiday entertaining.
Putting a simple twist on store-bought foods, will save you time and make your holidays more enjoyable.
As a member of Soapbox Influencers, I was able to attend the Walmart Holiday Showcase.
World Food Championships
You may already know that I love to bake. In fact, you may know that I compete in the World Food Championships, WFC. This year WFC will be held in Dallas, Texas in October. I finished in the top ten last year which earned me a Golden Ticket to be able to compete this year. For more information about how you can come to and enjoy the biggest culinary competition in the World, check tickets and events.
That being said, I am just like the rest of you who have little time to spend in the kitchen. As you can see below, my weekends are spent working. I prepare easy cooking demonstrations at Walmart Neighborhood Market on Main Street in Bentonville, Arkansas. It is so much fun meeting you, cooking, and talking about tasty recipes and cooking tips using Marketside and Great Value products. During the week, I am a full-time business blogger. I dedicate a lot of time for my blogs and the lists go on and on.
Walmart Pickup And Delivery
Walmart Pickup and Delivery is the best thing since sliced bread. I use Walmart Pickup often and so does my oldest daughter. We love the convenience of it. Order online to make your holiday season less stressful.
- Order online and pick up curbside for free!
- Walmart grocery delivery brings groceries to your door. YEAH! You will have more time to prep for your party.
Save Time In the Store With Walmart Item Finder
If you are in your Walmart store and need to find a product, search for it on your Walmart app under Item Finder. The app will show you exactly what aisle to locate the product you are looking for. I have used the Walmart Item Finder app many times. It really does save time searching for an item.
Easy Holiday Entertaining with beautifully displayed Ready-Made Foods
When I do not have much time to spend in the kitchen and this is especially true during the holiday season, I use ready-made foods. For that reason, I was thrilled to be invited to the Walmart Holiday Showcase to check out the new food items that will help make my life easier this holiday season.
Entertaining During the Holiday’s
You cannot go through the holiday season without hosting a party or going to a party whichever one you do these tips will work for you.
Walmart Ready-Made Holiday Pies
Let’s talk pie! There were so many tasty pie samples at the Walmart holiday showcase but this Peppermint Creme Pie was my favorite. It is so light, creamy, chocolaty, with peppermint. The peppermint is not overpowering. In fact, I ate a second sample because it was fabulous.
Holiday Ready Pies At Walmart perfect for easy holiday entertaining
- Marketside 10″ Pumpkin Pie
- Great Value Peppermint Pie
- Marketside Indulgent 6″ Pecan Almond Pie
- Marketside 1/2 & 1/2 Pumpkin and Pecan Pie
Displaying the Great Value Peppermint Pie
Peppermint pie presliced and placed beautifully around a cutting board. You can see this in the second picture below. Guest will never have to be concerned about cutting the dreaded first piece of the pie. Nor will they have to worry about eating a huge slice of pie. To solve this problem, arrange smaller sizes which are perfect for a party and easy holiday entertaining.
To decorate the cutting board, I would use peppermint candies or candy canes all over it.
How to Serve Great Value Pumpkin Pie for easy holiday entertaining
The bottom left picture is a Pumpkin Pie. It is not a new product but they did show us a fabulous way to display it for easy entertaining. They took a cookie cutter and cut the pie in rounds. Then, place the pumpkin pie on a cutting board. You can set up toppings next to the cutting board like whipped topping or pumpkin pie spice. Guest could add their own toppings.
Displaying Marketside Pumpkin and Pecan Pie
This pie is a combination of both pumpkin and pecan. I can see this Pumpkin and Pecan pie being so great for your Thanksgiving dessert table. As a result, guests who only want a little piece of one or both pies will not have to make the difficult decision of which one to try. The cutting board makes it so much easier for each person to cut a piece of their favorite pie or pies if you’re like me. If your guest has a difficult time choosing between pumpkin and pecan pie, they can enjoy a smaller portion of each.
Beautiful Dessert Table for Easy Holiday Entertaining
The picture below is a sample of how to display your ready-made holiday desserts. You will probably not need this large of a display but notice how pretty everything is arranged. As a result, this table definitely caught my attention and was my first stop on my sampling Showcase tour.
White Rectangle Serving Plates For a Fabulous Display
I love the white rectangle serving plates so much I purchased some this week at my local Walmart. They are perfect for serving cookies, candies, and other foods you can quickly pick up like the following:
- Marketside Brownie Trio
- Great Value Holiday Cookies
Dress up store-Bought Cake with a Cake Stand
You can find the beautiful white cake stands at Walmart. The store-bought cakes including the following were gorgeously displayed on them. They were also delicious.
- Marketside Tuxedo Bar Cake
- Marketside Decorator Ready Bundt Cake
Notice the 4 flavor combination Marketside Bundt Cake in the picture on the bottom left. I can never choose between all those cakes. Therefore, it is a fabulous idea to create a variety of cake with several flavors included. These Marketside cakes are super moist and very affordable.
Easy Trifle Ideas Using Marketside Bundt Cakes
Trifles are not only easy to make but a show-stopping centerpiece dessert. In other words, they are beautiful. One easy entertaining idea is to take your favorite Marketside ready-made bundt cake and build a trifle. Try one of these delicious combinations of cake, pudding or mousse, and whipped topping.
- Layer chocolate bundt cake, chocolate mousse layer, whipped topping. Lastly, decorate with chocolate candy. You can buy a chocolate mousse mix or use a chocolate pudding mix.
- Layer Lemon or Vanilla bundt cake, whipped topping, and fresh fruit. Next, decorate with fresh fruit on top.
- Sock-It-To-Me (a cinnamon pecan cake) with cream cheese filling and fried apples.
In the picture below, you will see cute little mini layered dessert using Marketside Bundt Cakes. They are made like a trifle but in individual portions. The mini desserts make a wonderful presentation and are easy to serve. The following mini dessert was made with a Marketside Lemon Bundt Cake. YES! It was fabulous and perfect for easy holiday entertaining.
Notice The Beautiful Tall Glass Jars
The beautiful tall glass jars with lids are perfect for candy, cookies, marshmallows, and so much more. As a result, they add a lot of height to a table and make a perfect centerpiece.
Build Height on your table with a 2 or 3 tier stand
These stands are at Walmart and perfect for adding height to your holiday table. Ready-made treats look picture perfect in this stand. For easy cleanup, I might try lining the tray with colorful holiday napkins. Use a couple of cloth or paper napkins and work around the center pole. As a result, the napkin would add color, plus it would be easier to clean up. The following would be beautiful in your stand.
- Marketside Peanut Brittle
- Marketside Peppermint Bark
- Great Value Entertaining Crackers
- Great Value Cheeses
- Marketside Fresh Fruit
- Marketside Chocolate Empanadas
- Plus, the fabulous Marketside Stuffed Cookies you see below.
Holiday Entertaining With Kids
My five kids are all young adults but when they were growing up we decorated cookies each holiday season. Because kids attention spans are sometimes limited, skip to the fun part and just decorate and eat. Begin your cookie decorating with Walmart Ready-Made Sugar Cookies, some Ready-Made frosting, and lots of Great Value cookie sprinkles.
Use your cupcake pan to hold all the Great Value Sprinkles and candies. Like the picture below, you can place different sprinkles in each cup. Genius! Why didn’t I think about this when my kids were young. Set this up at a kids table and they will stay busy for a long time. Plus, they will not need any help opening the jars of toppings.
What is a party without candy and nuts?
Add a variety of nuts or even Great Value trail mixes in small individual bowls for a super easy holiday entertaining trick. I love these small white bowls. Place the bowls on a large cutting board or tray. Don’t forget the candy! Next, add your favorite holiday candy between the bowls for a beautiful easy presentation.
Brie is always a great choice for an easy holiday appetizer. Simply, wrap the brie in Phyllo dough and bake until golden brown. Next, serve it with some spreads and toppings.
Chips and Dip
For an easy entertaining idea, use Great Value Scoop Tortilla Chips and fill them with a ready-made 5 Layer Dip. Display the chips and 5 Layer Dip on a beautiful white serving tray. Lastly, add small white bowls beside the tray with jalapenos and other Mexican toppings.
Great Value Puff Pastry Party Pack
Your party will always be a hit with puff pastry. Great Value has put together this party pack for the holidays. It has a variety of puff pastry appetizers included caramelized onion, spinach, and mushrooms.
The Puff Pastry Party Pack is beautifully displayed on a cutting board with meat, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads for easy holiday entertaining.
Marketside Garlic Knots
Garlic Knots are extremely delicious and fabulous with Italian foods but have you ever had them as an appetizer. Add Garlic Knots to a meat and cheese tray for guests to build their own mini sandwich. Another great option is to premake the sandwich. They can be as simple as cutting the Garlic Knots open and adding ham and cheese. See both pictures below. The top picture is your Garlic Knots displayed with meat and cheeses. The bottom picture is using the Garlic Knots as mini sandwiches. Either way is an easy win-win this holiday season.
Vegetables and Dip for easy holiday entertaining
You have to serve vegetables and dip but the key to getting people to eat their vegetables is to make the tray as beautiful as possible. Plus, serve the vegetables with fabulous dips. The top picture is a Marketside ready-made spinach dip. You can even get a lot of the veggies pre-cut. Better yet, purchase a vegetable tray from Walmart and transfer it onto a beautiful cutting board. Look how easy and beautiful the vegetables are on this large cutting board.
The bottom picture is using a ready-made bread bowl plus a Marketside ready-made spinach dip. A bread bowl is another fabulous way to serve a vegetable dip. By the way, this bread bowl would also look grand in the center of the vegetable tray.
Great Value Ice Cream
I was so fortunate to meet the person who came up with these new Great Value Ice cream flavors. Honestly, they were all outstanding. It was very difficult deciding which Great Value ice cream was my favorite. I never did make a conclusion. However, that means I will have to try them all again soon.
On my to-do list, is to use each one of these holiday ice cream flavors to create a fabulous milkshake. I have visions of beautiful milkshakes with lots of decorations on the outside of the glass. I love a good milkshake like the following:
- S’MORES MILKSHAKE
- M&M’S MILKSHAKE
- EASY PECAN PIE MILKSHAKE
- SALTED CARAMEL FUDGE MILKSHAKE
- BIRTHDAY CAKE MILKSHAKE
Great Value K-Cups For Easy holiday Entertaining
YUM! YUM! You cannot have a holiday party without a flavored coffee. It is a perfect way to end a meal or to drink with your desserts. It is also perfect on a cold winter day.
For easy holiday entertaining, set up a popular coffee bar for guests to help themselves. Put your coffee creamers down in an ice bucket, slow cooker filled with ice, or even a large bowl of ice.
Walmart Holiday Showcase Was Not Just For Food
Since I am a food blogger, I was most interested in the new food products and how to display them for easy holiday entertaining. But, the showcase included holiday clothing, shoes, furniture, pictures, and much more.
One of my favorite non-food items were the following beautiful place settings. The Noel, Christmas tree and the Cho-Cho train place settings form Walmart are all so pretty and perfect for the holidays.
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