This Grinch-Themed Dinner Will Make Your Heart Grow Three Sizes
Make your friends green with envy.
Who would be fun and green enough to throw a Grinch-themed party? Who of all Whos, you ask? Embrace your inner Who with these ideas for a Grinch-inspired dinner that will leave your table with crumbs much too small for the other Whos' mouses. The curmudgeonly Dr. Seuss character and the multiple iterations of his story on the big screen inspired us to create a mean, green, multi-coursed menu. We suggest either playing the movies as you watch dinner, or at the very least playing Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas?” multiple times throughout the meal. Decorate by printing a Welcome to Whoville sign for your door, using bright green garland everywhere, or wielding a Cricut machine to cut out a custom Merry Grinchmas banner and photobooth props like a Max the dog face or Cindy Lou-Who hair. Now get ready to gather your own Whoville crew and make this feast — complete with roast beast.
Grinch Punch: Green Punch
Trisha Yearwood’s green punch (pictured above) is non-alcoholic — made with lemon-lime Kool-Aid, ginger ale, frozen lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, and sugar — but you can spike it for the adults with vodka or rum. Serve in Grinch wine glasses that double as take-home gifts for guests.
Grinch Snacks: Bacon-Wrapped Spinach Dip Crostini
No one will be as grumpy as the Grinch of they have an appetizer ready right when they walk in the door. Bacon-wrapped spinach dip crostini are easy to assemble ahead and keep warm in the oven. Emerald Eggs update the usual deviled eggs with fresh herbs. And the adorable Christmas Tree Antipasto Salad is the least grinchy thing you could ever serve.
Hollywho Wreath Salad: Christmas Salad
This festive winter salad is ideally served looking like a wreath — in the case of this Christmas Salad, a Hollywho Wreath like the ones hung by every Who down in Whoville. Guests will gobble it up faster than the Grinch can shove it in his sack. Use dried cherries instead of pomegranate seeds to reference the cherries that the Grinch steals from Cindy Lou Who’s house.
Wear a green Grinch apron while making a huge “roast beast,” aka pot roast. This hearty pot roast keeps it easy by making the Instant Pot do the work Who-pudding can be Tyler Florence's Yorkshire Pudding — make a big one that everyone can tear into with their hands.
Grinch Pound Cake: Green Velvet Layer Cake
Originally developed for St. Patrick's Day, this boldly verdant cake is a feast of fluffy green cake and luscious boiled frosting that's as joy-inducing as the story of the Grinch. It's nearly guaranteed that guests, in true Grinch style, won't leave behind even a crumb.
Grinch Goodies: Mint Chocolate Truffles
This finale can double as a party gift if you make extra mint chocolate truffles. They are so easy that you could actually have part of the party be making truffles while you watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas with your friends, letting them chill as you eat the rest of the meal. By the end of this dinner, your heart and stomach may grow three sizes, but it will be worth it.