By Vicky McDonald

If you're planning on hosting a Christmas party these showstopping recipes will make a lasting impression on your guests.

1. Olive Puffs

"These puff pastry-wrapped olives are our family's favorite holiday appetizer," says Syd. "We make them with a variety of olives -- pimento stuffed green, plump kalamata, Provencal -- just make sure they are pitted. We like to use strongly flavored olives; the flavor of canned ripe olives disappears in the puff pastry."

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2. Nutella(R) Pastry Christmas Tree

This Nutella and puff pastry masterpiece will be a hit with everyone at the party -- adults and kids alike. Don't be intimidated by puff pastry. Working with puff pastry is easier than you think.

3. Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Make your cheese ball a little more festive with some fresh rosemary and almonds.

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4. Spinach and Ricotta Puff Pastry Christmas Tree

See how to turn delicious spinach and ricotta stuffed puffed pastries into a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments of sliced cherry tomatoes. It's a cinch to put together, and makes an awesome centerpiece for your Christmas party.

5. Christmas Tree Appetizers

Get creative with some guacamole dip, pita bread, red peppers, and pretzels.

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6. Bacon Gorgonzola Pull Aparts

This divine pull-apart bread looks like a jolly Christmas wreath when adorned with a sprig of rosemary and some dried cranberries. This recipe is made with a can of biscuit dough and can be whipped up in less than an hour.

7. Parmesan Puff Pastry Stars

Just two ingredients and some star-shaped cookie cutters are all you need to create these cute, cheesy bites.

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8. Vegetable Christmas Tree with Broccoli

Instead of serving a regular plate of crudités, assemble your vegetables into a Christmas tree like this one.

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