Giada's Holiday Handbook

Giada's Holiday Handbook

Giada's Holiday Handbook - Episode Guide

Season 3

  • The Night Before Christmas Party

    Season 3 - December 16, 2017

    In Italy, the night before Christmas is celebrated with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and Giada De Laurentiis is hosting a family Christmas Eve dinner that honors this tradition. She brings a California vibe to the celebration by serving dinner outside with a view of the ocean, and her menu reflects the setting, too. She prepares a beautiful Red Snapper Puttanesca, Crab and Cherry Tomato Fettuccine, Mini Lobster Rolls and Grilled Clams with Herbed Butter.

  • Santa's Cookies

    Season 3 - December 9, 2017

    Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter, Jade, host a Christmas party for Jade and her friends. Giada prepares a batch of holiday cutout sugar cookies that the kids can decorate using a variety of fun toppings and frosting. While they turn their cookies into works of art, the kids nibble and slurp on some other homemade goodies including Brown Butter Krispies, PB and J Tea Sandwiches, Double Chocolate Butter Cookies and Chocolate Citrus Slushies.

  • Christmas Cocktails

    Season 3 - December 2, 2017

    Giada De Laurentiis gathers her circle of friends for a Christmas cocktail party and "Silly Santa" gift exchange. Each guest brings a wrapped joke gift to swap, and Giada serves an array of holiday appetizers while everyone sings their favorite karaoke tunes. The menu includes Spinach Artichoke Panini Bites, Warm Citrus Marinated Olives, Chocolate Coconut Cake and Burnt Citrus Cocktails.

  • That's a Wrap! Party

    Season 3 - November 25, 2017

    It's the day after Thanksgiving, and that usually means three things: college football, Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers! Giada De Laurentiis marks the official start of the Christmas season by inviting friends and family over for a few hours of wrapping gifts and enjoying delicious food. Giada's festive holiday buffet includes her clever transformation of Thanksgiving leftovers into dishes like Mashed Potato Zeppole, Antipasti Skewers and Italian Hot Brown Crostini. She also pours Cranberry, Rosemary Juleps to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

  • Giada's Turkey Day Feast

    Season 3 - November 18, 2017

    As the host of Thanksgiving dinner, Giada De Laurentiis is ready to pull off a seamless, stress-free holiday meal. She has a step-by-step approach for planning and executing the feast, starting her preparations three days in advance. Giada's make-ahead menu includes Lemon and Pea Alfredo, Sweet and Savory Kale Salad, Prosciutto Wrapped Turkey and, for dessert, Mascarpone Cannoli Cheesecake.

  • Chicken and Pie Party

    Season 3 - November 11, 2017

    Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the fall and winter holiday season by hosting a chicken and pie party for her friends. Her menu includes Savory Butternut Squash Crostata, Lemony Fried Chicken, Tiramisu Ice Box Torta and Lambrusco Sangria. Giada asks each friend to bring their favorite homemade pie along with the handwritten recipe, so the table is filled with a variety of fall pies for guests to sample and enjoy as they celebrate the start of the holiday season.

Season 2

  • Christmas at Giada's

    Season 2 - December 4, 2016

    It's Christmas dinner at Giada De Laurentiis' home, and family members reveal their Secret Santas and exchange gifts. Giada celebrates the day with a beautiful sit-down dinner and several dishes that can be made in advance, including a Stuffed Tricolore Pork Lion, Roasted Acorn Squash Agro Dolce, Chopped Romaine and Radicchio Salad and Black and White Brownie Ice Cream Cake. 

  • Christmas Sing-a-long

    Season 2 - November 27, 2016

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a pre-Christmas party that focuses on the kids, but the grown-ups are invited too! Festivities focus around a kids' holiday sing-along and kid-friendly menu including Cheesy Chicken Flautas, Veggie Noodle Salad, Chocolate-Covered Chips and Apple Pie Soda a la Mode.

  • Thanksgiving Brunch

    Season 2 - November 20, 2016

    It's the morning after Thanksgiving, and Giada De Laurentiis has a house full of guests and a fridge filled with leftovers! The solution is a casual Thanksgiving brunch that incorporates the flavors of the holiday with a new and exciting twist. The menu gives holiday leftovers new life with Crispy Turkey Bites, Cheesy Root Vegetable Bake, Sweet Potato Puffs and Rye-Spiked Chai Lattes. 

  • Thanksgiving Feast

    Season 2 - November 13, 2016

    It's the big Thanksgiving dinner, and this year it's all about keeping it simple. Giada De Laurentiis asks her guests to each bring something that can be added to a large antipasti platter as an afternoon appetizer. Then, the big meal includes a Spicy Turkey Breast Cacciatore, Smokey Candied Carrots and Walnut Gremolata, Simple Wilted Greens and Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Pie.

  • Happy Hour

    Season 2 - November 6, 2016

    The holiday season is near, and Giada De Laurentiis hosts a swanky, vintage-inspired cocktail party. The festive and fun menu includes throwback recipes with a modern twist like Bacon Onion Dip, a Spiked Gelatin Mold and a Korean Shrimp Cocktail.

  • Halloween Open House

    Season 2 - October 30, 2016

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a Halloween open house for neighborhood trick-or-treaters and their parents. She decorates the living room and kitchen to look like a haunted house and creates spooky menu for her guests which includes Coconut Bones, Spooky Chicken Finger Sammies, Witches' Brooms and Here's Looking at Boo Treats.

Season 1

  • Family Christmas Dinner

    Season 1 - December 22, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis is hosting her family for Christmas dinner, and she's pulling out all the stops with a fun gift exchange and an elegant menu. She makes a Simple Standing Rib Roast, Blistered Baby Pepper Salad, Cavatelli with Gorgonzola and Tomatoes and for dessert, a Panettone Trifle.

  • Winter Wonderland Party

    Season 1 - December 15, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a holiday party for kids and transforms the house into a winter wonderland complete with snow globes and snowflakes. Her young guests get to make their own snow globes and enjoy a menu of Creamy Tomato Soup, Triple Chocolate Hot Cocoa, Crispy Chicken Sandwiches and Italian Flag Cookies.

  • Name That Holiday Tune Party

    Season 1 - December 8, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a party where guests are asked to come dressed as their favorite holiday song. While everyone has fun trying to guess the name of each song, they enjoy Giada's festive menu that includes a Mozzarella Bar, Chicken Piccata Skewers, Slow Roasted Mustard Salmon and a Sparkling Cosmo Punch.


  • Small Bites Pot-Luck Party

    Season 1 - December 1, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis is hosting an open house and her guests are bringing their favorite family holiday appetizers to share with the group. She's also making a variety of Italian-themed appetizers like Goat Cheese-Stuffed Baby Peppers, Crispy Chicken Meatballs, Shrimp Fra Diavolo Bites, Chocolate Christmas Tree Brownies and a Whiskey Spritz cocktail.

  • Giada's Italian Thanksgiving

    Season 1 - November 24, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis is ready to host this year's family Thanksgiving dinner. She's putting Italian twists on classic holiday dishes like Polenta Popovers with Lemon Butter, Baked Turkey Parmesan, Sweet and Salty Mashed Potatoes and Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Souffle.

  • Holiday Kick-Off Brunch

    Season 1 - November 17, 2018

    Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the holiday season with a buffet brunch that features the flavors and ingredients of autumn. Her menu includes Bacon Cranberry Scones with Citrus Basil Butter, Sweet Potato and Kale Spanish Frittata, Smoked Salmon Waffles with Waffle Bar and Apple Raspberry Sangrias.

  • Christmas at Giada's

    Season 1 - December 20, 2015

    Giada hosts Christmas dinner for family and friends, showing how to create an elegant feast without spending all day in the kitchen. She cooks a unique menu that represents Christmas dishes from various regions across Italy and that celebrates her recent trip to Positano, Italy, including Tortellini in Parmesan Brodo, Risotto with Clams, Braised Lamb Shanks with Escarole and Radicchio and a Chocolate Candy Cane Tower.

  • Holiday Desserts

    Season 1 - December 19, 2015

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a decadent holiday-themed cocktail party for her girlfriends that's all about indulgent desserts and sparkling cocktails. Giada creates Orange Mousse with Ginger Snap Crumble, Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies, Hazelnut Torte with Chocolate Espresso Frosting, Lemon Hazelnut Spritz cocktails, and there's even a sweet goodie box to take home.

  • Kids' Gingerbread House Party

    Season 1 - December 19, 2015

    Giada De Laurentiis treats her daughter, Jade, and her friends to a fun-filled party where they each make their own unique gingerbread house. She serves fun kids' treats like S'more Popcorn, Pizza Grilled Cheese, Veggie Forest with Parmesan Ranch Dip and Frozen Hot Chocolate Affogatos.

  • Santa's Grab Bag

    Season 1 - December 13, 2015

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a party for her large extended family to celebrate Christmas, where everyone brings a wrapped gift to add to the grab bag and a dish to add to the table. Food is served family style and includes Roasted Fennel with Parmesan, Creamy Lobster Pasta, Chocolate Almond Cheesecake and a Citrus Berry Vermouth Spritz.

  • Classic Thanksgiving

    Season 1 - December 13, 2015

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends, offering tips for pulling off the perfect holiday dinner from start to finish. For this meal, Giada prepares an array of holiday dishes with a modern spin, like Pumpkin Alfredo Lasagna Rolls, Crispy Truffled Turkey and Caramelized Apple Semifreddo Cake.

  • Friendsgiving Party

    Season 1 - December 6, 2015

    Giada De Laurentiis hosts a cocktail-style Thanksgiving celebration to honor and thank her closest friends. Rather than a sit-down dinner, all the dishes are appetizer-sized versions of beloved holiday dishes, like Stuffing Arancini, Turkey Waldorf Bites, Charred Brussels Sprout Crostini and a Mulled Cosmo cocktail.

  • Tis the Season Open House

    Season 1 - December 6, 2015

    The holidays are around the corner, and Giada De Laurentiis is showing how to kick off the fall and winter holiday season with a festive open house. She gets her guests in the spirit by serving delicious autumn-inspired food, including Chai Chocolate Truffles, White Velvet Soup, Spicy Cocktail Puffs and Jam Cocktails. Then, she sends her guests home with "Holiday Survival Kits" full of essentials for a productive and happy holiday season.