HOW TO HOST A CASUAL HOLIDAY COMFORT FOOD DINNER

How To Host A Casual Holiday Comfort Food Dinner

Greetings! Thanks for stopping into the blog today during this busy holiday season. Speaking of busy, I hosted 2 dinner parties this week!! Last night was a gathering of my Comfort Food Group. We get together once a month, rotating between each others homes for potluck comfort food. The host chooses and prepares the main course and everyone else brings something comforting to accompany it. Plus, there is always a LOT of comforting, wonderful wines to accompany our meal, as these particular friends are serious wine connoisseurs.

Since this was our holiday get together I decided to make a Traditional Turkey Dinner. Here’s the menu:

In The Bar

Cream Cheese & Pesto Mold

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Mixed Nuts

At The Table

Roast Turkey

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Cranberry Sauce

Butternut Squash Crumble

Haricots Verts with Herbed Butter

And since this was a casual holiday dinner party I kept the table setting simple, a bit rustic and uncomplicated. I also served dinner in my kitchen great-room rather than in the formal dining room.

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I threw an easy yet beautiful centerpiece together by simply cutting some holly from a friend’s yard and some cedar branches from a tree in my front yard. I placed them in an urn and voila, I had a quick and also inexpensive (actually free) centerpiece.

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For napkins I used white & green striped dish towels from Sur La Table. Click here for similar napkins. They are so great because they are like a lap blanket, oversized and fun. I rolled them up in olive green rafia and tucked in a sprig of rosemary cut from my herb garden.

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Party Favors

As party favors I prepared Homemade Peppermint Bark and placed them inside 1/2 Liter Weck Jars that I purchased here. I love these great jars that come in lots of different fun sizes. I got the red & white striped grosgrain ribbon here. Stay tuned and in an upcoming post I’ll show you how to prepare your own Homemade Peppermint Bark.

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It was a lovely evening sharing comforting and festive food with great friends.

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So there you have it: HOW TO HOST A CASUAL HOLIDAY COMFORT FOOD DINNER

Here wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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Comments

  • What a fun idea. I love the table setting and the peppermint bark in the Weck jars looks so festive.
    Have a wonderful holiday season.
    Karen

  • What a lucky group of friends! You’re tabkebsetting looks lovely and the meal sounds divine. I’m sure a great time was had by all…

  • Thanks Vanessa. It was a fun evening with great friends. Life’s good.

  • Thanks very much Karen. Happy holidays!