The Essential Christmas Dinner Entertaining Primer

The Essential Holiday Entertaining Primer By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief BUttermilk Lipstick Culinary & entertaining Brand Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day EntertainingHoliday Entertaining 

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The Essential Christmas Dinner Entertaining Primer

 Hosting holiday gatherings offers endless menu possibilities. The selection of recipes should most certainly showcase seasonal produce coupled with traditional fare guests have grown to expect. Festive party fare filled with bold, fresh flavors that can be prepared ahead then chilled, baked, roasted or warmed will keep things manageable. Over the next few weeks, learn how to create some of your favorite Christmas meal classics ideal for a number of celebrations from supper club holiday parties to the main meal for serving on Christmas day. Look for simple, stylish ways to elevate indoor spaces that extend gracious hospitality to guests designed to save you valuable time. Even though the holidays invite an elevated approach when it comes to entertaining, the menu & atmosphere may be tweaked to reflect a more casual yet lovely feel. Whether you plan to host a small group of friends or something a bit more grand, look to these pointers & recipes to help create a lasting moment for those dearest to you.

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How To Properly Plan For Christmas Socials

Many entertaining tasks must be taken care of early in order for any event to run smoothly. Begin planning your table & the menu well in advance, then create a timeline. Parties with roasted meats at the forefront should include a balanced mix of recipes featuring the very best the season has to offer. The recipe collection will highlight produce available now from your local market coupled with straightforward methods for producing some of the most showstopping rolls, elegant desserts & simple finishing touches that lift tables instantly. Once you know a few key basic fundamentals, you’ll be preparing these items often. I’ll also offer ways they can be used throughout the week for quick family meal solutions designed to save you valuable time. 

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Holiday gatherings need not be complicated however simple white plates, beautiful glassware & a few special entertaining pieces should be shared with guests. Follow these pointers to plan a memorable occasion.

No. 1

The Tabletop Style

A foundation of white plates is always a wonderful way to showcase bold recipes. They are a sturdy option for heavy foods compared to standard paper goods. Always use polished heirloom silver flatware & freshly pressed linens on tables. It’s a lovely way to honor the occasion & you’ll be thankful you did. A few snips of greenery straight from your yard is all that is needed to create a festive feel at each place setting.

No. 2

The Beverages

Holiday cocktails should certainly take a seasonal approach & signature beverages should most certainly be passed. The Basics: Cranberries offers a simple way to dress them for most any party your may be hosting. Have plenty of chilled water & iced tea available for non-alcoholic drink options while craft beer & wine is always welcome when it comes to traditional guest favorites. Organize glasses & tumblers on trays in bar spaces– forego the plastic cups. Have beverage napkins available & a bucket filled with fresh ice cubes.

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The Provisions

Once the menu has been set, pull plates, platters & bowls for serving. Label the pieces with the foods that will be reserved for them & set them aside.

The Savory

Christmas entertaining must include an array of beautiful dishes from eye-catching appetizers such as a Sun Dried Tomato-Rosemary Cheesecake to Rosemary-Pine Nut Olive Tapenade . If properly preparing yeast rolls from scratch makes you a bit uneasy, I’ll show you how to shape them easily for a beautiful presentation. The main course & a few simple side dishes will also have your table looking its very best without too much fuss.

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The holidays beckon a selection of classic desserts offering the perfect way to celebrate the season. A collection of cookies such as Fresh Ginger-Molasses Cookies, Gingerbread Snowballs, Chocolate-Gingerbread Thumbprints & Classic Sugar Cookies may be prepared well in advance. Classic Cheesecake adorn with sugared cranberries makes a lovely centerpiece or try a southern favorite, Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake to really impress guests. Look to The Essential Guide To Christmas Holiday Baking for pointers plus learn how to create a timeline so preparations & execution run more smoothly. 

The Tune
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” Brenda Lee

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