As much as I love a party, I’m intimidated by dinner parties. We’ll have people over for dinner, sure, but it’s never anything too fancy. I want to get over this fear and asked my sister for tips. Every year around the holidays she hosts an eight course dinner. I’ve never been lucky enough to attend (dang distance) but I always hear rave reviews. Here are her go-to menu and tips.
Drink: berry slush
Appetizer: artichoke dip with baguettes
Soup: baked potato
Salad: raspberry spinach
Bread: homemade rolls
Entree: spiral ham
Side: cranberry jello
Dessert: raspberry trifle
There’s nothing too intimidating on the menu, right? But it all would be crowd pleasing. I like the idea of adding a cheese and fruit plate, that would kick things up a notch in the fancy department.
The Tips (and why an eight course meal can be fun)
– Prepare as much of the food as you can the days beforehand, even if it’s just prep work for it to be assemble ready. The day of the party is always hectic so try to ease up on your to-do list as much as possible.
– Set the table the night before. If you don’t have enough dishes, buy a set of plain white restaurant style plates – you’ll end up using them a ton.
– If there are some items on your menu you’re worried about making yourself, have a friend who is a good cook chip-in. Or hire a culinary student.
– Hire some teenage/college aged servers so you can sit and enjoy the meal with friends.
– The best part of serving courses is that all that hard work will be spread over an entire evening instead of the meal being consumed in 15 minutes flat. It’s fun to savor it all.
To recreate the tablescape, drill small holes into a piece of wood (bought and cut to size at Home Depot). Then fill the holes with branches of pine then add vintage bottles, pinecones, and ornaments in an organic fashion. Isn’t the mustard and red color combo a fresh take on the traditional holiday colors?
Although it’s too late in the season to plan one now, my goal for the new year is to have a legit dinner party. You in?