DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Food & Drinks

DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party – Menu Options for Food & Drinks

Yesterday I shared a couple amazing decor ideas for a DIY Holiday dinner party that are guaranteed to have your friends talk your fabulous party for months! Now that you have the decor, it’s important to decide on a delicious menu – food and drinks – to WOW your guests. I am always looking for new recipes and I have found a few great ideas for a tasty holiday menu – try not to drool as you check out these creative recipes!

{MENU – Holiday Appetizers}

If you are having a large gathering you may want to offer appetizers and easy to make finger foods for your guests. Some health-conscious menu options include:

Meatballs

Saucy Asian Meatballs

Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto (add Neufchatel cheese if you want the extra calories and flavor)

Asparagus wrapped in proscuitto

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Balsamic Roasted Red Potatoes

balsamic roasted potatoes

Double Tomato Bruschetta

Double Tomato Bruschetta

Marinated Cheese & Crackers

marinated cheese

Fruit Skewers (pineapple, melons, grapes, strawberries)

fruit skewers

Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, crutons, diced red onions, feta cheese crumbles, and toss in a low-calorie balsamic vinegar salad dressing.)

 

{MENU – Holiday Dinner}

If you have a more intimate dinner with a few friends or family, here are a few menu options to enjoy around your dinner table:

Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Shallots

beef tenderloain with roasted shallots

Neely’s Short Ribs

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Chicago Italian Beef (Pot Roast)

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Risotto (Vegetarian Option)

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As side dishes feel free to use any of the recipes above along with these hearty main dishes. I would also recommend the following sides:

  • brown rice,
  • vegetables (green beans, broccoli & cauliflower, carrots, asparagus, etc),
  • salad,
  • bread (corn bread or rolls),
  • baked sweet potato slices (rubbed in olive oil and sprinkled with cinnamon).

 

{MENU – Holiday Drinks}

In addition to tasty food, you will definitely want to have some delicious drinks to offer your guests. Here are some wonderfully unique drink options I have collected on Pinterest that you can WOW your guests with:

Cranberry Mojitos (alcoholic)

Apple Cider Sangria (alcoholic)

Sparkling Punch (non-alcoholic)

Iced Chai Tea (non-alcoholic)

 

{MENU – Holiday Desserts}

Last but NOT least – Dessert -my favorite part of the meal! Here are a few scrumptious dessert options:

Peppermint Bark

peppermint bark

Pecan Pie Bars

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Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake

pumpkin cake

Knock You Naked Brownies

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**I have an absolutely amazing collection of food, dessert, and drink recipes on Pinterest – please visit my board for more menu inspiration!**

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DIY Ideas for a Holiday Dinner Party + Giveaway

With the holidays being upon us I figured why not do a special DIY Friday post with inspirational ideas for hosting a holiday dinner party. I am a huge DIY’er and DIY fan! (Side note: I can’t wait until we buy a house next year so I can DIY-myself crazy with holiday decor and dinner parties!) When it comes to hosting an awesome dinner party there are a couple must-haves to create the perfect ambiance = great company + amazing food + beautiful ambiance/decor + awesome music! Pull this off and you will have your friends talking about your amazing party for weeks.  (Don’t forget to join the holiday spirit and buy a Christmas tree.)

Whether you are planning a large Christmas holiday get-to-gether or an intimate dinner, after you decide on your guestlist, you’ll want to plan the decor & the menu (food & drinks/libations). Due to all the wonderful ideas I have to share with you, I have decided to split these two elements {Decor & Menu} into two separate posts – make sure you come back tomorrow for some amazing food and drink inspiration and recipes for a tasty dinner party!

 

{DIY DECOR}

You will definitely want set the tone for your Christmas dinner party, so it is important for you to utilize the decor to create the perfect ambiance for your guests.  To get your creative juices going, here are some decor ideas (with photo examples):

  • Votives & Candles (make sure to distribute them throughout the entire event space) – I would recommend Mercury or gold glass votives in various sizes, heights, and shapes. You can also use clear votives and wrap them with a piece of your favorite ribbon, twine, or fabric.
Candle Votives

Candle Votives

 

  • Pine Cones – Scented pine cones would be an awesome selection if your guests are not sensitive to scents. You can use frosted pine cones, brown pine cones, or choose to paint your pinecones, dip them in glitter, or string them to make a garland. (Check out these pine cone crafts!)
Frosted Pine Cones

Frosted Pine Cones

 

  • Christmas Tree Branches – Cut some bottom hanging Christmas tree branches from your tree and use them as decoration around your centerpiece, on your mantle or dinner table, or as part of a centerpiece.

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  • Gold chargers and gold decor accents – Use the gold chargers for intimate dinners at your table. Make sure to include gold decor accents (bulbs, ribbon, candleholders, ornaments, figurines, etc) on the table and around your event space.
Christmas Dinner Party Tablescape

Christmas Dinner Party Tablescape

 

  • Christmas Wreath – Here is an awesome decorative DIY gold leaf wreath – {Find the DIY instructions on 100 Layer Cake}
DIY Gold Wreath

DIY Gold Wreath

 

  • Decorative Bulbs Centerpiece – fill vases or decorative bowls with various bulbs or combine bulbs, candles, or other decorative elements (sequins, crystals, artificial snow, tree branches, etc) together for a lovely centerpiece.
Christmas Bulb Centerpiece

Christmas Bulb Centerpiece

 

  • White Christmas Lights – Use white lights on the mantle, intertwine with garland, use them to decorate your table, fill several vases with white lights, hang them in sheer curtains, string them up high or run them along the floor base.
White Lights Decoration

White Lights Decoration

 

  • Color Palette – Choose a festive color palette for your linens and decor such as shades of brown, red, tan/ivory, burnt orange. Here is an example:

 

(Find more wonderful Christmas color palette inspiration on Design Seeds!)

  • Linen – Depending on your color palette, select your tables linen and/or runner that will complement your decor elements.

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Don’t forget to come by 3D-Memoirs tomorrow to see the second part of this DIY Holiday Dinner Party post  featuring inspiration & recipes for the MENU – Food & Drinks

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