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:


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


Chicago Italian Beef (Pot Roast)


Brown Butter Pumpkin Risotto (Vegetarian Option)


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


Pumpkin Better Than Sex Cake

pumpkin cake

Knock You Naked Brownies


**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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Looking for a cute DIY napkin ring for your event?

Cute idea I stumbled upon courtesy of Once Wed

Fabric ( a 2” x 2” scrap for each button)
Cover Buttons ( 1 ½” in diameter,  one per napkin ring)
Ribbon ( 6” length per ring, 1” wide)



Fabric:  “Leaf Honeycomb” by Joelle Hoverson  and Moda “Green Butterfly
Lace” available at
All other supplies available and fabric and craft stores.


1.   Begin by ironing your fabric so it’s free of wrinkles.  Follow the
instructions on the cover button package to create your buttons.  There
are several styles of cover buttons.    With all, you’ll be cutting a
circle of your fabric with their template,  stretching the fabric over the
top of the button, then snapping the back on the button.    ( see figure 1
and 2)

2.   Cut a length of ribbon 6 inches long.  Run the ribbon through the
metal loop on the     back, so the finished button is centered on the
ribbon with the right side of the ribbon facing up.  (see figure 3)

3.  Pull the ends of the ribbon up so the right sides meet.  The button
will be inside,  facing up towards the ribbon ends.  (see figure 4)

4.  Approximately 1/4 of an inch from the ribbon edges, do a straight
stitch to close the “ring”.   Tie off your thread with a sturdy knot.
Trim away loose threads.    (see figure 5)

5.  Turn the ring you just created right side out, so the button is on
top.   Pull the ribbon through the metal loop of the button until the seam
you just stitched  is directly beneath, and hidden by the button. (see
figure 6)

6.  Make one napkin ring per guest.   Mix and match your fabrics to liven
up the tables.   ( see figure 7)

7.  Fold the napkin in half, roll it, and slide through the ring and place.

Budget: ( to create one napkin ring)
Fabric – $. 03  (you can get almost  400 buttons out of a single yard of
44” fabric)
Cover button – $.75 each
Ribbon  $.20
Total Spent $.98 each


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Peacock Invitation Suite: Lovely!

Peacock Tags: perfect for favor tags or decor items

Peacock Guestbook: I love the details on this guestbook!

Peacock Fascinator: beautiful hair accessory for the bride!

Peacock Boutonniere: Love this for the men!

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DIY Shower Gift Wrapping (featured on Bump Smitten)

1-2 yards of ribbon in various tones, about 2″-3″ in width
Miscellaneous material, such as burlap, knit sweaters, etc…

Step-by-Step Instructions:
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Edible Vintage Candy Buttons 100

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Decorative Matchbooks

Personalized Matchbook Wedding Favors

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I hope you have been inspired by my unique etsy favor finds, and if anything you have some ideas to play with or create on your own. Make sure you check back next week for my Etsy finds! Please repost this and tell a friend that is planning a wedding or into weddings/event planning to check out for some creative finds and ideas!

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