Simple Seasonal: Cocktail Party Prep

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It’s the eve of Christmas! Like in previous years, Matt and I host a cocktail party on Christmas eve for both sides of our family to be able to get together and come over for a little bit of food, wine, and festive socializing.

We’ve had lots of stuff going on this weekend, and I am in the office working today, so my preparations yesterday were important.  I made a quick list (I live by lists) and got to preparing for the party.  One of the biggest time savers is to set up all of the serving areas prior to cooking anything.  This will naturally help to establish a plan for what goes where, what needs cooked, what doesn’t, and so on.

Like so many of my projects this season, I focus on simple elements with a cohesive theme to make a big impact.  This year, since my theme was a neutral palette grounded mostly in white, I’ve used the same scheme for my table. Mixing colors and textures all within the color scheme gives interest, but keeps the look tight as well.

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On the menu is simple, easy to prepare foods that have a lot of flavor and texture.

  • Beef tenderloin mini sliders with assorted mustards and horseradish sauce
  • Spinach & Artichoke dip with veggies and chips
  • Sliced pear wrapped in bleu cheese and prosciutto
  • Roasted butternut squash topped with goat cheese and cranberry sauce
  • Drunken fruit tart
  • Assorted Cheeses, Olives, and nuts
  • Coffee and Cookies
  • Beer, Wine, and a signature bubbly cocktail

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Now, when I get home from work (let’s hope it’s an early day), I can just get started cooking and lay everything out in it’s designated spot as it is ready.

The whole party is a bit more manageable when broken down and labeled, so use this method during your next soiree and I know you’ll see what a difference it makes!

Have a FABULOUS Christmas Eve out there, guys!


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