Start the holiday season off right with a laid back party where friends and family can drop in throughout the day. Create a buffet that will stand up to all-day grazing, and the quantities are easily multiplied, so you have something wonderful to offer all comers.
Create different zones in the house depending on what you are serving. A punch bowl filled with a specialty drink is fun and easy for your guests to serve themselves.
For large party food spreads, set dishes at different levels so the table feels less crowded and the guests can see every dish. Setting up for the crowd is key. Stage a buffet preferably accessible from both sides. Be sure to keep the food and drink locations separate to avoid congestion and keep people moving from room to room.
Since my Thanksgiving dinner is always formal I like to have a less formal Christmas supper. I plan a few different soups and create platters of meats, cheeses, breads, salads and deserts for my guests to create their own soup, salad and sandwich combos. I can then have everything ready in advance and enjoy the party too! I also use a lot of disposable dishes to keep clean up down to a minimum.
I like to create different bar areas of champagnes, beers and different liquors for my guests to design their own cocktails. This year I am also going to create a hot chocolate and coffee bar outside on the patio by the fireplace.
Christmas is a wonderful time to visit with people you may not see on a regular basis. Sitting down with friends and family is a wonderful way to bring them together.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Beth Donlan, Allied ASID ,Owner designer of Quite Lovely Design, has been involved in the arts for the past 30 years. She founded Quite Lovely Design in 2007. Services provided are New Build, Remodel, Outside Spaces, Residential Styling, Home Staging, Open House, Photo Stylist, Holiday, Parties and Special Events. Beth’s website is Quitelovelydesign.com. Contact her at Beth@Quitelovelydesign.com 602-516-8646