Create Your Own Wonderland
It's time to start planning your holiday table, including place settings, a centerpiece and, of course, menu items. If this is your first time hosting a holiday dinner, or if you just want to change it up each year, this winter wonderland–themed setting will inspire you.
With ideas for place settings, an easy but elegant centerpiece, some recipes and even free printables, we'll have you on your way to being the host with the most this season.
A winter wonderland tablescape
A winter wonderland theme conjures up visions of white and silver, sparkle and shine, and soft, furry texture. For this table, a silver sequin covering acts as the base while a furry throw acts as a table runner.
A do-it-yourself centerpiece saves on cash but not on style. A couple of bundles of large, white flowers and some $1 wintry embellishments make it easy. Keep reading for the instructions.
Each place setting consists of layers of silver and white. A charger, a silver-banded plate and a silver-gray napkin provide the essentials, while an ornamental sprig adds decoration.
Use the printable place cards and favor tags to guide guests to their seats and to top a small gift for them to take home. A small favor box is embellished with rhinestone trim from the craft store, and it holds sweet treats inside.
Make a centerpiece that sparkles
Working with flowers and creating a pretty centerpiece doesn't have to be intimidating, and there's more you can do than simply place a mixed bouquet into a clear glass vase.
Winter wonderland centerpiece
This winter wonderland centerpiece is as simple as 1-2-3 to create. Here's how you do it.
This centerpiece works well because it's low enough that it doesn't interfere with conversation and views across the table.
The white, fluffy flowers also resemble snowballs for this winter wonderland–themed party.
The perfect menu for your party
Since dinner is the main attraction, keep appetizers light so as not to ruin the appetite. Spiced pecans are a holiday mainstay and come in sweet or spicy varieties. Make these savory smoky pecans and set out bowls of them around the room where guests will mingle.
Set up a small dessert area and keep it in the same decorative style as the main seating area. Use a side chest or even a bookcase if space is at a premium. For the holidays, you'll want to have a few options for dessert. Options we've included here are a traditional pecan pie with a twist and a dessert cocktail.
Traditional pecan pie
This pecan pie is rich and decadent, with the addition of Kahlua to make it festive.
Melting snowball cocktail
The signature cocktail for this theme is a melting snowball. What could be more suitable for a winter wonderland party? The visual effect comes from a large scoop of ice cream enveloped by a delicious, creamy cocktail. It's truly dessert in a glass.
These ideas and recipes should help you on your way to a fabulous holiday dinner party. All that's left to do is send out those invitations. Cheers!
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