Walkin’ in a winter wonderland
I had a few friends over for a cozy little Winter Wonderland Christmas Dinner Party and couldn’t wait to share it with you all. It’s a different look than I typically go for but it turned out so pretty. Quite frankly, I’ve never needed some holiday cheer more than I did this year and I definitely felt merry hosting this glamorous Christmas dinner party!
I really wanted to lean into the idea of walkin’ in a winter wonderland and the result was a bit Narnia-esque! I hung my twinkle light curtain in front of my dining room window, set up my lighted birch tree in the archway, and hung lots of snowy garlands around the dining room.
I styled the side table with a white lantern, snowy branches, and a bowl full of sugared cranberries.
I think this is the first time a white tablecloth has ever appeared on The Rose Table! I used my gorgeous custom-made white and silver tablecloth from Loom & Table for the occasion.(Get yours here.) The slight shine was so perfect for my snowy Winter Wonderland theme! I kept the table uncharacteristically simple with one large floral arrangement and two silver taper candles as the centerpiece.
It’s a rare day that I have one large floral arrangement on my table but it’s just what I was in the mood to do! I used mini red carnations, white hydrangeas, silver mums, mini red roses, green carnations, euro pompon, and fragrant greenery for this year’s arrangement.
The Place Settings
I’m quite proud of this place setting! I styled the table with my silver glitter placemats from my Cinderella dinner party, my favorite green satin napkins (last seen at my Hocus Pocus party) adorned with new reindeer napkin rings, and my favorite silver flatware. The table was really very simple but so elegant!
I wore my favorite green swirl nap dress from Hill House. It’s embarrassing how often I wear this dress. It’s so comfy and so chic and I always get a million compliments when I wear it! My friends looked so stunning in their festive holiday outfits.
This Cranberry Lemon Punch was a hit at my party! I accidentally came up with this when mixing up a mocktail for my mom one Bachelor Monday. I took a sip to test it and thought, well how delicious! This is literally a 1:1 ratio of cranberry juice and lemonade. You can drink it just like that or spike it with vodka, gin, or even champagne.
I was actually going to switch to wine for gumbo but my friends loved the punch so much, no one wanted to switch! Get the recipe here.
I wanted a super easy make-ahead menu and wow, was this ever it! I made the dessert and main course the day before and them ready to go in the fridge. All I had to do day-of was make the cranberry brie bites (which takes about five minutes) and cook rice for the gumbo. It was an entertainer’s dream!
Cranberry Brie Bites
It wouldn’t be Christmas without my Cranberry Brie Bites! I always make these during the holiday season when I have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving. They’s so easy to make and so delicious! It’s a must-make Christmas appetizer. Get the recipe here.
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Oh how I adore my Chicken and Sausage Gumbo! I first developed this recipe for my Princess and the Frog dinner party years ago and now I make it probably once a month in the winter. It’s perfect for entertaining because I actually prefer it the day after I make it, meaning I made this on Friday, popped it in the fridge, and all I had to do on Saturday was heat it back up and cook some rice! So easy. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Peppermint Pie
I served my chocolate peppermint pie for dessert. If you love chocolate and cool peppermint, you’ll love this make-ahead dessert. You want to make it at least 6-8 hours before serving but the day before is even better. This pudding pie is unbelievably rich and creamy. It was the perfect decadent way to end our dinner! Get the recipe here.
Watch the episode
Want to see more? Watch the Winter Wonderland episode of The Rose Table!
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