Dark Chocolate Bûche de Noël

‘Tis the season for an impressive Christmas classic! Is anyone else in the mood for a yule log? If you’ve never heard of it, a Bûche de Noël is a cake roll decorated to look like a log. A classic Bûche de Noël is vanilla sponge or genoise with chocolate buttercream, but the sky’s the limit…

Disney Dinners: Snow White

A German menu served in an enchanted forest A Snow White-themed dinner party could go so many different ways. Many of my friends lobbied for this Disney Dinner to be a spring party, due to the flowers and woodland creatures. I originally wanted to have it in October because of the poison apple angle but…

A Whole New World Cocktail

A delightful pomegranate champagne cocktail This is such a drinkable cocktail! I came up with this for Disney Dinners: Aladdin and was so pleased my guests’ reaction. It’s such a pretty drink with pomegranate arils bouncing around from the champagne bubbles and it’s actually fairly good for you! Pomegranate juice, lime juice, and ginger are all…

Candy Cane Brownies

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This is the Christmas brownie for you. Rich and dense and full of candy cane goodness, Santa will love seeing my Candy Cane Brownies by the tree! Edit: Watch me make my Candy Cane Brownies! Candy Cane Brownies 3/4 cup butter, melted 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder…

The Rose Table’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I absolutely love the thrill of finding the perfect gift for my friends and family. I was so busy gift hunting that my gift guide is tragically later than I would have liked. Better late than never, right? Here are a few new gift ideas in no…

Target Style Holiday Dinner Party with Camila Alves

On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending a Target Style holiday dinner party with Matthew McConaughey’s beautiful bride Camila Alves at The Joule in downtown Dallas. I invited my friend Joseph, who is always up for a classy dinner, to join me for the evening of holiday entertaining inspiration. Target Style invited Camila…

Cranberry Belgian Waffles

These waffles really scream holiday special to me, especially if topped with Fiori di Sicilia (orange-vanilla) whipped cream and sugared cranberries, which could not be easier to make. You can learn how here. You basically make a simple syrup, toss with the cranberries, and forget about them overnight. The next day, just drain and roll…

Easy Peppermint Fudge

Are you ready for three days of fudge? I’m hosting my annual Christmas soirée, A Mistletoe & Holly Affair, on Saturday and this year I’ve decided to wrap up homemade fudge for guests to take home when they leave. We’ll kick off three days of fudge recipes with my personal favorite, dark chocolate peppermint. Fudge…

The Rose Table’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”  I adore Christmas. It’s the one time of year when other people suddenly listen to music from the 1940s and have dessert every night! My loyal readers know me well enough to know that’s my life every day but there’s something special in the air during the holidays. Now that…

The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum

The Twelve Days of Christmas It was a perfect day to explore outside. The sun was shining and there wasn’t a single cloud obstructing the endless blue sky. I asked my dad to join me for a tour of The 12 Days of Christmas at Dallas Arboretum. Adorable father-daughter date, right? This is the second year…

How to Host A Christmas Party

I love entertaining. Few things make me as happy as my home filled with people I love. Every year I host a Christmas party that I call “A Mistletoe & Holly Affair” after one if my favorite Rat Pack songs. I insist on cocktail attire because it makes it that much more festive. I play…