Holiday Entertaining

green tree with red berries covered in snow

There may be a part of me that feels like you’ve finally reached adulthood when you start hosting holidays at your home. While both our families are nearby, it is nice to begin our own traditions too. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that the past few years Eric and I have been hosting an Eggnog and Dessert Party before Christmas each year as a way to get both our families together in our home. With our fourth wedding anniversary coming up in April of this year, it feels like we are really starting to count on the new traditions we’re creating together.

dining room table with rows of crystal glassware, stacks of china and an open silver chest full of flatware

Christmas Eve dinner has always been a very important part of Eric’s family traditions. Last year, we took this over from his mom and we continued it again this Christmas Eve. What I love about it is that it is a wonderful opportunity to use our wedding china, crystal and silver. This year Eric had such an elaborate meal planned, consisting of so many courses, that I was forced to turn to the internet for help in my place settings. Be assured, I think Ms. Post would be proud.

fully set dining room table with formal flatware placement and a wine glass and water glass at each place with red placemats

Christmas Eve Dinner

Bruschetta on Rosemary Bread
Two kinds of Olives
Fresh Mozzarella
Two kinds of Hard Cheeses

Antipasto course laid out on the coffee table

Dinner in Five Courses
Steamed Clams
Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Bow Tie Pasta with Plum Tomato Sauce
Tuna or Chicken with White Wine Vinegar Sauce
Warm Bean Salad
Roasted Vegetables (Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Eggplant and Tomatoes)

Roasted Chestnuts

Pizza Dolce
Three-Color Cookies

Dinner was really lovely, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Eric really makes a stunning meal, so no one went away hungry!

It snowed on Christmas Eve, which lasted through the Christmas morning. It’s the first white Christmas I remember having.

Christmas wreath covered in snow against a red door


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