Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Elegant Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas is all about spending time with family members and friends. The best way to do that is to gather them together for an elegant Christmas dinner party at your very own home. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are several marvelous tips on how to throw a memorable yuletide celebration.

a group of friends posing for a picture during a christmas party

1. Send out Personalized Invitations

List down all the family members and friends that you want to be there and make them invitations. Most party invites are done through email and Facebook, so creating your very own handcrafted invitation will have a sweeter and more personal touch. List down all the details they need, such as the location, date, and time. Don’t forget to include your contact number so they can RSVP immediately. Indicate if the guests will need to bring a gift.

2. Decorate Your Rooms

Prepare several areas for the party. Ideally, you should have three rooms to use. The pre-dinner and after-dinner gatherings can happen at the foyer and the living room, while the dining room can be for the dinner proper.

a lovely table setting for your Christmas party

Once you’ve decided on the rooms, make sure they have everything they need there. You may need several additional cocktail tables or even chairs. Rent these at least three days before the party. Fill your home with holiday cheer by hanging garlands, wreaths, and ornaments. You can also use several white or red candles to add a soulful touch to your festivities.

3. Make the Perfect Christmas Menu

 juicy and mouthwatering shrimp cocktail

The food is the most important aspect of the celebration so be sure to cover the bases. For starters, serve some finger foods while the guests gather in the foyer or the living room. This light and refreshing prawn cocktail from the Gourmet Traveler is a perfect start to the feast. For something zestier and bolder, try the schmancy smoked salmon recipe from Amazing Ribs.

a rack of lamb for everyone to enjoy

For the main course, go all out and serve sumptuous and unforgettable dishes. Begin with a delectable and creamy winter squash soup from Wishful Chef and follow it up immediately with this apple cider brined turkey with savory herb gravy from Tastebook and some Dijon baby lamb chops with mint sauce from Yum Sugar. Don’t forget to include side dishes, such as Yorkshire pudding from the Pink Whisk, baked potatoes from Add a Pinch, and smoke-roasted vegetables from Epicurious.

the classic apple pie for dessert

Don’t forget the dessert. Serve up a classic gingerbread house from Lydia Bikes, a classic apple pie from Pastry Affair and this delicious pistachio ice cream from Taste of Home.

4. Serve Refreshing Drinks and Stock up Your Bar

 eggnog and bottles of fine red wine

Prepare several drink choices for guests. Serve up this delicious homemade eggnog from Simple Bites. Buy good bottles of exquisite white and red wine for dinner. For the dessert, offer a pot of coffee or tea to everyone. Make sure your bar is stocked with spirits and liquor for the merriment after the wonderful Christmas banquet!

5. Show Your Hospitality

 presents for the exchange gift

As the host, it’s your responsibility to make sure your guests are comfortable and having fun in your home. Introduce people to each other. Make sure to catch up with family and friends. Ask if everyone is having a good time. Offer them food and drinks. Make a heartwarming toast during supper. Afterwards, share stories and experiences. Don’t stay in one spot for too long, but don’t forget to have fun as well.

6. Send Thank You Notes After

A couple of days after, send a note to those who attended your party to show your deep gratitude for their presence. Greet them ‘Merry Christmas’ and tell them that you hope to have their company again in the near future.

Throw a great and unforgettable party this holiday season with these tips from Tree Classics!

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