Now, it’s time to think about your Holiday Dinner. Making it festive is easier than you might think….
Lighting is key. If you have a dining room chandelier, you might go to the local dollar store to pick up some “strings of crystals” to loop through the chandelier.
Or, make a lovely centerpiece – easily done with a platter of Granny Smith apples piled 2 high in the center, some poinsettias from a craft shop and a red & green candle votives around the platter. Remember not to make your centerpiece too high, people need to see across the table for engaging conversation!
Think about your guests and try to visualize them around your table for proper placement. Some fun dinner ideas might be…..
Ice cubes with small pieces of lemon and pomegranate seeds frozen in them for pretty water glasses.
Baked ham with triangles or diamonds carved into it and a clove put in the middle of each diamond – This can easily be done 30 minutes before serving and looks so professional.
Fresh baked potatoes with toppings on the side – maybe a dish of sour cream, bacon, chives, melted cheese – whatever your favorite is.
Holiday meals don’t have to take a long time to be delicious; you just have to think ahead of time to make the most of your time.
You will be ready when Aunt Wanda from Woodstock shows up with her 18 year old cat. Your brother Harry, who lives on the Hudson River, wants to watch family movies from 1970 – or better yet, when grandma and grandpa have been lost for an hour because they thought the Tom Tom you bought them was a cell phone, they pulled over in Stone Ridge for a drink and directions….. They’ll arrive in an hour or so.