My Holiday Favorites
With Christmas and New Years right around the corner—literally, I wanted to share my favorites for great, festive holiday happenings. While you can enjoy many of these any time, they take special precedence during the holidays when everyone is feeling happy, generous and ready to party.
Great Food: Nothing brings family and friends together like good food. Go beyond the usual dips and finger foods and play up some traditional favorite flavors. Above is prosciutto wrapped fig, which is absolutely delicious. These festive baked potato bites make for great presentation and pleasing mouthfuls, enjoy a whiskey cheese fondue or scallops with potato pancakes and caviar sauce.
Great Drinks: I love the Kahlua Café “hot chocolate” adult beverage (as my BFF Jason calls them). Topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks and sprinkled with nutmeg. Another delicious treat is Trinidad punch from 1869: Chocolate, coconut milk and rum make a special holiday drink. If you would like to get whimsical, try these gingerbread martini jelly shots in the forms of mini bundt cakes (tres adorable!). I do believe my ultimate holiday favorite is the spiced cranberry martini.
Great Décor: Make your house festive with charming décor—change it up every year. We have a white Christmas tree, so each year, we’ll alternate different color ornaments (this year, it’s sapphire blue and silver). We also buy a single ornament reflective of everyone’s personality each year—it makes our tree so much more personal and intimate. Buy a few crafts and have friends over to make their own to put on your tree or add décor to your home.
Great Music: Nothing starts any party like good music. I love Mariah Carey’s Christmas albums, both Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You, but also love Christmas tunes crooned by Frank Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Etta James, and Nat “King” Cole. Who doesn’t love singing around the Christmas Tree?
Great Fire: The focal point of any holiday gathering besides the tree is the fire (enter the chestnuts roasting…). A good fire offers warmth and entertainment, feeding into all of the senses. If you don’t have a fireplace, opt for a fire pit for outdoor décor and warmth. Fires also make for good cuddling 🙂
These are just a few of my staples for my upcoming holiday entertaining—what are yours?