Party Planner: Christmas Dinner

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It’s the greatest joy of the holiday season: sharing a beautiful, bountiful meal with the people you love. Welcome family and friends to the table with a cozy feast of comforting dishes to pass and share — our recipes and tips will show you how.




Nothing marks the beginning of a celebration quite like raw oysters. Our Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette Sauce are served on crushed ice with a zesty, vinegary accompaniment.


Bring color and freshness to the meal with a hearty salad that’s perfect for winter evenings. This Endive Salad with Persimmon stars some of the season’s best ingredients: crisp endive, vibrant persimmon and tart pomegranate seeds.


A special occasion calls for an impressive centerpiece, and Herb-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream is as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. On the side, serve Herbed Potato and Celery Root Puree, a rich potato puree with flavored with herbs. Our Sauteed Spinach, Currants and Pine Nuts adds a healthy dose of green and are a delicious vegetable side.


For dessert, serve a decadent Winter Pear Trifle in a traditional trifle bowl for a showstopping presentation.


Party Planner: Christmas Dinner



Party Planner


  • 1 to 2 days ahead: Make the mignonette sauce for the oysters. Season the prime rib with the herb mixture, cover and refrigerate.
  • Day of: Make and assemble the trifle. Prepare the endive salad.
  • Before serving: Roast the prime rib. Shuck and prepare the oysters. Make the potato puree and saute the spinach. Dress the salad.

Not sure what wines to serve with the meal? See our Holiday Wine Guide for ideas — this 2007 Cornerstone Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with prime rib.


To create a lively and festive table, mix and match patterns, but keep it cohesive by staying in the same color family. Here, we layer berry-printed plates and napkins over copper chargers and a tartan tablecloth. Red glasses add even more merry cheer.


Special touches are what bring holidays to life and give them a permanent place in our memories. Bells tied on ribbons or Christmas crackers — choose something that speaks to your own family traditions.


A warm and inviting table is full of natural elements that make us feel at home. Instead of a grand centerpiece, arrange painted pine cones down the length of the table, or place a sprig of holly at each place setting. Even your serveware can bring in rustic details, as with this antler-shaped serving bowl. Miniature Christmas trees add charm and sentiment to a table or buffet; it’s the perfect time of year to be a bit playful and whimsical with your decor.



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