Party Planner: Christmas Dinner

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Party Planner: Christmas Dinner

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 crisp winter evenings. This Kale Salad with Roasted Apples and Pomegranate stars some of the season’s best ingredients: apples, roasted until softened and browned, and bright pomegranate seeds.


A special occasion calls for an impressive centerpiece, and Prime Rib with Herbes de Provence Crust is as awe-inspiring as it is delicious. On the side, serve Hasselback Potatoes, which are baked in a gorgeous fan shape and garnished with fresh chives. (You’ll be surprised how easy they are to make!) Our Green Beans with Brown Butter and Radishes combine peppery radishes, crisp-tender green beans and toasted hazelnuts into a flavorful medley, while Roasted Baby Root Vegetables make a hearty, comforting side.


Desserts showcase the season’s signature flavors: chocolate and peppermint. This Chocolate Tart with Peppermint Snaps is rich and decadent, and our Peppermint Bark Pavlova — with layers of crisp meringue, chocolate ganache and crumbled Peppermint Bark — creates a dramatic ending to an unforgettable night.


Party Planner: Christmas Dinner



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  • 1 to 2 days ahead: Make the mignonette sauce for the oysters. Season the prime rib with the herb mixture, cover and refrigerate. Make the chocolate tart and refrigerate.
  • Day of: Make the pavlova. Make the kale salad. Par-cook the green beans and radishes for the side dish. Roast the root vegetables.
  • Before serving: Roast the prime rib. Shuck and prepare the oysters. Bake the potatoes. Finish and reheat the green bean and root vegetables side dishes.


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.


Party Planner: Christmas Dinner

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