Cozy & Elegant Holiday Dinner Party

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This post comes to us courtesy of home entertaining and lifestyle blogger Jenny Steffens Hobick


At most times of the year I like to entertain casually — I like rustic, earthy dinner parties that are comfortable and relaxing. During the holidays I like to up the elegant factor just a bit. I prepare festive cocktails along side hors d’oeuvres and serve dinner at a candlelit table with my best china, flatware and linen. I still rely on natural, rustic elements to make the table cozy and charming.


Here is my formula for a cozy and elegant holiday dinner party:


The Table
For my table setting, instead of glitz and satin, I opt for natural and earthy elements like red stitched jute ribbon and gingerbread cookies to decorate the table. Down the center I place sprigs of cedar, boxwood topiaries tied with ribbon and chunky pillar candles. I love how all of the green on the table makes it feel intimate and cozy.


On each place setting, I wrap white linen hemstitch napkins with the red striped jute ribbon – which is actually upholstery webbing used on the base of furniture! I buy it in the sewing department of craft stores. On top of each napkin, I place a gingerbread candy cane cookie that doubles as dessert. For more details on this tables setting, visit my blog.


The Menu

Holiday dinners call for a special menu with at least one really indulgent item. This menu has several! As always, I don’t like to fill my guests up on heavy dips and appetizers. I recommend starting the evening with a tray of passed Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Tartlets.  They are great with a cocktail and won’t spoil anyone’s appetite.


For dinner, this Beef Tenderloin is a splurge, but so easy to prepare for a crowd — it is impressive, too! Little touches like adding pancetta to the Brussels sprouts and drizzling truffle oil on the potatoes dress up the simple to prepare sides.


After such a rich meal, serve these homemade gingerbread cookies with coffee — they are simple and delicious, and they taste like the holidays! For a step-by-step schedule for preparing and serving this dinner, visit my blog.




Cocktail Hour






Happy holidays!
About the authorJenny Steffens Hobick, a home entertaining and lifestyle blogger, makes entertaining accessible and enjoyable… for the hosts and guests.  As a former caterer and party planner, Jenny shares her secrets to hosting casual and elegant parties. From table settings to recipes, her creative tips and resourceful methods inspire her readers to make Everyday Occasions special – whether it be a family style feast, elegant cocktail party or intimate dinner for two.  Jenny believes that entertaining at its best is done often, with an effortless and easy style.

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