Holiday Entertaining Guide

Christmas, Entertain, Holidays, Holidays, Tips & Techniques

The holidays are our favorite time to gather friends and family together for a festive occasion — small or large, casual or elegant. Create celebrations you’ll always remember.


Get started with our Holiday Entertaining Guide, or click on any of the tips and menus below to jump right in.




A Beautiful Buffet. From building your centerpiece to arranging platters and planning traffic flow, see our guidelines for setting up a lovely, festive buffet.


Making Spirits Bright. Stock your bar with all the right wines, spirits and mixers — and don’t forget the fancy garnishes.


Make It Festive. Learn how to use place cards, vases, candles and holiday aromas to create a warm, welcoming environment for guests.



Classic Christmas Dinner
After all the presents have been opened, it’s time to sit down to a feast you’ll remember all year long. The highlight of this dinner is a special entrée created by acclaimed chef Thomas Keller.
Fireside Christmas Eve
Invite friends over to share a casual meal served fireside. To set a festive mood, welcome guests with steaming mugs of mulled wine. Then bring out the main course: a hearty short rib potpie, chock-full of tender beef, pearl onions and cremini mushrooms. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Holiday Breakfast
Gather loved ones for a cozy Christmas morning feast. Warm, comforting waffles anchor this menu, incorporating the sweet and spiced flavors of winter. Sip from a hot mug — festive coffee for adults; hot cocoa for the kids — as you savor the holiday celebration.
Chanukah Celebration
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem some 2,100 years ago. For eight successive evenings, Jewish families light candles to mark that event. In observation of Jewish dietary laws, we kept this menu free of any dairy ingredients.
A Spirited Cocktail Hour
A candlelit cocktail party with a modern mood is a dramatic way to celebrate the holidays. Freshly shucked oysters anchor the menu, setting the tone for the ice blue, white and silver platters that showcase light, flavorful cocktail food.
Open House
The holidays are an opportunity to spend time with the special people in your life. These dishes allow you to plan ahead and complete most of your cooking ahead of time, so you only have to apply finishing touches at the last minute. Mix, mingle and enjoy the festive occasion.


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