|Did you all have a fun New Year’s Eve? This year I hosted dinners with friends two nights in a row. You might ask, how did I manage? I served the same menu both nights, that’s how!|
|I’ll get to the menu – but first, let’s talk tablescaping. Here’s an easy trick for a winter centerpiece: First I took a winter wreath with lots of leaves and pinecones and the pedestal bottom of a cake stand.|
|Then I inverted the pedestal and rested the winter wreath atop it so the stand of the pedestal sticks up through the middle.|
|At this point, you can insert a cake dome upside down to sit in the inverted pedestal stand. I filled my upside down cake dome with silver and white Christmas ornaments.|
|Since I wanted a winter forest theme, I topped the ornaments with another Christmas ornament – an owl made of natural-looking material.|
My colors were white and blue, with some greens from the leaves and fake trees. I wanted it to feel like a snowy winter forest, but not like a Christmas table. I hung white Martha Stewart pompoms available at Michaels to give the impression of snow falling.
Crystal, silver, and snowy Christmas garland were added to suggest ice and snow.
I wanted the menu to be low-stress and fairly light. I decided on Strawberry, Turkey, and Brie Paninis. My guests helped me assemble the paninis: White Mountain Bread from Publix, sliced strawberries, sliced turkey, fresh basil leaves, a slice of Brie, and red pepper jelly. Sandwiches were brushed with butter and grilled on my George Foreman Grill. Simply delicious!
We also had squash soup and croutons ready-made from Trader Joe’s and a side salad. For dessert, I baked homemade butter cookies and my Romanian friend, Diana, made a lovely English Trifle. Very multi-cultural, haha!
This dinner party and tablescape would work for any wintertime meal with friends. A little imagination and inspiration can make an ordinary dinner extraordinary!