Hosting during the Holidays? Forget the fancy fare and keep it simple this festive season. Having friends and family over doesn’t need to be stressful, for a fuss-free take on entertaining look to sharing platters and casual dining styles. Need some inspiration? We asked Kim from Yellow Brick Home to show us her easy dinner party ideas…
Kim’s top tip for hosting over the Holidays is to keep the menu as simple as possible. And that means no cooking. You can wow your guests without spending hours in the kitchen, you just need two things: a statement sharing platter and plenty of delicious, fresh food.
For a simple take on holiday dining take your largest sharing platter & go crazy with charcuterie. Kim chose a plethora of prosciutto, ham and salami and paired them with salty & mild cheeses. Carrots, kumato tomatoes, olives and cucumber add a touch of colour & she finished the feast with an assortment of crusty bread and crackers. A selection of dips including brown mustard, hummus, spicy jam and butter were scattered on the table to accompany the spread.
For dessert, treat your guests to an abundance of fresh fruit in seasonal colors. Kim layered fresh strawberries & grapes with candied pecans, dried fruits, apple crisps and shards of the darkest chocolate on an elegant marble tray to create a striking display.
Thirsty? Stick to seasonal flavors and serve up a sparkling festive fizz. Kim’s tipple of choice was made up from equal parts cranberry juice, Fresca and sparkling water. She finished the Christmassy cocktail with sliced limes to reflect the classic festive colors of red and green. A fabulously refreshing aperitif.
Kim let the food do the talking by opting for a simple table setting. She played with texture and pattern by introducing basketweave placemats and pairing them with subtle striped napkins. The elegant marble trays balanced out the wood and the charming marble dipping bowls in barely-there-blush added just the right amount of color.
The effortlessly chic and pared-back scheme was offset by the statement reindeer candleholder that took centre stage. And for the finishing touch? Matte gold flatware to give a subtle nod to the glamorous festive season.