It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And let’s be honest, it’s also the craziest. To do lists a mile long can seem to overtake the joy of the season. Which is why there’s wine…Check out my latest entertaining guide, I hope it provides inspiration for a stress free gathering!
This design is perfect for hosting an intimate Christmas dinner by the fire. I chose a moodier color scheme of evergreens, burgundies, and grays.
Using christmas greens as a runner down the table is such an easy, low fuss centerpiece that has major impact. You can even trim some from your backyard. I added sprigs of fresh eucalyptus, ruscus and red huck as accents. I brought the burgundy colors in with gorgeous orchid buds and added privet berry branches. White or red roses are also an easy alternative to find that will do well out of water. Just be sure to add them closer to your guests arrival.
I also made a matching garland for the fireplace mantel. I started with a simple garland I added to the mantel first, then built onto it from there with floral wire to create a more lush look.
By the way, I’m hosting a Christmas Centerpiece Workshop on Sunday, December 16th if you’re interested in joining me!
One of my favorite parts of the design are the little chair swags. They take seconds to make and are such a pretty accent to each guests’ place setting.
Mixed in with the greenery on the table are some great accents that can be found in our gift shop as well! I love the blue-gray ornaments as well as the taupe bottle brush trees in various sizes. One of my favorite pieces right now are the antiqued mirror candlestick holders. The mirrors bounce off the light from the glowing candles in such a beautiful way.
Each place setting features one of our antler napkin rings that are not only perfect for Christmas, but can be used for Thanksgiving or any other winter dinner you may be hosting. We also have the little wood stumps for place card holders that can even be used as food or drink markers.
No entertaining guide of mine would be complete without an epic cheese board. It’s always my go to for when I have a party since it’s simple, everyone loves it, and they can be so beautiful and versatile. We have a large selection of boards in our gift shop, this particular one being one of my favorites. It comes in a round or rectangular shape and are very large for adding all the deliciousness that’s necessary for an amazing board.
I added winter citruses and pomegranates, as well as some cranberries for color. My favorite addition is the little christmas tree shaped cheeses. They’re so easy to make, just choose a semi-soft cheese and use a small cookie cutter. There’s cranberry cheese, rosemary sprigs and candied nuts as well as cinnamon whipped honey and pear balsamic jam. For some sweets, there’s chocolate covered dried cranberries and yogurt covered cranberries.
These boards are perfect to prep ahead of time and set out for your guests to enjoy while you’re putting the finishing touches on dinner. Don’t be surprised if it’s gone quickly though.
While your guests enjoy the cheese board, they’ll obviously appreciate a nice glass of wine.
Our Black Label wines were made for dinners like Christmas. They’re ideal to pair with the meats commonly served during the holidays and will have your guests impressed you’re serving them wine made in Pennsylvania.
Our classics like Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Lorenzo Forte are also great choices for serving with a roast or ham.
My top pick for whites to go with a Christmas dinner is our Luca Forte. It’s so versatile in what it pairs well with and can stand up to bold meats like a red. It definitely matches the personality for whom it was named after, my 15 month old son ;)
I hope you enjoyed and I wish you all the happiest of holidays! Check out more images from our shoot done with the talented Prevailed Studios below.