When it comes to planning dinner parties—especially for the holidays—we say keep things simple and focus on enjoying one another’s company.
Take the time to send an invitation—in the mail, not on Facebook—and then use the same paper and fonts to create a menu for each place setting. In a day when it is easy to send an electronic invite this sets the event apart.
Invest in linens that can be used over and over again. Skip the tablecloth with a turkey or Christmas tree in favor of a beautiful seasonal color. Stick to bold colors and pick up on themes that way—then by default you’ll be staying away from anything overly cheesy.
Don’t overdo it with holiday decor. Opt for simple details, like florals. A few flowers go a long way. They’re fresh, they smell good and they tend to really set the mood.
In the Northwest there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. Consider adding elements from the outdoors to a formal table setting to mix things up.
Stick to dishes you love. While it’s tempting to try out a new or elaborate recipe, it’s safer to share entrées, side dishes and desserts that you already know are crowd pleasers.