Monday, December 7, 2009

A Christmas Dinner Party

It doesn't get any better than Susan's Between Naps on the Porch in December! Check her out!I love having my two sets of children... the bigs and the babes...because I still get to make things wonderful for the babes during the holidays with all of our traditions. However, I just love having a grown up daughter to make things special for too! Her kind of special does not require candy sprinkles on houses or cookie baking. For Liza, it was hosting an dinner party for her and her husband and her friends from work! I just happen to love every one of them, so the treat was mine!
On top of my china cabinet there is a little lit menagerie of trees and I thought that it would be to carry the trees over to our tablescape with seven other little trees and, as always, lots of candles!
After Thanksgiving Dinner this year, we decided that our Christmas Village china plates were too small. This wasn't really a fine china menu anyway. So, I kept things simple with my favorite sage green plates, red chargers and a candycane hanging from each goblet.
The menu, kept simple, was delectable!
Fresh Cranberry Salsa and Crackers
Spinach Salad with Craisins, Sunflower Seeds, Mandarin Oranges & Cheeses
tossed in Poppyseed Dressing
Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce & Chicken Ravioli
Buttery Green Beans
Fresh out of the oven Rolls
Peppermint & Brownie Trifle
Pomegranate 7-up on Sonic Ice, the preferred drink of the season in our home
(all recipes can be found here on this blog)
Christmas music in the background. A fresh snowstorm just before the party...special ordered, naturally. (wink-wink!)

Of course, my favorite part of any dinner party is the table talk. For this meal, I made a fun list of questions that brought about many fond memories for us all and, surprisingly, some very loud laughter!

Table Talk Questions
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
What was one tradition from your childhood that you plan on carrying on through generations?
Was there a must have in your stocking each year?
Did you have any special traditions about opening the gifts?
How old were you when you knew the “truth” about the Magic of Christmas? How did you find out?
If money were no object, name three things on your wish list this year?
Is there a gift that you’ve wanted for a long time but never received?
Are you more of a Grinch/Scrooge or Griswold?
What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Share a “feel good moment” from one of your Christmas’.
Do you come from a Conservative during the holidays Christmas family or an over the top Christmas family?
What’s your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
Are you a Last minute shopper or ready months before?
What’s the most special gift you’ve ever given?
If you were to write a brag letter for the past year, what would you include in it?
When you hear the song “Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer”, what memory comes to mind?
After dessert, we moved to the living room for games and laughter and fun! Again, I do love having a grown-up daughter! One of the best parts of a grown-up married daughter is that she's gracious and appreciative... when the party was over, she and her sweet hubby did the dishes!I can hardly wait for the next the next time!


Lana K. W. Austin said...

I love all the candles! And the green and red beads draped around things! Lovely! Blessings, Lana

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I'm a candlelight girl, too! Absolutely love it. It makes everything else just glow. So pretty!

Karen said...

Hello! Beautiful tabale. I love the candlelight too. My husband always looks around and asks, "Can we have some light in here?" "NO - you ruin the mood!" LOL.
The red pops, the candy canes in the glasses are sweet but best of all was the wonderful evening you had. Thanks for sharing!
Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds