I am hosting Christmas Eve at my house this week. It has become a tradition and I am really looking forward to it this year! Borrowing a page from my husband’s family play book-we serve cracked crab for dinner. It is the best main course because you truly don’t do anything except unwrap it and bring out the tools for cracking. I ask my guests to bring the sides for the meal. This year we are having au gratin potatoes, crusty bread, and a large salad. The rest is up to me! Here’s what I have planned.
Instead of traditional linens I use a chalkboard paper runner and paper placemats. I don’t have a super large kitchen -so the paper runner comes off my dining table after cocktail hour and we quickly set the table for dinner. I usually wrap the silverware early. Last year I used a simple gift tag and label for each guest and placed a festive saying on each plate. I found these movie quote printables that I am going to use this year. I have added twinkling lights to my bar cart thanks to the inspiration from Pinterest! We are ready to be merry and bright!
BEFORE THE MEAL
I like to have everything set and ready, so that the food and drink are READY when we arrive home from church. I am excited to try some new appetizers!
3. Antipasti Plate
AFTER THE MEAL
I keep dessert simple and follow what my grandmother used to do for Christmas Eve. Lots and lots of cookies and sweet nibbles. I am starting the baking today and the boys will be denied access until later in the week!