During the holidays, it’s time to spend quality moments with your loved ones, your family. Every year me and my husband an my daughter have our own Holiday family party to enjoy at the holidays. We make our house very cozy, have a nice meal. This is the time to relax and play games with our family, a comforting evening surrounded by my family. This is also the time that we unwrap our presents and hear the new years resolution letter from my daughter, that she learned at school. So I will show you how I prepared this Holiday family party, the complete game plan to decorate your table and make a delicious meal, together with practical decorating and entertaining tips and tricks. I hope you like it.
If you want to see more Holidays decorations, check out my Christmas home tour.
Let get this party started!
Table decorations tips
Under every plate I placed a golden under plate, if you don’t have a golden under plate, you could use a nice napkin to place under your plate.
Center piece (Flower shop)
You can use every flower arrangement you want to be a center piece, the one in my video I made myself during flower arrangement classes. If you put some LED lights in the arrangement together with some Christmas ornaments, your centerpiece will look very festive for the holidays.
To make my centerpiece look larger I use some fake branches with a touch of gold and glitter. (AVA.be)
I used some bronze tealight holders and a golden Christmas shape candles to decorate my table and to supply warm lighting.
The glasses that I used were from my grandmother and I used them because they have the same color composition as my table, bronze and gold. If you don’t have such glasses, you can use the one you have and maybe put a gold napkin around the stem of the glass, to make it more matching.
I used golden napkins to fit my color composition and bronze napkin rings. I fold the napkin in the napkin rings and put it on the plates, it has a festive touch right away.
Swirls and flags (AVA.be)
The confetti swirls in gold, I use to decorate my chairs around the table, to also have a touch of gold there.
I used golden flags and hang it above the table.
I made my own menu card for this family Holiday party with the computer and put this in a menu case. I lay it down on the table. This is just an extra touch to finish it off.
After meal bags (AVA.be)
I used a little bag that you can use after your meal and there I put in o A toothpick o A mint candy o A chewing gum o A tissue o A wet tissue with lemon smell
Granny rosemary juice
For one Carafe (+- 5 drinks)
- 33cl apple juice
- 0,5l sparkling water (fix accordingly)
- 1 apple (Granny Smith) – you need extra for decoration
- A couple of pieces of cucumber – you need extra for decoration
- 2 sprigs of rosemary – you need extra for decoration
- A lemon wedge – only for decoration
Cut the apple and cucumber in pieces and put in the carafe together with the rosemary. Pour in the apple juice and fill with sparkling water. Let it cool in the fridge.
At the party
Fill a long glass with a sprig of rosemary, couple of cucumber slices and some apple pieces and fill your drink.
TO DECORATE: Put a lemon wedge at the side of your drink together with a nice straw and skewer. Surround the stem of your glass with a golden napkin to make it look festive. You put the napkin on, before pouring in the drinks.
Gin with passion fruit
Ingredients for one glass of gin
- 4 cl of gin
- 4 cl of Fever-Tree Clementine Tonic with cinnamon (fix accordingly)
- 1 lemon wedge (see my tutorial party freezer)
- 0,5 a passionfruit
- Ice cube balls
Make the ice cube balls a day before (Also see my tutorial party freezer). Put the drinks cold. Cut and spoon the passionfruit.
At the party
Fill your bowl glass with the ice cube ball and pour in the passionfruit with the gin and Fever- Tree tonic.
TO DECORATE: Put a napkin around the stem of the glass and bind it with an elastic. This will give immediate a festive look. Than I put a lemon wedge on the side of the glass and I used a straw. The nice big ice cube balls make the drinks also very festive.
Hummus of grilled paprika and self-made Doritos chips
(You will have leftovers, but you could also eat the hummus with bread the next day)
- 400 g chickpeas
- 2 grilled paprika
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 sprigs of parsley
- Cumin seed
- Lemon juice
- Olive oil
- Pepper and salt
Peal the garlic and drain the chickpeas. Put those in a bowl together with the grilled paprika parsley and cumin. Get it on taste with 0,5 a citron and pepper and salt. Cut the wraps in triangles with a scissor.
At the party
Put the triangle wraps on a baking sheet. Drizzle over with some olive oil and some sea salt and bake in the oven for 5 min on 180 °degrees Celsius. Keep you eye on it, because it will burn fast. When they’re ready I put them in a nice bowl with a napkin. Finish of the hummus with a little bit of greenery. And serve together.
TO DECORATE: I used a fork to make streaks in the hummus (little lines) and I used some greenery to make it more festive. The Doritos chips I placed in a nice flat bowl with a golden napkin.
Melon – Mozzarella balls with Parma ham on a stick (+-10 sticks)
- 0,5 Charentes Melon
- 100 gr Parma ham
- Mozzarella in mini balls (1 pack)
- Basil (some leaves for decoration)
- Wooden cocktail sticks
Take balls out of your melon with a spoon. Cut the Parma ham in little pieces. Put on the wooden stick a piece of melon, Parma ham and mozzarella ball and finish it of with a leave of basil. Put it on a nice rectangular plate.
At the party
Ready to serve.
TO DECORATE: I used wooden stick with a touch of gold at the end, to make it festive. I use a rectangular plate to make it nice to decorate. Also I used some basil leaves to finish it off.
Tomato soup with mini sandwich (ham-cheese)
(You have more soup than you will serve at the party, but you can freeze the left-overs)
- Bread 4 slices
- Cheese 2 slices
- Ham 2 slices
- Tomatoes 0,5 kilo
- One onion
- A garlic glove
- Chili flakes
- Paprika powder
- Star shape
- Wooden cocktail stick
Cut the vegetables. Stove the garlic and onion until glazed. Pour in the tomatoes and stir for a couple of minutes. Season it with pepper, salt, chili flakes and paprika powder and fill with water until the vegetables are drown. Let it gently boil for 20 minutes and mix the soup. Make 2 ham and cheese sandwiches and with a star shape form cut stars out of the bread.
At the party
Reheat the soup and fill little bowl with it. Bake the ham and cheese stars and put it on a wooden stick.
TO DECORATE: The sandwiches I put on a wooden stick with a golden ornament to look more festive. The soup I placed in little bowl to have a nice cozy effect. I used extra pepper to run over the soup, it’s just an extra detail. Also because the sandwich is in a star shape, has it immediately a party effect.
Pork Tenderloin with honey-mustard sauce, warm vegetables and croquettes.
- Pork Tenderloin +- 800 gr.
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- Carrots 0,5 kilo
Cover the pork tenderloin with mustard and let it rest for about half an hour. Cut the onion and the carrots. Cook the carrots until done.
At the party
Meat: Bake the meat a half an hour on 200° Celsius with a lid on an after that a half an hour with the lid off. The time may vary on your oven. (While waiting: we unwrapped the gifts and heard the new years resolution letter of my daughter)
Warm vegetables: Stove the garlic and the onion until glazed and pour in the carrots until tender. Couple of minutes.
Sauce: 5 table spoons of honey and 5 table spoons of mustard. Mix and heat on a stove to make the sauce.
Croquettes: Bake the croquettes according to the instructions on the packaging with a deep fryer.
You will make the vegetables, sauce and croquettes when the meat is almost ready. It takes about 15 minutes.
TO DECORATE: I used a liner to make a nice tower of my vegetables. I use an original setting of my croquettes, sauce and meat. This has immediate a festive effect. Also I finish my plate with a little bit of greenery.
Trifle of mascarpone and apple (4)
- Nuts 100 gr
- 2 apples
- 1 citron
- 2 egg whites
- 2 dl light cream
- 250 gr Mascarpone
- Honey 3 tablespoons
- Biscuits +- 6
- Chia seeds
Cut the apples and mix with the 1 tablespoon of honey and half the citron juice . Whip the Mascarpone with the cream and the 2 tablespoons of honey and the otherhalf of the citron juice. Whip the egg whites with a little bit of salt and pour gently into de cream mixture. Crumble the biscuits. Fil the glasses with a layer of biscuits, apples, crème. Put for at least 1 hour in the fridge.
At the party
Decorate with nuts and chia seeds and it’s ready to serve.
TO DECORATE: I put the glasses on a cork coaster to make it look more festive. Also, the nuts and seed give this dessert a party feeling.
During the appetizers and during reheating of the soup, we chat and danced a little bit. I put on the radio and they were playing regular song with a mix of Christmas songs.
When the meat has to be in the oven, we unwrap the gifts and hear the new years resolution letter of my daughter. After the main dish, we will wait a little bit before starting to eat the dessert. This is the moment we will play games. At that night we played Nintendo WII.
Do you need inspiration for a gift idea ? Simple and home made, check out my other blogpost of soap gifts.
Enjoy your evening and a happy new year. Have a nice Holiday family party of your own.