Hy, you guys…
The days are getting shorter and more dark. That doesn’t mean that the party’s are over. Even in the darkest winter days, it’s time to be close with your family and friends.
That’s why I will give you some winter party inspiration ideas, with delicious winter party recipes and drinks. Also a fabulous winter party table and some great entertainment options for your guests.
Let’s get started and remember … Life is a party and you are the host!
Winter dinner: Table decoration
I used white table paper to have a fresh look together with gray napkins. I garnished the table further with some nature elements like wooden dinner plates (Bought at Pelckmans) sprinkled with dried herbs (Bought at Colruyt) and some candles woven by some ivy branches.
Than I added some loose star anise between the plates and the candles. I even put some ivy branches on my table lamp. I’m going for a winter nature rustic but minimum look.
My appetizer is also part of my decoration. That you will see later on.
I also used a white paper bag where I wrote the name of my guest on with a silver brush pen.
I decorated my table on the day itself, but you can also do this beforehand.
Winter dinner: Appetizer and cocktail
About 20 minutes before the guests arrive you are prepping your appetizer and your cocktail.
- Start by heating the oven for the breads (store-bought)
- Put the sauces in place in the little jars that are placed on the wooden dinner plates (store-bought pesto, herb butter and hummus)
- Heat the breads for about 10 minutes (follow the instructions of the packaging)
- Make the cocktail and serve on the table (Syrup made beforehand)
- Serve the mocktail (made beforehand)
- Serve the breads in the white bags that are already placed on the table.
Ding Dong, your guest are arriving and your table is looking delicious and gorgeous at the same time and you are ready to entertain your guests.
When your guests are sitting down, do the following, so the next step want take long.
- Reheat your soup on low temperature. (Made beforehand)
- Reheat your stew on low temperature. (Made beforehand)
Do you want to make your own hummus? Check out this blogpost.
Aperitif : Winter Gin Tonic
Start by making your own syrop for about 4 drinks.
- 4dl of sugar
- 4dl of water
- 4 teaspoons of whole cloves
- Also 4 cinnamon sticks
- 4 teaspoons of mixed pepper balls
Mix all together and heat in a medium saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Then let the mixture cool down and strain it. (Made beforehand)
To serve one winter gin tonic:
- 2 tablespoons of syrop (or more or less depending on your choice)
- Your favorite gin, I just used Bombay Saphire
- Orange Juice to fill the glass
- Some whole cloves (Decoration)
- pepper balls (Decoration)
- Some sprig of rosemary (Decoration)
- A nice glass container (Decoration)
- An orange straw (Decoration)
- An orange slice (Decoration)
Mix the gin with the orange juice and the syrup. Mix according to your preferences.
For decoration, I used icecubes to keep the drinks fresh and an orange slice and a rosemary wig together with some peper balls and whole cloves. I also put those in nice glasses with an orange straw.
For the non-alcoholic version, I used the same syrup mixed with water and for decoration some apple and cinnamon slices that I put in a nice cannister.
Appetizer: Bread with different winter spreads
- Baked breads
- Garlic butter
I didn’t make the spreads my self this time, I just bought it in the grocery store.
For decorations, I put the bread in a white bag where I wrote the names of my guests. I put the spreads in little jars. All of this I put on a wooden plate which was decorated with dried thyme leaves.
So in this case, my decoration and my appetizer is one.
Do you need more dinner party ideas? Check out this family dinner party or this Italian one.
Winter dinner starter : A spicy carrot soup
For 8 persons, you need
- 2kg of carrots
- 1 leek
- 2 onions
- 25 gr of pumpkinseeds (Decoration)
- 50 gr of ricotta (Decoration and taste)
- 2l of chicken broth
- 2 gloves of garlic
- Sprigs of sage (Decoration)
- Ras El Hanout spices
- Nice glass jars (Decoration)
Cut all the vegetables and let it bake in butter for a couple of minutes. Then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil and let it boil for about 15 minutes. Then it’s time to add the spices like pepper and Ras El Hanout. Mix it all together.
You make the soup beforehand and when you are almost finished with your appetizer you reheat the soup and add the decorations.
I used glass jars to present the soup and I garnish the soup with a sprig a sage and some pumpkin seeds and ricotta.
Winter dinner main dish: Winter stew
- Potatoes (if you want)
- 2kg of beef
- 8 winter turnip
- 8 winter carrots
- 4 onions
- A little bit of flower
- Meat stock
- 2 bottles of dark beer
- 4 bay leaves
- A nice bowl (Decoration)
Cut the vegetables.
Dust the meat with the flour and cook it briefly all around on a heavy fire in butter and put it aside for a while.
Fry the onion in the pan and deglaze with the beer and add the meat and laurel leaves.
Pour in the meat stock until everything is neatly covered and let it stew for one hour.
After 1 hour, add the pieces of carrot and the turnip. If necessary, add some extra meat stock. Cover and leave to simmer for another 1 hour until the meat is well done.
You can also cook the potatoes now if you want a more thick sauce.
You make this stew beforehand.
When you start by eating the soup, level up the temperature of the stew. So your main dish will be ready in no time and you have the best time to entertain and talk with your guests.
For decorations I kept it a little simple by just placing the stew on a nice bowl. The stew itself was a little bit colorfull by the vegetables.
Winter dinner Dessert: Winter apple crumble
You will need for about 8 persons:
- 100 gr of raisins
- 115 gr of butter
- 125 gr of flower
- 100 gr of oatmeal
- 100 gr of sugar
- some cinnamon powder (Decoration and recipe)
- 4 apples
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- Some gingerbread ice
- Some gingerbread biscuit (Decoration and taste)
- A nice white plate (Decoration)
The crumble you make beforehand, by kneading the butter with the oatmeal and flower and sugar and the cinnamon powder. Set aside to cool.
Soak the raisins in water. Cut the apple in slices and let it cool. Do this also beforehand.
When you finished the main dish, it’s time to put together the dessert.
Start by heating the oven at 200°C.
In a large baking dish, put the apple slices on the bottom, than layer with the brown sugar and the crumble and stir.
Bake it in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Decorate the plates with a little bit of apple crumble and some gingerbread ice and a gingerbread cookie. Sprinkle some cinnamon around the white plate.
It’s heavy dessert, so don’t put too much on the plates.
Winter dinner party entertainment
I had some board games foreseen to play on the table, but the children found another activty to play with their nerf guns in the dark in the gardin. It was super fun to watch.
Also because most of the things could be prepped ahead of time, I had a lot of time to talk with my guests.
Winter dinner party
I hope you find a lot of inspiration to throw a winter dinner party for your friends and family. Let me know in the comments what you like the most and what you are going to try?
Just enjoy your life!