I love entertaining all year long; however, there is something extra special about Christmas dinner. I have loved Christmas since before I can remember. It brings so many wonderful memories of time with family around a beautiful table. And now it’s so important to me to continue those traditions and create a memorable Christmas dinner for my family.
This year, I wanted to combine all of my favorite things to create a holiday tablescape: faux fur, mercury glass and eucalyptus. And of course, the Chinet Cut Crystal line fit perfectly into this table.
When I first spotted these mini faux, fur-lined stockings, I immediately knew they would make the perfect utensil holders for Chinet Cut Crystal cutlery. These cable knit cuties are such a festive way to display your cutlery!
The center of the table was decorated with a faux fur table runner—give me all the faux fur! It adds a warmth and coziness to the dinner. I also laid fresh eucalyptus down along the runner and placed eucalyptus stems in the vases.
Each place setting included a Chinet Cut Crystal dinner plate, dessert place, 14 oz. cup and stemless wineglass.
The place settings were layered on top of a gold charger and a Chinet® Classic White™ dinner plate. I liked the way the place setting popped with the white plate, and if your family is anything like mine, people will be heading back to the kitchen for seconds (and thirds!), so an additional disposable plate will definitely be put to good use.
The table was decorated with mercury glass Christmas trees, candle holders and vases. Two glittery, snow-flocked mini trees added a touch of sparkle.
I love making festive platters that look like Christmas favorites. This year I made a wreath with kiwi, berries and a red pepper bow. For the berries, I used new refrigerated berry fruit snack bites. They could easily be swapped for cranberries, raspberries or red grapes.
This fruit wreath would complement a cheese board and other savory holiday appetizers wonderfully.
I am a big fan of a signature cocktail at any holiday gathering. One way to elevate your cocktail without doing a lot of extra work is to make fancy ice cubes infused with fruit, herbs or flowers. For my Christmas cocktail, I made rosemary- and cranberry-infused cubes. I used square silicone ice cube trays and dropped a little rosemary and a couple cranberries in each one. Fill with water and freeze overnight for a Christmas-y ice cube.
This holiday cocktail, Jingle Juice, is so delicious, and it might be my favorite signature cocktail yet! Get the recipe here so you can mix up your own this holiday season.
And don’t forget to serve lots of ice water in Chinet Cut Crystal 14 oz. cups so everyone can stay hydrated while enjoying their Jingle Juice.
Now all that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the Christmas season with family and friends around a beautiful (and surprisingly simple) table. And leave the clean up to the Chinet® brand! Instead of washing endless amounts of dishes and glasses, spend that reclaimed time with your loved ones. Happy holidays!
For more holiday entertaining inspiration, check out my Christmas Cookie Decorating Party. And don’t forget to share your holiday get-togethers with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #MyChinetParty.