Aerin Lauder's Hampton's Dining Room, decorated for Christmas dinner, via @sarahsarna.

WE’RE HOSTING

My husband and I are looking forward to hosting Christmas this year. Last week we hosted 12 for Thanksgiving at our place in Virginia, and it was the most fun Thanksgiving I’ve ever had. On my 101 THINGS IN 1001 DAYS list, number 73 is “Host a dinner party in 2015,” and Thanksgiving was our second one, after HALLOWEEN. We’re starting to get the hang of it!

PLANNING THE MENU

What I’ve learned is that it’s important to start planning the party menu earlier than I think I should. With that in mind, I’ve started browsing  ON PINTEREST for Christmas dinner ideas, and have put together what I’m thinking. I haven’t narrowed down what the main will be, or which sides we’ll choose, but here are multiple ideas.

STARTERS

POMEGRANATE, PEAR, AND PECAN SALAD WITH POPPYSEED DRESSING
SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

MAINS

SLOW COOKER HAM WITH A MAPLE BROWN SUGAR GLAZE
FOOL-PROOF PRIME RIB
CHIPOTLE PINEAPPLE JERK GLAZED HAM

SIDES

KALE WILD RICE CASSEROLE
ROASTED VEGETABLES WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC
ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLIC
PAN-SEARED BRUSSEL SPROUTS WITH CRANBERRIES AND PECANS

DESSERT

PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CAKE
BANANA CREAM PIE
PUMPKIN PECAN COBBLER

SHOP CHRISTMAS TABLETOP

 

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POMEGRANATE, PEAR, AND PECAN SALAD WITH POPPYSEED DRESSING

Recipe and Image Source: Creme de la Crumb

Pomegranate, Pear and Pecan Salad. My Christmas Dinner Ideas: The Menu – from appetizers to entrees, side dishes, and desserts, via @sarahsarna.

Author: Sarah Sarna

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