Focus on organic materials. A garland of winter greenery across your tabletop is a dramatic focal point and adds a classic Christmas aroma. Forage a nearby tree or shrub, or check with your local florist for inexpensive greens. Incorporate elements from your menu into the greenery, such as white squash, pomegranate or whole artichoke.
Tying a sprig of something seasonal on each napkin provides a thoughtful handmade touch.
Contrast the rustic, organic vibe with modern touches like mixed metals or gold and silver votive elements.
Focus on the bar cart
One place your guests will all gather around at a holiday party, is the “spirits” of the season. A well-stocked bar cart can breathe elegance and fun into any festive room. Try decorating your bar cart with faux fur, whimsical candlesticks, cranberries and a wreath, or whatever inspires your seasonal imagination.
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Serve a sophisticated starter
Our Roasted New York Striploin with Caramelized Yogurt is sure to impress even the foodies on your guest list. Start with luxe ingredients and create a dramatic presentation.
Roasted New York Striploin, Caramelized Yogurt
3 oz NY steak, cooked medium rare
4 Tbsp caramelized yogurt
12 watercress leaves
12 brioche toasts
Slice beef into 12 pieces. Pipe a small amount of the caramelized yogurt onto each brioche toast, top with a folded slice of beef. Drizzle with more caramelized yogurt and garnish with a watercress leaf.
3 slices brioche bread, ½ cm thick
olive oil to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a round cutter to cut out 3.5 cm rounds of brioche bread. Brush with olive oil, bake for 5 minutes at 350°F, then turn the oven down to 300°F and continue cooking until crisp and golden.
2 cup yogurt
2 tsp kosher salt
Cook the yogurt on low heat, stirring regularly, for about an hour, until a dark golden color develops. Add salt, remove from heat and puree till smooth. Allow to chill and set in refrigerator.