Entertain During the Holidays with Elegance and Ease

 

This holiday season, try something new by mixing up your usual seasonal decor and whipping up a new family favorite recipe.

 

Décor to Match

Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming, but don’t overthink your approach. Whether you’re hosting a party or having dinner with your family, the kitchen is always the most popular gathering spot when there are holiday foods to enjoy.

Adorning your counter space with fresh, simple décor will help create a warm holiday atmosphere. Create visual contrast by accentuating a pine garland with solid, metallic ornaments. Depending on which matte finish you’ve chosen for your appliances, consider coppers, bronzes, golds or silvers to match those tones or try mixing metals by using more than one color.

Festive Hors D’oeuvres

When you’re hosting friends and family for the holidays, the stakes are high. So there’s nothing wrong with whipping up hors d’oeuvres that are tried-and-true crowd pleasers. Crostinis, for example, are easy for you to make and easy for guests to handle while socializing before the entrees are served. And with endless topping options, they’re easy to change up for any gathering. Try this Christmas-ready recipe for a fail-proof appetizer.

Cranberry and Chevre Crostini

Cook Time 30 min |

Cranberry Orange Sauce Ingredients

12 oz fresh cranberries

½ cup water

½ cup honey

½ tsp dark brown sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp ground allspice

Zest of one orange

Crostini Ingredients

1 loaf crusty whole grain bread, cut in ½-inch slices

2 tbsp olive oil

Sea salt

10 oz chèvre or another soft, spreadable cheese

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