Friday, December 16, 2011

Vintage Glam Christmas Party


For the second year, I was honored to cater  
The Rock Worship Department's Open House. 
I love Ben and Havilah's home!
 It's so charming and has so much character. 
Honestly, you could just set food on a table and it would look amazing!
 Check out B Street Bungalow to see the rest of their home.

I decided to go with a "Vintage Glam Christmas" theme. 
I wanted to use lots of silver, white and sparkle. 
Items that blended with their home and 
looked like it was part of their Christmas Decor. 
SETTING THE TABLE:
 Since the table was set against a window,
I decided to use a neutral curtain panel for the backdrop.
Although I wanted it to cover the window,
we needed some natural light, so we left it in a panel.
Looking at other party blogs,
I've noticed they use backdrops for their food tables.
It really incorporates the overall design and color scheme.
 It's high impact for little cost!
(I'm going to have Mr. Giles make me a backdrop frame,
so I can use it for my parties.)
I like setting out the platters beforehand and get a 'feel' for the table.
However, I usually find out what platters I'll use, when I start plating the food. 



BROWNIE DELIGHTS
I made these at my last party and they were a hit!
They are mini brownies, with homemade whipped cream,
fresh raspberries and spearmint leaves.
I covered my plain plastic tumblers with paper medallions,
attached with hot-glue.
Thanks
'Hostess with the Mostess' for the FREE downloads. 




The labels for the food didn't work, so we decided to add a menu to the table.
Thanks Havilah... great idea!
CAPRI KABOBS:
I used heirloom cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls and basil leaves.
Also, I substituted the cheese for black olives, for those who are 'dairy free'.
The color combination was gorgeous!

After thinking about it,
I would love to make a 'Greek' version with feta, black olives and mint.  
TOMATO BISQUE WITH MUSTARD & GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES:
These are my FAVORITE!
The soup was SO good with the sandwiches.
I made the sandwiches with a spicy brown mustard and they were over the top!


Side note: I liked to dip my sandwich in the soup and drink the leftovers.
I may (or may not) have had four! 

MEXICAN BITES:
I used Tostada Bite Cups topped with beans, cheese, sour cream and olives.
Fresh out of the oven, they were really good!
SMOKED APPLE CHARDONNAY CHICKEN SAUSAGE WITH SPICY MUSTARD 
Need I say more? 
All parties need some sort of meat... trust me... the men LOVE it! 
WINTER CUPCAKES
For lack of time, these cupcakes were store bought.
However,  I did make the little flags with ribbon, food sticks and hot glue.
It's the little things that make the most impact! 

FINISHED TABLE
(Minus the lit candles, which totally frustrates my melancholy!)
A few more food items:
LEMON MOUSSE WITH FRESH RASPBERRIES & WHIPPED CREAM.
JALAPENO POPCORN IN PERSONAL PAPER BAGS
I found the design for the bags at
Jones Design Company
and made them by printing the paper and using hot glue. 

THE DRINK BAR:
We had a simple drink selection, including Coffee, Egg Nog and Water.
The water was seasoned/decorated with lemon slices, mint and cranberries.
Remember, it's the simple things!
(Last year, we made Tree Ice Cubes with cranberries and mint, frozen inside)  
SPICED EGG NOG

Friends at the party!
Good times had by all!
Wish I'd taken pictures when the house was full of people.
Oh well... I can't do it all!
Maybe I should hire a photographer to follow me around?
It may be a bit too ostentatious.

So... that's the last of the Christmas Parties.
Now... on to planning our New Year Eve Dinner Party! 

Cheers and Merry Christmas,
Debsx 
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1 comment:

  1. Great job, Deborah! It was lovely!

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