Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Did you opt to shop or sleep? I didn’t do either, but had an enjoyable few days putting the final finishing touches on the Christmas decor. And this week is going to be all about showcasing and sharing my home decorated for the holiday season. Boy, do I have some surprises up my sleeve for you…
To start off the week, I’m excited to give you a tour of my newly decorated Christmas buffet …
One of my favorite parts of the Holiday season is hosting a brunch for our family and friends. Filled with muffins, sconces, egg tarts, and much more, the buffet gets filled with delicious goodies that I make, along with the treats that everyone brings. As part of my collaboration with Kirklands this year, they sent me a few items to incorporate amongst my holiday decor. I was up for the challenge. All the items – (3) tall mason jars, a chip + dip bowl, and a drink canister – were versatile and can absolutely be used throughout the year for many occasions. Those are certainly the best types of items to decorate with.
Come take a tour of my buffet ready for a party…
Amongst the serving pieces and food, I added other touches of the season with berries, ornaments, and various Christmas decor like a santa statue and our loved ceramic victorian houses.
In the 3 varying sized tall glass mason jars that Kirkland’s provided, I added chocolate biscotti’s – yummmm – in the small one and various flavored teas in the medium size.
Other small dishes were filled with muffins, savory treats, and fruit.
For the tallest jar I took branches from the yard and adorned them with small colorful ball ornaments. This is my favorite part of the buffet because it adds height and interest to the overall vignette. The colorful ornaments are from Lowe’s and they are leftover from the ornaments that will be used for the Pallet Christmas Countdown Tree.
Entertaining can often be a little nerve-wracking, but it really doesn’t have to be. The people you are inviting over are often those you choose to be surrounded by and they don’t care if everything is perfectly in place. Instead they are just happy to be there with you enjoying the occasion. So basically, don’t stress. It’s not worth it. I’ll try to take my own advice…
Aside from that, which is something that’s a must to remember, I have a few more simple tips for entertaining.
1. Music is a Must There are very few moments when we don’t have music on in our home. I grew up that way, so entertaining or not, music is a staple. For a party or gathering, music is so important to set the atmosphere and mood. Choice something that fits the style of your gathering. I love using Pandora on my iPhone to get a variety of music and artists. And the other part abut music… it eliminates any awkward silent moments.
2. Buffet Style Setting up the food on a buffet where guests can serve themselves as they wish often makes for an easier, more casual set up. To feed a crowd all at once and to make sure everything is piping hot is almost impossible.
3. Plan for More One of the worst things to happen at a party is to run out of food or drinks. So if you’re having 8 people over, plan for 10 or 12. Leftovers are better than running out.
Hopefully my tips for entertaining have helped a bit. Of course, it goes without saying, that prepping ahead of time is the biggest and most important part of a successful party. And most of all, when you’re having a good time, your guests will follow.
Want to see a few more pictures of my Holiday Buffet? Enjoy…
One of the items that Kirklands sent me was this beautiful chip + dip bowl. I love the oval shape and the attached smaller bowl for dips.
And one more peak at the overall buffet set for the party… I wish you could join us.