Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Open House 2012 {Food & Drink} and Oysteria Give Away Winner

Every holiday season, J & I open our decorated home for a couple Open Houses dubbed Mix, Mingle, & Jingle. I shared with you a couple photos in my earlier post, Tis the Season, Friends & Parties.

Today, I’d like to share more photos of the tablescape, the foods, and the cocktails. Small plates of eight reindeer keep it festive.

I prefer a casually displayed assortment of easy to eat finger foods and dips.
Dips and cheeseball mixes by Wind & Willow are easy to prepare and work perfectly with veggies, crackers, or pretzel rods. A roasted red pepper dip is displayed in red peppers.

Pepper jelly atop a block of cream cheese is always a crowd pleaser.

 The pimento cheese (I love pimento cheese.) shaped and decorated with almonds to resemble a pine cone is festive and creative.

 Catered eggrolls and mini crawfish pies are also easy to eat and enjoyed by guests.

 I like to use green leaves as the base of all my food selections. Presentation is further enhanced with Christmas greens, grapes, and kumquats. 

 This year I used my vast variety of Beatriz Ball pewter trays and bowls for my display.

At the Open Houses, I offer white wine, bottled beers, and a signature cocktail. This year, I offered two signature cocktails- a whiskey sour slush and Christmas cheer, a cocktail consisting of champagne, cranberry juice, ginger ale, and fresh cranberries.

 Crab and king gator place cards make the perfect tags to identify foods and cocktails.

J & I love to entertain, and I hope it shows.

Congrats to winner of December’s Oysteria Give Away

Congrats, Sherry! 

 Celebrating the season, y’all!


  1. I'd love an invite to one of your parties, every looks wonderful.

    Can you share your recipe for your Christmas Cheer cocktail? I love Champagne and cranberries, so it sounds great. Your whiskey slush I found at your friend Chez Helene blog.
    Merry Christmas,

  2. What a beautiful setting made perfect with all the little detailed touches!

  3. festive and inviting.....and with plenty of pretty holiday cheer!

  4. This is all so beautiful and festive! Looks like so much fun! I am a sucker for the Christmas Cheer cocktail and cream cheese w/ pepper jelly! Hope y'all had a good time!

  5. Oh my! It looks wonderful!! I'm dying for some of that whiskey sour punch! Yum!! Your "partays" look elegant! Merry Christmas, feel better soon.


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