Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Open House 2012 {Food & Drink} & 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.1 2

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

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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.

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

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

Congrats to winner of December’s Oysteria Give Away


Sherry of No Minimalist Here


Celebrating the season, y’all!


  1. Ron- You do some of the same things I do for an Open House. I love your little mini-pies- I don't do those. Everything looks just wonderful!!!! for your comment about my Santa model on my blog this morning- I am saying NO WAY-Naughty boy!!! xo Diana
    ps. Sherry is going to be thrilled. She is such a nice gal-

  2. Glad to see you're using some of the gifts I've given you over the years.


  3. What a great spread, Ron! Everything looks great! Merry Christmas!

  4. LOVE the gator tags that identify the treats....and the wine bottle holders in the punch bowls...! What a fabulous idea (must be Southern...) :-) I've only been to New Orleans once, in 2005 at Christmastime. I have such fond memories.

  5. Everything is so festive! I'm really liking the wine holders in the punch bowl. Did you make that yourself or did it come that way? I'm sure all of your guests enjoyed themselves. Have a great day! :)

  6. Ron, Your home is beautifully decorated for Christmas and the food looks wonderful. I am so excited to win the oyster ornaments! You know how I love shells and anything coastal so these will be perfect in our home. Thank you! I hope you and J have the best Christmas ever. xx, Sherry

  7. It's all in the details....and you're details are luscious!


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