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For large party food spreads, set dishes at different levels so the table feels less crowded and guests can easily see every dish. When serving a large amount of party food, make smaller and lighter dishes, such as two kinds of potatoes, vegetables, and wild rice, in place of larger main course dishes.
Arrange your dessert display on a white table adorned with a paper snowflake garland to create a sweet winter wonderland scene. Hang a silver ornament ball behind a white wooden picture frame with a light blue ribbon, and hang a mix of colored and silver ornament balls on a metal Christmas tree frame. For symmetry, lean two other frames with simple winter backgrounds against the wall and add white pillar candles on both sides of the desserts.
Let party guests personalize their beverages from the holiday buffet with monogram wine charms and colorful drink umbrellas. Store the fun drink extras in a mini loaf pan.
An old garden urn becomes a champagne cooler at an outdoor holiday party, raised to serving height with a garden pedestal and filled with snow to keep the bottles at the perfect temperature. An elevated birdbath displays a garden nymph among sprigs of evergreen, sparkling Christmas ornament balls, and votive candles to add classic ambience to a holiday party.
Make serving hors d'oeuvres a breeze by thinking through everything you need and keeping it all on one tray. Always keep the tray fully stocked with toothpicks and dishes so you don't have to do any extra work when guests arrive, aside from adding food and serving.
Well-placed candles give these champagne flutes extra festive sparkle. Place filled glasses on a red table runner and accent the display with a tall vase of white snapdragons and a second vase filled to the brim with currants or another small fruit. For the final touch, accent a plain mirror in the back of the display with a holiday garland.
Get Christmas party guests into the holiday spirit with a decked-out buffet table. Cover the table with a deep red tablecloth and line the edge with a leafy garland with red, green, and silver ornaments.
Editor's Tip: To get the garland to hang from the edge of the table instead of resting on top, attach plastic clips to the table and wire the garland to the clips.
Whether hosting a small or large holiday gathering, give each party guest her own personalized drink mug by attaching a piece of colored paper to the mug handle with jingle bells and ribbon. For extra show, place a cookie tree on top of the mug that looks almost too good to eat!
Use a vintage metal serving tray to serve colorful cocktail drinks, and surround the glasses with silver and gold ornament balls for the perfect holiday party touch.
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