A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

The Every Hostess blogger, Kaitlin Lea, is here to share how you can easily fulfill your dreams of hosting the perfect Christmas celebration! Get her party-planning shortcuts and recipes below.

My ultimate goal with this intimate Christmas affair was to create a traditional table setting that made you feel immediately in the holiday spirit. We used colorful hand-painted Christmas-themed plates and holiday crackers, as well as bountiful green, red and white floral arrangements handmade by Prema Style. I certainly may be biased, but I think that this table setting is filled with Christmas spirit!

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

The entire look was actually inspired by a collection of hand-painted plates from Anthropologie. They are currently unavailable, but these similarly festive plates make just as bold and happy of a statement! I loved the pattern so much that I decided to create a traditional Christmas dinner around them. It helped that Frances of Prema Style had the most gorgeous Victorian-esque dining room to bring my vision to life. Can we please talk about her lovely lavender velvet chairs?

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

Simple details can go a long way when setting a holiday table. Sometimes all you need to include are a few well-planned details and a beautiful holiday arrangement or two to infuse your dinner party with personality. The plates, of course, spoke for themselves, but adding crackers to each place setting made for a delightful surprise as guests sat down to the meal.

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

One large arrangement and two smaller ones filled the center of the table, completing the entire holiday-themed look. As for the flavors of the fête, a dessert table heaped high with delicious treats and a signature holiday cocktail served as the perfect complements to our Christmasy evening. Read on for a breakdown of our holiday recipes to enjoy at your own year-end celebration!

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

Christmas Punch

*Makes 1 bowl

Ingredients

For The Orange Reduction

  • 2 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • Strips of zest from 2 navel oranges
  • 3 3-inch cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces

For The Punch

  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups cold grapefruit soda (20 ounces)
  • Orange slices and ground cinnamon, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, boil the orange juice, zest and cinnamon sticks over moderately-high heat until reduced to 1 cup (about 8 minutes). Strain and let cool.
  2. In a large glass pitcher, combine the orange reduction with the orange and grapefruit juices and the grenadine. Stir well and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  3. Just before serving, pour in the grapefruit soda.
  4. Dust the orange slices with cinnamon and serve in the punch.

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

Lemon Almond Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature (use Earth Balance for vegan cookies)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the almond extract, lemon zest and juice, chia seeds and baking powder, and mix until combined.
  4. Add the flour and mix until dough comes together.
  5. Spoon dough (about 1 teaspoon per cookie) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave about 1 inch of space between each cookie.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bottom is light brown but the cookies are still soft.
  7. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

A Traditional Christmas Celebration Worth Copying This Weekend

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!