1. set the scene

Make serving your food effortless by creating a focal point for your holiday party. Transform your table by following our step-by-step guide to adding some holiday cheer that’ll be sure to impress your guests. And trust us, you won’t believe the difference that adding fresh florals to your setting actually makes.

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DESIGNATE AN ENTERTAINING AREA

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get festive

Use some garland to act as a table runner and go across the center or the table. 

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embellish

Spice up your garland by adding some eucalyptus, or any other floral of your choice. 

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really, never stop embellishing

Add a pop of color. We chose to use our very own Gum Ball Tassel Garland which added the most subtle festive touch.

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set the mood

Create some ambiance by including a few candles across your holiday table. Find holiday decor that you already have lying around your home. We found these chic bottle brush christmas trees that added just the right amount of sparkle to tie the entire table setting together. 

voila!

Now your table is set and ready for the food to take its spot for the next step of your party planning adventure. 

2. GATHER AROUND THE TABLE

What better way to bring everyone together than with delicious food. And what’s even better is that our guide showcases an easy way to provide tasty bites that’s easy to prepare and make the best holiday essentials for your guests to enjoy around the table. Our motto is don’t be afraid to turn to your local grocery store for pre-prepared items and know that your local bakery is your friend. We found the best holiday cookies from a local bakery in Austin called Upper Crust Bakery and featured them on our Chitra Mini Serving Tray and Mukhendu Circular Tray.  


Here’s a few tips and recipes that can help to make the best spread for your next holiday party:

CHARCUTERIE BOARD 101

Making a charcuterie board doesn’t have to be intimidating. When you take on the task to make them on your own, the options are endless as to what you can include! A good rule of thumb is to include a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, crackers, nuts, etc. Find a really good cheese board as your vessel to hold everything, we recommend one of our boards such as the Nakshatra Cheese Board or the Mango Shimmer Vine Cheese Tray. From there you can add in your cheeses, meats, crackers and fill in the gaps with fresh or dried fruit and nuts. Easy as1-2-3, right? 

GET THE PARTY STARTED WITH EASY HOLIDAY APPETIZERS

Whether your holiday party is potluck style or you wish to supply all the bites for the evening, find comfort in knowing that you can create appetizers that are not only impressive (and simple to make) but also taste delicious.

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crostini two ways

An easy and quick favorite, this is perfect for any holiday party. Serving up two different options of crostini is sure to please any appetite, and your guests will surely be coming back for more.

Ingredients:

1 Baguette (sliced into small rounds)

1-2 Garlic Cloves diced

1 Tomato (sliced thinly)

1/2 cup Pesto

Mayo

Truffle Powder or Black Garlic Powder

1 Burrata Cheese Ball

Olive Oil

1/2 cup Bruscetta Topping

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Brush the top of each crostini with olive oil and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.

2. Once cooled, dust the tops of each crostini with diced garlic.

3. Set aside half of the rounds to create your two versions of crostini.


For the first version:
Spread a small amount of mayo to cover the tops and dust with garlic powder or truffle powder (or both!).  Top with a thin slice of tomato to cover each crostini, and add salt and pepper to taste.


For the second version:

Add a dollop of burrata to the top of the remaining crostinis.  Add a small dollop of pesto on top of the burrata, and then top with the bruscetta mix.

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3. CELEBRATE & CREATE SPECIAL MEMORIES

Now that you have your holiday table setting ready and all the Hors d'Oeuvres set, your holiday cocktail party is ready for your guests. Spend the rest of the evening enjoying one another's company and creating wonderful memories.  

Cheers from the Matr Boomie team! 

MAKE YOUR OWN SIGNATURE COCKTAIL

A holiday cocktail isn’t essential to creating the ultimate holiday party, but it does add a special touch.

Find inspiration or claim this recipe as your own for your next party:

MB's CRANBERRY ORANGE FIZZ

Ingredients:

1.5oz of Vodka

3oz Cranberry Drink (We used a sparkling cranberry drink found at our local grocery store, feel free to use cranberry cocktail or juice.)

1.5oz Prosecco

A spritz of Fresh Orange Juice

Fresh Cranberries, a twist of Orange Peel, Cinnamon Sticks, Fresh Rosemary Sprigs, or any other garnish of your choosing.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients into a tall cocktail glass and enjoy!

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