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Gather with family and friends to enjoy the wonderful, joyful season with this Rustic Holiday Party! All the pretty details from the black and white checked table cloth to vintage red metal truck to natural wood, bottle brush trees, frosted pine and berries, antique lantern, appetizers and drinks are sure to wow your evening guests!
I absolutely love this time of year! The festive activities, decorations and treats are all too much fun!
So far we are experiencing gorgeous weather and temps, which allowed me to set this celebration up outdoors in the wooded space next to our home. How amazing is that?! But I have to say that I’m not-so-secretly wishing it would snow! My jacket, boots and scarfs are begging to be put to use! 🙂
I get so excited for special get-togethers with friends and family during the holiday months. It’s always nice to be able to share good food, warm hugs, and meaningful conversation with those we love, but especially when we have an excuse as exciting as Christmas! We have several family holiday events planned for the coming weeks that we’re looking forward to. These magical experiences really help add to the memories of this season! Don’t you agree?
I’ve always been a sucker for cozy buffalo checked plaid and antique decor. I enjoy adding pops of nature in my tablescapes as well. So I combined some of my favorite elements in today’s rustic holiday party, and I can’t wait to show you how easy it was to pull together! I’m determined to persuade you that it’s completely possible for simplicity and beauty to co-exist when it comes to hosting holiday gatherings. 🙂 I know this is a busy time of year, so quick and easy is key!
Let’s first talk about the food, since we all know how important that is. 🙂
I made some Cranberry Chicken Rollups and arranged them on a pretty white square platter on top of a large wood round. I used green tortillas (garden spinach herb) and red dried cranberries to add to the festive look. Plus, they taste amazing!
You literally just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, stir, spread the mixture on the tortillas, roll up, slice and serve! I used rotisserie chicken to make them extra quick!
It wouldn’t be a party without the drinks, now would it? I served smartwater sparkling because it’s the perfect beverage for entertaining! It’s elegant tasting and looking, yet gives off that innovate, modern vibe at the same time.
This is not your average sparkling water: it is vapor distilled with electrolytes for taste. It creates the perfect elevated dining experience!
I poured the chilled smartwater sparkling into glasses and added some pretty red and white paper straws. A fancy yet low-key beverage like this is the key to every successful holiday party!
I stocked up on smartwater sparkling at my local Albertsons in preparation for this party.
This Chocolate Marshmallow Log is a holiday tradition around our house. I make them in bulk every year! But, that’s not hard to do, because they come together in a jiff! I love the colored marshmallows, combined with the chocolate and graham cracker coating.
You’ll start by melting the baker’s chocolate with the butter over the stove top on medium-low heat and stirring until smooth. Next, add the powdered sugar and whisk together with the chocolate. The texture will turn slightly pasty, but then you’ll stir in the whipped topping and chopped walnuts and it will become nice and fluffy and smooth.
Pour the chocolate mixture over the marshmallows and stir to completely coat. Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers over a piece of saran or cling wrap, then add half the marshmallow mixture over the top and form it into a log shape with your hands. Sprinkle with additional graham crackers, cover completely with the wrap, then place in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until it’s set, stays together and slices easily. Do the same for the second log.
I sliced and served the Chocolate Marshmallow Log on another large wood round. I love how rustic this treat is! It’s the perfect old-fashioned holiday dessert!
I also served assorted candied nuts in pretty bowls for some munching fun.
For the table covering, I purchased some black and white checked material, then layered a burlap runner over the top. I added two wooden logs and a frosted pine and berry garland to the back of the table. I opted to fill in blank spaces with pine cones and pine sprigs because they’re plentiful from our trees and really contribute to the overall rustic theme.
I filled a wooden lantern with a red candle to which I added a burlap and ribbon covering. Cake stands are a great way to add height and interest to a party table. I used them to showcase the antique red truck, gold glitter bottle brush trees and smartwater sparkling.
After enjoying a beautiful evening outside, we headed inside to decorate the tree and sing Christmas carols. Isn’t this time of year so magnificent?
Cranberry Chicken Rollups
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 green onions, finely diced
2 Tbsp. feta
1/2 c. dried cranberries
2 c. cooked, shredded chicken (I use rotisserie chicken)
Instructions: In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, green onions, feta, dried cranberries, and shredded chicken until combined. Spread 3-4 Tbsp. of the mixture onto a large garden spinach herb tortilla. Roll up and slice into mini rounds. Repeat for remainder of chicken mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
The pine, bold plaid, and wood details perfectly lend themselves to a cozy holiday party!
I hope you have a joyful season with those you love, making lots of memories! Are you planning on hosting any festive parties? I’d love to hear!