No Stress Christmas Dinner Party

December 12, 2012

I absolutely LOVE opening up our home during this blessed season!  The last thing we all need during this season is more stress and time consuming entertaining.  This dinner party idea is QUICK and, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy time with loved ones and friends.  I ordered up some delicious fried catfish and hush puppies from a local eatery, CATFISH SHACK.  The owner was super sweet, he had the order all ready to go,  30 minutes before the dinner.  Each guest brought either an appetizer, side dish or dessert.  We had great food and, the best part, lots of laughs and great fellowship!

Set the table one day before.  Looking at a set table makes me smile.  I found these great mercury glass vases for 60 % off, at Michael’s Craft store.   The greenery came out of my yard and, I purchased 3 hydrangea stems.  * Hydrangeas look great all alone, in a vase….SO quick to arrange and, they last up to one week.  Be sure and cut the stems at an angle and, refresh the water every 2 days.

                                                                            OH YUM!  My friend brought strawberry cake and, my, my, my…..DELISH!                                                                                            I can’t eat fried catfish without this AMAZING hot sauce!!!!!        I added silver Christmas ornament balls to each greenery arrangement.  No need to use wire, they easily sit among the branches without moving. 

Locations:  The red goblets are from Target (several years ago).  The white square plates were a gift from my dear Mom, purchased at Kohl’s.  The silver square chargers (I love a charger!) are from Target (recently).  The white linen coasters were a gift from a friend.  The nutcracker place card holders are from Pier 1 (several years ago).


– Select a festive color scheme for the table.  * Always keep it to a maximum of three colors:  I picked red, silver and white for this table.

– Pick up the main course, all ready cooked.  ( a smoked honey ham,  a beef tenderloin from a good catering company, etc.)

– Set the table at least one full day ahead.

– Ask friends or family members to bring something to go with the meal. * Let the guests know what your main course is.

– Use email to invite your guests,  I love Paperless Post for cute and, festive digital invitations.

– Use every day dishes, no need to use fine china.

– Iron the napkins 1 week ahead of time.

– Serve dessert on festive paper plates.  This makes for easier clean up and, your guests will not mind a bit.

– Pick up little party favors for your guests, as they depart, give them a little “happy” to send them on their way.  You can find great and inexpensive party favors at Dollar Tree or, tie a cute ribbon on a box filled with 1/2 dozen glazed donuts, from your local donut shop.  Who doesn’t love a glazed donut and, if your friends have small children….breakfast for the next morning is a “hit”!

– Last tip, and, this is KEY:  Do not stress!  A stressed out hostess is no FUN…..plan ahead and, make it simple!  ENJOY the party!

Merry, Merry and Living With Flair,



Happily Linking To:  Tidy Mom,  Home Stories A to Z,  Serenity Now,  Debbie Doos, House of Hepworths, Tatertots and Jello, I Heart Naptime


  • Chyrll Vollmer

    Wild about this, Beth!

  • Sarah Hope Dickert

    Glad to find your blog!!! I’m a fairly new resident of Memphis, and it’s super fun to find other bloggers in the area. 🙂

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