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The Perfect Christmas Dinner Party Menu For a Cozy Night In

Planning a cozy Christmas dinner party to celebrate the holidays? We’re sharing some ideas to create the perfect menu. These easy-to-make dishes, from appetizers to desserts, will warm your guests’ hearts this Christmas season.

The holidays are the perfect time to get together with family and friends for a cozy dinner party.

Since this season tends to be crazy busy and packed full of all kinds of activities, we’re sharing ideas to keep things super simple.

In fact, this whole gathering is kind of a no-brainer!

Start out with some simple, rustic, and elegant decorating ideas to make your table look amazing.

AnnMarie is spilling all her secrets about how to set a really special table for Christmas using things you might already have around your house.

Today, we’re sharing easy and delicious recipes to serve that won’t keep you in the kitchen.

Anne from Simply2Moms holding a wood s'mores dessert board.

In fact, I’m sharing one of my favorite crowd-favorite ideas for dessert!

Sure, you’ve probably heard of s’mores, but have you ever made them inside?

I’ve got 15 delicious holiday-inspired combinations that will knock your socks off!

Christmas s'mores board with an indoor tabletop fire pit on the coffee table in a rustic colonial family room with a lit fireplace.

Talk about a cozy way to end the evening!

But let’s not put the reindeer before the sleigh…

We’ve got a full menu of deliciously easy recipes that are perfect for a cozy Christmas dinner party at home.

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Welcome to our Virtual Dinner Club!

We joined up with four of our blogging friends to create a virtual “dinner” club back at the beginning of 2021.

Each month we invite a guest host to join in our fun!

This month, Kristin from White Arrows Home is joining us. She’s the perfect host for a cozy winter dinner because she lives in the most amazing cozy cabin in Wisconsin. You might even say she’s the queen of cozy!

Every month we choose a new theme, and even though we call ourselves a dinner club, we’ve shared ideas for breakfasts, brunches, luncheons, and cocktail parties too.

First, we all share ideas to create a tablescape for that theme, and then we each share a recipe for the theme to create an entire menu.

Think of it as a virtual progressive meal.

It’s so much fun!

Be sure to check out all of our virtual dinner club tablescapes and menus!

This month our theme is a Cozy Cabin Christmas Dinner

Collage of six recipes to serve at a Christmas dinner party.

Let’s take a look at all these delicious recipe ideas!

Festive Christmas Charcuterie Board Wreath | Stacy Ling of Bricks ‘n Blooms

Wreath of antipasto skewers with fresh rosemary from Stacy Ling Blog.

Is there anything more iconic at Christmas than a wreath? It’s definitely one of our favorite ways to decorate in our homes!

So why not lean into that festive decor when you’re putting together a Christmas menu?

Our friend Stacy is sharing how to assemble a Festive Christmas Charcuterie Board Wreath with delicious antipasto skewers.

The presentation with the fresh rosemary really elevates this simple appetizer, don’t you think?

Easiest Cranberry Pear Martini | The Ponds Farmhouse

Martini glass with a pear martini garnished with skewers of fresh cranberries from The Ponds Farmhouse.

While we always serve soda, beer, and wine at our dinner parties, we love serving a signature cocktail too.

Our friend Rachel has a super simple tip that kinda blew my mind for her Easiest Cranberry Pear Martini recipe!

I can’t wait to make up a batch of these this holiday season.

Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apple Slices and Rosemary | Vintage Home Designs

Dinner plate with roast pork tenderloin with apples and caramelized onions from Vintage Home Designs.

The holidays can be so busy, so it’s super important to us to serve recipes that are easy to get on the table.

Our friend Michele has a main dish that sounds and looks tantalizing, all while being so simple to prepare.

Her Pork Tenderloin with Caramelized Apple Slices and Rosemary is another recipe that I can’t wait to make myself!

The Best Baked Potato Soup | Midwest Life and Style

Bowl of loaded potato soup from Midwest Life and Style.

When it comes to entertaining during colder weather months, there’s nothing quite like a tasty soup, am I right?

Our friend Jen is sharing a recipe for Baked Potato Soup that’s filled with so many delicious flavors like cheese and bacon.

It’s wonderful as a side dish, but it could also be a hearty meal on its own.

Be sure to serve some crusty bread as a wonderful accompaniment.

After all, who doesn’t love sopping up the end of a delicious soup with a little bit of bread?

Roasted Carrots with Gremolata, Dill, and Toasted Walnuts | White Arrows Home

Roasted carrots with dill and toasted walnuts from White Arrows Home.

Root vegetables are a wonderful side dish to serve alongside a pork tenderloin, especially when they’re roasted to bring out all their flavor!

Our friend Kristin from White Arrows Home has an amazing recipe for Roasted Carrots with Gremolata, Dill, and Toasted Walnuts that looks as good as it tastes.

If you’re not familiar with the term gremolata, you’re in for a real treat. It’s a savory blend of parsley, garlic, and lemon that really compliments roasted vegetables.

Christmas S’Mores Board | Simply2Moms

Cozy brick fireplace burning in the background while an indoor firepit is lit next to a display of s'mores ingredients.

After dinner is over, treat your guests to an unexpected treat: indoor s’mores!

First, talk about an easy dessert!

There’s absolutely no cooking required.

I’ve shared 18 amazing holiday flavor combinations for s’mores. Choose three (or more!) that sound amazing to you and put together a Christmas S’Mores Board.

You can serve this treat up at the dining table, on a kitchen island, or retreat to the family room and relax while each guest makes up their own perfect combination.

More Amazing Menu Ideas for Entertaining

Over the years, we’ve hosted all kinds of parties.

If you’re looking for more inspiration for what to serve at your event, here are all our menus, including links to the recipes.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment.

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