How To Plan A Christmas Dinner Party

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk about something I like to do every year together with my friends and that is a Christmas Dinner Party. I always host it, because Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to cook and bake for my friends and I feel like they are looking forward to it as well.

I will give you a little insight into my planning as well as a cute Pinterest board with all cute things regarding a Christmas Dinner Party.

Finding a date

The first thing you will have to do is find a date that works. The past couple of years I created a group text, but this always led to confusion and it took way longer to find a date than it was necessary. So this year, I have decided to do it a little differently. In order to find a date that would work for most of my friends I created a poll with https://doodle.com/. I’ve suggested, I believe it was two dates and then send an e-mail around inviting my friends to the poll. It was super easy this way so that I had a date by the end of the week.

Theme & Food

When everyone answered I then proceeding with writing them individual text messages with the same content: the date, time, place and asking them to bring something to the Dinner for appetizers and desserts. I also told them the theme of the party, which this year will be: AROUND THE GLOBE. We will all create different recipes from all over the world.

Now I have given myself the big part of the dinner the main course and, to be fair, in the beginning I definitely had my problems with finding the right recipe, but after some careful consideration I have decided on a few things (which will I share in a post about the Dinner later this December, because it will be a surprise to my friends). But here are some delicious recipes I have found while researching: Christmas Dinner Party – Recipes

Decoration

Now next stop on the planning to-do list are decorations. While my living room is already decorated for Christmas I am planning on created a few cute décor pieces for the various tables we will be sitting and eating at. I am going to keep it a little low key, since the Dinner part is such a huge part of this part. So I will mainly focus on creating beautiful plated foods, as well as, maybe DIY-ing some flags from all around the globe and creating some cute name pieces and menu cards. Here some of my inspirations: Christmas Dinner Party – Decor

Music

Last but not least, the music! I always create an individual Christmas playlist for the party, and here are my top 5 songs that will most definitely go onto that list this year as well. 

1.      Maria Carey – All I want for Christmas is you

2.      Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3.      Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

4.      Train – Shake up Christmas

5.      Pentatonix – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

What are some of you favorite Christmas songs? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. Also, be excited about the actual entry about the Christmas Dinner Party. Coming to you soon.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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3 Salad Ideas for a BBQ Party

Hey my loves,

first of all sorry for no new entries last week but I just have been super busy with Uni and life that I haven’t got around to writing entries. I will update you on a few things shortly but for now know that I’m really sorry and that I actually missed blogging a lot, even though it was just for a week.

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Today I am sharing three delicious salads with you which are not only amazing for a BBQ party or picnic but also great for everyday. All recipe measurements are for a group of 6, but you will definitely have some leftover! I hope you enjoy this entry!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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What you will need:

  • 500g Pasta (preferably wholemeal)
  • 1/2 tin of Kidney beans
  • 1/2 tin of corn
  • 1/2 of a big cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 150g feta cheese
  • 1 small onion

For the dressing:

  • 3tbsp. olive oil
  • 3tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. agave sirup
  • 1- 1 1/2 tbsp. water
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch of parsley

Instructions:

  1. Boil your pasta according to the instructions on the package. Let the pasta cool off.
  2. Wash your kidney beans, corn and the rest of the vegetables.
  3. Dice up the cucumber, bell pepper, onion and the feta cheese to mouth-size pieces.
  4. Toss everything together in a big bowl.
  5. Mix together the ingredients of your salad dressing.
  6. Drizzle the dressing over your salad and mix thoroughly.

Bacon Potato Salad

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What you will need:

  • 1 kg of small potatoes
  • 500g bacon
  • 3-4 big onions
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. hot paprika
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. chili powder

Instructions:

  1. Peel your potatoes and cook them in water for about 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.
  2. While the potatoes cool off cut the onions into strips.
  3. Put your coconut oil into a frying pan over medium heat and add your bacon strips.
  4. Saute and brown your bacon. When it’s all crispy transfer it onto a dish with kitchen roll to get rid of any excess oil.
  5. To your pan add the brown sugar and your onions and sauté them. When they’re done transfer them to the dish as well.
  6. I then decided to give my potatoes a quick turn in the frying pan. I also added the rest of the spices.
  7. Last but not least add all your ingredients in a large bowl and mix them thoroughly. Enjoy!

My Go-To Couscous Salad

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What you will need:

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 tsp. vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • pinch of parley
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 150 g feta cheese
  • 1/2 tin of kidney beans
  • 1/2 tin of corn
  • 1-2 handful of lettuce
  • 1-2 handful of lamb’s lettuce

For the dressing I used the same as for the pasta salad.

Instructions:

  1. Cook your couscous as the instruction on the package say and add the vegetable broth, paprika and parsley to the water.
  2. Dice up your vegetables, lettuces and feta cheese.
  3. After the couscous has cooled down add everything in a big bowl and mix the salad with the dressing thoroughly.

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If you recreate these salads then let me know! I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.