The Holiday’s are a time for getting together and celebrating with those we love. But entertaining isn’t always easy (or relaxing)! Since there’s already enough stress around the holiday season we took the time to put together a Holiday Appy Party including a wine-paired menu, hostess schedule and downloadable grocery list for stress-free entertaining.
Charles and I have realized that feeding people is just what we do. We both love to cook, and entertaining over good food is truly the very best way to connect. And we’ve realized over the years that it doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, I would argue that simple wholesome ‘unfussy’ food wins every time.
Something else that we’ve noticed is that EVERYONE congregates in the kitchen – right? There is something about a kitchen that brings everyone together. In fact, we designed our home around this specifically.
This appy party was designed with comfort food in mind. We included vegan options for all of the dishes and put together a hostess schedule at the end to help you plan it all out to avoid your guests walking in on you frantically vacuuming the house in your pj’s while scrambling to put something on the table.
Note that for the Mac n’ Cheese, instead of baking it in a large dish simply follow the same instructions but place the Mac n’ Cheese in individual ramekins (oven safe) and follow the same instructions from there.
How to Host a Holiday Appy Party
We kept things simple when it came to the florals and greenery. A mixture of winter greens, pears and a few classy flowers came together to look so gorgeous. We used the following:
- Seeded eucalyptus
- White garden roses
- Red and green skimmia
We source everything from Bylands here in Kelowna and I highly recommend stopping by there if you need anything for Christmas this year, the team there is so sweet and helpful!
We kept things simple with layers of white dishes (surprise surprise), brass candle holders (from a vintage store) and plenty of white candles. I layered two cake stands from The Cross to create height and tiers for serving our appetizers. I happened to have a bunch of pears from my parents winter pear tree that added a little bit of colour and festiveness.
When it came to deciding what to serve, I knew I wanted something impressive yet simple to make. I know I’ll have a batch of these Rosemary Roasted Nuts on hand all season long since they’re so easy to whip up and snack on. We worked with the BC Wine Institute on pairings to go with each appetizer. I like to have a variety of wines to be able to offer my guests over the holiday season and I love the wines we produce here in B.C.
Wine Pairing: Wild Goose Vineyards Pinot Gris 2017
Wine Pairing: Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2016
Wine Pairing: St. Hubertus Frizzante Rosé 2017
Wine Pairing: Bartier Brothers Cabernet Franc 2017
The Hostess Schedule
- Buy flowers
- Purchase wine
- Grocery shop (download your list here)
- Iron napkins (if needed)
- Pick out your outfit!
- Make the Roasted Rosemary Nuts
- Make bread dough
- Set out glassware
- Chill wines
- Assemble bun wreath and let rise (around 2 hours before guests arrive)
- Place Rosemary Roasted Nuts in serving bowl
- Make the Mac and Cheese (but wait for the final step of heating in the oven)
30 Minutes Before Guests Arrive:
- Make Pear and Brie Crostini
- Bake Pull-Apart Pizza Bun Wreath and warm the sauce
- Bake the mini Mac and Cheese (just before guests arrive)
- Light the candles
Thank you to the BC Wine Institute for sponsoring this post.