Christmas Open House for 50

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Christmas Open House

An open house is such a wonderful way to have everyone to your home during the holidays. It is a time of year when there are so many cocktail parties, and night time events, that it can be refreshing to have an event on a Sunday afternoon. Most open houses have a set time of two to three hours, and guests can feel free to drop in at any time, and stay as long as they like.

One of my favorite things about entertaining this way is that you get to do everything ahead of time. No fussing! It makes it very casual when there is a buffet, and no passed trays. As the hostess, it allows you to greet and see of the ever-revolving line of guests that trickle in and out.

I make the base of the open house a buffet of sweets, as it is not only my favorite thing, but easy to make and set up ahead of time. For people who need something savory with their dessert, I assemble massive cheese platters and crudité displays to curb the sugar.

I also like to do one signature drink for an open house, this year it is peppermint hot chocolate with schnapps! And again, to keep it casual, I will just put a steaming pot of it on the stove, and let people ladle it up themselves.

Remember, the most important thing about this time of year is connecting with friends and family, eat, drink and be merry!

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  1. Kari says:

    I love this idea! How can I calculate how many desserts I should have for 50 people?

  2. Lisa Bogert says:

    Will you share the artist’s name of those beautiful pieces on the wall? Thanks!

  3. salsabil says:

    very nice Heather the decor is perfect and hear is something i wanted to show you this is my photoblog:

  4. Susan Soto says:

    I love the way you created a beautiful cornucopia with your fruit, cheese and crudite – very beautiful and fun.

  5. Paul says:

    Aw, this was a very good post. Taking a few minutes and actual
    effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I put things
    off a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  6. Sue Smith says:

    Wow, did you make that centre piece..? Love it and the art on the wall. May I ask where they came from?
    Thanks and Merry Christmas.

    • Hi Sue- thank you! I did do the centerpiece and added this fake sugared fruit to it. The art work are original Dale Chihuly paintings. They are for sale all over the united states, but since he is from Seattle, there are tons for sale in the Northwest.