If you’re wondering what to make for Christmas dinner, this cozy red wine shepherd’s pie dinner menu will warm every heart and comfort every soul at the table! It can be made almost entirely the day before and reheated when guests arrive too!
This post also includes simple, natural, homemade Christmas table decor ideas that you can reuse every year!
Oh, what a delightful party! I had a few of my girls over to celebrate the season, and I wanted everyone to leave feeling like they experienced an hours-long hug.
I created table decorations with wool and twine, served clove and cinnamon spiced orange whisky cocktails, and double-baked my shepherd’s pie so the top was nice and crispy!
Here’s the full menu and how I put the evening together!
I usually cover my dinner tables with fresh flowers and greenery for Christmas, but I wanted to be a little more minimal this year, so I made these precious wool and twine Christmas trees for the table!
I made a few for my minimalist Christmas mantle this year, and thought it would be pretty to tie the decor from the mantle to the table.
I also made simple napkin decorations with only cinnamon sticks, sprigs of rosemary, and twine.
I used egg cups and cordial glasses to hold tea lights around the little trees. A friend’s mother gave them to me years ago, and I think they just look so charming! The trees were so perfectly lit!
I left little essential oil gifts for my friends with each place setting to make them feel extra special. I picked some nice ones out of my Lagoonamoon essential oil collection, tied them with string, and they looked so sweet.
I used the cinnamon and orange oils to sprinkle on my citrus ornaments this year to make my floral Christmas tree smell amazing!
For an appetizer, I served apricots with goat cheese, walnuts, and honey. I love this appetizer for when I want to create something very tasty (and very easy) that won’t fill up my guests before dinner.
I make clove oranges, also known as “pomanders” every year to place around my tree. I wanted to create a festive cocktail that would taste like they smell, and it’s just perfect!
It’s not too sweet, not overly spiced with clove – it’s just like a holiday-spiced citrus kiss! Claudie finished her’s before I could photograph it!
For dinner, I served my favorite red wine shepherd’s pie recipe! It can be served in personal ramekins or in one big pie with a serving spoon. The potatoes were so crispy on top, but creamy inside!
I made the whole thing the day before, then simply brushed the top with egg before friends arrived and popped it in the oven for a half hour.
For the salad, I made this cute little “starry crouton” salad with beet noodles, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta! I think this was the most Instagramed recipe of the night.
I made the pretty star croutons the day before, then assembled the salad a few hours before guests arrived. Just before serving, I placed the stars on top and brought it to the table.
Because the shepherd’s pie is so rich and filling, I had just one more side dish: roasted Brussels sprouts with candied pecans! It’s so hard not to eat all of those candied pecans before they go into the sprouts! I made them the day before and used all my willpower to leave them alone in the fridge.
I sliced the sprouts the day before, then before friends arrived, I tossed them in a bowl with salt, pepper, and olive oil, poured them out on a baking sheet, and baked them with the shepherd’s pie.
For dessert, I made these no-bake, 3 ingredient white chocolate coconut snowball cookies. They’re so good! When you don’t feel like baking, but you do want to have the most popular cookie at the Christmas party, bring these!
I served the cookies alongside my white chocolate cheesecake mouse with raspberry compote. They just look so jolly! They’re so simple to make the day before, store in a pastry-piping bag, then fill into glasses an hour or so before guests arrive!
I hope you have a wonderful, cozy, lovely Holiday season!
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