Christmas Eve Menu

My dad is trusting PB and I with Christmas Eve dinner this year. He has to work at the gallery and PB and I want to do it so it is working out perfectly. We have about 45 people coming over and always do it buffet style. It will definitely be different with us in charge but fun too!


Here is the menu so far:

Dad’s homemade hummus + lebneh with carrots and red, green, and yellow peppers
Cheese and crackers
Assorted nuts and olives
Shrimp Cocktail (Prepared by Whole Foods)
Vegetarian Sushi (prepared by Whole Foods)
Mozzarella and tomato salad

Mom’s lasagna (made by auntie?)
Champagne Risotto
Autumn Stewed Zucchini
Mom’s mushrooms
Regular salad with lemon olive oil dressing
Dad’s Arabian salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions)
French bread

Pastiche Fruit tarts
Pastiche Pecan tart
Pastiche large cookie tray
Huge fruit salad (whatever looks good)

And the to do list:

-Order the Pastiche desserts
-Order the Whole Foods items
-Order the meat from the butcher
-Finalize the menu

In the next few weeks:
-Decorate the house
-Buy a Christmas tree and decorate
-Make sure we have enough plates and such (I bought new tablecloths for him)
-Make sure we have the buffet warmers

The weekend before:
-Buy all the foods that won’t go bad
-Set the dining room table

Day before:
-Buy last minute ingredients
-Make the zucchini and mushrooms (ask cousins to help?)
-Make the roast
-Dad make hummus
-Wash and cut all veggies
-Set kitchen table and side table for buffet
-Cut cheese and bag up

Morning of:
-Pick up Pastiche cakes and fresh french bread
-Make fruit salad

1 hour before:
-start putting out appetizers
-heat up the zucchini and mushrooms
-Start reheating the roast

When first people arrive:
-Make the champagne risotto
-Put out all the rest of the food

I feel like we should make one new vegetable for everyone to try… any ideas of what would go with this menu?!?!


13 responses to “Christmas Eve Menu

  1. Looks like a fabulous meal! Sounds like you have the preparation very organized.

  2. Looks like you’ve got a good plan! I’m the same way – I have to make lists and to-do’s for everything πŸ™‚ Organization is key!!

    Everything sounds delish – mind if I come πŸ˜‰

  3. This menu looks really well thought out. Good luck!

  4. This looks great!! Your list looks like a smart step-by-step to make sure you get everything ordered and prepped. One veggie I like are artichokes?? I know they are relatively easy b/c you steam or boil them, so that’s a suggestion :D!

  5. Gorgeous tree; scrumptious menu!!

  6. I see sushi, shrimp, champagne risotto, and french bread. Sounds like the best Christmas Eve menu ever!!

  7. oo entertaining is so fun! the champagne risotto sounds lovely!!

  8. Veggie suggestion – butternut squash fries. I know they’re not the most elegant dish, but I introduced my dad to them recently and he could not stop raving about them.

    I like making my own cocktail sauce so I can put extra horseradish in it πŸ™‚

  9. always good to be prepared!! looks like quite an undertaking, but with planning, it will be much easier πŸ™‚

    you’ve got two salads, mushrooms, and zucchini… what about some roasted root veggies (you could throw parsnips or other various roots with the more common ones and i bet no one would pick them out!)

  10. WOW!! you are so prepared.. i love it! i want to come!! πŸ™‚

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