The setting for our Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends.
The table was covered in a festive red tablecloth, the centerpiece(s) included pine cones, pine cone candles, candy canes and foil wrapped sweets.
The gingerbread church in the background.
Stems of stargazer lilies simply arranged in vases joined masses of poinsettias as the floral tribute to the holidays.
The appetizer selection was mostly vegetarian friendly with three kinds of hummus (plain, basil and beet), pistachios, pecans and macadamias, crudités and a selection of cheese that included brie, chèvre and a to die for cheddar with black truffles, all served with a selection of whole grain crackers. Pica-pica was enjoyed with several bottles of bubbly brought by guests.
Just before sitting down to dinner, the pine cone candles were lit…
…special champagne was poured for a special Christmas Eve toast…
…and if you had sharp eyes you would have noticed how miserly the waiter was being with the champagne, he had to circle the table once more to add a bit more. And in the photo above, did you notice that we forgot to put salt in the salt cellars?! :) Appetizers included home-made salmon gravlax, shrimp remoulade (a HUGE success it seems) and a caesar kale salad. Set out on the buffet, guests could take whatever they liked and as much of it as they desired.
…sliced Southern ham from Tennessee that I brought back in my luggage after Thanksgiving…
…two kinds of roasted potatoes, one with goose fat, and another with butter for vegetarian (not vegan) guests that evening. The one with goose fat was much better, in my opinion. :)
Asparagus roasted in the oven. We also had roasted cauliflower steaks but I forgot to take a photograph.
The centerpiece of the dessert buffet was a pavlova that I have featured before, here.
Also on offer were an apple cake, carrot and banana/muscovado/chocolate cakes, fruitcake from Sister, tortas with rum soaked golden raisins, cheesecake, brownies and a sans rival that was brought by a guest. the selection seems a bit bizarre, but with the daughter home from university, we were trying to cover several requests for favorites hence the smorgasbord approach. Also nearby was a table with cookies and sweets like homemade brittle and all kinds of chocolate.