We hosted this year’s office Christmas party at our house.
As you may have seen from my Christmas decorations page, I tried something more grown up this year and went with a burlap, white, silver and gold theme.
The decor was not the only thing that was more grown up. We also served more sophisticated food. (It all started because hubby insisted on serving hot food and I felt we needed “easier” food for those that were coming and going at different times. Turns out everyone pretty much came – and left – around the same time so hot food worked out well too! Damn it I hate it when he’s right) 😉
And the best part is everyone said they felt so great after eating. (That’s how you should feel after EVERY MEAL – yes, even when you go to other people’s parties!)
Here is what we served:
- Bruschetta with gluten free crackers and gluten-free bread (that we toasted and quartered)
- Butternut squash & kale salad with sun dried tomatoes, scallions, pine nuts, balsamic dressing, and dried cranberries (hubby didn’t like that I used those but the fresh ones were all gone). This was inspired by a friend who made something similar to this….and it was soooo good!
- Grass fed beef chili with organic beans
- Stuffed eggplant with roasted red peppers, sautéed spinach and fresh herb goat cheese (and some without goat cheese for our vegan and dairy-free team members) topped with shallots and tomatoes with a hint of balsamic. OMGosh this was so good! I can’t take credit for this either because the chef at a recent cooking class taught us this recipe. Holy deliciousness!
- And for desert we had apples sautéed in water and sprinkled with Saigon Cinnamon.
**Note: we call it a Christmas party because at this point in time everyone on our team celebrates Christmas. When someone on our team celebrates a holiday other than Christmas, we are more than happy to call it a “Holiday Party” so EVERYONE on our team feels welcome and included. Because the season is about sharing love with all.
Wishing you a beautiful holiday season! May you enjoy healthy and delicious foods and warm friendships over the year.