November 13, 2017

Host a Perfect Holiday Dinner

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The holidays are coming! Can you believe it!?! I don't know about you but I am so excited and cannot wait to get started. I love the holidays and everything about it. The food, the colors, the sights, and sounds and everything that says holiday! I love to celebrate, and with the help from Butterball Whole Turkey, Marie Callender's Pies, and Woodbridge Wines I can create and host the perfect holiday dinner.

Your holiday dinner doesn't have to be complicated or stressful. Create a perfect holiday dinner with just a few simple steps. Set your table, serve the best food, and end with delicious desserts. Yes, it's really that simple and when paired with the creamiest mashed potatoes and gravy, your holiday dinner will be complete.

Set your table

Setting your holiday dinner table is easy. Place a simple off-white table runner down the center of your table. If you don't have a runner, just take a tablecloth and fold into the desired width. Works great and no one will ever know the difference. I used crisp white platters and serving bowls to hold all the sides and main dishes.. That way the food will stand out and not take away or distract from the table. Simple goblets are used for wine, water, or any drinks you guests will want to drink. Key is to keep it simple.

Centerpieces make a statement! But, that doesn't mean they have to be expensive, elaborate, or over the top. I simply took a piece of leftover stained wood and placed some candles, color gourds, and hand painted gather sign to create a simple yet stunning centerpiece that will make my table stand out. Plus, it can be easily transitioned to any holiday or season by switching out the gourds with ornaments or even faux snowballs.

Adding in something handmade or personal will make your table stand out even more!

Set each place setting by adding in a charger. A charger will add dimension and a punch to your plates. I paired a simple rattan charger that is interchangeable with any decor or design. Stack small white plates on top of simple white dinner plates for a clean, modern look. I wrapped white cloth napkins with stemmed pinecones, pumpkins, and leaves and tucked in a fork.

For dinner I served Butterball whole turkey because they are all natural, giving you the highest quality turkey at the center of your Holiday celebration and Butterball is the number one brand of turkey in America. Plus, I made a side of the perfect mashed potatoes and creamy turkey gravy. Paired with Woodbridge wine and Marie Callender's pies for dessert completes the perfect holiday dinner.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 - 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 8 tbsp of butter
  • 4oz of cream cheese (half the brick)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

How to make

1. Wash and dry potatoes.
2. Peel and dice potatoes. Place into pot and cover with water.
3. Boil potatoes on high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 25min.
4. Drain water and return potatoes to a large bowl.
5. Add 4 tbsp of butter to bowl and mash potatoes using a masher or mixer. DO NOT MASH COMPLETELY.
6. Add in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic and mix completely.

7. Once potatoes are perfectly mixed, place potatoes into a casserole or oven safe dish. Place remaining 4 tbsp of butter onto top of potatoes and place in a 350 degree oven and cook about 25-30min.
8. Spoon melted butter into potatoes until completed mixed together.

9. Serve with our perfect creamy turkey gravy. (See below for recipe.)

Perfect Cream Gravy
  • 4 cups of chicken stock or drippings
  • 8 tbsp of butter
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of pepper

How to make
1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium low heat.
2. Sprinkle in pepper.
3. Slowly mix in flour until combined. Continuously stirring.
4. Slowly pour in chicken stock, while constantly mixing.
5. Cook on medium low heat until thick.
6. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to serve.

For dessert, serve your friends and family a warm, delicious dessert that’s easy to make so you can give thanks for homemade taste without all the fuss with Marie Callender's pies, including this pecan pie.

Woodbridge wine has been crafted for over 30 years and makes the perfect compliment for your holiday dinner or for any day. The Red Blend wine offers warm, toasty aromas and flavors, including jammy blackberry, vanilla, and baking spices. It pairs well with holiday favorites including turkey, creamy potatoes, and pecan pie. That's why I love to serve my guests this flavorful choice at our holiday dinner.

Hosting a holiday dinner, no matter what holiday, doesn't have to be complicated. Make your table stand out using a few key items to make sure your food stands out. Plus, with help from Butterball Whole Turkey, Marie Callender's Pies, and Woodbridge Wines there's nothing you cannot accomplish this holiday season. Plus, we all love to save during the holidays, check out this Shopkick offer to help save on your holiday dinner. Look for more amazing holiday dinner ideas so you can host your perfect holiday dinner too here plus, you can call the Turkey Talk Line phone number (1-800-BUTTERBALL  (1-800-288-8372)) for great turkey day tips. 


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