It amazes me to think Angelina and I have been doing these collabs for over a year now. And what a better holiday for getting together with family and friends for a delicious meal than Christmas. We decided to go with a brunch menu for this one, something you could enjoy before, during, or after opening presents in the morning and then continue to snack on throughout the rest of the day.
Angelina once again out did herself with the food. From reimagining eggs and doing Sharsuka (both traditional red tomato based and also a green spinach base), to her seriously amazing stuffed french toast, the meal will put you in a perfect food coma. She also made the cutest individual country breads because bread is life and no one wants to share that deliciousness.
For the decor, I stuck with the motto less is more. I used the tray from the fall collab to give the spread a little depth and stuck with gold accents - gold chargers, gold rimmed dishes, and small gold doily plates I made. For the greenery I went a little off book from what you would traditional think when for Christmas and did magnolia branches. I love the dark color green they give with the contrasting brown undersides and adding some red berry branches gave it a nice pop of red.
To finish off the delicious meal, there's nothing better than a little spiked coffee, another plate of that amazing french toast, and listening to Christmas music. You can always use something like Bailey's, but we decided to make our own. All it takes is a little spiced simple syrup, a shot of spiced rum, and you've got Christmas in a cup.
We had a great time ushering in the Christmas season with this collab and Angelina created a menu with the perfect combination of savory and sweet. We hope you can use one or more of these ideas for your Christmas gatherings this holiday season, whether that's with family or friends. Merry Christmas!
Christmas in a Cup
-spiced simple syrup
-your choice of spiced rum (we used Tennpenny)
-your choice of cream (we used almond milk)
First, make the spiced simple syrup by combining a cup of water, a cup of brown sugar, six cinnamon sticks broken up, and eight cloves in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes. Then let it cool completely and store in an airtight container (this can be kept refrigerated for up to a month). Then whenever you want to make the drink, brew some coffee and simply add a shot of rum and simple syrup and top with your desired amount of cream. Enjoy!
wood menu displays
The first thing I did was have Angelina's husband, J, help me put a small notch in the circular wood cuts I got from Michael's with a table saw. You just need them deep enough so that the plexiglass can sit in it without falling out, about a 1/4".I got the plexiglass sheets from Lowe's since they also cut plexiglass for you. Have them cut the 8x10 sheet into fourths making four 2x2.5 pieces. Make sure to leave the protective sheet on and if needed sand down the edges if too sharp.Then I mocked up what I wanted each to say on some lined paper. The great thing with the plexiglass being clear is that I could copy what I wrote out. This is extremely easy and a great menu option or could even be used for table numbers or place cards at bigger gatherings.
Gold doily plates
- Clear glass plates
- 8" doily
- Gold spray paint
- Clear gloss spray paint
I got this idea from some plates I saw at Anthropologie. I would have never thought you could make doily's look pretty and modern until I saw them. This diy did take me a little time to figure out. At first I tried painting the doily but that made the paper too wet and fragile to work with. Then finding a finish that didn't ruin the doily once you attached it to the plate was also a bit tricky but the outcome was totally worth the trial and error.
First take your doily and spray paint each side gold and let dry. Then lacquer the underside of your plates with the tacky glue. For this project I used speedball adhesive, which is used to attach gold foil. Let the plate sit for about a half an hour until tacky then press the spray painted doily onto the underside of the plate. Allow it to dry and then spray a coat or two of the clear gloss spray paint. While this diy is also very simple, you do need to give yourself a couple of hours for this project for all of the drying time.
*** These are not dishwasher safe and must be gently hand washed.