How to Plan a Simple & Elegant Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming and the planning has begun! Whether you’re a go all out kind of host or prefer to let someone else handle the hosting responsibilities, you’ll find something on this Simple & Elegant Christmas Dinner Menu.

How to Plan a Christmas Dinner Menu

Let’s start with the appetizers. On Christmas Day, we usually have a big fancy breakfast and a big dinner. But in between, the munchies strike and we always have some fun snacks and dips on hand to curb our appetites while we’re waiting for the main event.

Christmas Appetizers and Salads

  1. Crockpot BBQ Little Smokies – The smoky and sweet cocktail weenies (or lil smokies, as some like to call them!) makes these an addictive snack. Heated and kept warm in the slow cooker makes this perfect for feeding a crowd.
  2. Goat Cheese Marinara Dip – Creamy, rich goat cheese is the perfect contrast to the bright, acidic tomatoes in this outrageously delicious baked dip. Topped with fresh basil, it’s a perfectly festive appetizer.
  3. Cranberry Walnut Pinwheels – Sweetened cream cheese, dried cranberries, fresh rosemary and crunchy walnuts are combined and stuffed into soft flour tortillas for an irresistible snack!
  4. French Onion Dip – Caramelized onions in a creamy, dreamy that goes perfectly with potato chips, crackers, even bread dippers or veggies.
  5. Winter Salad – a delicious and healthy salad that is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. It’s full of sweet apples, salty goat cheese, and tangy pomegranate seeds
  6. Christmas Tree Fruit & Cheese Platter – This fruit and cheese platter is adorably festive, easy to customize and a healthy snack addition to your holiday.

Christmas Dinner Entrees

  1. Best Roast Turkey Recipe – You’ll be the talk of your family’s holiday get togethers with this easy to make Best Roast Turkey Recipe!
  2. Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Butter – Easy enough to make for 2-4 people, this recipe is perfect for a small family dinner during the holidays.
  3. Brown Sugar and Pineapple Glazed Ham – So easy and practically hands off, this ham recipe bakes on how heat just enough to warm it all the way through. A sweet and tangy glaze is basted over the ham several times as it bakes.

Christmas Side Dishes

  1. Cornbread Casserole – This casserole is loaded with flavor, three kinds of corn. Sort of a bread, sort of a casserole, and you can eat it with a spoon!
  2. From Scratch Green Bean Casserole – Full of either fresh, frozen, or canned green beans, fresh mushrooms and a made from scratch cream soup and topped with french fried onions, this casserole is an easy crowd pleaser!
  3. Parmesan Rosemary Dinner Rolls – When it comes to holiday meal preparations, you can’t forget about the most important thing – the bread! These super easy and incredibly delicious rolls look beautiful, and will be the hit of your celebrations…and no one will know just how easy they were to make!
  4. Honey Roasted Carrots – These carrots are full of flavor and super versatile, as you can add different flavors that you like.
  5. Homemade Turkey Gravy – This Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! This savory sauce is delicious on white meat, dark meat, and all over your mashed potatoes!
  6. Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes – Easy, Cheesy Potatoes are par-boiled, then smothered in a creamy cheese sauce and baked to perfection.

Christmas Desserts and Drinks

  1. Hot Chocolate Dip – Just 3 ingredients for this creamy dip that tastes like a cup of hot cocoa.
  2. Butter Cookies – Perfect year round, these easy cookies are sweet and festive.
  3. Iced Thumbprint Grinch Cookies – Perfectly “grinchy green” with a red heart to remind you to care for others.
  4. Cranberry Bliss Bars – This Starbucks Copycat tastes just like the real deal with tart cranberries, sweet white chocolate and a buttery cookie base.
  5. White Hot Chocolate – This sweet, warm drink is perfect for cold nights, and with only a few ingredients, it’s super simple to make.
  6. Champagne Punch – Definitely a boozy cocktail, this delicious champagne, ginger and cranberry flavored drink will be the star of the festivities.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Love this round up! So many great ideas for Christmas dinner! I’ll definitely be pinning and checking this to make my Christmas menu!