Whitney Miller Dresses Up Holiday Entertaining

Entertaining over the holidays? A few well-placed everyday items can dress up any gathering without the stress and expense of shopping for decorations. It’s easy and adds a welcoming, homey touch.

Who doesn’t like soup during the winter? When entertaining this holiday season, offer a soup or chili station. Serve the soup(s) in crockpots, dutch ovens or chafing dishes.  With chili, display toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions and Fritos. Cherry Fizz tumblers from the Entertaining Collection by Tervis go well with the color scheme of a chili station and are very festive as well.
A cookie swap party is a fun way to share new, traditional, and passed down cookie recipes with friends and family. For decor, use kitchen items like vintage bowls and kitchen utensils, wooden rolling pins, and a stand mixer.
Pies are one of the most popular desserts during Christmas. I love pumpkin, apple, Mississippi mud, and lemon meringue. When displaying pies such as these, add height to the table with props like vintage suitcases, wooden and metal cake stands, and log rounds.

Whitney MillerWhen she was just 22, Whitney Miller won the first U.S. season of the Fox show MasterChef. She is the author of Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm. While working on her second cookbook, she frequently travels around the U.S. and as far away as China to conduct cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. For more, visit whitneymiller.net, connect with Whitney MillerH on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @whitneymillerH.