Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

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Appetizing Arrays of Africa, Asia, and Australia

Continuing our journey in learning about holiday traditions and discovering various Christmas offerings across countries, this time we travel to both the largest and smallest continents in the world. Home to diverse cultures and history, the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia offer some of the planet’s best in both festivities and food.

Christmas Meals around the World with Balsam Hill

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Latin American Cuisine: Memorable Meals from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru

In the last installments of Balsam Hill’s Festive Christmas Feasts from Around the World series, you were introduced to many delectable dishes you can taste this Christmas.

Today we will be showcasing Christmas dinners in Latin America that will send your taste buds on an adventure of exotic flavors from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. Read This Entry

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6 tips for easy holiday entertaining

‘Tis the season for all things merry & bright… and if you are like me, you might have some holiday parties and entertaining on the calendar as well.

This time of year is so full of magic and wonder and beauty – and busy. So something I like to do to keep the to-do list under control when it comes to entertaining is to tackle a few things ahead of time, and use some of my secrets for easy holiday entertaining. Read This Entry

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ELEGANT CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPES THAT TURN SIMPLE BANQUETS INTO FEASTS

Every memorable Christmas feast begins with a wonderful tablescape. From the elegant place settings to the thoughtful seat arrangements, the amount of preparation shows how much the host appreciates the presence of friends and family during this special occasion.

A romantic Christmas table setting by Courtney of French Country Cottage

The art of setting a formal dinner table goes beyond putting together flatware and china; it’s about creating an atmosphere where guests can truly enjoy each other’s company during the holiday season. Be inspired by these Christmas table decoration ideas from Balsam Hill. Read This Entry

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European Dishes Part 1: The Festive Flavors of the Balkans, the Baltic and the British Isles

The Christmas meal is among the most cherished of traditions during the Yuletide season. Across cultures, this feast is made special because it is shared in a warm gathering with family and friends.

Christmas Meals from Around the World with Balsam Hill

Christmas Meals from Around the World with Balsam Hill

Not only is it a joyous occasion, it is a delicious one, too. In this Balsam Hill series, we’ll take you on a journey of discovering Christmas feasts as they are prepared around the world. Get ready to sit down to 25 distinct meals and traditions, and have the chance to taste them for yourself with helpful recipes included from every region.

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3 Thanksgiving Tablescape Tips Your Guests Will Be Grateful For

The Thanksgiving celebration culminates in a meal for which friends and family gather around as a reminder of bountiful blessings. This makes the dining area all the more important during this celebration.

In this article, we’ll be sharing three inspired tablescaping techniques from our Let’s Give Thanks campaign that can make your Thanksgiving meal all the more special for your friends and loved ones.
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Balsam Hill Australia’s Yulefest: A Joyous Midyear Celebration

Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year, and is observed in many different ways around the world. In Australia, Yulefest is celebrated midyear during the cold months, in addition to the usual December festivities. It’s perfect for spending time with family and friends, enjoying good food and creating happy memories to last for seasons to come.

Heritage Spice Wreath cleverly displayed on a white chair

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Take a peek at how two of our lovely friends spread Yulefest cheer by sprucing up their gatherings in elegant “Christmas in July” style. Read This Entry