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Put an eclectic spin on your holiday entertaining with these vintage Christmas luncheon ideas. They're a fun way to bring a casual touch to a tea party or luncheon for your friends and family. I've included free printable menu cards and tents to use at your own gathering.
I just love a festive spread. And incorporating all of my fun vintage touches makes it even more special. It's probably not the norm to have old toy trucks all over a buffet table, but I love the touch of uniqueness that adds.
I started this luncheon table with a layer of burlap, topped by red and black buffalo-check wrapping paper to act as a runner (I love using wrapping paper as a runner...it's such a fun touch of pattern and color but doesn't break the budget). Then I used a couple of tiered servers to add height. I tried to balance the serving table by using a food stand that was the same height as my beverage server.
The old window with pom-pom garland just add another touch of vintage fun and anchors the entire look.
My free printable menu cards are perfect for different dinners or lunches this season. Just print it out and fill in your own menu. It's available below for download.
I also incorporated smaller, tent menu cards to label food on the table. They're available below, too.
And we can't forget scones at a luncheon or tea party, y'all. I made my blueberry scones (they have a glaze with Bigelow Tea in them that can make them even more special) and then also incorporated some pumpkin scones from a local bakery. Using a couple of homemade items and then several store-bought items makes it so much easier on the hostess...but still lends a very homemade touch. I threw in some strawberries for good measure. I was feeling a bit like we were going into carb-overload.
I think the cupcakes are my fave. I grabbed some red velvet ones from Walmart's bakery area. I added the miniature candy canes to make each cupcake look like a tea cup...perfect for a luncheon or tea party this time of year.
Aren't they adorable?
And what's a luncheon without mini quiches and cucumber tea sandwiches? These are always the first to disappear. I love tea sandwiches...they feel so fancy, even though they're easy to put together.
The celery with bacon spread was delicious. It was simple, too. I used a chive and onion cream cheese blend and then added bacon pieces to it. I spread the mixture on celery for another savory option.
I love the holidays and any chance I get to use my special Christmas dishes. My mom has given me a new place setting or serving piece every year since we got married. I always think of her when I get to use these. These dainty luncheon-sized plates were perfect for this. I made sure to have all finger foods to eliminate the need to wash silverware after the festivities.
And, it's not a luncheon or tea party without my favorite Bigelow Tea: Constant Comment. I've mentioned before that I was introduced to Bigelow's Constant Comment in high school. My mom started preparing it all the time...we always had it iced (hello, we're Texans!). But, in the winter, hot Constant Comment is such a treat...it is a bit spicy with hints of orange in it. Those flavors seem so holiday-ish to me. Even though I have the cider prepared with it also (recipe below), I think it's nice to set out some tea bags and have hot water available for those who want to enjoy a nice cup of tea. And I just had to use a truck to carry the tea bags.
I grab my Bigelow Constant Comment Tea at Walmart. They always have a good selection, including yummy seasonal blends like Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel.
I also used Bigelow Constant Comment Tea in my cider...and this recipe is definitely a new fave.
Constant Comment Cider Recipe
- five Bigelow Constant Comment tea bags
- 1 gallon of apple juice
- 1/2 cup red hot candies
Bring apple juice to a boil. Add red hots and stir. Turn off heat and add tea bags. Steep for five minutes. Allow to cool and serve. Can serve warm or cold.
Again, another chance to use those once-a-year dishes I love so much. Although, I do use my spoon mugs at Valentine's, too, they're so festive for these kinds of events.