Working the menu and shopping list right now...
Manhattans; Gin and Tonics
Deviled Egg topped with poached shrimp
Chicken liver mousse with Calvados aspic, and toast points
Ham (not sure how glazed yet)
Cornbread dressing - mushroom, apple, onion and sage
Tomato and arugula salad with sherry vinaigrette
Roasted baby potato with onion and mustard seed
Cauliflower and three-cheese gratin
Orange-glazed roasted carrot
Chocolate and pecan bars
fruitcake (yes, fruitcake)
assorted holiday cookies
After party -
Don't you just hate it when someone arrives late when everyone wants to eat? I would go on with dinner as planned and the latecomers just serve themselves when they come. Dorks.
Christmas Eve was at in-laws. Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards, green bean casserole, macaroni and spam casserole, and others. because of one family's late arrival, everything was cold.
Christmas Day with friends. Ham, turkey, dressing, corn pudding, creamed potatoes, collards, green bean casserole, and others. was ok i guess.
Instead of the big production, would rather have everyone bring their best party food/appetizer.