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Cozy, Casual Winter Party

This movable feast combines the ease of a buffet with the intimacy of a seated dinner, as guests make their way from the sofa to the dining table -- or wherever the conversation takes them.

Get the Look

Serving Starters

For small groups, use interesting dinner plates in lieu of platters. Mixing patterns gives new life to your table -- not to mention solves the problem of incomplete sets.

Make a Simple Centerpiece

Group votive candles on a pretty plate, and set them off with flowers in any small vessel -- even a teacup.

Mix Old and New

Liven up modern dinnerware with bits of heirloom china and vintage colored glass.

Go Semi-Buffet

Serve a pureed soup in glasses (no spoon required) in the living room, offer the main course at the table, and set out a simple, help-yourself dessert with coffee.

Repurpose Linens

For a casual dinner, skip the tablecloth or place mats and lay cloth napkins under plates instead.

Menu

Beet-and-Cauliflower Soup with Dill

Chicory Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing

Marinated Beef Tenderloin

Roasted Carrots and Shallots

Apple Strudel