This time of year we take the time to make beautiful things and serve our favorite foods, so why not serve them in a pretty way? The best thing is, it doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Here are some really pretty and festive ideas for serving your favorite dishes during the Christmas holiday season.

My friend, Jill, serves appetizers on a cutting board, simply topped with cedar. You can add a few cranberries here and there to make it even a bit more festive. I love this presentation. If you don’t have extra greenery laying around, fresh herbs are a great substitute.

To serve my friend Sylvia’s delicious olives, we simply filled a wooden bowl with eucalyptus and placed the vessel of olives inside. Just that little touch is all it takes to make the presentation beautiful. I picked up the fresh eucalyptus in the floral section of my local supermarket, but any greenery or herbs you like can be used.

Serving desserts? My friend Pam likes to cover her hot cocoa tray in gobs of teeny tiny marshmallows and serves brownies atop crushed peppermint candies.

Notes: This project was a collaboration with my friends, Sylvia, and Jill. Watch for Sylvia’s fantastically delicious olive recipe on her website (Feasting at Home) soon.

Sylvia (left) and Jill (right).


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.