An “Up North” Christmas Dinner Party

Some info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.

Another couple hosted our Gourmet Group this past December.  Her family has had a cabin in upper Wisconsin for many years.  Our Group got to experience a taste of it with their theme for the evening, “A Christmas Up North”.

cabin inspired dinner party idea



Fishing gear and tackle boxes greeted us in the foyer.


Wisconsin / cabin themed dinner party and decor


red and black (buffalo check) table ideas

buffalo check winter/holiday table idea

Cabins on the table

cabine themed table idea


Place Settings

Little bottles filled with snow and a tree ~ our place card holders

red and black tablescape idea

Color coordinated Christmas tree in dining room too…

{Our hostess was upset that a string of lights burned out after she had put up the tree – hate when that happens!}



Wisconsin / cabin menu ideas

Old-fashioned English Cracker Fun

{Hmmm… wonder how she managed to find cabin key chains to match the theme for one of the trinkets}

Crowd Pleaser 

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Appetizer

This was my favorite dish of the whole night.  I loved it so much, I made it again as one of the appetizers we served Christmas Eve.  The marinade with paprika and thyme was unusual, and shrimp wrapped with bacon is always delicious.  Recipe by Food Network.  Just make sure to cook the bacon partially before wrapping the shrimp with it.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp appetizer

Pork Wellington, Rutabaga-Sweet Potato Mash, and Green Bean Almondine

pork wellington with prosciutto & spinach mushroom stuffing





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