DIY Holiday Host Guide
Within a chic and modern Mission Hills courtyard surrounded by geometric lines and sun-kissed succulents, a team of creative minds were hard at “play.” A rustic brick and mortar wall was the backdrop for an al fresco winter dinner as the San Diego sun dipped into the sea.
Our holiday dinner table featured a refreshing palette of deep indigo blues and pops of cheerful red. Nostalgic plaid blankets layered on cozy chairs from Folklore Vintage Rentals adorned a family-style wood table with rich cobalt blue glassware. Each table setting was crowned with gold flatware, metallic sky blue napkins, and grey glazed plates from West Elm. Isari Flower Studio “decked the table” with arrangements featuring unfamiliar elements including protea, thistle, and cotton with the usual holiday flora of pine and berries.
Waters Catering revealed a fresh take on the traditional holiday dinner with Whole Roasted Achiote-Agave Jidori Chicken with Pomegranate Jus and Grilled Orange Halves. The parade of side dishes played tricks on the old stand-bys: Sweet Potato Chili Hash, Yukon Gold Cheddar Mash, Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette, and whole baked loaves of artisan breads. Stellar wine pairings brought the meal together with a feeling of ease and balance. As the evening closed, we roasted marshmallows at the nearby fire pit and cupped steaming mugs of hot cocoa to celebrate love, life, food, and fun.
• Vesper, Alcala, Ramona Valley, CA
• Duckhorn, Migration, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA
• Domaine De La Cote, Sta Rita Hills, Lompoc, CA
• Whole Roasted Achiote-Agave Jidori Chicken/Grilled Oranges/Fresh Bay Leaves
• Pomegranate Pan Rendering Jus and Charred Scallion Chimichurri
• Roasted Sweet Potato, Anaheim Chili, Corn Hash
• Yukon Gold Cheddar Chive Mash
• Waters’ Signature Roasted Root Vegetables
• Chopped Kale Salad, Pickled Red Onions, Honeybee Goats Cheese, Apple Cider
• Artisan Breads
• Organic Grass Fed Butter
Fireside Hot Chocolate Bar
• Valrhona Chocolate and Organic Milk “Hot Cocoa”
• Star Anise, Cinnamon Sticks, Charred Marshmallows, Orange Peel, Baking Spices
Waters Fine Catering + Event Design (www.waterscatering.com) Shane and Lauren Photography (www.shaneandlauren.com) Folklore Vintage Rentals (www.adorefolklore.com) West Elm (www.westelm.com) Isari Flower Studio + Event Design (www.isariflowerstudio.com)
Photography by Shane and Lauren Photography