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Come Party With Me: Hanukkah Dinner

My favorite meal of the day is dinner. To celebrate Hanukkah let's plan an intimate holiday dinner for you, your sweetheart, and your best-loved couple friends. You can drink Kosher beer and play a dreidel gambling game. For the 411 on planning this little shin-dig


Invites: Since this is a dinner party with only three special guests, personally call each guest the day before the dinner to inform them that you would like to dine together. Even calling your significant other is a must because it lets him know that your dinner is going to be extra special.

Menu: Start by setting out a plate of mini latkes with creme fraiche, smoked salmon and cavier. For the main course dish out a warming brisket with carrots and onions with a side arugula salad with oranges, pomegranate seeds and goat cheese. For dessert give each guest a small bag of gelt (chocolate coins) to eat with their rugelach.

Decorations: I think blue and silver when I hear Hanukkah dinner so set the table with a beautiful blue satin table cloth, large white plates, and silver napkins tied with blue ribbon. Take out the good china and set the table with water and wine glasses. If you have access to a menorah incorporate it into your centerpiece. Dim the lights and lite lots of candles as Hanukkah is the celebration of lights. Fill clear glass vases with blue and silver ball ornaments in various sizes. Get some white fresh flowers, like tulips or gardenias, and creatively arrange. For a jovial conclusion to the dinner give your guests a little party favor like these milk chocolates.

Music: The itunes music store has a great itunes essential Hanukkah play list with classic hits such as the Adam Sandler Hanukkah song and the Bare Naked Ladies rendition of Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah. Make a play list with your favorite Hanukkah songs and old Christmas favorites. I know it's cheesy but Mannheim Steamroller is great for holiday dinners because the lack of lyrics leads to plenty of conversation.

Drinks: Offer kosher beer for the boys and for dinner serve up a full bodied red wine with robust fruit such as a Zinfandel or Australian Shiraz. Go over the top and serve champagne for dessert. Try a domestic champagne (made right here in the USA-in California!) like a 2003 Domaine Carneros Brut.

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